Anchorage Folk Festival celebrates 30 years of music and folk arts

Put on your dancing shoes -- a 10-day festival of folk music and arts returns to Anchorage. Musicians from all over the state will travel to Alaska’s largest city to celebrate music at the Anchorage Folk Festival . “We go back 30 years, and what it is a ten-day festival of music and folk arts at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus,” said Joel Kadarauch, a Anchorage Folk Festival board member. The celebration is held over two weekends, with live sessions Thursday and Friday night...

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Alaska Native writers with work widely published and read by many are not very common nowadays.

However, one published writer from the Norton Sound region will receive a Governor’s Arts and Humanities Award from the State of Alaska.

an award from the State of Alaska. She hopes she will inspire more Alaska Natives to share their words with others.

An Anchorage-based artist wants his message to scream.

"The same words if you whisper them mean something completely different if you scream them," said Thomas Chung, an assistant professor of art and painting at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “My work, the things I'm trying to say, they need to be screamed, or else it's not the same message.” 

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For Planning Director Bil Homka, the results were an eye opener.

Juneau School District Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the gift of a Tlingit name for Juneau-Douglas High School. As with other schools in the district, the Tlingit name of Kalé will be an addition, not a replacement.

The oldest high school in Alaska’s capital sits at the base of a mountain. That mountain shares its name with the city, and with the school: Juneau.

But it has other names.

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New York City-based Lucky Chops found their love of music in school.

"We would get together after school and play different kinds of music than we were playing in our band classes, the jazz band and the orchestra," trombone player Josh Holcomb said. "We would kind of get together and play other songs we liked from other genres and apply them to our wind and jazz instruments. And so that's kind of how we started originally. And that was 12 years ago." 

Folk musician Jim Kweskin is visiting Alaska for his first time ever. Originally from Stanford, Connecticut, he’s now been to all 50 states thanks to touring.

“I loved folk music since I was a kid and I also loved early jazz,” he said. “I got into combining the two which is basically what jug band music is, old jazz played on folk music instruments -- is a simple way to describe it. Then I started traveling around the country learning songs “

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