music

Do you know the difference between a reel and a jig? A song and a tune?

Our guests today might be able to help you out. We have on the show Irish musicians John Walsh, Pat Broaders and Brenda Castles. They’re playing a traditional Irish music concert together on Jan. 21 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Courtesy of Bend the Light Photography

Editor's note: James "Hobo Jim" Varsos died Oct. 5 at his home in Tennessee. KDLL's Sabine Poux interviewed Varsos two weeks ago.

Alaska’s State Balladeer announced last week he’s been diagnosed with end-stage cancer.

James Varsos, best known to Alaska and the world as “Hobo Jim,” said his cancer is untreatable and that doctors told him he has three to six months to live.


Salmonfest returns

Aug 6, 2021
Sabine Poux/KDLL

After taking a year off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Salmonfest is back, Aug. 6, 7 and 8. KDLL reporter Sabine Poux is at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik to see how the 10th annual music festival is shaping up. Cook Inletkeeper Executive Director Sue Mauger and Kenai Peninsula Fisher Poet performers says its important to celebrate salmon.

The worlds of music and performance have been disrupted in the last year. But it looks like we’re on the upswing. People are getting vaccinated, the Wednesday market will have live shows and people are getting jazzed to see their favorite bands again.

Our guests today are all Kenai Peninsula-based musicians: Sue Biggs, Jack Will, Nelson Kempf and Robert Carlson.

Rasmuson Foundation

Every person has their own history within the broader history of a place. That may be family, personal, or generational. How you remember it may be different than how it actually was. For Kenai musician Nelson Kempf, that means digging into his own history—family and beyond.

Along with 24 other Alaskan artists, Kempf recently received a $7,500 individual artist grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to pursue making a new album. He calls it a chance to “decolonize” Alaska’s history and look at his own.

Wednesday nights in Soldotna are going to continue their trend of bigger and better this summer, with an influx of $25,000 to support the Music in the Park series.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce got word last Friday that they secured another grant from the Levitt Foundation to bring in bands from around Alaska and beyond. This is the second year Soldotna will be one of the 20 communities to be part of the Levitt AMP Music program.

Events and programs director Andy Heuiser says Soldotna fits well with what the grant program likes to fund.

Wednesday is the last day to vote for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce’s proposal to be awarded a Levitt Amp music series grant again this year.

The chamber got one of the competitive grants last year to enhance its Music in the Park series. The Levitt Foundation awards $25,000 matching grants to up to 15 U.S.-based nonprofits serving small- to mid-sized towns and cities across the country.

Many thanks to Sue Biggs, Vickie Tinker and Jack Willl, who joined us in the studio to play live for the KDLL Fall Membership Drive.

Local musicians ready for Christmas

Dec 12, 2017

The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and Kenai Peninsula Singers are putting the finishing touches on their annual holiday program this week.

 

 


For KDLL's special membership drive edition of Peninsula Performance Today, we put central Kenai Peninsula musicians center stage.

Featured in this show is a Performing Arts Society season preview, with jazz from Karen Strid, of Homer, and a violin encore by Linda Rosenthal.

And highlights from a concert at the wedding of Renee Henderson, retired choir teacher at Kenai Central High School, including:
Deb Sounart, trumpet and flugelhorn, accompanied by Tom Hooglum

In KDLL's special membership drive edition of the Kenai Cafe, we feature Kenai Peninsula musicians. Tune in and just try not to tap your feet. Thanks to co-hosts Marion Nelson, Janell Grenier and Peter Ehrhardt.

Music featured in this show:

“Justice in the Midnight Sun, 3 Above, Soldotna

Darren Smith, singer/ guitarist/songwriter; Nuson Smith, drummer; Ryan Gamble, bass/backing vocals

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“Walking Each Other Home,” by Bonnie Nichols, Soldotna

Jewel headlining Salmonfest

Jul 27, 2017
Salmonfest Alaska

The annual Salmonfest in Ninilchik, just over a week away, promises to be the biggest ever, with a fourth stage added to entertain concert-goers during the three-days of "Fish, Love and Music." Now, for the first time, one of Homer's most nationally successful musicians will be performing.

It's been a little over 20 years since Homer's Jewel Kilcher burst on the national music scene, and though she's toured worldwide, her performances in Alaska have been few and far between. But according to Salmonfest President and Producer Jim Stearns, that will change this year.