Fire on McGinnis to play Silverbow roof Friday, Rendezvous Sunday

Local celtic rock band Fire on McGinnis will fulfill a longtime wish Friday night when they take to the roof of the Silverbow Inn and Bakery, in what may be Juneau’s first rooftop concert ever. The band — Martha DeFreest (vocals, fiddle, guitar) Mike Barnhill (bagpipes and guitar) Mark Lukey (guitar) Mat Ghelardi (bass) and Yoshi Tamha (drums) — will kick things off around 9:15 p.m., weather permitting. The show is open to the public and will be accompanied by a beer garden, and was made possible through help from the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

The band will be back at it Sunday night, indoors this time, in a pre-fireworks performance at the Rendezvous.

Juneau’s fireworks, and the roof of the Silverbow Inn in particular, recently earned a mention in the June/July 2011 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Here’s what she had to say:

“Alaska may have been the second-to-last state to join the union, but Alaskans get out of the gate first on July 4. To work around their summer schedule (18 hours of sunlight a day), the town sends up its fireworks at 12:01 a.m. in order to guarantee dark skies. Each shot booms off the dramatic coastal mountains and reflects off the surrounding water. The morning ushers in a parade of marching bands belting out patriotic favorites alongside kids riding bikes with playing-card-adorned spokes.” The magazine lists the Silverbow in the “Reader Deal” section, offering readers a 10 percent discount over the holiday weekend and mentioning the inn’s rooftop deck as a prime fireworks viewing spot. The Silverbow deck is open only to guests for firework viewing, but will be open to the public for Friday’s performance.

For more on the band, visit or check them out on Facebook.


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