Fairbanksan longtime musician Carl Hoffman was badly injured in a fall on ice in late November. The fall fractured his skull and he is currently in a rehab center in the Midwest. Hoffman has helped countless youngsters get started in the music field and has been described as perhaps the most generous mentor one could be lucky enough to have. He has lent instruments from his own collection, even for a year at a time, met with individuals and with groups for hour upon hour and helped them get gigs. Joe Page, an Anchorage mandolinist who is well-known in Juneau, said that Hoffman is the kindest man he has ever known.
Hoffman and his wife, Alice came to Alaska years ago and their four sons — all musicians — were born here. Hoffman had worked as a construction supervisor and was thinking of retiring but just hadn’t got around to it.
Juneau wants to do its part in helping Hoffman get back on his feet both literally and figuratively. The Fairbanks and Anchorage music communities have both held fundraisers this winter for him and Alice.
A fundraising party will be held on March 12 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 with all proceeds going directly to the Hoffman family. Snacks will be provided and a no host bar will be provided by the Rendezvous.