Jamming on Pelican's Boardwalk

Regional musicians gather for concerts, dance, dirty lyrics

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2000

Pelican's going to be busy this weekend as music lovers converge on the fishing town for the Second Annual Pelican Boardwalk Boogie.

The brainchild of Carol Healy, Stuart Ely and Collette Costa, the idea of the music festival was born several years ago and happened for the first time last year.

``Mick Shockey (owner of Pelican Bar and Grill) has brought out musicians for years to liven things up in the fall. We thought it would be great to do something in the summer,'' said organizer Costa, who along with Healy and Ely lived in Pelican for many years. Healy and Ely divide their time between Juneau and Pelican.

This year's event includes coffee house concerts, live music at the two bars in town, a square dance, a Pelican history slide show, a community potluck dinner and what has already become the infamous filthy song contest.

``I'm prepared to win this year. My song may be unprintable but it is, I believe, a sensitive and artistic accomplishment,'' said Costa, with her tongue planted firmly in her cheek.

Along with an increase in activities, the Boardwalk Boogie has attracted twice as many people as it did last year, according to Costa.

``We probably had around 50 people last year and we already have 100 people signed up (for this year), and we have room for more,'' she said.

The Pimentos and the Panhandle Crabgrass Revival are the Boardwalk Boogie's special guests. Other musicians are also coming from Juneau, Haines, Gustavus and Sitka.

``It's a blast having all these musicians in a town with just a boardwalk,'' said Costa. ``We hope to create a real interaction between the visitors and the people who live in Pelican.''

Two ferries, which leave at different times on Friday, have been hired by the event's organizers to shuttle people between Juneau and Pelican for the weekend. They have also secured a few housing options in Pelican that range from bed-and-breakfasts to a campground.

For further information about the Second Annual Pelican Boardwalk Boogie, please call 586-BOGY.

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