Posted: Thursday, June 02, 2005

Kluane fest helps bring band to Juneau

JUNEAU - The James King Band, a five-piece bluegrass band led by James "The King of Mountain Soul" King, will play at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Centennial Hall.

The concert is sponsored by the Alaska Folk Festival, in conjunction with the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Haines Junction. Kluane festival organizer Bob Hayes was bringing the band to the Yukon and helped arrange the Juneau show.

Tickets are $15 in advance at Hearthside or Rainy Day Books, and $20 at the door.

The James King Band's fifth album, "Bluegrass Storyteller," came out Jan. 25. The record includes all storyteller ballads, songs from Porter Wagner, Lefty Frizzell and Tom T. Hall.

King himself (guitar and vocals) was born in Martinsville, Va., and grew up on bluegrass music. He began attending fiddler conventions and was inspired by his collection of Stanley Brothers records. He met Bobby and TJ Lundy, sons of Delaware bluegrass player Ted Lundy, and they helped him play some of his first shows.

Ben Greene (banjo, baritone vocals) played with Charlie Moore in the Dixie Partners, and joined the James King Band in 2003. Kevin "Waldo" Prater (mandolin, guitar, tenor/lead vocals) played in his own band, The Elkhorn Grass, for more than 10 years. He met King at a festival. Jerry McNeely (stand-up bass, backup vocals) spent three years hosting the "Goin' Across the Mountain" bluegrass show on WNCW in western Carolina. Adam Haynes (fiddle) spent a number of years with his family's band, The Haynes Family.

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Petersburg's Selfless to play Centennial Hall

JUNEAU - Selfless, a four-piece rock band from Petersburg that plays songs with a Christian tinge, will play at 8 p.m. Friday at Centennial Hall. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The band - Josh Reid (guitar), Derek Lopez (drums), Jeremy Collison (bass) and Bosjun Reid (vocals and Josh's cousin) - has been together for a few years and is completely self-taught, according to the Petersburg Pilot.

Selfless has an 11-song album, "Remember," and recently received good reviews for a five-song CD it sent to VH1's "Song Of The Year" contest.

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Filmmaker to screen shorts at Silverbow

JUNEAU - Vermont filmmaker, animator and puppetry artist Meredith Holch, in town for this summer's Juneau Dance Unlimited 27th Annual Fine Arts Camp, will screen a collection of her political short films on Thursday, June 9, at the Silverbow.

She's also teaching an adult video animation workshop from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, starting June 15.

Holch has worked with puppets since 1985, when she was inspired by a performance of the Bread and Puppet Theatre in rural Vermont. Five years later, she became interested in filmmaking.

Her most recent work focuses on issue-oriented themes. One of her latest projects chronicles the influx of refugees from Somalia, Bosnia and Chad into Vermont.

Holch has done post-production work for independent feature films and on documentaries for HBO and MTV.

She holds a master's of fine arts in film and video from Bard College; graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and received a filmmakers-in-resi-dence certificate from the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine. She lives in central Vermont and teaches film animation at Burlington College.

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