New festival at Alyeska Resort celebrates folk roots, fiddleheads

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010

Alyeska Resort continues its quest in enticing top national musical acts to Southcentral Alaska with the Fiddlehead Folk Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 19. The gates for the festival will open at noon, and music will roll on from 1 p.m. to midnight.

The headliner band is the Great American Taxi, who blends acoustic and electric instruments into music they call "Americana Without Borders." The line-up also includes up-and-coming bluegrass trio The Greencards and many local performers.

As for the showcase of Alaska acts, the top bill is Melissa Mitchell, a lifelong Alaskan, mother and committed social activist. As a songwriter, Melissa has focused on honesty, connection and community. She recently opened for Jewel in Anchorage.

Wellstrung, hailing from Anchorage and representing some of the state's top bluegrass musicians, also takes center stage. The band features Joe Page, Todd Grebe and their many musician friends. Known for their fast-paced style and original instrumentals, Wellstrung is also accompanied by the high and lonesome vocal trios that make bluegrass so unique and contagious.

The festival will start with four local area bands each with a unique spin on folk music. Seekbob will present their style of swing bluegrass, The C-Note Stringband will represent old time music, The Asteroids will play what they call "swing jazzgrass" and Crooked Road will perform in a traditional style of Irish folk music.

Tickets for the festival are $30 for adults in advance and $35 at the door. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, students and military and are priced at $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children ages 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at by calling (907)754-2275 or visiting the Alyeska Tram ticket office.

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