Bearfoot Bluegrass to play Centennial Hall

Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2005

Cordova bluegrass band Bearfoot Bluegrass will play at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, at Centennial Hall in what's become an annual tradition for the five-piece group - an August show in Juneau.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, and are available at Hearthside Books, Rainy Day Books, The Observatory and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

The band has been in town all week as part of its fourth annual bluegrass camp for kids age 5 to 17, of all abilities, at Juneau Community Charter School.

Bearfoot formed in Cordova in 1999 and released its first album, "Only Time Knows," in 2002. The group just played the internationally known Rockygrass Festival in Lyons, Colo. This summer, they've played in Nome, Homer, Anchorage and Cordova. Their next stop is North Pole.

The band is still touring in support of its second release, "Back Home," which came out a few days after its August 2003 show at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. In the two years since then, the band has somewhat matured its repertoire, adding more jazz, blues and swing elements to its sets.

Bearfoot played with guitarist Megan McCormick for about a year, while original guitarist Mike Mickelson took last summer off to heal from tendonitis. McCormick has since left, and Mickelson is back in the group with his trademark 1948 Martin D-18 guitar.

Kate Hamre plays bass. Angela Oudean and Annalisa Woodlee play fiddle. Jason Norris plays mandolin and guitar. All five members live in different parts of the country for most of the year.

For more information about the camp and the band, check out http://www.bearfootbluegrass.com.



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