Marine Park and the adjoining bus turnaround on Marine Way will be converted into a pedestrian street fair as part of the first Autumn Harvest Festival, 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
Food vendors (fry bread, Indian tacos, caviar and lox), local businesses (Plant People, Rainbow Foods and more), local artists (jewelry, pottery, paintings and dolls) and organizations (political, organic, etc.) will fill about 15 to 20 booths. The event is free and open to the public.
"It is time to get our town back and use the bus turnaround the city said they built for us," said Rachael Juzeler, street fair coordinator and brewer.
To coincide with the event, Juneau musician Teri Tibbett has organized a 12-band Rock the Vote concert, with permission from the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization rockthevote.com.
Rockthevote.com is not sponsoring the show, but has lent its name and logo.
"I'm trying to do my part to get out the vote and raise awareness about voting," Tibbett said.
Bands scheduled to play Juneau's Rock the Vote concert, 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, under the Marine Park shelter (bands listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily in order of appearance):
7-10 p.m. (punk show)
Angry Angry Death Slug
Groping for Elmo
The concert starts at 2 p.m. under the Marine Park shelter. Daddy-O, Brown Haven, Bob Cole, Patrice Helmar, Jason Caputo, John Unzicker and Tibbett will play in the afternoon, until 7 p.m. Albert McDonnell will run the sound.
The day continues with a 7 p.m. punk show, co-sponsored by Dave Conway of Dave's Bedroom Records.
Bands include: What Remains, Groping for Elmo, Faithless, Lifted and Angry Angry Death Slug.
"My son's into punk music, and having experienced punk music recently, I'm just interested in their perspective," Tibbett said. "The performers are usually young people, and I appreciate what they're saying. I wanted them to be included."
Booths will be set up for voter registration, and for members of the University of Alaska Southeast student government. Tibbett has also alerted members of the Young Democrats and Young Republicans, as well as representatives from the Green and Libertarian parties.
"The political parties that are going to be present will be coming on their own," Tibett said. "It's not meant to be a partisan event. It's meant to be a chance for people to come and hear everybody, celebrate rock 'n' roll and register to vote."
Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 by members of the recording industry and is dedicated to "protecting freedom of expression and empowering young people to change their world," according to its Web site. "In addition to registering over 3 million new young voters, Rock the Vote street teams are engaging young people as civic activists in their communities and contributors to the political process."
The Juneau concert is thought to be the lone Rock the Vote concert in Alaska this fall, a representative at the Los Angeles branch of Rock the Vote said. Earlier this month, World Wrestling Entertainment sent the wrestler Hurricane through the Anchorage area with state legislators as part of its Smackdown Your Vote! campaign.
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