Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2000

New big band plays for dance Saturday

Juneau - The new Thunder Mountain Big Band is playing music for an all-ages community dance sponsored by the AWARE shelter Saturday night. The dance is 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory, and admission is $2.

"It's not a fund-raiser; we're doing this because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It's a chance for the community to come out and come together and support domestic violence awareness," said Ann Marie Sack of AWARE.

AWARE is a Juneau nonprofit shelter and agency for aiding women in abuse and rape emergencies.

The Thunder Mountain Big Band is an 18-piece band organized this summer by saxophonist Galen Tromble and trumpet player Ron Maas. Tromble said the band's repertoire is about half big band standards and half new material, and it includes big band swing music, foxtrots and ballads.

"We've got a lot of really up-to-date stuff," said Maas.

The group includes singers Vicki Van Fleet and John Moore.

An Evening of Music and Democracy

Juneau - Cordova songwriter and singer David Lynn Grimes will perform a concert Friday to benefit the No On One campaign. Called "An Evening of Music and Democracy," the concert will feature Grimes' original songs.

"I usually do a lot of storytelling when I do concerts, and inevitably it has themes of the role of wildlife," he said.

Grimes is opposed to Ballot Measure 1. If passed, it would amend the state constitution so that voters could not use the initiative process to make laws regarding wildlife management and harvests.

A former commercial fisherman who worked on the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup, Grimes now works as a wilderness guide, conservation activist and musician.

Grimes described his music as an eclectic blend of American folk, jazz, Celtic and Brazilian. A flat-picking and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, he recorded and released a CD of original songs last year called "Raven River."

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the Back Room at the Silverbow. Admission is $5.

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