Well, based on the slush in my driveway, the weather outside has officially gone from cold to gross. That means it truly is music season. Combined with the fact that it's Thanksgiving, that means you have two reasons to head out to a show this weekend: the bad weather and your obnoxious Uncle Bob who's in town for the weekend. So, without further ado, here is your show update for the weekend:
Open mic at the Alaskan has been moved from Thursday to Friday this week, so all you singer/songwriter cats should take note. Because the show is going longer than usual, there is an opportunity for bands to come out and take longer sets if they're interested.
The Rendezvous will be hosting a triple act show on both Friday and Saturday, featuring Meg Mackey with her indie-folk concoctions, Down & Dirty; a Black Keys cover band fronted by Darin Jensen; and headliners Creature Fair, a David Bowie cover band fronted by (who else could pull it off?) Rory Stitt, of "Hedwig" and "Tommy" fame, the two most rockin' productions I've ever seen at Perseverance. The show starts at 10 p.m., and there's no cover. Suffice to say, if you're around, there's no reason you should miss this show; Stitt has proven himself as an incredibly engaging glam rock performer, so David Bowie should be a cinch for him, and a hit with you.
If you're in the mood for a sit-down affair with the whole family, Bearfoot, the wildly popular Alaskan bluegrass band, is returning to town for a special Thanksgiving weekend concert. It will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Douglas High School auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $12 under age 12, and are available at Hearthside and Rainy Retreat bookstores. If you haven't seen these pickers, let me tell ya, you're in for a treat. They've been playing together for nearly a decade now, and are absolutely at the top of their game. Their most recent album, "Doors and Windows," debuted at the top of the Billboard charts for bluegrass albums, and continues to be a top seller; they've picked up a fiddler from The Biscuit Burners and will be burning down the house on Saturday, so if you want to see a real show this weekend, this is it. I have no doubts that when Bearfoot hits the stage, the house will be sold out.
And there you have it, my fellow music fiends! A little something for everyone in the old town this weekend. I hope you find what you're looking for and that it treats you right.