This is concentrated on those Alaska promoters of and venues for traditional music that do so regularly.

Listed below are ways to find out about pending appearances by folk/trad artists and bands. If they are promoted by the usual promoters, you can link from here to their websites. Also, just a quick check of Dirty Linen or Musi-Cal will show a bunch more of wonderful folks to play music in Alaska. Check ’em out!

If you are looking for promoters or to gig up here in Alaska, this page, the festivals page kind of lay out who’s who in promoting artists. You can also check out the venues at the bottom of this page. just reports on what’s happening.

People used to ask me where to hear and get recordings of our special event artists. It’s pretty easy to buy CD’s at reasonable prices on line with a credit card. You can use the big daddy of on line music and video and, at the same time, help support the Alaska Folkmusic website by linking below when you buy:

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By area in the state

Fairbanks Area Events

  • Nenana, Minto and Manley Hot Springs

    Anything going on, drop me an email gary(at)

    Ken Brown started keeping track of a lot of Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic events in the Fairbanks area.

    The Fairbanks Concert Association mostly showcases classical music, but sometimes puts on traditional music during the school year and are generally pleased with the turnout. It doesn’t surprise me – we love it. They can be reached at 474-8081 or P.O. Box 80547. Several acts also appearing in Anchorage with their concert association sometimes make it up to Fairbanks, as well.

    University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Activities produces a number of events. If you are interested in having them do such events, lobby Student Activities at 474-6027 or at

    The prime acoustic music promoter in Fairbanks is Acoustic Adventures. 907-488-0556. Check their website for further details.

    The Blue Loon produces a bunch of musical events in Fairbanks and has a website up at: One caveat is that a number of their shows are standup only, unless you pay about double for a ticket, then they reserve you a table. I’m no longer young enough to stand up for an hour waiting to get in then have to stand for several more hours.

    The Marlin in Fairbanks hosts music and open mic nights, a fine funky small venue. (907) 479-4646.

    Ivory Jacks, on Goldstream Road in Fairbanks, has a fair bit of local music and jams. 2581 Goldstream Road, 455-6666, fax 455-7727, Joni Ellsworth email.

    Anchorage area

    There are a couple of folk music promoters in Anchorage, the most active one is Whistling Swan Productions.

    Whistling Swan Events – most shows start at 7:30 pm

    The Anchorage Concert Association sometimes has folk genre concerts.

    Many performances are at the Performing Arts Center on 6th Ave and F Street in downtown Anchorage at 8:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. There are three theatres in the PAC: Atwood Concert Hall, Sydney Lawrence Theatre, and the Discovery Theatre. Tickets generally available via Or try 800-GRT-SEAT (800-478-7328) or as otherwise listed.

    The Beartooth Theatre also has a number of trad (with amplification) events.

    This is a link to Whistling Swan Productions, who do a fair bit of folk stuff in the Anchorage and outlying areas.

    The Alaska Irish Music Fest has been known to produce Celtic events every now and again.

  • Surreal Studios reportedly has a home style theater, gallery and coffeehouse called the Studio Cafe. Located in the Ship Creek Center at 333 W. 4th Avenue, it is a non-alcoholic, no smoking venue for entertainment of all kinds. Features Alaskan native traditional singers and dancers, Irish music, classical, folk and specialty shows. For info, call 907-279-9969.

  • The Anchorage Daily News now has an on-line entertainment section on line which may include folk music events.


    Whistling Swan appears to be doing season tickets for many shows at the Vagabond Blues, as well as for their Anchorage concert series.


    They pick up a number of musical artists that also play in Fairbanks and Anchorage. Check out these town’s promoters for the artists and link to the artist’s websites or some of the Musi-cal type links mentioned at the top of this page.

    Talkeetna also has a number of fine musicians living there.


  • Kenai has performances sometimes at Kenai High School, all at 8:00 pm, including some artists listed above. You can check it out at Carrstix – Carr’s stores.


    I’ve had info on many musical events in the Homer area provided courtesy of Mike Hayes of of Downward Dog Productions.
    Info on the above events in Homer at 299-0396. Mostly at the Downeast Saloon.

    The Mermaid Cafe books local solo acts 2 to 3 times a week. 235-7649, Located at 3487 Main St. in Homer.






    Susan Mumma of the Seldovia Arts Council points you to their website that lists upcoming events, including music events.

    McCarthy (aka Kennicott)

    McCarthy is a small community nestled in the heart of the Wrangell-St. Elias range about 5 miles from the site of the old Kennicott Copper mines. It is sixty bumpy dirt road miles beyond Chitina. There is now one store there and a couple of eateries, but you should bring your own basic provisions. There is camping in the area as well as lodging at The McCarthy Lodge (907) 554-4402. It’s a very scenic and historic place. I recommend bringing bicycles in the summer to get around. McCarthy is mostly shut down for tourists in the winter.


    Southeast Alaska


  • Capital Copy now maintains the Juneau monthly events calendar at that lists Juneau folk music events, when they hear of them.

    The Alaska Folk Festival also promotes the occasional concert besides their big Alaska Folk Fest in April.


  • The Monthly Grind is a coffeehouse type folk music venue on the 3rd Saturday of each month @ the Community House. Call Jeff Budd at 907-747-3500 for info. Most recent event is Nov. 21, 1998 variety show with local
    talent. Admission $5.00 or homemade dessert – such a deal!

    I get whatever info I can in Sitka from “Fishing with Cats” Ted Howard, but haven’t heard from him lately. What’s happening in Sitka?


    If you’re down there, contact Dr. Len Feldman at 766-3009 or email at for what might not be listed above.



    Elsewhere Alaska

  • Bethel
  • Dillingham

    Concerts are sometimes promoted by the Dillingham Arts Council, 907-842-2587.

  • Tok

    Bud Johnson in Tok is producing a folk music radio show called Acoustic Accents on KUAC Fairbanks, KIYU Galena, KYUK Bethel, with KNHS putting it up on the NPR satellite. Broadcast on Fridays 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm affiliated with Duct Tape Radio. It’s a great show.

  • Kasilof

    Other Folk Music Gig Links