There’s a new face slated to perform at Veronica’s Coffee House this Saturday.
Anchorage-based musician Marian Call is making her first central Kenai Peninsula appearance.
“I’ve played a lot of other places around the Peninsula, but I have not
played Kenai yet, so I’m excited,” the vocalist said.
Call’s show will include a variety of songs.
“I play a mix of things,” Call said.
The tunes will depend, in part, on the audience ― “just pick what feels right,” Call said.
She’s still getting the word out about her newest album, “Something Fierce,” so some of the music will come from that. And at least a portion of the night will be songs filed in the “holiday music for people who hate holiday music,” category.
Call said that includes an eclectic mix of songs that most people haven’t heard. They run the holiday gamut, she said: Christmas and Hanukkah and Solstice and Festivus and more.
“Either very old or very new or very alternative,” Call said.
The holiday show started as an Anchorage tradition, but Call has taken it on the road this year, playing some of that repertoire in Fairbanks and Talkeetna last weekend. After Kenai, she’ll take those songs north to Palmer Dec. 18, and to the title show in Anchorage, Dec. 22.
That quick road-system series of shows might sound like a whirlwind, but Call is well-acquainted with Alaska’s highways.
“I’ve always loved driving around the state,” she said. She’s hit most of the road-accessible communities, though Valdez is still on her list.
Talkeetna is a favorite. She said that it’s a small community with a lot of support for the arts, and she enjoys returning to familiar, friendly faces.
“I feel like I’ve gotten to know Talkeetna so I go back there a lot,” Call said.
Call often plays coffee shops. She wants her audience to hear her lyrics, and for music-lovers of any age to attend her shows.
“I like for kids ... to be able to come,” she said.
She hasn’t visited the Old Town coffee shop before, but friends and fans kept mentioning it when she said she was playing Kenai.
“Everyone told me ‘Oh, you have to play Veronica’s,’” Call said.
Though she’s made much of her reputation for playing in coffee shops,
Call plays the occasional theater in Anchorage. She also loves house shows, she said. She did one in Homer this fall, and spent much of 2010 giving those Outside.
Last year, Call did a tour of all 50 states, mostly driving. The tour
brought her back to Alaska ready to see more of her home.
“It’s made me more determined to get to a lot of the smaller communities (in Alaska),” she said.
She’s started getting off the road system, performing in Juneau and looking toward a show in Kodiak in the near future. She also made it farther north than ever before.
“Barrow in January was incredible,” she said.
But mostly, the tour made her appreciate her home state.
“The 50 states tour really made me love Alaska,” she said. “...This is where I want to be.”
While trying to see Alaska, Call is active in social media to arrange shows and promote her album.
“I like social media. It makes me feel more like I have friends, and less like I have fans,” she said.
But she said she’ll adapt to whatever future trends enable her to reach the music-loving world. Social media may wax and wane, she said.
“You just have to stay nimble,” she said.
Molly Dischner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.