Plenty of playtime

Festival has music from noon to midnight

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2005


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The versatile Mabrey Brothers band got an early jump on the rock and roll in 2002's KDLL Art and Music Festival. This year the band will play at 3:15p.m. at the festival Saturday at the Diamond M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Photo by Jay Barrett

Local talents, Anchorage favorites and a singer from as far away as Florida will help while away the ample hours of daylight Saturday during the fourth annual KDLL Art and Music Festival, held at the Diamond M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Fourteen performers will play half-hour sets from noon to midnight. Allen Auxier, KDLL station manager, said this year's festival has more performers than ever.

"I was pretty impressed I had so may people apply to be in it," he said. "We had been doing everybody plays 45 minutes, but there were so many bands that wanted to be in it I had to cut down on the amount of time everybody plays."


Many festival favorites, like the Mabrey Brothers and Mike Morgan, are playing again this year, as well as some new faces.

"We certainly have a lot of new people we've never heard before. I'm very happy with that," Auxier said.

Just as the audience attendance and number of bands have grown over the years, so, too, has the variety of music styles at the festival —which is exactly what Auxier had in mind.

Years ago KDLL put on a summer bluegrass festival. When Auxier decided to revive the festival format four years ago, he decided to reincarnate it into a more diverse scene.

"I didn't want to confine it to one kind of music," he said. "I thought we'd open it up to other options. I think that we do have that kind of variety. We play all kinds of music on KDLL. Pretty much all the different kinds of music you can hear on KDLL will be at the festival."

Different kinds of food, arts and crafts will be there, as well. Auxier expects to have about 20 vendor booths hawking various wares to listeners. His policy is to only allow one vendor to sell a type of food — one sub shop, one pizza stand, etc. — so there should be plenty of items to choose from. There also will be a beer garden for those 21 and older.

Auxier is within his powers to guarantee food and music variety, and he tries to be just as definitive in promising sunshine.

"I guaranteed absolutely perfect weather. Everybody should bring sunscreen and bug dope," he said.

On the remote chance it does rain, however, a few tents will be set up for shelter and people also may bring umbrellas — although the rain at last year's festival didn't seem to dampen the dancing, Auxier said.

With a couple of days until the concert, arrangements are falling into place, but Auxier still is looking for volunteers and vendors. Anyone interested should call the KDLL station at 283-8433.

"Things seem to be moving along swimmingly — no pun intended as far as the rain was concerned," Auxier said.

Admission for KDLL members is $35 for a family of two adults and three kids, $10 for seniors 60 and older, $12 for adults, $5 for kids age 6 to 14 and free for kids age 5 and under. Admission for non-KDLL members is $45 for a family, $12 for seniors, $15 for adults, $8 for older kids and free for younger kids. Pets are not allowed. Admission after 9 p.m. is half price.

Performances are as follows:

Noon-12:30 p.m. — Paul Gerardi, folk singer from Florida.

12:45-1:15 p.m. — Folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic rock music by area musician Mike Morgan.

1:30-2 p.m. — Folk, country and bluegrass music by central peninsula band Worth Many Cattle with Alaska Public Radio Network Song of the Year winners Bonnie Nichols and Shannon Darling, Sue Biggs and Vickie Tinker.

2:15-3 p.m. — Folk, country and bluegrass music with a rock edge by the local band Spur Highway Spankers.

3:15-4 p.m. — Classic rock and roll by Kenai's The Mabrey Brothers.

4:15-4:45 p.m. — 60/40 from Anchorage playing folk rock and some Alaskana music.

5-5:30 p.m. — Folk music by area singer and guitarist Nancy Anderson.

5:45-6:15 p.m. — The Gottsche Family Band from North Kenai will perform country and gospel music.

6:30-7 p.m. — Central peninsula musicians Katie and the Couzins will play folk and Alaskana music.

7:15-7:45 p.m. — The North Road Pounders, a drum band from Nikiski. "They're a lot of fun and they really do get your blood pounding when they get moving," Auxier said.

8-8:30 p.m. — David Edwards-Smith on the bass guitar and Turk on a didgeridoo, from the central peninsula, will play original and jazz music.

8:45-9:30 p.m. — The Tim Sturm Band, a group of local high-schoolers, will play high-energy rock and roll.

9:45-10:30 p.m. — The DNA Band from Sterling will play classic rock and roll from the '50s and '60s.

10:45 p.m.-midnight — Mo Betta Blues from Anchorage will wrap things up with blues and some rock. "They'll also be getting the crowd going," Auxier said.

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