KDLL Art and Music Festival celebrates second summer solstice

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2003

If being drenched with 19-plus hours of sunlight is a cause for celebration, then the KDLL Art and Music Festival is the place to be Saturday. The event will give patrons a chance to spend 12 of those hours enjoying live music, food, arts and crafts and the company of other music lovers.

This is the second annual summer solstice festival, put on as a fund-raiser for KDLL. The festivities begin at noon Saturday at the Diamond-M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road and continue until midnight.

The main attraction of the festival is the live music going on all day. This year there's a lineup of 11 bands that will play roughly one-hour sets.

"We have a wider variety of music this time blues, bluegrass, country, rock and roll, hip hop, rap and a family-oriented group," said Allen Auxier, station manager for KDLL.

The majority of the bands are local favorites as well, so the festival is a great chance for music fans to get a sampling of the central peninsula music scene.

The schedule (subject to change) is as follows Mo Betta Blues will kick things off at noon, followed by the Spur Highway Spankers at 1:05 p.m., Penny Gottsche and Hay Belly at 2:10 p.m., Katie and Joe Ray Skrha at 3:15 p.m., the Mabrey Brothers at 4:20 p.m., the Chillbillies at 5:25 p.m., English Bay Band at 6:30 p.m., 10 Cent Zen at 7:35 p.m., Synthesesia at 8:50 p.m., T.S. Scream at 9:55 p.m. and Drive By Body Pierce at 11 p.m.

"It's pretty diverse so there should be something for everybody to enjoy," said Marta Brenner, KDLL board member and music coordinator for the festival. "Everybody should just bring their dancing shoes."

If patrons get peckish or parched while enjoying the music, there will be food vendor booths on-site to meet those needs. A beer tent will be sent up, as well.

For those with some extra cash in their pockets and bare spots on their walls at home, the festival will host several arts and crafts vendors.

The event is held in a field at Diamond-M Ranch parallel to Kalifornsky Beach Road. The field was newly made last year, but this time around Mother Nature has contributed some ground cover to the festivities.

"Last year it was a little bit dusty. This year it's pretty well covered with grass," Auxier said.

Even with the grass, Auxier still recommends bringing lawn chairs, blankets or something to sit on.

Being prepared for inclement weather also is advisable this is Alaska, after all although Auxier is doing his best to will the skies to be clear.

"Of course gong we're going to have perfect weather," he said.

The festival drew about 1,000 patrons last year, and this year organizers are hoping about 1,500 will drop by throughout the day. All money raised goes to KDLL.

"It's a lot of fun," Auxier said. "Everybody enjoyed it last year people were dancing to the music and it's just a great family place to go have fun."

Admission for KDLL members is free for kids ages 1 to 5, $5 for kids ages 6 to 14, $15 for adults ages 15 to 59, $10 for seniors ages 60 and up and $45 for a family of two adults and three kids. Admission for non-KDLL members is free for kids 1 to 5, $8 for kids 6 to 14, $18 for adults ages 15 to 59, $12 for seniors ages 60 and up and $55 for families of two adults and 3 kids.

Parking is free. Pets are not allowed.

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