Art, food, fun and 12 bands playing a variety of music in 12 hours. What better way is there to spend the Saturday of summer solstice weekend?
If that sounds appealing, then the place to be from noon to midnight is the KDLL Art and Music Festival at the Diamond-M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road.
"It should be a great thing to do for a great weekend," said Roger Boyd, president of the KDLL board of directors. "It's the first real outdoor music festival (of the year) in the central peninsula."
The festival is put on by KDLL as a fund-raiser and a way to give back to the people who support the station.
"We wanted a way of saying thank you to the community," said Allen Auxier, station manager.
Years ago, KDLL put on a yearly bluegrass festival. Now the station is reincarnating that practice into the Art and Music Festival. The new festival is held outdoors, includes food, arts and crafts vendors and a beer garden and branches out from the bluegrass theme.
"We wanted to open it up to all kinds of musicians (and) involve a whole lot of people," Auxier said.
The highlight of the festival is the wide range of live music that will be performed, from blues to jazz to rock and roll. Some area musicians scheduled to perform include Hobo Jim, Bunny Swan Gease, the Mabrey Brothers, Synthesesia and the Spur Highway Spankers.
Other performing musicians from around the peninsula, Anchorage and beyond are the English Bay Band, the Forget Me Knotts, 3-Legged Mule, Southern Comfort, 60/40, Mo' Better Blues and Mallaka.
Synthesesia plays in a jazz fusion style, the Spur Highway Spankers are bluegrass band, Southern Comfort has a county-rock flavor, 60/40 plays acoustic rock, 3-Legged Mule and Mallaka are both rock bands, and Hobo Jim and Bunny Swan Gease are singer-songwriters who perform an eclectic range of music.
"I was really happy with the mix (of bands) that we got," Boyd said. "It is a real broad sampling."
Admission to the festival is free for children ages 1 to 5, $8 for children ages 6 to 14, $18 for adults ages 15 to 59, $12 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $55 for families of two adults and three children.
Admission prices for KDLL members are $5 for children ages 6 to 14 (whose parents are members), $15 for adults ages 15-59, $10 for seniors 60 and older and $45 for families of two adults and three children.
Free parking is available at the Diamond-M Ranch and across Kalifornsky Beach Road at Kalifonsky Christian Center and the KSRM lot. Signs will be posted at parking areas and the festival site.
If the festival is successful, KDLL plans to make it a yearly event.
"Twelve hours, 12 bands and lots of fun," Auxier said. "Come for the music, stay for the art.
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