Story last updated at 4:11 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002

Musical fund-raiser seeking to strike youthful chord
by Carey James
Staff Writer

Music lovers of all varieties can indulge this weekend as KBBI's Concerts on the Lawn kick off two days of musical gluttony.

According to Annie Moylan of KBBI, the weekend concert, which is the station's 22nd music fund-raiser, holds a little of everything from a dulcimer player to alternative rock.

The show starts Saturday at 6 p.m., on its traditional spot in the meadow off Main Street, with Homer guitarist and vocalist Matt Yaki, who recently released his first CD, "Black Licorice." Yaki's Latin-influenced beat and Santana-esque sound will be followed by an up-and-coming youthful Anchorage band called Rumblefish, which Moylan said has been touted as a must-hear in Alaska's alternative rock scene. The John Walsh Trio is returning, featuring several of Homer's younger musicians, for the second year on the concert stage. Three-Legged Mule follows with its folk sound and the Anchorage ska band Nervis Rex rounds out the evening with its danceable sound.

Moylan said the concert lineup is partly geared toward younger ears, a prime directive of KBBI.

"We've tried to get younger bands to the Concert on the Lawn, because we are firm believers that this is the way we grow," she said. "We have to make room for those who are coming."

Moylan said the concert is one of the few opportunities for the under-21 crowd to listen to great music, dance and have a good time in Homer since bars are off limits (Moylan notes, however, that security will be on the lookout for underage drinkers). While it's a great opportunity for youth, it's also a chance for the public radio station to introduce itself to the youth.

"It's really a way to get the best word out for public radio," she said. "This is not your grandfather's public radio."

On Sunday, music starts at noon with Talkeetna artist Esther Golton on the dulcimer, a stringed instrument that Moylan said sounds a bit like a harpsichord. Moylan said Golton has a folk music sound, as does Larry Zarella, also of Talkeetna, who will be playing guitar and singing. Andy Baker of Anchorage, who has played around Homer on several occasions, will take the stage, as will Chilean musician Andres Condon, also a returning performer.

"Andres is well known in this area," Moylan said. "He takes world music to a really soulful level. It's quite a treat."

Also playing Sunday is central Kenai Peninsula bluegrass band, the Spur Highway Spankers, as well as Homer's own marimba band, juJuba, joined by several special guests.

The Karen Strid Quartet, which played in Homer at the Jazzmania concert, will take the stage Sunday, joined by vocalist Brenda Vulgamore. Loose Gravel and Homer's own Monk's Hood will round out the day in true dance-worthy style.

As in recent years, food and crafts will be sold in the meadow.

Funds from the annual concert go to support the public radio station's yearly operating costs, and more than 90 volunteers will help the cause this year, Moylan said.