Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 1:55 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Arts Briefs

Band celebrates 21 years

Alaska band Premium Blend celebrates 21 years together with two nights of performances at 10 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 at Kharacters Bar. Premium Blend plays a mix of classic and country rock ranging from Credence Clearwater Revival to Pink Floyd as well as original songs composed by its members. Bass player and backup singer Pat Lind, a Homer artist, also will be giving away $1,000 in his original art at the celebration. The band released a CD album with Canyon Records, California, in 2008. Pat Lind and fellow member and brother Joe Lind both are from Chignik Lake. Joe, one of the band's songwriters, plays lead guitar and is lead singer, and has released numerous singles in his musical career. He also has written jazz and techno/dance songs.

Pat Lind is a Homer artist and has been playing music with his brother since he was 9. In addition to playing with Premium Blend, Pat Lind also played bass with Medicine Dream, an Alaska band know in the Lower 48 and in the Native music community. He also has played bass with his brother on his single recordings.

Also in Premium Blend are back-up singer and rhythm guitarist Mike Fuller and drummer Jacob Luevano. Fuller lives in Anchorage. Originally from New Mexico, Luevano now lives in the Matanuska-Susitna valley area, where he works in the behavioral health field.

As Joe Lind put it, "We all have day jobs, so we look at our trips across Alaska to rock 'n' roll as our therapy."

36 Crazyfists performs

36 Crazyfists, one of the most popular Alaska bands to make it nationally, performs for the first time in Homer at 11 p.m. Friday at the Alibi. Traveling around Alaska, 36 Crazyfists is celebrating the 10th anniversary — and playing songs from — its break-out album with Roadrunner Records, "Bitterness the Star." Originally based in Anchorage, the four members of the band now live in Portland, Ore. Currently with the band are Brock Lindow, vocals, Steve Holt, guitar — both with Kenai roots — Mick Whitney on bass and Kyle Baltus on drums. Admission is $25 at the door with advance sales at the Alibi.

Eurydice continues

"Eurydice," a reimagining of the Greek legend of Orpheus, by playwright Sarah Ruhl, continues this weekend at Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit. The show plays 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. General admission is $10.

Opening next weekend is "Next to Normal," a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner by Brian Yorkey with music by Tom Kitt and is a rock musical in the style of "Rent." Show dates are Aug. 17, 18, 19 and Aug. 23, 24, 25, 26, all at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 general admission with discounts available. For information and reservations call 235-7333. Tickets for both shows are on sale at the Homer Bookstore.

Grandma's Hope Notes perform at AP Farmer's Market

In honor of the late Beulah Poindexter, Grandma's Hope Notes perform in concert at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Anchor Point Farmer's Market at the Anchor Point Greenhouse.

Fairbanks offers art commission

The city of Fairbanks in conjunction with the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) has issued a request for qualifications and concepts, or RFQ/C, for public art to be commissioned in downtown Fairbanks. The budget is $300,000 and the request for qualifications and concepts can be viewed at http://bit.ly/Qpigeq. Responses to the RFQ/C must be submitted to www.callforentry.org. The deadline for submission is 10 p.m. Aug. 27. For more information, call Donna Gardino at djgardino@ci.fairbanks.ak.us or (907) 459-6786.