Hot Picks: Bluegrass, harvest feast, zydeco, beard battle

AnchorageAugust 22, 2013 

Dirty River Ramblers

A Nebraska-based quartet with tight harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals has been touring Alaska after the release of its new CD "Ramble On" (see Cool Treats, Page 3) -- ironically recorded at an Omaha studio called The Alaska House. They bring their mix of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonic and a baritone ukulele to Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Road, at 10:30 p.m. Friday. There's a $5 cover charge. You can also catch them at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Saturday and Sunday. Pick up the daily schedules when you go through the gate.

Local Harvest Feast

Join in a community potluck style event to celebrate Alaska's bounty of local and wild foods at the Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road, on Wednesday evening. The first Local Harvest Feast is free, but hey, bring a dish. There'll be a local harvest dish competition in which you can submit a dish for taste testing and voting. Present dishes in one of the categories -- wild berries, wild game and seafood, or garden grown -- at 6:30 p.m. for registration. The feast will last until 8:30 p.m. Find out more at


Southcentral Alaska Beard and Moustache Club 10th Anniversary Show

The bristliest men in Alaska will bring their facial hair and attitude at the Avenue Bar, 338 W Fourth Ave., for a party starting at 9 p.m. Friday. Musical guests include Gimme Gimme Gimme and The Eternal Cowboys. There'll be a small competition just for fun for newer members and to show those who don't have much experience in going to beard and moustache competitions what it's all about. No cover charge, but it's restricted to ages 21 and over. More at

Buckwheat and bandmates

Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural and the Grammy award-winning Buckwheat Zydeco band will bring the sound of Louisiana to Anchorage with a boiling show at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the campus of University of Alaska Anchorage. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door. More information at


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