Hot picks: Driicky Graham, Trapper Creek Bluegrass, Terrible Buttons, Liquid 4, Mendeltna Creek Music Festival

Rhyme and rhythm

Southern rapper Driicky Graham visits Anchorage on the heels of last year's hit "Snapbacks and Tattoos." You can catch him in action 10 p.m. Saturday at the AT&T Sports Pavilion with DJ Krazy Leggz. Tickets are $25 at the door.

School's out

For a lot of students, the annual Liquid party at H2Oasis marks the beginning of summer break. The headliners for Liquid 4 are Chicago's Na Palm and Ohio's DJ D-Lo, both known for fusing electronic music with hip hop. The party starts 9:30 p.m. Friday. Event is for ages 17-and-older. Graduating seniors get in for $25. Otherwise, tickets are $30 or $45 for VIP passes. Visit for info.

Road trip, part 2

This weekend the Mendeltna Creek Lodge -- Mile 153 of the Glenn Highway -- hosts its fourth annual Mendeltna Creek Music Festival. The music starts 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday, with performances by Bootleg Brown, Hurricane Dave, Hog Heaven String Band, Lulu Small, One Take, Old Hims, High Lonesome Sound and many more. Weekend passes are $40, with a breakfast buffet on Memorial Day. Single-day passes are $15, free for kids 12 and younger. Visit and search "Mendeltna Creek Music Festival" for more info.

Don't push it

Terrible Buttons are from Spokane, Wash., but are no strangers to Alaska - the group is in the midst of its fifth summer tour of the state. Also due this summer is "Runt," the group's latest album of dark Americana. Meantime, catch the Buttons Saturday at Tap Root, 9 p.m., $5 advance, $7 door (21 and older). Visit for info.

Road trip, part 1

The Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival kicks off 6 p.m. Friday, with acts that stretch well beyond the confines of bluegrass. The Austin Steamers headline Saturday's lineup, while Fats Tunamelt, The Goat Rodeo, Pretty Birds That Kill, Saucy Yoda and plenty others play Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the 80-acre ranch at the end of Bradley Road in Trapper Creek. Tickets are $50 for all three days, available at Planet X in Anchorage or at the Trapper Creek Inn and Trapper Creek Trading Post. Visit for info.