Whistling Swan opens 20th season with with Leon Russell

Evan Agostini

Whistling Swan has been bringing an eclectic batch of nationally noted musicians to Anchorage for 20 years and, perhaps in celebration, they'll open the anniversary season with a biggie: Leon Russell, rock-and-roll Hall of Famer and collaborator with everyone from bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones to B.B. King and George Benson. Russell and his band perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Discovery Theatre.

That's the same venue for Dougie MacLean at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Whistling Swan has brought "Scotland's James Taylor" to Alaska so many times that he probably qualifies for a Permanent Fund dividend check. The last time his trip coincided with an eruption of Redoubt Volcano, a bit of excitement that hasn't gone to waste. We're told he has a new song inspired by the event that he'll be singing here.

Tickets for both shows are available at centertix.net.