For Nahko Bear, an escape to the Last Frontier allowed him to begin to unpack his cultural background and launched him as a songwriter. Bear and his band Medicine for the People will play First Tap in Anchorage on July 2.  

Chris Bieri
Singer songwriter Neko Case, acclaimed for her solo career and for her work with indie rock group The New Pornographers, will play Bear Tooth First Tap concert in Anchorage on Sept. 8.Alaska Dispatch staff
While band members come from across the U.S., Blackwater Railroad Company's blend of folk-rock, country, bluegrass and R&B is all about Seward, Alaska.Chris Bieri
Todd Grebe has upped the ante with “Citizen,” his latest effort with Cold Country. The album was produced in Nashville and takes the band in a new direction with an electrified country sound. Chris Bieri
The Treasury Department is looking for a woman to take Alexander Hamilton's place on the $10 bill. Elizabeth Peratrovich, who succeeded in winning civil rights for Alaska's minorities 20 years before national laws were passed, would make a good pick.Mike Dunham
A hundred Alaska bagpipers will take part in the Highland Games this weekend, with contests in Anchorage and at the Alaska State Fairgrounds -- a taste of what we can expect in 2016 when Alaska hosts the World Highland Games Championships.Mike Dunham
Susan Burnstine, the juror for the 2015 "Rarefied Light" photo show, will present her juror’s lecture and conduct a workshop next month in Anchorage. And the 2010 "Beerdrinker of the Year" has a book about Alaska brewing.Mike Dunham
 An evening of films by Alaskans will take place Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, with offerings that range from romantic comedy and animation to CGI-enhanced Vikings fighting Space Orcs.Mike Dunham

Alt-metal band Helmet headlined Road to Warped Tour on Wednesday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. This is the second year the Warped tour has made an appearance in Anchorage.

Shelby Lum