Arts and Entertainment

This weekend in Anchorage: Kanekoa brings island vibes and Anchorage Symphony goes baroque

Maui-based band Kanekoa

There are plenty of musical options for those out and about in Anchorage this weekend. Kanekoa might be a good choice if you’re missing the warm weather. The Hawaiian band blends genres with a ukulele-driven sound. Or embrace the season and listen to the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra perform baroque selections.

Arctic Valley Winter Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Williwaw Social, 609 F St.

This free event is a place to grab a pass or a membership for Arctic Valley Ski Area. It features music from K-Rae and the Meat Rockets as well as DW and the Green Fire. It also includes a showing of “Brap Ski 2.”

Kanekoa: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave.

The island comes to Anchorage as this island jam-rock band brings its ukulele-driven sound back to Alaska. The group blends reggae, blues, funk, jazz and island music. Discounted tickets are available for UAA students.

Spenard Song Circle: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, The Nave, 3502 Spenard Road

This edition of the Spenard Song Circle features host Emma Hill, Pepper Kit and Melissa Mitchell. General admission tickets are $20. Funds from tickets go to support independent and local music.


Anchorage Symphony’s “Bach & Beyond”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W. Sixth Ave.

Featuring guest conductor Yaniv Attar and Dimitri Murrath on viola, this evening features baroque and baroque-inspired music from J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Dobrinka Tabakova and more. Tickets start at $27.50.

Casey Balsham: 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road

Casey Balsham is a New York City comic who has toured the country and is a regular at New York Comedy Club and Gotham. Her debut album is called “Son of a Barb” and she recently wrote and performed the one-woman show “Casey Balsham Does a Thing.” Tickets are $20.

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