Happenings through the weekend: Concerts galore, including Lupe Fiasco and Dillon Francis

Concert season in Anchorage is back. Whether you’re into folk or funk, there’s something to be enjoyed by everyone this weekend.

Rapper Lupe Fiasco is coming to Alaska for the first time Sunday for an outdoor performance downtown. Other out-of-state talents are making their way to Anchorage this weekend, including comedian Billy Wayne Davis and electronic musician and DJ Dillon Francis.

Also, with the Live After Five and Arts in the Park concert series both in full swing, local musicians are headlining around town, including I Like Robots and the Tanana Rafters.

Live After 5, I Like Robots — I Like Robots will be front and center at Town Square Park for Live after 5, a free weekly concert series. The group’s five members will do what they do best, playing iconic ’80s hits for the masses. 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday. 544 W. Fifth Ave. (More info on Facebook)

Billy Wayne Davis Live — Standup comedian Billy Wayne Davis will perform two live shows at Koot’s. The writer and actor previously appeared on “Conan” and “Last Comic Standing.” $20. Shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday. 2435 Spenard Road. (More info on Facebook)

Arts in the Park Concert Series, the Tanana Rafters — Listen to live music from the funk-rock and blues band the Tanana Rafters for this free concert series. Music will be made rain or shine on the Anchorage Museum’s front lawn. Free. 5:30 p.m. Friday. 625 C St. (More on the Museum’s website)

Ava Earl album release — Girdwood’s own Ava Earl will be performing her fourth studio album, “The Roses,” this Friday at an album release concert. Ava will take center stage at the Sydney Laurence Theatre, backed by a full band, for an evening of stories and songs. Tickets start at $20. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

DILLASKA — Electronic musician Dillon Francis is partnering with Showdown Alaska to present DILLASKA, with music from Phantoms, Ship Wrek, Dot and Gerald. The show is for audiences 18 and over, but there will be a 21-and-over section with a full bar. Tickets start at $35. Doors open at 4 p.m. Saturday. 609 F St. (

Tiffany, featuring members of L.A. Guns — Tiffany Renee Darwish, known by her stage name, Tiffany, will be delivering a night of rock in the parking lot of Koot’s. Her voice may be familiar; she used to be a voice actress and played Judy Jetson in “Jetsons: The Movie.” Food trucks will be onsite. Tickets start at $30. 4 p.m. Saturday. 2435 Spenard Road (

Arts in the Park Concert Series, Anchorage Guitar Duo — Listen to live tunes from Anchorage Guitar Duo on the Anchorage Museum’s lawn. Free. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 625 C St. (More on the Museum’s website)

Tommy Rocker Rock-and-roll comedy singer Tommy Rocker is back in Alaska for one show at Koot’s. Free. 8-10 p.m. Saturday. 2435 Spenard Road. (More info on Facebook)

Seriously Fun 5k Obstacle Run — If you’re looking for a little more hands-on fun, Mud Factor’s 5K obstacle run is happening at Kincaid Park, complete with water slides, mud pits and cargo climbs. Tickets start at $40. 11 a.m. Sunday. 6998 Raspberry Road. (

Lupe Fiasco — Grammy-award-winning rapper and musician Lupe Fiasco is coming up north for his first-ever show in Alaska, happening this weekend. The concert is outdoors, rain or shine, at 6th and F Street downtown. Grieves, Brother Buffalo, Saint Deon, and AG Two Tone will also perform. Tickets start at $35. Doors open at 4 p.m. Sunday. (

SIN with The Millennial Falcons — Pop-punk band The Millennial Falcons will be at Koot’s on the last Sunday of the month. Free. 10 p.m. Sunday. 2435 Spenard Road. (More info on Facebook)