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This Week on Earthsongs: John McLeod

John McLeod is a Métis musician of the Sapotaweyak Ojibwa tribe. John has been composing and performing music for more than 30 years. With traditional country and blues elements, he brings a spiritual voice to his songs. In the process of fighting to overcome hardship, John dedicated himself to music. He found a second chance at life after undergoing triple bypass surgery and succeeded in sharing his music worldwide. As well as touring North America and Canada, he was inducted into the South...

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As Heard on Morning Line: Veterans' History Project

Sep 19, 2017
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With the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention a month away, a new project is gearing up to offer a training to record veterans histories.  

The "Oral History Training Seminar" will be October 20th, from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Alaska Veterans Museum on 4th Avenue in Anchorage.  

The Veteran's History Project aim is to gather oral histories, a choice that the coordinator, Brad Schmitz says helps make the stories come alive, moreso than if it were in print.    

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A new Alaska Exhibit is opening September 15th, the product of a lot of construction you may have noticed in recent months at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.  

Our guest on Morning Line, Curator of Alaska History and Culture Aaron Leggett says that the Alaska Exhibition has been the same since 1986, "It's been fun to reimagine that space and exhibition... although it's in a chronological sequence, it's also thematic."  Leggett says the new displays pose the question, "How have Alaska's peoples adapted to the landscape and it's resources?"

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Our guest this morning on Our Community is Executive Director Beth Nordlund of the Anchorage Park Foundation.  Nordlund had a lot to share, with four events coming up as the fall comes on -

The Fish Creek Festival is a grassroots gathering in Spenard featuring Live Music, Food Trucks, art and artists as well as a duct tape and tarp parade, with a preliminary to the festival - the Fish Creek Cleanup.  The cleanup starts at 10am Saturday the 9th, and the Festival starts at 3pm.  

As Heard on Morning Line: Alaska Veg Fest

Sep 5, 2017
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An event coming up this weekend is promoting healthy lifestyles through dietary change - the theme is "The Transformative Power of Eating Plants" 

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Today, a First Friday Event in downtown Anchorage celebrates the work of an artist, Charles Lucier.  Panu Lucier is his daughter, and has created this showing, at the Summit Spice and Tea Co, at 3030 Denali Street.  

Panu says her father was many things to many people, anthropologist, ungulate biologist focused on caribou, and in many ways a community organizer, long before that became a political buzzword.  She remembers the Urban Natives Unite group that her mother and father both created right here in Anchorage.  

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As Heard on Morning Line: The Ballroom Thieves

Sep 20, 2017
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Our guests today on Morning Line were a musical trio called The Ballroom Thieves.  

The group is playing at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 22nd, this coming Friday at 7:30 - but here's a twist - first, they are touring local schools, inspiring students and also picking up local High School symphonic talent.  That's right, some lucky band students will get a chance to play with a nationally touring music group.  

When you're out there playing gigs and helping the Alaska Music scene, you're gonna get your hands dirty. The Dirty Hands have supported musicians, venues, festivals and Alaskan audiences for many years. They're off to explore new landscapes and locations but will reunite in Alaska for more shows in the future. Born in Girdwood, the band is a multi­-genre, blues centric, quintet. The band members seek to broaden the dynamic and depth of their music, inspired from all corners of the United States, covering a breadth of influence steeped in blues, jazz, and rock. 

The Cheapest Key

After a busy summer, the festival season is winding down as we spotlight the Fish Creek Festival September 9, 2017 here in Anchorage featuring The Cheapest Key! The band has been together for about a year and have played only 'occasionally' on Anchorage stages.  We expect more attention will be coming their way after a studio recording is made which will no doubt get plenty of air-time on the radio. Thanks for the live music and we'll see you at the Fish Creek Festival!

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Joe Becker, Camp counselor and organizer, and Kim Richey and Betty Soo, esteemed singer-songwriters and master guitar instructors for the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp came by KNBA this morning, and gave a preview of the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp's Instructor Concert, also known as "An Evening of Acoustic Arts"

The event is August 30th, tomorrow, from 7-11pm at the Route 33.

Another Salmonfest and another wonderful visit with Tim Easton! Tim has been a regular at the annual music festival in Ninilchik, AK for 7 years and he always swings by the station to share more music. We chatted with Tim about the road, fishing, finding what it is you like to do and how it all fills the latest album American Fork. Check out the conversation and live songs with Tim Easton and a Live In-Studio session on KNBA.