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Dates: June 19th -- 20th, 2009 ~ Pre-festival Jam on the 18th

Seldovia, Alaska MAP

see schedule below

sitka summer music festival logoCost:
Friday and Saturday Performances (each): $30.00
Saturday Workshops (covers all): $10.00
Whole festival pass (both performances plus all workshops): $49

Friday and Saturday Performances (each): $10
Saturday Workshops (covers all): $5
Whole festival pass (both performances plus all workshops): $20

*Children are defined as K-12.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate, which opens 1/2 hour before performances and workshops. We only accept cash or checks. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards.

Special!!! Buy your all-festival pass in Seldovia by Wednesday June 17 and you will get it for $39.00. Stop by the Herring Bay Mercantile before 5 PM on the 17th to buy your tickets.

For more info:
Seldovia Music Festival - E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - Phone: (907) 234-7416

Snail Mail: PO Box 41 Seldovia, AK 99663

The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival is a two-day event held on the June weekend closest to the summer solstice each year since 2002 by the Seldovia Arts Council.

The festival typically involves two evening performances, afternoon workshops, and artist jams throughout the community. Performers come from all over the world and there is always a special place for local acts at the festival as well. All festival events unless noted otherwise on the program are held at Susan B. English School.

What will you experience at the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival?

First of all, look around: you will find yourself in one of the most picturesque little towns in Alaska. Everything is within walking distance of the center of town. You can stroll along the boardwalk, go for a walk on the Otterbahn, enjoy the harbor with all its beautiful ships and dinghies. You can sneak into one of the local restaurants for a snack or a meal. Then, breathe: the air is fresh and even on a rainy day the salt air will take you back to the days of commercial fishing, to the world of the sea otter and sailing ships.

Dining alfresco on the waterfront during the Solstice FestivalOnce you get you oriented take a walk up to the Susan B. English School Ottertorium.

There you will find the best little festival ever. You get an up close and personal experience with folksingers and musicians from all over Alaska and, these days, the world. The venue is not fancy. The seats can get a bit hard, so bring a cushion if you have a tendency toward sore buns. You will be listening to two nights of music consisting of numerous 20 minute sets by selected artists and a nationally known headliner, and the program lasts from about 6:30 until we are finished. You can come and go as you wish.

There will be a song circle at one of the local restaurants Saturday morning and lots of workshops the tickle your fancy on Saturday afternoon, so bring your instrument with you even if you are not a festival performer.

Jamming is going to happen all over town, however and whenever, and we hope that there will be dancing too. The camaraderie is just great!!!!!!
The presenters

The festival is sponsored by the Seldovia Arts Council with support from granting agencies, Susan B. English School, and many business and volunteer supporters in the community.

Susan Mumma, chair of the Seldovia Arts Council, is the festival director. She organizes performer selection and oversees the staging of the festival.

You may contact Susan Mumma at (907)234-7416 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail c/o Seldovia Arts Council, P. O. Box 41, Seldovia, Alaska, 99663.

We think Seldovia is a very special place and we’re glad you’re going to be sharing it with us during the festival. In addition to our information on lodgings and transportation, you may find these things helpful to know in planning your visit.
Getting around in town

Seldovia’s small size is perfect for walking or biking around. There’s a bike rack in front of the festival venue and local merchants often have racks as well. Because locals are doing the same, we ask that drivers keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians and pets on and, yes, in the streets. We don’t rush, here, and we hope you won’t feel a need to either.

The festival venue building is fully accessible although it is located at the top of a small hill as approached from Main St. Other, older local buildings, including older business structures and some transportation modes, may present mobility challenges. The harbor ramp at low tide can be very demandingly steep. Local taxi services are detailed in the discussion of transportation options.

Just because the calendar says summer, don’t expect it to be hot in Seldovia at the solstice. Because we’re so close to the ocean, our weather is cooler and damper than Anchorage. Fleece and rain-resistant outer garments are typical Seldovia summer wear, although you’ll want a hat for when the sun shines. You may want to bring shoes suitable for damp conditions and our not-too-even dirt street surfaces, too.

The festival itself is indoors, where it can become quite warm.
The festival venue

Most of the festival is held at Susan B. English School. Smoking, alcoholic beverages, and pets are not permitted inside the school building.

Food and drink are limited to the cafeteria only. That’s the rule for the kids and we won’t blow our credibility as adults by violating the restrictions we ask them to observe. That means that no food or drink may be brought into the actual performance space.

Admission to all festival events is by ticket. For multi-event passes, you must retain your ticket bracelet to show each time you enter the festival venue.

Seldovia has a leash law for pets in public.

Please do not tie your animals outside the venue during performances or workshops—the grounds are frequented by black bears and other wildlife, and we cannot assure the safety of your pets.

Seldovia has a number of restaurants as well as two grocery stores. Evening attendees may want to keep in mind that there are typically no restaurants serving meals after the performances are over and plan accordingly.

Seldovia has only limited cell service through ACS–accounts with other services may not function in Seldovia or may function only at a few specific locations (reportedly at the end of the ferry dock or out at the beach).

There is a public phone at the city office building on the ferry dock.

The Seldovia Public Library has free wifi from 8 am to 10 pm that can be used from the library front porch when the library isn’t open. Commercial computer services are available through the Central Suites of Seldovia Internet Cafe.

There is a message board near the festival gate for written messages. There is no phone service at the gate for taking messages.


Pre-Festival Activities Thursday, June 18
11 AM Join the Jam with the Artists on the Alaska State Ferry, Tustemena, then enjoy a free day in the beauty of Seldovia
(performers after no host dinner join the "collaboration" with Radoslav Lorkovic)

Friday, June 19:
8:30 Yoga
10:am Songwriting Class with Robin Hopper and continuation of "Collaboration"
6:30 pm performance

Saturday, June 20
8:30 Yoga
10:00 am song circle at the Tide Pool
1 pm workshops
6:30 pm performance

Friday evening:

Opening of festival with Simone de Biblioteque and Robert Post

6:30 -– The Hopper Family Band includes, Robin, Bruce, Caiti, and Grady Hopper. A family who sings together, stays together! You will love their tight harmonies..These great musicians are from Chugiak.

6:50 — Relatively Famous- this fun group from Homer, Alaska brings a colorful palate of World music, songs and original music played on a variety of interesting instruments by Sunrise Sjoeberg, Marjolean, Cardon, and Tim Quinn.

7:10 -– Tim Davis is an up and coming musician from Provo, Utah and currently Seldovia, Alaska. He artfully plays his original guitar compositions, with a style all his own. His songs range from alternative to folk. This is Tim’s first appearance in the festival.

7:30 — Hot Club of Nunaka, hot gypsy jazz, Dawg, Django and beyond…this group illustrates the fact that the distance between Appalachia and the Samois sur Seine is not that far, musically. The group features Anchorage musicians, Eric Rogers, N. Levine, Derek Christianson and Joh Schick.

7:50 –- Eric Braendel– a former, winner of the Alaska Song of the Year, contest sings his heartfelt originals. Some say he’s Alaska’s Gordon Lightfoot. Eric’s son Sean will join him on stage.

8:10 — Radoslav Lorkovic — sought after- world class blues and boogie woogie pianist from Austen and the world, Radoslav returns to Seldovia after a three-year absence. Where’s he been? Why touring with Odetta, Jimmy La Fave, Dave Moore and more..oh…and dare we mention the accordian?

8:30 -- Intermission

8:50 — Mary Jane Lamond, Wendy MacIsaacs and Patric Gillis

9:30 — Robert Post:extrodinarily funny comedian and dramatist

9:50 — Town Creek: A traditional-style bluegrass band from Anchoarge featuring master musicians Tony Elder, Jeff Walker, Dan Guzaukas, and Nancy Moore. Town Creek has been together five plus years, traveling all over the state and having the distinction of playing at the opening ceremonies of the 50th Anniversary of Statehood last year.

10:10 — Dan Mac Quartet– —Great 30’s and 40’s tunes featuring Katie Strock on vocals, Erroll Brester base, Cameron Cartland,drums, Rick Zelinsky, sax and band leader Dan Mac Elrath on killer piano. These musicians are favorites at the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival. Billy Goat: Seldovia’s own bluegrass and old-timely band features tight bluegrass music by Seldovians Jeff Snedgen, Chris Lelo, Kerry Hendricks and Kirby Corwin.

10:30 -Let’s Dance

Saturday evening:

6:30 — Faolan– This young Irish band from Anchorage features the talents of Ahanna Sutherlin, William Sutherlin, and Dane Walker.

6:50 — Back Alley Banned– Jolly Irish tunes from the Back Alley’s of Anchorage featuring Ben Alexander, Marylyn Backus, Donna Fearey, Brett Jokela, John Lewis, Terry McCoy, Suzi Fowler Perri. Back Alley Banned gets its name from the Back Alley of Suzi’s Woollies, 420 G Street in Anchorage, were they first began to stir the Irish.

7:10 — Betsy Scott–is a steamy jazz songstress from Seldovia, debuting at this festival. (It is rumored that Betsy has a 20 year history in the theater, having been featured at the Alaska Repetory Theater, the Pacific Rim with the Alaska Repetory Theater and Cyrano’s.) This gal loves to sing!!!

7:30 -– Jaime Michaels–is unique in the world of songsters. Traveling artist, New Mexican songwriter sings his own beautifully crafted originals. Jaime is returning to Seldovia after being featured at Kerrville(Texas).He is debuting his new CD,”Crooked” which is hot off the press this month.

7:50 –- Red Mountain Ramblers– is a great bluegrass and new grass by local “out the roaders” including local wizard of strings, Seldovian, Rob Rurka.

8:10 -– Robin Hopper – a mega-accomplished musician, winner of many awards, including Alaska’s Teacher of the Year, is one of Alaska’s sweetest,and finest singers and teacher or millions.

8:30 -- Intermission

8:50 –- Robert Post

9:25 -– Mary Jane Lamond

9:50 -– Emily Kurn— With a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and 25 years of performance experience ranging from classical ballet and voice, to piano and musical theater, Emily Kurn is undeniable at home onstage. Since her relocation from the San Francisco Bary Area to Alaska six years ago, Emily has piled up a long list of songwriting awards including the Woody Guthrie Folk Fest Songwriting Contest, the International Songwriting Competition and was a Kerrville New Folk Finalist. Her albums have charted consecutive months on folk and roots charts and she was a 2008 Rasumson Artist Grant recipient. In November she released her newest project, her son, Sam. He is not for sale but her CDS are. This will be her first trip to Seldovia.

10:10 -– These musicians are favorites at the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival.Billy Goat: Seldovia’s own bluegrass and old-timely band features tight bluegrass music by Seldovians Jeff Snedgen, Chris Lelo, Kerry Hendricks and Kirby Corwin.

10:30 -– Collaboration Piece featuring the talents of most of the festival musicians led by Radoslav Lorkovic.

Note: this schedule is subject to change, right up until the performers go on stage. But this version is probably pretty close.
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