Saturday: Tango Music in Tok

There is another concert coming to Tok!

Tomorrow: Saturday, July 16 – TANGO IN TOK!

At Off the Road House
Duct Tape Radio & Off the Road House are excited to host Folias Music bringing the tangy zest of tango to Tok. Refreshments.

Tango Lessons 5:30 to 6 p.m.
$10/person or $15/couple. Bring your dancing shoes!

Tango Concert 7 – 9.
$10/person donation. Bring a chair and a friend.

Scenes from the concert in our front yard this month with singer/songwriter Paul Thompson aka Buskalaska. A lovely evening of music and dancing.

Are you having a great summer?

Hosting Buskalaska: Singer Songwriter from the UK

This weekend, we will be hosting Paul Thompson AKA Buskalaska who is touring Alaska on his own, performing in clubs and people’s homes along the way. He’ll be performing two sets Saturday night, July 2 here in Tok.

The first set is especially for families with children and starts around 5pm for an hour or so. Then around 7pm, Paul will launch into a second set of music.

Paul says he’s been hitchhiking mostly to get around the state and having good luck with it although he will try to catch the bus from Fairbanks to Tok. From here, he hopes to get to Haines so if you know anyone headed in that direction, please let us know as he’d love a ride!

We’ll have light snacks and beverages in the cooler and if it isn’t raining, we can have a firepit going to grill up some food if you want to bring something. Feel free to BYOB for yourselves or bring some munchies to share. This concert is brought to you by Duct Tape Radio and Humanities Forum.

We also plan on having a small garage sale Saturday morning starting at 9am. We’ll post signs out on the street. Mostly clothing and accessories for women (women’s sizes 7 thru 12) and girls (girl sizes 3T & 4T); toys, books.

Hope you’re enjoying the summer so far! (yes, there is sun here at the moment…)

Save the Date! 2 Concerts in Tok…

Summer is almost here, and with summer come the musicians. We have two upcoming house concerts in Tok in July – make sure to mark your calendars! For the uninitiated, a “house concert” is a concert hosted in someone’s home. These happen in communities around the country as musical artists make their way on often self-funded music tours. Last year, we hosted Marian Call and 907Britt at our place for a full night of great music.

July 2 – Meet singer-songwriter “Buskalaska on a magical mystery tour from England to the untamed wilds of Alaska and Canada, beginning June 2011. Buskalaska’s musical journey will take him from Anchorage to the Arctic Circle, from the Yukon and Alberta to the Rockies and isles of BC, performing at festivals, coffee houses and bars, house concerts and impromptu street performances. AND in Tok, Alaska at the Risdahl’s place. You can hear some of his music here.

July 16 – Folias Flute and Guitar Duo will be performing acoustic tango music in Tok (location TBA) AND giving Tango lessons. Yes, TANGO lessons.  More about them from their website:

The Grand Rapids, MI based Folias Flute and Guitar Duo was founded by the husband and wife duo Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron in 2002. They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events across North America. The duo’s original compositions and arrangements have been recorded on four separate Folias CD releases which are on the Blue Griffin Recording and White Pine Music labels and have been reviewed by Flute Talk magazine and Fanfare Magazine. The duo’s background in classical concert music performance and composition mixed with their training in tango and jazz make their performances both informed and exciting. Find out more at Folias Music.

How is THAT for global culture in Tok, Alaska? What other events are happening in the community that you’d like to promote?