Are you in search of the absolute best in entertainment excellence? Spring Grove Cinema is proud to present the Alaska String Band on Friday Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Hailing from Alaska’s capital city of Juneau, the Zahasky family is recognized internationally and brings the best of Americana music.
This dynamic five-member band makes its home on the last frontier and is the subject of much curiosity and inspiration for all those who happen to be fortunate to see one of their shows.
When not out enjoying in the magnificent wilderness setting of their remote home town, which can only be visited by boat or plane, this family occupies itself by entertaining visitors on board cruise ships in Alaskan waters and at the Chilkat Theatre among the alpine slopes of a mountain-top destination during the Alaskan summer months.
Aboard a 40-foot bus, the Alaska String Band ventures further abroad and is quickly gaining an enthusiastic following in the lower 48 states and Canada as it tours nationally each fall and early winter. This year, Spring Grove is lucky to be a spot on their tour schedule.
Moving along at a lively pace, American-roots music favorites are showcased, touching on genres such as swing, jazz, bluegrass, pop, folk, dawg, gospel, Hawaiian, Celtic and Russian. Of particular interest are original tunes composed and sung by this ensemble that reflect the hardship of the Alaskan gold fever experience as well as a ballad, The Wreck of the Princess Sophia, which soulfully depicts the courage and tragedy of early explorers in Alaska’s untouched wilderness.
As gifted multi-instrumentalists the family often swap instruments throughout a performance with an impressive collection of acoustic stringed instruments, including guitars, violin-fiddles, mandolins, dulcimer, banjo, bass, ukuleles and percussion. Knitting it all together are the “Z” family signature vocal harmonies.
Evocative photographic images on the big screen provide a backdrop of rich historical context in the spirit of Alaska; featuring wildlife, scenery, history, hard rock mining enterprises, native culture, contemporary lifestyle and adventure.
The Zahasky family narration brings to life ancient customs and stories as well as an intimate peek at the lives of contemporary Alaskans – laced with humor, scandal, tragedy and celebration.
Of particular delight to audiences across the nation and abroad, the Alaska String Band appears in this season’s gorgeous and authentic Alaskan native Yu’pik Eskimo tribe kuspuk costumes; exclusively designed and hand crafted by the Zahasky family.
You can get tickets in advance at the theater during regular movie hours; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 3:30. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information go to www.sgmovietheater.com and click on events.