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RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!


Your ticket purchase supports the Anchorage Folk Festival
and you get a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes below! 

A pair of Alaska Airlines vouchers anywhere they fly (2 tickets)
A pair of Alaska Railroad tickets from Anchorage to Denali (2 tickets)
A $250 gift certificate from Alaska Music and Sound - Home of the Horn Doctor (there are two to give away!) 
A gift certificate for four violin lessons from Alaska School of Music
A $100 gift certificate from Paramount Cycles (there are two to give away!) 
A pair of weekend passes to Salmonfest 2021 (there are two to give away!)
Two night voucher at a Denali Circle Yurt of your choice in Ninilchik from Alaskan Yurt Rentals
Two night voucher at a Kachemak Bay State Park yurt from Alaskan Yurt Rentals (there are two to give away!)

$10** per ticket- no limit!!

Raffle ticket sales will close following announcement during festival concert set break on 22 January at approximately 8PM

Raffle drawing to occur during Valley Below's first song with winners announced LIVE on January 22 at approximately 9PM

**$2.20 fee charged per ticket
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and ... make sure to
by January 10

We will be randomly drawing house concert invitees* from our current membership*** on January 11

*Members selected as invitees and attend are disqualified from the drawing for future house concerts
***Each member is entitled to one vote for Board Member candidate elections

Saturday January 22, 2022 at 7PM
inaugural "House Concert" festival series kickoff!

Opening the night will be Erin and Andrew Heist, from Juneau, who are renowned for bringing a tear to even the hardest heart. Inspired by the vast world of American roots music, Erin’s songwriting strikes the balance of an impactful less-is-more aesthetic, with honest and simple lyrics that hit hard. Erin’s acoustic guitar flatpicking walks the line of rhythmic and melodic and together with Andrew’s famed bluegrass mandolin tremolo and searing old-time fiddle fill out haunting melodies, and songs of grit, loss, and redemption. Erin and Andrew are just coming out of the studio from recording her Juneau Community Foundation’s Arts Vibrancy for Individual Artists award-funded full length LP. Check out Erin's website and the many video links and reviews of Erin's EP "Another Rainy Day" , and then look for the new recording due out later in Spring 2022!

Keeping Studio 2200 rocking for the rest of Saturday night will be Valley Below from Fairbanks!! Valley Below is a Fairbanks-based electric Americana band born of country, blues, gospel, rock, bluegrass, soul, and everything in between. Valley Below is headlined by singer/songwriter Caitlin Frye (guitar/vocals) and backed by Jeremiah Bakken (guitar, vocals; Sweating Honey), George Gianakopoulos (doghouse bass), Josh Paul (percussion), and Anchorage's very own Jason Norris (fiddle, mandolin, vocals). This band can keep a festival going all night long with their harmonies and melodic riffs- groovin' energy spills out from this Valley Below!! RUMOR has it Valley Below will be at The Carousel in Spenard on Friday night!!

We are so excited to bring these two acts to Anchorage and our festival community!

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HUGE SHOUT OUT to GEORGE GIANAKOPOULOS
for our 33rd Annual Festival Art!

George's quilts will be featured as backdrop for the concert stage
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As a reminder, the 2022 Anchorage Folk Festival works like this: 

  • The “House Concert” will be held each 4th Saturday of the month (Jan-Apr) at 7pm and will be broadcast live via the internet
  • A small audience will be invited to attend the performance and will be randomly selected from the current membership. So make sure to renew your membership online!
  • In person attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID test taken 72 hours prior to the event), at which masks will be required; guidance and attendance requirements are subject to change based on virus trends and Board preference

  • Workshops will be held via Zoom. Please fill out this online workshop form or email us ASAP if you’re interested in leading a workshop! Workshop details are listed on our webpage.

  • Raffle tickets will be on sale through the concert set break with drawing to follow after Valley Below kicks off their set!

  • The Annual Membership Meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday, January 23 at 5:00pm. We will share meeting details with current members closer to the date.


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Outreach for New Board Members

Our ability to remain a relevant organization and deliver on the Anchorage Folk Festival Mission relies on members stepping up and leading the way.

We are currently seeking three energetic, organized, and passionate individuals to join the Anchorage Folk Festival Board of Directors, with a fourth seat opening at the end of our FY2022 (31 March)! 

We’d love to have folks with prior non-profit board experience, communications backgrounds, or financial acumen. However, there are no formal qualifications to serve on the Board: we’d love to have you if you’re passionate about the organization and are ready to be part of moving the Anchorage Folk Festival into the future! 

Email us if you are interested folks@anchoragefolkfestival.org
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Workshop Coordinator needed for February-May!

We are in need of a resourceful folk to step in as Workshop Coordinator for the remainder of our 2022 "Festival".

The duties include finding instructors/presenters and coordinating workshop times throughout the days of the concert series (4th Saturday's of the month) and or other times, and helping promote. We will connect you with our current Workshop coordinator, Lilly Goodman-Allwright who can help you get up and running. If you are interested please email folks@anchoragefolkfestival.org

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Anchorage Folk Festival "Jukebox" Coordinator wanted!

A community member had a great idea to construct a "Jukebox" that expands on the "Open Mic" we did for the 2021 Festival- first online edition. The Board thinks this is a fantastic idea but cannot pull it off without a member to spearhead and coordinate this effort.

If you are interested in helping put your fellow Festival and community members' music online please email folks@anchoragefolkfestival.org
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Volunteers always needed!

And as always, we’ll need lots of help to pull off all these activities, so if you haven’t signed up for our volunteer list, you can do so to stay in the loop for opportunities to help out. 

Thanks for your patience and continued support as we navigate the challenges of our changing world. And that’s what’s so important about this festival and its community: it gives us hope for the future based on the experiences shared through dance, art, and music of those who’ve successfully endured the challenges of their times.
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Thank You to all our Festival Coordinator applicants!

The application period has closed and we have now contacted all of you and look forward to meeting with you in the new year!

This opportunity was only possible due to a generous gift in 2019 from Steve Hinds- thank you thank you!
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THANK YOU!

HUGE THANKS to all of our donors: Raffle Prize Donors, Commercial Sponsors, Individual Members, and all of you who gave a bit of your PFD through Pick.Click.Give. Your support keeps us moving forward!

If you’d like to become a Commercial Sponsor please email Michael Allwright your current Vice President of the Board of Directors

All for now,
Anchorage Folk Festival Board of Directors
Anchorage Folk Festival is a community-based membership-driven non-profit organization. We could not exist without you and your support.