Music in Palmer—It’s time for MUSIC in Palmer. Birds are singing and coyotes are howling. But as far as human music offerings, our little town is quite remarkable, as you can see from the following listings. The local stages (indoor and outdoor) are primed for a massive music renaissance in our town.
Great Alaska Music Festival debuts this weekend! This is the first year and there are so many good acts scheduled. There are some big national names and popular local groups and they’re all making music at the state fair grounds. Favorites are Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Hope Social Club and Denali Cooks but there are plenty of others.
Musk Ox Farm—There is nothing sweeter than listening to great music beside a musk oxen. The Music with Musk Ox Concert Series started last week with the Denali Cooks. Next group up is Hope Social Club! They will have happenings most of the summer, finalizing with a fabulous fall Octoberfest
Glenn Massay Theater at the College has many music events. Next up is The College of the Ozarks Chapel Choir in Concert!
Alaska Farmland Trust mixes it up with their wonderful Drink Beer, Save Farms! Summer Concert with The Ken Peltier Band. It is June 2.
Palmer Ale House has the best music on Friday and Saturday nights all summer. These are fun and free and totally memory making. Plus there is dancing and great beer and food. Here is a list of who’s coming. Blackwater Railroad Co; Conway Seavey Band; Those Guys, NBT, Carhartt Brothers, The B-49’s, Agents of Karma, Rich and Famous, Alaska’s Blues Core, I Like Robots, Wild Cat Trio, Harp Daddy and the Back Country Mojo, Adam Patterson & the Heavy Hearts, John Budnik Band, and plenty of others throughout the summer. Check their Facebook calendar for specifics or changes.
Vagabonds has some special music offerings. Tom Levin is scheduled this summer plus there are some impromptu events and regular get togethers. Whistling Swan productions has done some major music magic at lovely Vagabonds.
Downtown Deli has occasional music and it is always good. The Feral Cats, Shaela Asbury and Maggie Aube are local favorites.
Klondike Mikes is the go-to bar in Palmer for live music. Deadphish is coming up and favorite Boogie Shoes will be there in June. There are weekly gigs always.
Spring Creek Farms, up on Farm Loop, has had some pretty good music gigs in the past and no doubt there will be more this summer.
Hatcher Pass’s Palmer Fishhook Bar and Government Peak Chalet has events and nice music.
Palmer Friday Flings always have live music. This is the weekly outdoor market on Fridays downtown. Scheduled this summer are Flintlock Special, John Cook, Jerry Wessling, Larry Zarella, Mountain Waxwings, Diana Z, Hurricane Dave, Carhartt Bros., Ken Peltier and Lulu Small.
Alaska State Fair in August is known for its music offerings. This year’s headliners are Stone Sour, Goo Goo Dolls, Midland,Three Dog Night, Bishop Briggs with lovelytheband, Luke Combs, and Jim Gaffigan. You will have to save your dollars for these bands but there are dozens of other musical offerings at the state fair on a daily basis. Don’t forget the Sluice Box for unforgettable music offerings.
Additional Palmer Festivals—This summer there will be Colony Days and Alaska Scottish Highland Games in June. There is the festive Mid-Summer Garden and Art Faire, Hot Summer Nights and Palmer Pride events in July. And it is State Fair time in August. Get ready to hear some darn good music this season.
Arkose, Matanuska, and Bleeding Heart breweries are also good spots to check for nearby music. Plus if they don’t have music, at least they still have some great beer and food trucks.
Check venue websites or facebook for the particulars and see you on the dance floor.