Spring Grove Cinema hosting Alaska String Band during UffDa Fest
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 5:23 AM
Are you in search of the absolute best in entertainment excellence? Spring Grove Cinema is proud to present the Alaska String Band.
The Zahasky family is recognized internationally as the Alaska String Band.
Hailing from Alaska's capital city of Juneau, the Zahasky family is recognized internationally as the Alaska String Band and brings the best of Americana music.
This dynamic five-member band of family members 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-ft. 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, which 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.
The Alaska String Band appears in this season's gorgeous and authentic Alaskan native Yu'pik Eskimo tribe kuspuk costumes.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the cinema during regular movie hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more info go to www.sgmovietheater.com and click on events.