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Alaska String Band to perform in DeKalb

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 10:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 10:45 a.m. CDT
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The Alaska String Band, featuring the Zahasky family, will perform Oct. 1 at Grace Free Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

The Alaska String Band, featuring the Zahasky family, will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Grace Free Lutheran Church, 1121 S. First St., DeKalb. A free-will offering will be taken.

Hailing from Juneau, the five-member family band brings the best of Americana music. When not out enjoying the magnificent wilderness setting of their remote hometown which can only be visited by either boat or plane, the family entertains 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. On board a 40-foot bus, the Alaska String Band tours nationally each fall and early winter.

The band showcases American-roots music favorites, touching on genres such as swing, jazz, bluegrass, pop, folk, dawg, gospel, Hawaiian, Celtic and Russian.

The family often swap instruments throughout a performance with a collection of acoustic stringed instruments, including guitars, violin-fiddles, mandolins, dulcimer, banjo, bass, ukuleles and percussion. The performance comes together with the family’s vocal harmonies.

Photographs on a 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 Alaska String Band appears in authentic Alaskan native Yu’pik Eskimo tribe kuspuk costumes designed and handcrafted by the family.

For more information, visit www.alaskastringband.net.

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