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Seattle, Portland bands to headline Bear Fest 2013


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Seattle’s Pearl Django will return for a third appearance at Bear Fest when they roll out their brand of classic jazz at the Nolan Center on Thursday, July 25.

The entertainment lineup for Bear Fest 2013 has been announced and includes two groups from the Pacific Northwest, notably Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash.

Opening up the festivities will be the returning musical act of Pearl Django, a Seattle-based jazz group that melds the unique style of Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt and French violinist Stephane Grappelli.

The quintet’s music has been compared to the pre-World War II era “Quintette du Hot Club de France,” though with modern sensibilities and instrumentation.

The group played during Bear Fest’s inaugural event in 2010. They will play Thursday, July 25 at the Nolan Center.

Sylvia Ettefagh, the organizer for the event said she was happy to be able to bring such a high caliber of artists to the Borough.

“This is the third year that Pearl Django will be playing at Bear Fest, and it will the first time for Krista to be here,” Ettefagh said. “I’m humbled that these artists from Seattle and Portland have accepted the offer to get them here. We hope everybody comes out and enjoys their music, with Pearl Django by popular demand, and Krista Herring to help expand our exposure to a bigger variety of music.”

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Portland, Ore. singer-songwriter Krista Herring will headline the final evening of the 2013 Bear Fest with her trio at the Nolan Center on Saturday, July 27.

Also joining the lineup this year is Portland singer-songwriter Krista Herring and her trio.

Herring, who tours relentlessly across the country, and has previously been based in locations like Nashville, said she is excited to bring her band for the sights of the Last Frontier – and the sound she plans to bring to Wrangell.

“I’m super excited on both accounts,” Herring said. “It will my first time in Alaska and I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the beautiful wildlife and meeting all of the wonderful people there. I’m also really enjoying the idea of spreading my music while there.”

Herring’s trio will play at the Nolan Center on Saturday, July 27, with another free performance scheduled for the night before, July 26 at 10 p.m., at the Marine Bar.

Also tentatively scheduled for this year’s event is Alaska storyteller Jack Dalton.


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