Music in the Park.
Free music strikes a chord with Alaskans on long summer days. This year's Music in the Park at Peratrovich Park, Fourth Avenue and E Street in Anchorage, features various military bands, folk groups and other local musicians. The Anchorage Downtown Partnership coordinates the longtime summer event.
Music in the Park is Tuesday through Friday throughout the summer from noon to 1 p.m.
Performers on the outdoor stage fill the downtown corner with melodies amid savory scents from reindeer-sausage cart vendors while locals and visitors stroll by.
"You can't beat sunshine, live music and reindeer sausage," says Cheri Spink, Anchorage Downtown Partnership's events and development director.
Groups perform Music for Little Ones each Tuesday from June 5 to Aug. 7, said Ruth Quinlan, Anchorage Downtown Partnership office manager. Two U.S. Air Force groups, Alaska Brass and Top Cover, will alternate Wednesday performances. Thursday and Friday concerts feature groups playing family friendly tunes and include area favorites such as the Button Box Gang, an accordion group.
"It's a good reason to sit outside in the sunshine," Quinlan says. "People enjoy that it's all local music."
Music in the Park began at least 25 years ago, Spink says. The Alaska State Council on the Arts was a previous event coordinator. anchoragedowntown.org
Compiled By Nancy Pounds