Live at Five

The Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce and the Denali Arts Council are proud to bring you another season of  Live @ Five Summer Concert Series.  In 2017 Live @ Five will run from May 26th through September 1st, bringing you LIVE music every Friday evening, from 5-7 pm in the Talkeetna Village Park.

This is a family friendly event. Bring your picnic baskets, your lawn chairs or your blanket, and enjoy musicians from all over the state.

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Ukulele Russ is a wild man – the dirty underbelly of the ukulele scene. Unable to comprehend how the ukulele could be seen as anything other than stringed testosterone, Russ set out to expand people’s minds. Believe it or not ukes can rock. He is playing it fast and loose in a guitarist’s jungle with his show that contains secret historical tales from 49th state, and a true account of Russ’s life in the north, telling the stories of a musician’s survival in the subarctic all set to Alaskan ukulele music.

6/2 Steve Durr

Steve Durr has been entertaining Talkeetna since 1970. Best known for his Alaskan ballads, he also enjoys painting and serenading boats as they float down the river.



6/9 Jon Dykstra

Jon is a singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids, MI who lives in Girdwood, Alaska. When he’s not jamming out he doubles as a 7th grade science teacher.

6/16 Kayti and the Alter Boys

Local Favorites Kayti and the Alter Boys play a wide array of music, all with their sassy style.

 6/23 Carter Forney

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Playing mellow acoustic to accompany your chill Friday in the Park, Carter is a crowd pleaser playing such favorites as Jack Johnson and his own original music.


6/30 Denali Cooks

Alaska’s favorite band! Woody, Larry, Jimmy, and
Andy combine original music, fresh denali cookslyrics, amazing musicianship and magical harmonies. Every Cooks show is worthy of a road trip to go and listen and dance!

 7/7 The Whisky Richards

The Champagne of Honky-Tonk. These six young, talented musicians came together through the San Francisco bluegrass scene and emerged with a fresh, energetic and exciting new sound for California alt-country and Americana music. They blend tradition with innovation in their mix of creative original music and fresh takes on classic country, bluegrass, and oldtime tunes. Telecaster twang, fiery fiddle, rowdy-as-hell harp, fine harmonies, and driving rhythm set the Whisky Richards apart from the pack – these honky-tonkers will get your boots stompin and your heart pounding!

7/14 Hurricane Dave Hurricane Dave in Chugiak lo-rez
He’s a mighty musical wind. But unlike his meteorological namesakes, Hurricane Dave brings gusts of good times and leaves a satisfied audience in his path. The Anchorage-based country/folk artist sings, plays guitar and blows a mean harp.




7/21 Lost Smoke

Lost Smoke was formed in TKA by long-time friends Denis Ransy & Chris Grabowski. Both are self taught musicians; Ransy on the congas and Grabowski on the guitar. The rest of the band’s lineup changes seasonally, but is always heavily influenced by Ransy’s love for the music of Santana and Grabowski’s love for the Grateful Dead. They bring energy to every performance, with the goal of a happy, dancing audience.

7/28 Bow Thayer & Tim Easton

Bow Thayer has been singing and writing songs for as long as he can remember. Bow made a name for himself in Boston with 7 League Boots, a rock/reggae band that shared the stage with the likes of Fugazi, The Mighty Might Bosstones, and Pearl Jam. Bow’s music is always evolving—from luscious backwoods folk rock to the sonic exploration of his last album of all original material, Sundowser, that was co-produced and engineered by three-time Grammy winner Justin Guip (Levon Helm) and crafted on an instrument Bow created–the Bojotar–in a studio he built with his own hands.

American songwriter Tim Easton was born in upstate New York, right across the river from Canada, his Mother’s home country.  He grew up in Akron, Ohio and spent three years living in Tokyo because of his father’s job at Goodyear Tire. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent 7 years as a bonafide troubadour, making his way around Europe, playing the streets and clubs-living in Paris, London, Prague, Dublin, or wherever he laid his hat. It was this period of time when he developed his songwriting style-folk based storytelling and personal traveling tales, often peppered with bold confessions or “tell it as is” reality.  Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as “having a novelist’s sense of humanity.”








8/4 Artistic License

Beautiful vocal harmonies backed up with top notch instrumental playing, the Hawaii based duo Artistic License performs original music plus favorites from the twenties to the present. True to the name of the group, they take artistic license with a wide range of styles including contemporary pop, jazz, rock, folk, celtic, island style, etc! Smooth and strong vocals are at the forefront, guitar beautiful and bold, and violin in perfect tune and tone.

8/11 River Squirrel

River Squirrel is a revolving cast of diverse musicians who met as river-rafting guides in Talkeetna, Alaska. Their music is a flavorful blend of funk, folk, jazz, and soul.
Underpinned by the lyrical writing and guitar, mandolin, and banjo stylings of Grant Livingston (of San Francisco-based The Fixins) and embellished by Ryan “Greenbean” Bouma (of St. Louis-based Stanknasty) on sax, flute, harmonica, vocals, and percussion, this versatile ensemble flows effortlessly from a duo to quartet, occasionally adding in the haunting vocals and accordion of Leah Moraes (of AK-based Hungry Hat Circus) and the lead lines of guitarist and vocalist Darren Holzhausen. Livingston’s thoughtful songs lift spirits while tackling tough social justice issues. His soulful rhythmic guitar bolstered by Bouma’s tasteful accompaniments guide listeners on a voyage through the land and spirit of Alaskan music.

8/18 Emma Hill

Emma Hill and longtime band mate Bryan Daste are at it again. The Alaskan duo, who have been compared to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, have released their fifth full length album this fall. Entitled “Denali”, the album was co-produced with Evan Phillips (Whipsaws, Easton Stagger Phillips) of Alaska and features many of the state’s finest players.

8/25 Ava Earl

Ava Earl is a singer-songwriter from Girdwood, Alaska. At the age of 14, she is set to release her second album on May 26. Self-titled, this project is a true reflection of where Ava is as an artist. It is minimal in its effects and powerful in its beauty. With guitar as her primary instrument, she writes songs about her life and her surroundings. Her music has a folk-rock feel and a maturity that belies her youthful age.

9/1 Full Tilt 

Full Tilt has been rockin’ southcentral Alaska for some thirty years. Anchored by the soulful sax of Jim Davis and buoyed by a punctilious pulse from the bass of Ken Jameson, Full Tilt has earned a reputation as one of the region’s hardest working, most-traveled and popular party and dance bands. With the deprture of longtime cohorts Alan and Sandy Schmiedeberg (aloha, friends!), the guys have retooled and refueled by collaborating with Killer Rabbit alum, Gary Lamar on guitar and Eric Baldwin on drums to keep the groove going in the Greatland.

Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors

Gold Level


Silver Level

 K2 Aviation                                                             Talkeetna Bachelor Society 

The Milepost                                                             Talkeetna Roadhouse

Mahay’s Jetboat Adventures                                 The High Expedition 

VFW Post 3836 & Ladies Auxiliary  

 Bronze Level

Aurora Dora                                                   Denali Zipline Tours

Talkeetna Gifts & Collectables                        Matanuska Valley FCU

Susitna River Lodge