Howlapalooza: A day of music and food

howlapaloozaThe Anchorage arts community is bustling with talent. Musicians, visual artists and acrobats alike have made their name in the community. Now, with the help of UAA Student Activities and local marketing firm Spawn Ideas, this local talent will have a big venue to perform for UAA students and the Anchorage community alike with “Howlapalooza.”

“When we heard about the Alaska Airlines Center grand opening, we figured it was a great opportunity to bring this festival to life,” said festival manager Brooklyn Baggett.

From there, Matthew Glenn, Student Activities Programming Team manager, contacted a diverse array of local talent from locally grown metal band “36 Crazyfists” to the Shiloh Baptist Choir. Local indie rock outfit “Ghost Hands” will also be reuniting to play for the festival.

“The idea of having such a broad range of Alaska grown talent under one roof on the same day is unprecedented,” said Mike McCormick Assistant Director of Student Activities.

The festival is scheduled to take place from 1-11 p.m. Sep. 14 at the Alaska Airlines Center, with food and entertainment available for its 10-hour length.

“Howlapalooza” was first conceived as an open house at the Alaska Airlines Center coupled with local performances on two stages. Then, with the help of Spawn, it developed into a full-fledged festival.

“I envisioned something that would attract of broad spectrum of Anchorage residents,” McCormick said. “(Then) the original idea had been developed into a music and arts festival.”

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Spawn, which also helped coordinate additional opening week activities at the Alaska Airlines Center, led development on the festival.

“We wanted to make this event as accessible as possible,” Baggett said. “Live music, good food and drink, arts and crafts vendors … why would anyone be skeptical about that?”

Baggett and McCormick both hope that “Howlapalooza” will have ripples beyond the UAA campus.

“This year is the first and an experiment, so we need UAA and the community … to show up and have a good time so we can do it over and over again, and grow it bigger and bigger every year,” Baggett said.

McCormick shares her sentiment.

“Any event that brings people out of their homes to celebrate with other members of the community is a good thing,” McCormick said. “This and the hundreds, hopefully thousands of future events in the center will contribute to making UAA a better university and Anchorage a better place to live.”

“Howlapalooza” will take place from 1-11 p.m. Sep. 14 at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Admissions is free from until 6 p.m. Admission thereafter is $10 for the public and $5 for UAA students.