Successful first concert at the Alaska Airlines Center

The Alabama Shakes took the stage Sept. 13 at the Alaska Airlines Center with opening Alaskan act the Whipsaws. The concert was the first ever held in the arena.

The Whipsaws started the night with a blend of rock, blues and more. It was an experience like none other for the band.

“We were technically the first band to play in here (Alaska Airlines Center). It’s an honor, and I think we made a lot of new fans tonight,” said Whipsaws guitarist and vocalist Evan Phillips. “It was run great. The sound was great. I don’t know if I’ve ever had so many people come up and be like, ‘Ahh, you guys sounded great.’ It was great for us.”

After The Whipsaws’ performance and an intermission, the Alabama Shakes took the stage.

While the floor was limited to those with blue wristbands, it wasn’t soon after the Alabama Shakes started playing that many were trying to sneak past security to get closer to the stage. Some made it by the ever-watchful eyes of Northern Light Security and volunteers while many more were told to go back to their purchased seating in the stands.

People danced to the sounds of the Alabama Shakes from both the stands and the floor.

“It was loud, in a good way. It wasn’t too loud, maybe for some people, but they don’t know how to party,” said Grant Duessing, undeclared UAA student, who was working with Student Activities at the event.

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Around 3,000 people attended the concert.

“It was awesome,” said concert board director Zac Clark.

On Facebook after the show, Alabama Shakes posted a picture of themselves backstage at the Alaska Airlines Center with a caption that said, “We had a blast playing in Anchorage. Thank you Alaska and UAA for showing us such a great time!”

The concert was the first to be held in the Alaska Airlines Center, and was an overall success for all involved.

Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes playing in the Alaska Airlines Center Sept. 13.
Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes playing in the Alaska Airlines Center Sept. 13.