Summer music

Ah. Can you smell it? The summer winds are here. That’s right; summer has finally arrived – and not that cruel rain infested summer of the years past, a real live summer. Equipped with sun, if our luck continues, this season has a lot to look forward to.
Perhaps the best thing to look forward to is the beginning of summer concerts. And, no one throws a concert or a party better than local favorites: the Bear Tooth and Moose’s Tooth.
Not only will they feature their usual First Tap concerts, premiering a new Moose’s Tooth micro-brew, but also amazing musical fare. Thursday, June 4 marks the first First Tap of the season with the BoDeans.
Dan Fiacco, who does the music booking for the companies, says that this is the BoDeans first show in Alaska. Fiacco says that the BoDeans offer classic Americana rock that is high energy and danceable. A well-known name in the nineties, the BoDeans are sure to be a good time (the delicious beer doesn’t hurt either).
The BoDeans will perform at the Bear Tooth located on the corner of Spenard and W 27th Ave. The doors open at 8PM, with the opener at 9PM and the BoDeans at 10PM.
July’s First Tap will be held Thursday, July 2 at the Moose’s Tooth featuring Bob Marley’s original band, The Wailers. This truly Jamaican band is a perfect way to celebrate the sun.
As the first outdoor concert of the season, The Wailers will come to Alaska for a great show if the weather permits. Nothing goes better with sunshine than a little reggae.
The Moose’s Tooth is located at 3300 on the Old Seward Highway. The doors open at 6PM, with the opener at 7PM and the Wailers perform for three delicious hours of music from 8-10PM.
Both shows are $30 and alas, are 21 and over. Tickets may be purchased at the Bear Tooth box office or online at
Besides the First Taps, Moose’s Tooth’s biggest summer concert is just around the corner. Mid-July will be the time for the Mooses Tooth Anniversary Show, with past acts including big names such as Cake and Wilco.
Although rumors have been circulating as to who it will be, nothing has been announced yet. Usually the Anniversary concert runs for two days, featuring an all-ages show.
Fiacco says that although featuring concerts isn’t a moneymaking venture, it is a way for the company to give back to the community. In the past the Moose’s Tooth was known for featuring so-called “jam bands” but are looking to branch-out musically according to Fiacco.
“This summer’s concerts will be good times, fun music, good people, good beer, and good fun,” says Fiacco. If past concerts are any indication he is right on track.
So mark your calendars and don’t forget to buy your tickets, they tend to sell out fast. Get ready for a summer filled with great music and hopefully a lot of good Alaskan sun.