Local metal band 36 Crazyfists inked its major-label record deal a decade ago, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the group’s Roadrunner debut, the band will play “Bitterness the Star in its entirety. Read the feature in this week’s issue of Play to find out where and when to catch it.
While it might not be a good day for driving north, the weather looks nice enough for a drive south. The second annual Salmonstock festival takes place in Ninilchik this weekend. Check out the details over here.
About a month ago the Play staff started asking for recommendations on Twitter and Facebook for the spiciest dish in Anchorage. After about a month of scorching our taste buds, here are the results.
Below are this week’s Hot Picks, and for more options for getting out and about, check Mike Dunham’s Art Scene picks.
Maybe you recognize him from his former gig as a member of the Drive-By Truckers, but these days Alabaman Jason Isbell fronts his own roots-rockin’ outfit. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will play a three-night stand at Tap Root that kicks off 9 p.m. Thursday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets for each show are $15. Visit taprootalaska.com for info.
Kids these days
About 100 kids ages 6 to 18 spent summer attending the Music Machine song and dance workshop, and you can still witness the fruits of their labor as the final two performances of their musical revue wrap this weekend, with shows 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Theatre, $12-$13. Visit centertix.net for info.
The Anchorage Garden Society hosts its 69th annual flower show Saturday. “Alaska, the Great Land” will highlight the various types of horticulture grown in the area. See the creative designs 1-8 p.m. at the Alaska Botanical Garden, free. Visit alaskagardenclubs.org for info.
The New Orleans-based ensemble G String Orchestra dabbles in traditional Eastern European folk, Gypsy and klezmer music, and the roaming quartet finds its way at Tap Root Saturday, 9 p.m., $5. If you miss it this time, you’ll get another chance when the band returns to Tap Root Aug. 31. Visit taprootalaska.com for info.
Great American Taxi’s latest album of rock-infused Americana, “Paradise Lost,” was produced by like-minded singer-songwriter Todd Snider, and the two co-headline the bill 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Snow Goose Theatre, $32. Visit centertix.net.