Hopefully the rain breaks this weekend, as there’s plenty of reasons to get outside.
For one, the outdoor music festival season is far from over, though it’s coming to a close for good for one of the state’s longest running summer concerts. The 30th Annual Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival will be the last, starting today and running through Sunday. Weekend passes are $35. Meanwhile, Salmonstock makes its debut in Ninilchik. Read about both in the feature in this week’s issue of Play. Salmonstock also runs this entire weekend. Tickets are $110 for the weekend, $40 for Friday or Sunday and $50 for Saturday.
Today is also First Friday, which means the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage will once again host Bike First Friday. You can read about that over here and get a map of some of the participating galleries over here.
Here are the rest of this week’s Hot Picks. Note: The date printed in today’s issue of Play for Running With the Bulls is incorrect. The correct information is below, and a correction will run in tomorrow’s paper.
The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer hosts its ninth annual Running With the Bulls fundraiser Sunday. Includes a 1-K run for kids, a 5-K run/walk and 10-K run, as well as food and live music. Registration begins 9 a.m., with the racing at 11 a.m. 12850 E. Archie Road, $15-$25 for participants, free for spectators. Visit muskoxfarm.org for info.
Started as a country cover band in Brooklyn, Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers eventually added a dash of rockabilly and found a voice of its own. The band’s Alaska tour lands at Tap Root, 8 p.m. today, $5. Visit seankershaw.com for info.
The largest car show in the state, the 33rd Annual Jay Ofsthun Memorial Show and Shine features more than 300 vehicles. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, west end of the Delaney Park Strip, free. Visit midnightsunsra.org for info.
Check out the latest line of motorcycles rolling out at the House of Harley-Davidson 2012 Launch Party, which includes free food, games, prizes, face-painting, live music, a beer garden and the start of the Ms. Harley-Davidson Alaska Competition. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, House of Harley-Davidson, free. Visit harleyalaska.com for info.
We highlighted the Grannies’ show at Bernie’s last week, but the cross-dressing, San Francisco punk crew also plays tonight at Koot’s. Local band Double Aught opens. The group is currently at work on a new record and says this will be its last show until spring of next year.
Here is Mike Dunham’s Artscene roundup.