Here comes the sun

As sure as warmth will return to Interior Alaska, the sun will too.

That’s the premise behind the Here Comes the Sun Concert, a free music event bringing together five bands welcoming the returning light. And with temperatures still hovering in the 20 to 30 below zero range in Fairbanks, it couldn’t come at a better time.

The concert event is 7 p.m. Saturday in the Great Hall of the Fine Arts Complex at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is presented by the university’s Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning program. It is free, family friendly and open to the public, and is called a WinterMester Concert.

“We have always done events for the community, and three years ago we decided to do a fun winter event for the community,” said Michelle Bartlett, director of Summer Sessions. “We’ve been doing it ever since. I want the community to have ownership of it, especially when it’s cold outside.”

Bands on the lineup include Kinky Slinky, E.T. Barnette, Headbolt Heaters, Dry Cabin String Band and the Fairbanks Community Jazz Band. All the groups are known throughout the area and have appeared on numerous local stages. They also form the lineup of the Music in the Garden program, the free concert series Summer Sessions hosts 

“Between those bands, people are going to be moving,” Bartlett said.

A stage and seating will be set up in the Great Hall, allowing for a dance space. Bartlett said, upon bringing Kinky Slinky into the lineup, that she requested “Here Comes the Song” as their first piece to open the show.

“The bands are a part of the community,” she said. “We’re very grateful, and we couldn’t do it without the generosity of the people.”

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