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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 10:30 pm

FAIRBANKS — With the first day of classes right around the corner at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and yellow leaves signaling the end of summer, the fall music scene is heating up and we have the inbox full of music events, concerts and bands to prove it.

As bands, music performances and concert associations make their fall schedules known, you should have no problem finding a group or event to take in on a weekend night, ranging from the local dive bar favorite to a touring professional company to a band visiting from Anchorage or out of state.

While this list is by no means complete, it’s what we’ve been alerted to here at Latitude 65. We’ve included as much information as possible, but as a rule, you should call and check with the venue for exact times, ages, cover charges and dates of the performance.

‘Borrowed Time: Collaborative New Music Recital’

Percussion soloist Kaylee Bonatakis teams up with multi-instrumentalist Chris Rose for a program of contemporary duets by American, British and French composers. Presented by the UAF Music Department, the musicians will explore fierce energy and ethereal tranquility, bringing together such disparate sounds as marimba, flugelhorn, vibraphone, bongos and pipe organ.

Bonatakis, a Florida native, serves as percussion teaching assistant at UAF and as principal percussionist of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. She will be joined on the stage by Rose, assistant principal trumpet of the FSO and pianist at the University Community Presbyterian Church.

The program will feature music by composers Dave Maric, Evan Hause and Emmanuel Sejourne. The free performance takes place at 8 p.m., Sept. 1, in Davis Concert Hall on the UAF campus. For more details, call 474-7555.

The Blue Loon

This favorite haunt of Fairbanks covers the gamut from live events to movies to karaoke to foam parties, but when it comes to music, The Loon is known as a venue for a variety of performing artists from local groups to national acts. Here’s a few quick hits of groups and bands heading to The Loon.

• The all-female tribute band Lez Zepellin will take the stage Saturday at 10 p.m. This is the band’s first weekend performance, and the house is likely to be packed. Tickets are $25 in advance and online and $30 on the day of show. Tickets are also available at Gulliver’s Books.

• Local favorite Sweating Honey performs in one of its last Alaska concerts on Sept. 7. Cover is $7 and doors open at 9 p.m.

• Anchorage band TIA — labeled as part punk, ska, all groove — performs Sept. 15. TIA also opened for Sublime earlier in the summer.

• Pop-folk chanteuse Dar Williams is performing at 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Tickets are $25. She is a frequent performer at folk festivals and has toured with such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, The Nields, Shawn Colvin, Girlyman, Joan Baez and Catie Curtis.

• Flogging Molly — yes, that Flogging Molly, a staple of jukeboxes across the nation and a band with a huge fan base — is coming Sept. 29. Tickets are $40 but we hope you got them already. Word on Twitter from @TheBlueLoon and on the website is the performance is sold out. Don’t give up hope, though. According to The Loon’s website, another show might be schedule for Sept. 30.

• Martin Sexton is taking the stage at 8 p.m., Oct. 5. Tickets are $25 in advance and online and $30 on the day of show.

• Let’s go old school, shall we? Digital Underground — as in, “Do the humpty hump,” yep that Digital Underground — is slated to perform Oct. 12.

The Blue Loon is located at 2999 Parks Highway. You can reach them at 457-5666. All tickets are available on The Blue Loon’s website, www.theblueloon.com or at Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks. Check the website for more details.

Leo Kotke

Leo Kotke has performed two shows in Fairbanks in the past, and both times the events have sold out. The acoustic guitarist returns at 8 p.m., Sept. 7, to Pioneer Park Theatre with his signature humor, monologues and six- and twelve-string guitars. Tickets are $40 at www.acousticadventures.com, Grassroots Guitar or at 488-0556.

Tumbledown House

“Songwriting deviants” Tumbledown House, as they call themselves, are returning to Alaska for a short tour this fall and will be performing at 10 p.m., Sept. 7, at The Marlin. Joined by Alaskan heavy hitters Corwyn Wilkey (trumpet), Nick Petumenos (bass) and Brandon Cockburn (drums), Tumbledown House, of Montana, brings a unique sound of Prohibition-era jazz and dirty, romping swing to the Last Frontier. The Marlin is located at 3412 College Road. 479-4646

The Howling Dog

The Dog is a staple on the live music scene and hosts a number of artists and bands almost every day of the week. Here’s a brief look at who’s slated to perform in the coming weeks:

• Tonight and Saturday — Rebel Blues, 10 p.m. tonight and Saturday

• Aug. 30, Sept. 1 — The Ninth’s with Theresa Bauer, 10 p.m.

• Sept. 7, 8 — Pan Opticon, 10 p.m.

• Sept. 14, 15 — Ukulele Russ & Friends, 10 p.m.

• Sept. 21, 22 — New Dawn, 10 p.m.

• Sep. 28, 29, — The Ninths, 10 p.m.

• Oct. 5, 6 — Sidewinder, 10 p.m.

And of course, don’t forget blues night at the Dog, which is every Thursday, and Mike Stackhouse, who leads the house band each Friday.

The Howling Dog Saloon is located on the Old Steese Highway in Fox. 456-4695

Dr. Dog and Sweating Honey

Dr. Dog — billed as “six-piece phenomenon that excels with harmonies and melodies reminiscent of 60’s psychedelic rock” — and Alaska faves Sweating Honey are hitting the UAF Pub on campus at 8 p.m., Sept. 8. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for nonstudents in advance or $15 for students and $25 for nonstudents at the door.

Burnt Orange

This relatively new band to the Fairbanks music scene hails from Fort Wainwright and is gaining some notice in the city. Its upcoming performances are from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sept. 8, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 at The Big I, 122 Turner Street, and at the Marlin on Sept. 15 and Oct. 20.

2nd annual Far North Fiddle Fest

This unique event brings several days of dancing, classes and music to Fairbanks with all proceeds from the workshops and concerts benefiting The Greater Fairbanks Hospital Hospice Foundation.

• Far North Fiddle Fest Jam Session — free to the community, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Location TBA.

• Far North Fiddle Fest Workshops — three-day workshops for ages seven to adult will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Zion Lutheran Church. Tickets are $25 per day for all three days. Scholarships can be made available for students in financial need who attend all three days of the workshops. Workshop times are 1-4 p.m. Sept. 6, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 7 and 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 8.

• Far North Fiddle Fest Concert will be held at Davis Concert Hall at UAF Sept. 8 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, military and UAF students.

Concert performers and instructors include:

• The April Verch Band — playing sizzling old time fiddle, step dance and song from Ontario’s Ottawa Valley.

• Jeremy Kittel and Nathaniel Smith — a fiddle cello duo playing jazz, Celtic and pieces that defy a genre.

• Troy MacGillivray Band with Caitlin Warbelow — playing a mix of traditional Cape Breton and Irish tunes.

• Jeremy Kittel — jazz violin and Celtic fiddle

• Nathaniel Smith — cello

• Caitlin Warbelow — Irish fiddle and fiddle/violin for begginers

• Hayes Griffin — guitar

• Jake Charron — guitar, will have class for younger players/beginners also

• Samantha Harvey — step dance and accordion

• Cody Walters — upright bass and banjo

Interested participants may request a workshop registration packet at www.fairbankshospitalfoundation.com or by emailing fnff2012@gmail.com. Tickets are available at farnorth@mac.com

Silvero

This out-of-state band is coming to Alaska the old fashioned way — by driving. Silvero has four stops planned in the Interior, and they are Aug. 30 at College Coffee House; Aug. 31 at the Marlin; Sept. 1 at the UAF Pub; and Sept. 6 at the Denali Salmon Bake.

Contact Features Editor Gary Black at 459-7504.

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