Hailing from Alaska’s capital city of Juneau, the Zahasky family, also recognized internationally as the Alaska String Band, brings the best of American music to their audiences…and their next audience will be at the Lamar High School Auditorium on Friday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. This dynamic family band arrives here under the auspices of the Southeast Colorado Concert Association, which brings top entertainers to our stage year after year.
This dynamic family band occupies itself by entertaining visitors on board cruise ships in Alaskan waters and at the Chilkat Theatre during the Alaskan summer months, and tours nationally on board a 40-ft. bus in the lower 48 states each fall and winter.
The Zahasky family consists of Paul and Melissa, husband and wife, and their 3 children, daughters Laura and Abigail, and son Quinn.
Their shows move along at a lively pace, performing American-roots music favorites such as swing, jazz, bluegrass, pop, gospel and an occasional original tune. As gifted instrumentalists, the family often swaps instruments during a performance with an impressive collection of acoustic stringed instruments including guitars, violin-fiddles, mandolins, dulcimer, banjo, bass, ukuleles and percussion.
Evocative photographic images provide a backdrop of rich historical context in the spirit of Alaska; featuring wildlife, scenery, history, hard rock mining enterprises, native culture, contemporary lifestyle and adventure. They knit it all together with Zahasky family signature vocal harmonies. The family narration brings to life ancient customs and stories as well as an intimate peek at the lives of contemporary Alaskans – laced with humor, scandal, tragedy and celebration. They also often dress in hand-made native Eskimo costumes.
This dynamic family band which makes their home on the last frontier is often the subject of much curiosity and inspiration for those who are fortunate enough to enjoy one of their shows. Hopefully there will be many local folks who will take advantage of this fine opportunity.
For more information, please contact Gayle Schroeder at 336-2137.
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