Arts Briefs

Brandi Carlile will headline Salmonfest

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has been added as a major headliner to the 2018 Salmonfest lineup. Carlile will close Friday night, Aug. 3, marking the sixth consecutive year the festival has headlined a major female act. Carlile performed at the 2013 Salmonfest right as she began to gain national attention. Other major women acts were Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, The Indigo Girls and Jewel. Salmonfest spokesperson Ciara Cordes-Walker said “Salmonfest’s musical and political goals are well met with Brandi on the stage.”

As Carlile said, “We are a powerful generation witnessing war and division like never before, yet somehow this is the safest time to be alive in human history. Can we love one another as ourselves? More importantly, can we love ourselves at all?”

Carlile’s newest album comes out on Friday. Catch clips from the album, “By The Way, I Forgive You,” in an NPR story at The album’s release will be following the release of “The Joke” earlier this year, in which Carlile sings, “Anyone who is told they are illegal, unworthy, unwelcome or unloved. We’ve already won. The Joke is on those in temporary power. Love has already conquered the world.”

The Rolling Stones named “The Joke” the #9 best country song of 2017, saying, “Though only released a month ago, Brandi Carlile’s massive ‘The Joke’ quickly chiseled itself a spot at the top of the best vocal performances of the year, and provided one of the most poignant lyrical moments too.”

Rolling Stone also writesL “Carlile sings for everyone who has felt excluded, bullied or less than, as important of a political statement as ever in the dreary landscape that was 2017. And, boy, does she sing. … Because not only can Carlile belt, she can also reel it in with undecorated phrasing and vulnerable cracks – an emotional rollercoaster of a performance that mirrors what it’s truly like to be human.”

Salmonfest tickets are currently available online at

For more on Carlile, visit her website or her Facebook page at and

Other major acts already booked for the 2018 festival scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik include, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Fruition, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Front Country, Gasoline Lollipops, Lowdown Brass Band and Achilles Wheels. Other acts, including at least four dozen Alaska bands/performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

3 Above does benefit concert

Power Plant Productions presents a benefit concert with 3 Above at 7 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School. All proceeds will go to help support medical expenses of the Ashleigh Imlay family in its cancer battle. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

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