Musician Matt Yaki plays his guitar in a 2019 photo. (Photo provided)

Musician Matt Yaki plays his guitar in a 2019 photo. (Photo provided)

Arts Briefs

Blues musicians play today

The Homer blues trio, Bluebelly, opens for Nome and Nashville-based Arlo Hannigan with Jackie Rae Daniels and Lance “Sunny Jim” Highers. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. today, July 11, at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Tickets are on sale at Bunnell or online at

Homer blues singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Michael Walsh opens the first set with original, Delta-style blues on resonator. Influenced by Fred Mcdowell, David Bromberg and others, Walsh is joined by Morgan Gray on harmonica and Asia Freeman on washboard.

Arlo Hannigan, an award-winning, prolific singer-songwriter from Nome, whose original style has been described as northwest/southwest dream folk, reminiscent of Townes Van Zandt and Nick Drake, will perform with Nashville musicians Jackie Rae Daniels, fiddle, and Lance “Sunny Jim” Highers on harmonica. Sunny Jim is a third-generation Grand Ol Opry player from Nashville. Hannigan’s last album, Death By Day Dream, is supported by members of My Morning Jacket, Calexico, and Neko Case.

Matt Yaki returns

Former Homer resident and musician Matt Yaki returns to Homer for a concert at 7:30 p.m. July 18 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Tickets are on sale at Bunnell or online at

An avid writer, songwriter, musician and educator, Matt Yaki spent a decade in Homer playing with some of Alaska’s finest musicians and drawing inspiration from the community’s extraordinary denizens.

Equipped with a guitar, piano, and some words, Matt returns from California to share songs and sung poems with a playful SoulFunkJazz groove that was born in the Cosmic Hamlet.

Jazz group performs July 22

The North Atlantic Jazz Alliance will heat up the stage at 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, at Alice’s Champagne Palace. These world-renowned artists have accompanied Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Carmen McRae, Frank Sinatra and a long list of other legendary jazz superstars. This event supports Homer’s Alaska World Arts Festival. Tickets are on sale at

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