Salmonstock, the annual three-day music festival celebrating wild Alaska salmon, returns this weekend to the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Today is the last day to buy tickets at the advance rate of $113 for Friday through Sunday or $95 for Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday tickets. After today, tickets are $50 a day Friday or Sunday and $65 a day on Saturday at the gate. Tickets can be purchased online at

Leading the line up of local and international bands are Brandi Carlile, Trampled By Turtles and The Soul Rebels. Also featured are Minnesota jammers The Big Wu, bluegrass masters Head for the Hills and international folk star Si Kahn. For a full list of acts, see below.

But the festival isn’t just about the music, said Kate Huber of the Renewable Resources Foundation, the festival sponsor.

“It’s for a cause,” she said. “It’s to celebrate Alaska’s renewable resources, especially salmon. We’re hoping to bring people to celebrate salmon and Alaska.”

Salmonstock features nonprofit information and educational booths, especially for environmental concerns. Huber said there also will be contests, with prizes including tickets to Salmonstock 2014 and a Denali National Park based expedition. The festival also includes art and craft booths, food and drink booths and an aerial art event organized by Mavis Muller and happening at 3 p.m. Saturday.

With kids activities and a play area, and children ages 12 and under admitted free with adults, Salmonstock also is a family-friendly festival.

“It’s a really fun event to bring the family to,” Huber said.

Camping is available in the Ninilchik area, with free shuttle buses to six nearby campgrounds. For information on camping and parking, visit the Salmonstock website at

Michael Armstrong can be reached at


Kenai Peninsula
Fairgrounds, Ninilchik 


Last day to purchase advance tickets is Aug. 1

$115 three days (advance), $135 at gate,
$95 two days (advance only) $50 Friday or Sunday, $65 Saturday advance or at gate

Kids age 12 and under
FREE when accompanied
by an adult


Family friendly, with music, art, kids activities, information booths, craft booths, food (including salmon), contests
and craft brews



GATE hours:

Friday: noon -11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 



Salmonstock 2013 — Music Lineup

Friday, Aug. 2

Ocean Stage:

1 p.m.: Chasing the Wagon 

1:55 p.m.: Dana Lyons

2:40 p.m.: Constant Mountain High 

3:40 p.m.: Pros & Cons 

4:40 p.m.: Si Kahn

5:40 p.m.: Melissa Mitchell Band 

7:10 p.m.: The Big Wu 

9:00 p.m.: Moonalice 

11 p.m. : Great American Taxi 

River Stage: 

2:10 p.m.:  Dabarko

3:10 p.m.: Ezza Rose Band

4:10 p.m.: Nellie Clay & The Lucky Dogs 

5:15 p.m.: Rebel Blues

6:30 p.m.:  Meg Mackey Band

8 p.m.: Seth Freeman Band 

Inlet Stage: 

2:20: TBA

3:15 p.m.: TBA

4:15 p.m.: Laura Oden

5:10 p.m.: Dana Lyons

6:35 p.m.: Dylan Lee Johnston 

7:55 p.m.: Evan Phillips 

8:45 p.m.: Jonathan Bower

Headwaters Late Night: 

1 a.m.: DeadPhish Orchestra 


Saturday, Aug. 3

Ocean Stage:

11:15 a.m.: Si Kahn

Noon: Up A Mountain

12:45 p.m.: Out of Our Tree

1:50 p.m.: Moonalice

3 p.m.: Fat City Revival Rock N’ Soul Revue 

4:10 p.m.: Head For The Hills 

5:40 p.m.: Larry Keel & Natural Bridge 

7:15 p.m.: Marty Dread

9 p.m.: Brandi Carlile

11 p.m.: Soul Rebels 

River Stage: 

11:30 a.m.: Historian 

12:20 p.m.: SHUPA 

1:20 p.m.: Shawn Zuke & Firelight 

2:25 p.m.: Steve Brown and The Bailers 

3:40 p.m.: The Sweeteners 

5:10 p.m.: The Modern Savage 

6:40 p.m.: Super Saturated Sugar Strings 

8:10 p.m.: Soul Rebels

Inlet Stage: 

12:25 p.m.: Hurricane Dave 

1:25 p.m.: Susan Grace 

2:30 p.m.: Emily Kurn 

3:45 p.m.: Diana Z 

5:15 p.m.: John Cottington & Katie Emerick 

6:05 p.m.: Spiff

6:55 p.m.: Dan Lesperance

8:15 p.m.: Harrison B. 

Headwaters Late Night: 

1 a.m. –  All-Star Salmon Jam (Featuring Great American Taxi and special guests…) 


Aerial Action of Art 

Attend at 3 p.m. on Saturday the annual Aerial Action of Art facilitated by artist Mavis Muller


Sunday, Aug. 4

Ocean Stage:

11 a.m.: Susan Grace

11:45 a.m.: John Cottington & Katie Emerick 

12:30 p.m.: Shawn Zuke & Firelight 

1:30 p.m.: K’alik’a

2:35 p.m.: Aloha Bluegrass Band 

3:45 p.m.: DeadPhish Orchestra 

5:30 p.m.: Peter Rowan w/GAT 

7:30 p.m.: Trampled by Turtles 

River Stage: 

Noon: Falling Rocks 

1 p.m.: The Dirty Hands 

2:05 p.m.: Troubadour North 

3:10p.m.: Uplift 

4:45 p.m.: Jack River Kings 

6:30 p.m.: Robb Justice Band 

Inlet Stage: 

12:10 p.m.: Kevin Worrell 

1:05 p.m.: Dylan Lee Johnston 

2:10 p.m.: Up A Mountain 

3:10 p.m.: SHUPA 

4 p.m.: John Craigie 

4:50 p.m.: Megan Palmer 

5:45 p.m.: Michael Howard

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