Rockin’ good time for good cause

Thank you, Blackwater Railroad Co., for keeping young people rocking.

On May 27, 40 teenagers attended the first ever Teen Night at the Pratt. There was a pretty big reason for them to come out and socialize. One of the best bands in Alaska, Blackwater Railroad Co., played an acoustic show just for youth (ages 12-20). This awesome evening was a big collaboration driven by Blackwater Railroad Co.’s kind and considerate desire to give back to the younger communities. All proceeds and donations will go directly to the Youth On Record Alaska (YOR AK) —  a digital music production and recording class for teens hosted at the R.E.C. Room in partnership with Haven House.

Happening every Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and managed by music producers Cody Davidson (founder of YOR AK) and Mike Hurd (Fractal Theory Productions), YOR AK is the only year round music program that happens for youth in our community.

Thank you, Pratt Museum, for hosting this event and more youth events in the future. Thank you, Beluga Lake Lodge, for donating rooms to house the band the night of the show. Thank you to the adults who helped out the night of the show. Thank you, teens, for appreciating the experience of live and local music. The biggest thanks goes to Blackwater Railroad Co. for promoting the music and arts to young people and for showing us that taking your music that you’ve worked so hard at practicing to the next level and beyond is possible. You inspire. You rock.

If your business or organization gave donations in the past few weeks after being approached by a  young person or adult on this collaborative crew, thank you for giving to local positive youth programming. If you missed the opportunity to donate, you can always donate directly to Homer youth programming at If you would like to donate your time to helping organize and motivate youth events like this, please contact us at

Good times,

Ryjil Christianson, Pratt Museum

Anna Meredith, R.E.C. Room