Lloyd Jones plays at the inaugural Blues, Brews & BBQ. PHOTO BY ANDREW CREMATA

Second Annual Brews, Blues & BBQ:

The Skagway Arts Council holds its second annual Blues, Brews & BBQ event on Saturday, July 14, from 5-11 p.m. at Seven Pastures’ Dedman Stage. This event is going to be epic, with out of town renowned blues players Sammy Burrous & Devils Club, local blues talent musicians, a classic car show, mouth watering BBQ by the F.O.E. #25, and features Alaska brews and a selection of wine!

Sammy Burrous & Devils Club are a contemporary blues rock n’ roll band from Southeast Alaska, reinterpreting and stylizing music from artists like Tom Waits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Sublime, Steve Earle, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams, Led Zeppelin and their own original material.

Devils Club has been performing actively in and around Alaska for more than ten years, and began as a power trio with Dale McFarlin (drums), Sammy Burrous (guitar, vocals) and C. Scott Fry (bass). Over time the “club” has grown and included many guest artists and instruments and even a self-produced a Tom Waits tribute show and a new record of original material.

To be a part of the classic car show, sign up in person at Skagway’s AB Hall Visitor Center or email the year, make and model of your vehicle to tourismprojects@skagway.org. It is free to register your fabulous classic ride!

Free SMART bus shuttle to the event will be available. SMART bus will run to and from Seven Pastures, northbound on State and southbound on Main between 6 p.m. and leaving for the last time at 11:30 p.m.

Watch for posters around town for more details! Loads of laughs and memory-making experiences are to be had at Blues, Brews & BBQ!

There will even be commemorative stainless steel pints for purchase. Save the date and make some history by attending this sweet event sponsored by the Skagway Arts Council!


Have a talent you would like to show off, or need more exposure for your craft? The Southeast Alaska State Fair is looking for exhibit entries. Info on categories and registering exhibits is online at www.SEAKFAIR.org.

Items must be exhibit-ready, packaged for travel and are due by July 20 in Skagway. They will be sent over to Haines free of charge in time for the fair.

Let Southeast Alaska see what Skagway has to show off! Contact Donna Griffard at (907) 983-3222 for deadlines and drop off in Skagway.


July 23-27 for ages 8-18. A rock music camp where no previous lessons are required, just a strong attitude. The goal for these kids is to grab onto the love of music and learn how to have fun performing with other musicians. The camp for beginning rockers will include group lessons on individual instruments: guitars, drums, bass, keyboards and vocals. They will be grouped into “rock bands” with the goal of having one to three songs performance-ready for the showcase. Straight out of -40 degrees in Canada’s Yukon, Graeme Peters, brother Jody Peters and Ian March formed the power trio Speed Control.

The three members all come from a jazz and classical background but have turned to their true passion: rock n’ roll. The RAWK Camp performance by the kids and Speed Control will be on the Dedman Stage on July 27. It is not to be missed! To register, contact sarakinjohischer@gmail.com. Camp meets 9 a.m-noon or 1-4 p.m. daily from July 23-27. Cost per student is $75.

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The Skagway Arts Council is currently looking for board members! Do you have an interest in arts and music and would like to be part of planning for the future? Get involved with us! For more information or to see if you might be a good fit to join this exciting organization, please email us at skagwayartscouncil@gmail.com.

-Donna Griffard