Skagway Arts Council presents both the third annual Blues, Brews and Barbeque along with the Maggio Scholarship Fundraiser in one fun-filled evening. 

Local DJ Sway-Z, Big Scott, Krowd Kontrol and Bad Hombres will start the show on the Dedman Stage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Headliner Badd Dog Blues Society with Andy “Badd Dog” Koch will close out the night.

Formed in 1995 and hailing from Skagit Valley in Washington, BDBS tours steadily. They have been to Southeast Alaska in the past, but this will be their first visit to Skagway. The band travels as a four- or five-member group, drawing from a growing dog pound orchestra of more than 40 top-notch players.

Joining Andy on Aug. 3 and helping to spread word of the blues will be Juneau blues stars C. Scott Fry, Jake Soboleff and Jason Messing. We are lucky to have these fine musicians fit Skagway into their schedules and there is sure to be lots of guitar, fine vocals and harmonica to fill the night air. 

A first for this year’s event will be locally made brew on tap. Skagway Brewing Co. will have White Pass Pilsner and Mosaic Hop IPA. Klondike Brewing Co. will offer additional special selections and White Claw will also be available. There will be soft drinks as well. You must be 21 or over with a valid photo ID be in the beer garden. If you are underage, you may enter with your parent or legal guardian present.   

The barbecue menu is quite tantalizing this year with three different vendors providing fare. Eagles Hall  No. 25, Skagway Fire Department and The Smokehouse will all be offering their own take on barbecue. Bring the whole family out for some amazing food and don’t forget to save room for a treat from the Dessert Extravaganza put on by the Elks Lodge  No. 431. 

If that weren’t enough, check out these other events on Aug. 3: 

Wander amidst the Classic Car Show sponsored by the CVB from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the grounds of Seven Pastures (free). 

Have your caricature drawn by Skagway’s own Lybbie Brown (small fee). 

Peruse the goods in the tent sale of LULAROE items. 

Pick up a commemorative stainless-steel pint cup that comes with a complimentary beer of your choice.   

Bring on the bubbles! Skagway Arts Council will have many jars of bubble soap with wands for young and old to play with. Feel free to add to the fun and bring your own, the more the merrier.

Admission to this event is free, but donations to the arts are much appreciated.

Recent budget cuts by Gov. Mike Dunleavy have sorely hurt the Alaska State Council on the Arts, which helped fund our programs, and the Alaska Marine Highway, which we rely on in the winter to bring performers to Skagway. Without your generous donations, the Skagway Arts Council would be unable to offer scholarships or present year-round music, dance, art, classes and other events to the community. Your donations will help us in the future and we thank you for your continued support.   

The Skagway Arts Council offers scholarships to year-round individuals to assist with the purchase of instruments, art supplies, classes and putting on performances. The organization’s scholarship fundraiser is named for the late Chris Maggio, a much beloved Skagway resident who left us too early. This event is in part a fundraiser for our scholarship program. 

SMART Bus rides will be available on State and Main streets to take you to and from Seven Pastures all night long. This is a free service provided by the Skagway Arts Council, but please tip your driver. 

We respectfully request that no pets be brought to this event for the comfort of other patrons, and for the animals themselves who would rather be home snoozing on your bed than listening to music and being jostled by the crowd.   

Bring your lawn chairs, bug dope, blanket, dancing shoes and friends, this is sure to be a great time.

Submitted by Donna Griffard