Alyeska at a glance
By Shannon Markley
Special to the Glacier City Gazette
The summer has been in full effect, as has the Sitzmark music scene. Sitzmark holds FREE concerts at 10 p.m., featuring a new band each week. Next up, on Saturday, July 16th is local brass band Nervis Rex putting the SKA in AlaSKA. Every Saturday night, the signature sound of hard-hitting drum beats and fast horn section please the crowd no matter where. These guys bring their high tempo. They go! With tons of original music and popular covers of “Sell-Out,” “Impression that I Get,” and “History of a Boring Town,” these guys always make you dance, dance, dance!
The following Saturday, July 23rd, Wasteland HOP will be coming from Fort Collins, Colorado to the Sitz stage to keep the night alive. Wasteland Hop is a lyrical lovechild of an exotic ménage a trois between rock, hip hop and folk. Mixing influences from The Roots to The Black Keys, Fort Collins indie hip-hop band Wasteland Hop’s songs are a striking back-and-forth between soulful lead vocalist Steph Jay and MC Mickey Kenny, who shatters the divide between rap and poetry. The band blends Kenny’s insightful lyrics with high energy, funk-fueled beats, very much in the same vein as Colorado hip-hop artists Flobots.
Aside from the Summer Concert Series, the Sitz has a little something for everyone. Starting last Friday, July 8th, the Sitzmark kicked off its first week of Absolut Trivia, which will take place at 7 p.m. every Friday night. Grab a team of 6 or go alone. This is your time to show off what useful (useless?!) facts you have stored away. There are raffle prizes, a prize for the first place team. There are also $2 Tacos, and $5 Altos Margaritas every Friday. So what are you waiting for?
Be sure to also join us at the Sitzmark on Sunday, July 17th for the 2nd installment of Summer Paint Nite. Grab your friends and some cocktails and bring out your inner artist. Tickets are discounted to $25 when using the discount code of ‘Denali20’ and can be purchased at PaintNite.com. The Paint Nite Series has sold out every time the Sitz has hosted it, so don’t hesitate and get your tickets today!
Mountain Biking World
Rain or shine, the Alyeska Bike Park has been busy with riders all summer long. Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-6 p.m., riders have been shredding the mountain trails and hitting the jumps all weekend long. Coming up on Saturday, July 16th, the Alyeska Bike Park will be hosting the Alyeska Enduro Race, which features a 6.5 mile loop consisting of three downhill timed segments linked by uphill segments that are not timed. Your result will be the combined time of the three segments. Your total lap time will not be used to determine your placing. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with racing beginning at 11 a.m.
CALLING ALL THE LADIES!
The Mountain Learning Center will be holding another Women’s Bike Clinic on Sunday, July 17th. This one-day clinic is geared towards women cross-country bikers who want to learn and improve downhill techniques to conquer AK’s challenging bike trails. Bring your own bike or rent one of our downhill bikes. Call (907) 754.2275 for registration and more information.