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Salmonfest Let's Go!


We're closing in on the start of Salmonfest 2017, August 4-6, and once again our talented, creative and energetic festival team has been working tirelessly to help set the table for what promises to be another magical, musical and memorable weekend!  We are excited about the diverse and dynamic lineup and are confident of the 65 plus acts on four stages over 3 days that you will all find new performers to fall in love with. 

Heading the lineup are 3 powerhouse acts that are widely known and respected throughout the world. Alaska's own Jewel returns home for her first show in many years. Railroad Earth, often referred to as the 'Grateful Dead of Bluegrass', a lower 48 festival headline favorite for nearly two decades makes their first appearance in Alaska. And the well-known Rusted Root will bring their fusion of rock, world beat, acoustic and percussion sound as they close the Ocean Stage on Saturday night.


Jewel started performing with her father Atz throughout the state of Alaska at age 8. And hasn’t stopped playing since. It’s her life experience that inspired her first hit, “Who Will Save Your Soul,” according to her web site.

The poet, writer, singer has played with an awesome array of musicians, in several different musical genres. Her incredible voice is as strong as ever as heard on her latest album, “Picking Up the Pieces,” and her lyrics as true and poignant as ever.

And now we get to enjoy hearing her back home in Alaska. Returning to Alaska to play the last frontier after having played the world over. This is a real homecoming; Salmonfest and all her Alaska fans can’t wait to welcome her back!


Railroad Earth to play two nights – Saturday and Sunday, August 5th and 6th at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Playing two entirely different sets, this Greatful Dead of jamgrass Railroad Earth, is set to headline a Red Rocks show as well as Floydfest right before arriving at Salmonfest.

A major festival force, a roots and Americana newgrass jam band that combines elements of bluegrass, rock, jazz, Celtic and more. For those who are familiar with this very special band, you know how excited we are to have them. If you're not familiar, you're in for a new treat at Salmonfest 2017, August 4-6th.

These guys have headlined and played many of the biggest festivals and venues in the country including Hangtown, High Sierra, Brooklyn Bowl, the Troubadour and recently completed a three-night sold out run at San Francisco's iconic Fillmore. And now Railroad Earth is finally coming to Alaska and Salmonfest for the first time.


It has been 25 years since their first album, Cruel Sun, and Rusted Root is still going strong. Having collaborated with one another for what is approaching three decades they have honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom, and virtuosity, Rusted Root, transcends age, generation, culture, and musical style.

The past few years have found Rusted Root on a never-ending tour. A major career highlight in the Springtime of 2014 and 2015 was touring with The Wailers. Michael Glabicki says, “The Wailers are what music in its spiritual form is about, and I feel it was an honor to play with them”.

As they have in the past, Rusted Root is currently working on their next record by honing their new songs while on tour. The band is looking forward to putting the finishing touches on their new collection of songs, and aim to release the new record in the next year.

Next discounted ticket deadline is midnight July 29th. salmonfestalaska.org

We are giving away the big special VIP upgrade package for two, to one lucky Salmonfest 2017 ticket holder and the opportunity to experience the festival like a star! Check out this link now for a chance to enter. www.facebook.com/SalmonfestAlaska/

Kachemak Bay Conservation Society and Cook Inletkeeper provide the stewardship and are the two major beneficiaries of Salmonfest. Cook Inletkeeper organizes and directs the 'Salmon Causeway' and is implementing and managing a zero waste policy for Salmonfest 2017.

Come share in Salmon Solidarity and three days of Fish, Fun and Music! 


For more information, contact:

Jim Stearns, Festival Director/Producer, Salmonfest

jim@salmonfestalaska.org 907-435-7371


Sally Oberstein, Assistant Festival Director/Producer, Salmonfest

sally@salmonfestalaska.org  907-235-2228


Susan Kaplan, Festival Media Liaison, Salmonfest

alaskakap@gmail.com 907-299-2938

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