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Jewel to headline Salmonfest event


Famed Alaskan singer-songwriter Jewel will headline Salmonfest 2017, which is scheduled for August 4 to 6 in Ninilchik. The three-day event will feature more than 60 acts.

Jewel, a native of the Kenai Peninsula, has sold more than 30 million albums and counting. She is the daughter of Homer’s Atz Kilcher.

Also on tap to perform are several newcomers, including Rising Appalachia and Searson, both anchored by sisters. Railroad Earth, sometimes referred to as the Grateful Dead of jamgrass, will be performing in Alaska for the first time. Other first-timers include Rusted Root, The California Honeydrops and Pimps of Joytime. Foy Vance is coming all the way from Ireland to perform at Salmonfest.

A huge selection of Alaska’s best performers will also be on hand. From Ketchikan, Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers will be on stage, as will Super Saturated Sugar Strings and Hope Social Club.

In the past Alaskans have had to fly out of state to attend one of the preeminent national festivals. Salmonfest now provides the opportunity to find that enriching experience just down the highway on the Kenai Peninsula at a fraction of what it might cost to go Outside to a comparable event.

More details on Salmonfest can be found at


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