Anchorage Concert Association Offers Free Tickets to Furloughed Federal Employees

Anchorage Concert Association Offers Free Tickets to Furloughed Federal Employees

Anchorage Concert Association is offering free tickets to Saturday's show with Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown to federal workers affected by the government shutdown.

"Performing arts can bring light during the dark days of winter. I hope a night out with some great live music can spark joy to those who need it right now," said Jason Hodges, executive director of Anchorage Concert Association.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Band, two of today's defining American roots groups will join in Anchorage for an evening of their own songs and a special tribute to "Music from Big Pink" and "The Band." The title of the double-bill show, "Across the Great Divide," is from a song by The Band that, according to Rolling Stone critic Greil Marcus, is meant to "cross the great divide between men and women, between the past and the present, between the country and the city, between the North and the South."

Eclectic octet Dustbowl Revival blends folk-Americana and Stax-era soul into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party. With strings, brass, dueling vocals, and more, the winners of "Best Live Band" by L.A. Weekly exemplify everything shows should be: "hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear."

Joining them is Austin-based trio Hot Club of Cowtown, which delivers hot jazz and Western swing light and tight, like tumbleweeds made of velvet. Inspired by European hot jazz and vintage American roots music, these Texas Western Swing Hall of Famers have shared stages with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Roxy Music.

Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown: Across the Great Divide is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Atwood Concert Hall, presented by Anchorage Concert Association. Federal employees can show their government ID in person at the CenterTix box office in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts for free tickets. Tickets for the general public are available at CenterTix box office (263-ARTS) and anchorageconcerts.org.

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