Story last updated at 3/25/2009 - 10:58 am
JUNEAU - Salem is returning to Juneau. The funk, Afro-Cuban jazz and hip-hop group will play a Klondike Gold Rush Brothel Party at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at the Alaskan Bar. Theme costumes are encouraged, with prizes for the best.
The group will travel to Haines to play a Klondike Gold Rush Party at 10 p.m. on March 28 at the Fort Seward Lodge.
Todd Anders Johnson is the composer, drummer and vocalist for Salem. Also an avid snowboarder, Johnson is sponsored by Libtech Snowboards, Folsom Custom Skis, Columbia Sportwear, Mountainsmith, Boulder Outdoor Center and Ayotte Drums. He also works in marketing with Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures in Haines.
Johnson said he is excited to finally be touring with a keyboardist, a treat that the former trio didn't previously have.
"A good keyboardist was a missing element for a while," Johnson said. "Now it's more full and more representative of the recordings."
Last winter, Salem played at ESPN's Winter X Games, the 48 Straight King of the Mountain in Sun Valley, US Free skiing events in Jackson, Copper and Girdwood, and the Breckenridge Spring Massive Festival. Filmmaker Warren Miller has featured Salem's music in winter sports films including "Off the Grid," released in 2007.
The group has been on CD release tours all summer and fall throughout Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In August, Salem toured for 3 weeks in a vegetable-powered shuttle bus. Its final stop was at Seattle's Hempfest where Salem headlined the main stage and performed for 10,000 people.
Salem arrived in Girdwood last week and will be playing concerts around the state at various ski lodges and venues, taking time to "rip the mountain up" whenever they have time hit the slopes.
There will be a live DVD recording of Saturday's performance. Johnson said he looks forward to celebrate the region's heritage with the Gold Rush shows in historical places. The band is hoping to capture some good footage of "some hoodlums in good costumeage." They have also been conducting video interviews with mountaineers and heli-skiing guides along their tour route.
For more info visit salem-music.com.