Story last updated at 6/10/2009 - 1:36 pm
JUNEAU - Cayla Showers, a high school junior, moved to Juneau from Pennsylvania three years ago. Shortly after, she began to notice that there were far fewer musical events going on in Juneau than what she was used to. Her friends Jana and Lindy Olmstead also felt the need for some entertainment from the outside world, so the three homeschoolers took it upon themselves to start recruiting.
"I had friends that had never been to a concert before, and I missed concerts, so I thought it would be cool to get a band here," Showers said.
They began contacting bands, searching for a group that would be affordable to hire. Most of their initial contacts were far too costly.
"The main problem about getting a band to Juneau is the airfare," Showers said. "It may only cost $1,000 for a concert, but if you add airfare it can cost as much as $5,000 or more depending on how many people are in the band."
They continued their search, and their work was not in vain. Everyday Sunday, a rock/powerpop group from Columbus, Ohio, took the girls up on their request. The band was already planning to travel to Anchorage for a show so they agreed to stop in Juneau on the way. Their new album, "Best Night of Our Lives," will be released on June 16 through Inpop Records.
"Once Jana, Lindy and I read the email, we became very excited," Showers said. "Our dream of having a band come to Juneau was a lot more realistic."
Once the girls had enlisted a band, they turned the rest of the planning over to Hang Out, a group of people from different Juneau churches who provide fun, safe activities for teens.
Everyday Sunday will perform at 7 p.m. on June 14 at Centennial Hall. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and may be purchased at Hearthside Books or Centennial Hall.