SITKA- If your town has no creative outlet for you, why not create one of your own? In 2004, Nicholas Galanin and George Huff did just that with the creation of Home Skillet Records in Sitka.
Home Skillet 070809 NEWS 1 CCW Staff Writer SITKA- If your town has no creative outlet for you, why not create one of your own? In 2004, Nicholas Galanin and George Huff did just that with the creation of Home Skillet Records in Sitka.

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Nicholas Galanin, left, performs as Silver Jackson with daughters Nova and Scarlet, below, and Thanny Bean, right.

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Wednesday, July 15
Kettleson Library
5:30 p.m. Teri Tibbett - Kid's show
Larkspur Café
7 p.m. Teri Tibbett - With her personal and rich original music, this steadfast Home Skillet Festival supporter has returned year after year.
7:15 p.m. Bellymeat - Performing traditional and original country, blues and jug band music with Southeast flavor, dance-ability is guaranteed.
7:30 p.m. Strummin' Dog and Lee Asnin - Quickly becoming local favorites, these raucous floor-stompin' Delta Blues players may incite audience stompin' as well.
8 p.m. Steve Arvey - This Chicago blues man has brought joy to listeners and fans around the world, and Sitka is next.
Thursday, July 16
Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House
7 p.m. Vern Culp
7:10 p.m. Andrew Miller
7:25 p.m. Jed Delong
7:35 p.m. Steve Arvey
7:50 p.m. Sonny Smith
8:10 p.m. Breathe Owl Breathe
Larkspur Café
10 p.m. Sonny Smith and Silver Jackson CD/Vinyl release party
Friday, July 17
ANB Hall
7 p.m. Half Smoked
7:20 p.m. Meathead
7:40 p.m. Indefinite Ettiquette
7:55 p.m. Phonetic
8:15 p.m. Mackelmore
Kelly's Sports Bar
10 p.m. After party
Saturday, July 18
ANB Hall
7 p.m. Mark Verne
7:10 p.m. The Sugar Shakers
7:30 p.m. GEO
7:50 p.m. Silver Jackson
8 p.m. Jack Ruby Presents
8:20 p.m. Langhorne Slim
P Bar
10 p.m. After party
Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Story last updated at 7/8/2009 - 11:36 am

Home Skillet
Keeping music sizzling in Southeast

SITKA- If your town has no creative outlet for you, why not create one of your own? In 2004, Nicholas Galanin and George Huff did just that with the creation of Home Skillet Records in Sitka.

At the time, both Galanin and Huff were spending most of their time outside of Sitka, but they would return home each summer and make music together. According to Galanin, Home Skillet Records was formed simply to act as a foundation for their summer sessions. Over the years, it has become much more.

The label now carries over a dozen artists and facilitates performances around the region, including this year's fourth annual Home Skillet Festival, which will be held July 15-18 in Sitka. A variety of Southeast musicians will perform alongside headlining acts from outside of Alaska.

In past years the festival has been held outdoors, which organizers say creates a fun, festive atmosphere. But this year, due to weather risks, extra costs and the lack of an appropriate outdoor space, concerts will take place at a variety of indoor venues.

"With every year and every project we learn a little more about the industry," Galanin said. "The festival is kind of another aspect of what we want to do with our music."

Galanin, a self-proclaimed "music geek," is in charge of booking for the festival. He persistently seeks out new music for his own listening pleasure while also on the lookout for potential Home Skillet performers.

"Most of the music acts in this town are classical or jazz, so it's nice to offer hip hop, singer/songwriter, blues and a different spectrum," Galanin said. "We want to do something for everybody. We choose music that we love and acts that don't normally pass through, giving local artists a chance to perform with other headlining acts."

Galanin will perform at the festival under his musical alias, Silver Jackson. He just released his second album, "Thought I Found Gold." Galanin recorded the album's nine tracks last winter in Sitka, though the album features guest musicians from abroad. During the recording process, tracks were e-mailed back and forth to various contributing musicians, including a cellist from Michigan and a percussionist from the United Kingdom.

"Thought I Found Gold" and his first album, the out-of-print self-titled "Silver Jackson," are available for purchase on iTunes or at An album release party will follow Thursday's performances at 10 p.m. at the Larkspur Café. Silver Jackson will perform at the festival with special guests as part of the Saturday night lineup.

After the festival, Silver Jackson and Breathe Owl Breathe, guest headliners from Michigan, will hit the proverbial Southeast road, promoting the new album and performing at venues in Haines and Juneau.

In addition to being a part-time music geek, Galanin also works as a Tlingit/Aleut multi-disciplinary visual artist. His father, uncle and grandfather, also artists, passed their creative tradition on to Galanin, who co-owns The Devilfish gallery and studio in Sitka and has had his work shown in galleries around North America. He currently has work on display in group shows in Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, Maine and New Mexico and he is gearing up to show more work in Denver and New York next month. He also has work in various Alaska museums including the permanent collection of the Alaska State Museum in Juneau.

"I work with concepts, the medium follows," Galanin says in his artist statement.

His work ranges from woodcarving and sculpture to video and installation.

"There's never just one thing," Galanin said. "They all balance each other out somehow. Being inspired is my favorite thing about life."

Home Skillet Festival has become Galanin's medium to foster the growth of Sitka's music scene. It has progressed significantly since year one, and Galanin said he thinks it will continue.

"I'm blown away by some of the music in this town," Galanin said. "I wouldn't ever know or say if the festival is responsible, but there's a definite buzz around our festival."

As a nonprofit operation, the festival relies on the support of local sponsors in addition to ticket sales to help with airfare and accommodations for headlining musicians.

This year Home Skillet will, for the first time, present a group who has performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Langhorne Slim, a folk/soul/rock group based out of Brooklyn, will end the festival with their Saturday night performance.

Seating is limited and tickets are available in advance at, Old Harbor Books, Highliner Coffee and The Devilfish Gallery.

Look for the complete schedule of events in the July 15 issue of CCW.