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This Sitka music festival is on its way to becoming a destination for music-lovers all over the region. Bringing acts from as far as Florida and Michigan as well as showcasing local musicians, there was not a weak act on the entire program. The festival was also unique in that its musicians performed nearly 100 percent original music. I heard two covers songs during the three days I was there, but they were done in such a fresh, original way that they may as well be counted as original arrangements.
Home Skillet Festival Recap 072209 AE 2 CCW Staff Writer This Sitka music festival is on its way to becoming a destination for music-lovers all over the region. Bringing acts from as far as Florida and Michigan as well as showcasing local musicians, there was not a weak act on the entire program. The festival was also unique in that its musicians performed nearly 100 percent original music. I heard two covers songs during the three days I was there, but they were done in such a fresh, original way that they may as well be counted as original arrangements.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Story last updated at 7/22/2009 - 12:13 pm

Home Skillet Festival Recap

This Sitka music festival is on its way to becoming a destination for music-lovers all over the region. Bringing acts from as far as Florida and Michigan as well as showcasing local musicians, there was not a weak act on the entire program. The festival was also unique in that its musicians performed nearly 100 percent original music. I heard two covers songs during the three days I was there, but they were done in such a fresh, original way that they may as well be counted as original arrangements.

At some music festivals and grinds that I've been to, not every act is everyone's cup of tea. Sometimes the event organizers will let people on stage just because they're friends, not because they're necessarily good performers. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all about equal opportunities on stage. And I've often truly enjoyed musicians who aren't necessarily "great." This festival displayed truly professional creativity on the part of the organizers as well as the acts. There was something for everyone including folk, hip-hop, blues and more.

For a complete review of the festival, check out the Preview blog at juneaublogger.com/preview.

For extensive photo documentation, see SPOTTED at spotted.capitalcityweekly.com.

For more information about Home Skillet, visit homeskilletrecords.com.


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