Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Rockers Brandi Carlile, Michael Franti Headline Salmonfest 2018

Folk rocker Brandi Carlile and hip hop musician Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline Salmonfest 2018, from Aug. 3-5 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik.

The annual three days of fish, love and music – with over 60 bands playing on four stages -comes together in a family friendly atmosphere dedicated to protecting Alaska’s wild salmon habitat.

Salmonfest also attracts a number of other big bands, including Great American Taxi, along with numerous booths offering everything from food, drink and other souvenir items to arts and crafts and a daily mix of creative activities for children.

The festival got its start several years back as Salmonstock, with a focus on educating people from all walks of life about the potential for adverse impact from the proposed open pit Pebble mine in the areas of the Bristol Bay watershed, and has grown to attract several thousand people every year, most of whom are advocates for strong protections for wild salmon habitat.

Sponsors include the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, with support from Cook Inletkeeper. They join several other environmental entities there annually in trying to educate and rally the public on ways to keep salmon habitat safe.

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