Music helps ring in the sunshine in March
What do a world-renown mandolin player, Fleetwood Mac songs, and a chart-topping metal band have in common? Anchorage. All three will be heard – on the same day, no less – in Alaska’s biggest city. Look at the concert calendar, and your heart might skip a beat at all the music lined up for March.
This The unusual trifecta mentioned above takes over the city’s venues on March 9. All three take place in the evening, so you’ll have to pick one: Avi Atal, Singin’ the ’70s or heavy metal band Lamb of God. Atal has trained at Italian conservatories, played Carnegie Hall and brings his skill with this small, stringed instrument to Alaska. Singin’ the ’70s rewinds the calendar to dip into pop favorites from the heydays of Queen, disco and Barry Manilow, among others. Or work out some aggression with heavy metal. With albums like “Wrath” and “As the Palaces Burn,” the five members of Lamb of God are sure to have the cure for all your pent-up energy.
Not into metal, ABBA or mandolin? What does get your toes tappin’ and your head nodding? There’s still a pretty good chance March has something for you. Spin the globe with international music styles from the far side of the world and our own country. Ladysmith Black Mambazo captures the sounds of South Africa with vocal harmonies that resonate in more than just your eardrums. They play the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on March 16. San Jose Taiko is one of America’s oldest groups dedicated to Japanese drum music. If you aren’t familiar with taiko, the rhythms alone can range from calm to martial to frenetic. This live concert, set for March 22, is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. The power required to play the big drums is nothing short of athletic, and the synchronized motions of multiple drummers almost qualifies them as a dance troupe too.
That’s not to say everything on the Anchorage playlists is old (feel free to decide for yourself whether Shakespeare or disco qualifies for that label). Hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis bring Pacific Northwest beats to the Egan Center on March 29. The two Seattle-based musicians are touring on the strength of their independently released album “The Heist.” Macklemore’s raspy-voiced rhymes are smart, and Ryan Lewis’s hooks will have even the uninitiated dancing.
Genres go from A to Z this month. No, really! American folk to zydeco (BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, March 23)! Believe it or not, there’s even more on tap, so check out www.Anchorage.net/events for more.