The Day Blackwater Broke Moose Pass

Moose Pass Solstice Festival 2014
Moose Pass Solstice Festival 2014

Granted spring has not yet sprung, but the unusually temperate and sunny days in Seward have us already thinking summer time. We have a lot to look forward to in the meantime (like for instance our Sound of Home record release tour in May) but even with the festivals, weddings and venues that we have booked are already my thoughts are already darting ahead to the Summer Solstice Festival at Trail Lakes Lodge [‘Trail Lakes Lodge’ text link to the page with that show].

This will be the third summer that we play the Trail Lakes Solstice gig in Moose Pass, Alaska. Both previous years have been momentous. Last year, part way through our third set of the night, the pavilion was rocking. As a string band, our percussion is generated almost exclusively (no knock to your maracas Isaac [‘Isaac’ should be a text link to his profile page]) by stomping dancing feet. This past year though was something else entirely.

Out of nowhere we heard a noise like the world’s largest kick drum and then the show was abruptly stopped. It seems the weight of all those happy dancers had cracked the pavilion! Undeterred, we took the show outside where Blackwater Railroad Company and the few hundred revelers kept the party going into the night. Even now long after a million mosquito and ‘no seeum’ bites have healed I still think about that night and this event and countless others have us dreaming of all the amazing live events that are calling to us from the midnight sun.

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