The Pioneer Park Gazebo
2300 Airport Way
Daily I 7-8pm
When the sun comes back to Fairbanks, our community moves as many activities as possible to the outdoors. With endless hours of daylight and green as far as the eye can see, we feel like we should be outside as much as possible! Fairbanks Arts’ Gazebo Night Summer Performances are a way for local and out-of-town visitors of Pioneer Park to enjoy performing arts while in the outdoors. Performances take place 7-8pm in the white gazebo near Gold Rush Town in Pioneer Park and are FREE to attend for anyone.
With the support of Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation, Gazebo Nights began in 2002 with a free concert every Thursday evening in Pioneer Park. In the summer of 2004, concerts were held every Tuesday and Thursday. In August 2005, Monday nights were added. In 2006 concert were expanded to their current schedule:
Every day of the week there is a different performer who takes the stage to show off their wonderful skills and to entertain the audience. For July, the variety of performers ranges from storytelling on Fridays, to Folk on Thursdays and Middle Eastern Dance on Mondays. Curious? Read more about the artists below!
David Snyderman – Standards & Country Rock
Music Dave is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who has been sharing his music here in Alaska for over a decade! He arrived here with the US Army around the turn-of-the-century and started playing guitar during the long winter nights. His musical sets are full of original songs about laughter love and travel, and they sometimes carry a positive spiritual overtone. He also peppers in a few favorites by inspirations such as John Prine, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny cash!
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Tundra Caravan – Middle Eastern Dance
Tundra Caravan is Fairbanks’ premier Middle Eastern dance troupe! We entertain and educated audiences with Middle Eastern music and dance. Our diverse dance repertoire includes traditional, contemporary, and fusion styles of belly dance from the Middle East, Near East, and North Africa.
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Kit Carson – Acoustic Music that Rocks
Blues. Oldies. Rock’n Roll. Country. Jazz. Kit Carson is a guitarist and singer with 40 years of performance experience in Alaska, making Fairbanks his home. Enjoy the sounds of summer with Kit Carson during Gazebo Nights at Pioneer Park.
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Clarence Pate – Jazz Piano
Clarence Pate is a Jazz musician who takes traditional Jazz Standards and adds a modern and current world musical twist to it. Clarence describes his career as follows:
“I’m from Philadelphia but have been in Alaska for more than 20 years. I originally came to Fairbank as a member in the Army Band and then stayed in Fairbanks once I was discharged from the Military. Today, I’m working with the Special Education Program in the school district. The reason I love playing Jazz piano is because of the range of emotions and feelings one can express through the music. It can reach everyone no matter the listeners ability in life.”
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The Warblers – Blues, Folk, Country & Jazz
The Warblers are: Gary Bender, Ellen Mannion, Steve Heckman, Jim Weymiller. We’ve played together in various iterations for the last 10 years and officially as the Warblers for the last 5 years. We cover a wide variety of genres: blues, jazz, country, folk, swing, old time, western, bluegrass, and original songs. Instruments we play are: 6 string guitar, 12 string guitar, 12 string banjo, bass, mandolin, and 8 string tenor guitar.
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Martin Miller – Storytelling
Old Pete came to Alaska in the 1880s to “Teach those folks how to mine gold.”
Along the way he had more than one adventure. Join Martin Miller, Storyteller to hear how Old Pete came to be known as Grizly Pete, and changed the way gold mining was done in Alaska forever. Martin tells traditional and original folk tales, the occasional Robert Service verse, and (once in a while) juggles before and after the show.
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Ptarmigan – Fiddle
On Saturdays, listen to the unique sounds of the fiddle!
If there is rain, sometimes performances will take place indoors in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts. (If there is a cancellation, if possible we will post on our Fairbanks Arts Facebook page as soon as we know).