The Pioneer Park Gazebo
2300 Airport Way
Daily – 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 August, the variety of performers ranges from storytelling on Fridays, to Country Rock on Sundays and Original Folk on Wednesdays. Curious? Read more about the artists below!
Indie Rock – Casey Smith Project
CASEY SMITH PROJECT is a shoe gaze, indie-rock band based out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Their music consists of intricate guitar looping, soulful vocal melodies and rhythmic drum beats. They draw their musical influences from bands like Tame Impala, Modest Mouse, the Black Keys to Radio Head. With lyrical themes centered around abstract depictions of modern relationships, childhood memories and nostalgia to hypnotize their audience. Their first EP album “Talk Memory” was released September 2016, which was followed by a (single) titled “Give It Up” released June 2018. They are currently performing these releases live around the state of Alaska.
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Acoustic Blues, Folk & Rock’n Roll – The DeAnne & Eric Fiasco
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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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Mike Stackhouse – Original Folk
Mike Stackhouse’s music falls under the broad category of folk music, heavily influenced by rock, blues and country. Having grown up in a music-loving family, Mike looks back to a lifetime of singing, songwriting and enjoying a life full of music. What started with a high school band performing dance music, was quickly influenced by the Beatles invasive tunes and turned into a rock band. Eventually, Mike ended up in Alaska and now performs his folk music in locations all over town.
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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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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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Fairbanks teen, Al Bent shares thought provoking original songs and carefully chosen covers in a lively solo performance. Accompanying herself with vocal and instrumental loops created live on stage.
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).