Virtual music festival will raise food bank funds

A Friday, May 1 online music festival will help raise funds for Food Bank of Alaska. AK4AK virtual music festival will broadcast from 6-10 p.m. on Facebook and at ak4ak.com.

The event was pre-recorded Tuesday, April 28 on a purpose-built concert stage at the Port of Alaska small boat harbor, according to a release by event organizers Showdown Alaska. Headliners will include Anchorage pop group Medium Build, H3 Hawaii Reggae Band and Seward-based folk rock ensemble Blackwater Railroad Company. Other guests will include Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.

“This is a perfect way to bring Alaskans together as we hunker down in Anchortown and across the state,” said organizer Christopher Constant, who is also an Anchorage Assembly member. “We chose the Port of Alaska as our venue because it’s the most important facility that moves critical food and supplies to Alaska’s communities. It’s also a way to thank the many shipping and port workers who are the unsung heroes keeping food on our tables.”

Event sponsors include shipping company Matson, TOTE Maritime Alaska, AFL-CIO Alaska, the Building & Construction Trades Council of Southcentral Alaska, and Matanuska Telephone Association.

While watching the concert is free, viewers are encouraged to donate to Food Bank of Alaska online or by texting “HUNGER” to 345-345, organizers said.