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Fiddlehead Music Festival at Alyeska Resort Returns with New Weekend Dates and Format, Top Bluegrass and Altcountry Acts

May 20, 2011 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Alyeska Resort’s first notable summer event is the second annual Fiddlehead Music Festival scheduled for Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, 2011. The festival will feature main act Peter Rowan who will perform with his renowned bluegrass band. Opening acts include national act Whiskey Richards and Girdwood’s own, Sarandipty. The festival is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. to midnight each night with doors opening at 6:00 P.M.

2011 Fiddlehead Music Festival Line-Up: 6:00 P.M. – Doors Open
7:00 P.M. – Local Openers: Friday: Sarandipity Saturday: Spiff Chambers and Aaron Benolkin
8:30 P.M. – Whiskey Richards
10:00 P.M. – Peter Rowan & His Bluegrass Band

Peter Rowan has fallen in love with Alaska. He played to sellout crowds this winter at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill with his rock band, The Mexican Airforce, and enthusiastically signed back on for a summer visit where he will return to his folk and bluegrass roots. Rowan is a Grammyaward winning bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe to his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and band leader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original
recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

To open for Rowan, San Francisco-based self-acclaimed honky-tonk band, Whiskey Richards (www.whiskeyrichards.com), takes the stage at 8:00 P.M. Front man and Alaskan, Chase Christie, is joined by his four gifted band mates touring Southcentral Alaska on behalf of their first EP, The Whiskey Richards. The band also includes Katy Rexford on fiddle, Adam Roszkiewicz on guitar, Joe Kenny on bass and mandolin, and, last but not least, Logan Barrier on drums. The quintet plays a wide range of altcountry, bluegrass, roots and have been known to hammer out a little funk on the side. Girdwood musical darlings, Sarandipity, starts the evening off with their unique acoustic performance on Friday evening. Girdwood local and folk guitar extraordinaire, Spiff Chambers and, Whipsaw’s guitarist Aaron Benolkin, will do the opening honors on Saturday evening with an acoustic set.

Tickets for the festival are $10 in advance and $15 day of show. The festival is open to all ages, and children ages five under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.alyeskresort.com, by calling 907-754-2275 or visiting the Alyeska Tram Ticket Office. The festival will be held on the Daylodge Lawn on the ski area side of the resort. The weekend is family-friendly - low-back chairs, blankets and dancing shoes are welcome. There will be a variety of arts and crafts and food vendors, and the resort will offer an outdoor beer garden. Please, outside alcohol, pets and firearms are not permitted at the festival. Lodging at The Hotel Alyeska is available for both nights during the festival. The Fiddlehead Music Festival package includes one-night stay and tickets to the show from $229 ppdo (per person based on double occupancy). Please call reservations at 907-754-2111 or 800-880-3880 to book. Package details and other information are available on the Alyeska Resort website at www.AlyeskaResort.com.

About Alyeska Resort (www.alyeskaresort.com)

Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Alyeska Resort stands out during ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort at www.alyeskaresort.com or

800.880.3880.

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