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February 28, 2012 (Girdwood, Alaska) – In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the longer days
of spring, Alyeska Resort presents the high energy and contagious sounds of Colorado-based
band Potcheen for three nights, March 15, 16 and 17. The 21 and over shows are at the Sitzmark
Bar & Grill at 10:00 P.M. and tickets are $10 in advanced or $15 day of show.
Potcheen (Poitin’) means “Illegal Moonshine Whiskey” in Irish and this band embraces the
impurities and off flavors of the original mash. The band began their unique sound in 2003 and
has survived the highs and lows of life while producing five albums and performing over 2000
shows. Potcheen delivers a rapid high energy show mixing Celtic tradition with flavors of
Bluegrass, Zydeco, Punk, jam, blues and rock all rolled together with a dash of “pirate sensibility.”
“The song ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ is 800 years old,” Neil Zimmerman, Potcheen guitarist, points out.
“It’s been done in 9,000 different ways. We do a very upbeat version of it, and I think it’s cool that
it’s survived this long”.
The band is made up of eight pirates. The “Cap’n” is Christian Blochinger master of the drums,
percussion, and vocals. Hailing from New York City and relocated to New Jersey as a wee lad,
Christian was brought up on classic rock and jam bands. Attending college in Florida, he
learned percussion at drum circles in the “jungle” and at Dead Shows (having the honor of
meeting heroes: Jerry Garcia, Bobby Weir, Bill Kreutzman, Bruce Hornsby, Vince Welnick and
Merle Saunders) along the eastern seaboard.
Christian headed west to Colorado in 1994; he is the founder of the first Celtic
pirate-punk-folk-rock band. His band, Potcheen, has performed with thousands of musicians
across the country and Christian, himself, lays down the grooves and beats on drums and
percussion while singing lead vocals.
The “Dread Pirate ZIM,” Neil Zimmerman plays electric and acoustic guitar as well as the
ukulele. An accomplished guitarist and composer, Neil is signed to several music libraries and
has composed songs for television and commercials. Long time friends and peers in the Denver
music scene, the two “east coast pirates” joined forces with Potcheen and have traveled through
many ports of calls.
A native of the Rocky Mountains, Joseph Barton plays bass and electric guitar and is an
institution in the Colorado music scene. Joseph is often called upon by national bands and has
played with some of the best rock, blues and jam bands currently touring. Bobby Krech of
Arizona is the “fiddle ninja” playing both mandolin and fiddle. As a wee lad, he snuck aboard a
train heading west and made his living in saloons and flophouses playing tunes for pennies.
Glenn Tapia hails from the southern deserts of Colorado and sets the groove on bass guitar.
This bandito extraordinaire slung a five-string bass on his back and ventured near and far for
the love of music. He joined forces with the Potcheen Pirates and has helped navigate the
oceans of sound and maelstroms of melody with his indomitable will.
Andrea Love of Kennesaw, Georgia is known as “Lady Love” and plays the tin whistle, acoustic
guitar and is lead singer. This Georgia Peach began playing piano at the age of nine and wrote
her first song a year later. Her thirst for musical knowledge too her around the world
culminating with a year in Cork, Ireland. Back in the U.S., she has won several vocal
competitions in Gaelic and English. Along her journey, Andrea has also learned to play the Irish
flute, bodhran and clarinet.
Juoquina Lluma from Buenos Aires, Argentina is fondly called “Lady LaRockina.” This senorita
rocks the bass guitar and from her home land, found herself in Los Angeles and promptly
joined a Punk band and found her way to Denver where she spends all her time with her pirate
mates. “Lady” Anne Savage of Iowa rounds of the pirate crew playing fiddle and harp. At the
age of two, she picked up a fiddle and has continued her musical training at The Interlocken
Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory, The University of Colorado, School of Music, and The
prestigious Boston Conservatory.
There is a special two for one offer on tickets for the Thursday night show. For all three nights,
Odom Southern Wine & Spirits will be sponsoring an Irish-themed party. Guests dressed in
their best Irish, pirate or green costumes will be eligible to win great prizes from Guinness™
and Jameson Irish Whiskey™. Tickets are available online, by phone at 907-754-2215, or in
person at the Alyeska Ticket Office or Sitzmark.
For a full music experience, the resort offers Sitz & Play lodging packages that include one-night
stay plus concert tickets for two to four adults. For more information on packages or for a full
line-up of upcoming live shows, check online at www.AlyeskaResort.com or call 800-880-3880
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 and Ted
Stevens Anchorage International Airport, 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 and plan your Alaskan adventure at www.AlyeskaResort.com or