Sweet melodies of Seward

The "Hannah Yoter Band" plays bluegrass music upstairs at Chinooks. Traveling further downtown Seward venues like Resurrect Art Coffee House, Seward Alehouse and the Yukon Bar are beacons of musical interest.

The “Hannah Yoter Band” plays bluegrass music upstairs at Chinooks. Traveling further downtown Seward venues like Resurrect Art Coffee House, Seward Alehouse and the Yukon Bar are beacons of musical interest.

Alexis De Leon for Seward City News –

Those looking to find entertainment will find that Seward is full of just that. Seward is a coastal oasis for live music seekers. Venues worth checking out have sprouted up since the summer season began.

For starters the Seward Brewing Company officially opened their upstairs area to the likes of live music. The SBC has hosted various bluegrass bands accompanied by their craft beer. Shows typically begin at 7 p.m. and expect to pay a cover charge.

Looking for an amazing view with a casual atmosphere try visiting Chinooks. Located directly off the marina on Fourth Avenue the restaurant offers fine dinning and easy music listening.

Just last week Chinooks hosted the “Hannah Yoter Band” at their First Friday art walk and live music event. The upbeat bluegrass vibes had patrons stomping their feet and twirling their partners around the dance floor.

Resurrect Art, more commonly known as Res Art, often hosts musical performers many of which are impromptu.

“Many times I’ll have musicians come in and ask if they can play the piano we have and I typically say go ahead because it’s a nice treat for everyone hanging out,” owner Raylene O’Connor said.

Along with having a “true coffee house atmosphere” Res Art hosts art shows, workshops, and even theater performances such as the “Tangled Lines” improv group. Often times the coffee shop will stay open later for the events being hosted.



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O’Connor has a promoter out of Anchorage who often contacts her about bands or performers thought to be appropriate for the coffee house. Typically attending a show at Resurrection Art will have a $10 cover charge.

The Seward Alehouse often hosts the musical skills of DJ’s. One of the Alehouse’s bartenders, Tyson Davis also plays guitar in the locally acclaimed band “Blackwater Railroad Company”. The folk, rock band plays venues around Seward and surrounding areas. Most recently the band played at Tony’s Bar for a 4th of July the entire town was buzzing about.

The Yukon Bar hosts a slue of various entertainment options each night of the week. Fridays and Saturdays are usually reserved for live music performances while Sundays are typically filled with the musical comedy of Hobo Jim.

The Yukon Bar prides itself in being able to provide quality musical performances at no cost to their bar goers. Residents and travelers can enjoy the comfort of live music with out ever worrying about a cover charge.

Colton Leese plays Open Mic Night at the Yukon Bar

Nellie’s Roadhouse recently renamed The Gold Rush Bistro has also adopted the new move toward live-music support. The jazz band by the name of “Elite 9” is signed to play at the bistro every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

“Elite 9” has been playing jazz since 1999 and are all local residents of Seward. In addition to playing at the Gold Rush Bistro the band also played at the Ranting Raven and in the Seward Music & Arts Festival.

Few things unify a community like good music. At the heart of Seward hard working people come together to enjoy tasteful melodies and music that reminds us that we are home.

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