Anchorage Entertainment

Turn back the clock with these Anchorage Entertainment Memories and remember your favorite bands, movies, events, and times so dear to your heart.

Anchorage Entertainment Memories

Do you remember some of the bands that comprised the Anchorage, Alaska music scene back in the 1950s to 1970s?

Maybe it's those long winter nights, or because Alaska is so far away from the rest of the United States, or perhaps it's both.

When you live in Anchorage, you get out into the great outdoors, but you also love movies, dining out and enjoying live music or plays.

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Ron Moore Remembers
Anchorage Teen Night Clubs
Anchorage Memories caught up with popular Anchorage DJ Ron Moore. We spoke with Ron about his involvement with some of Anchorage's teen clubs and teen …

Fuzzy Sprinkle
Anchorage Racing Legend
“It’s this kind of fine and evocative stories that make your publication so wonderful.” Robert Are you a fan of Anchorage car or snowmobile racing …

The Pines Club
and The Pacesetters
I was raised in Alaska and left for 8 or 9 years at age 17. In 1977, I was offered a job as the lead guitar player for The Pacesetters, one month guaranteed. …

Dean Forbes and
Mother's Apple Pie and
Baseball Band
The following interview with one time Anchorage, Alaska musician Dean Forbes was conducted in December 2017 by Anchorage Anchorage Memories …

4th Avenue Theater
Hold the Butter
What was the most embarrassing moment of your life? Mine may have been the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd most embarrassing moments of my life all wrapped up into …

the Anchorage Music Scene?
Do you remember some of the bands that comprised the Anchorage, Alaska music scene back in the 1960s to 1970s? Rock Bands The band in the picture …

Winter Time at an
Anchorage Drive-In Theater
Remember going to one of the drive-in theaters in Anchorage during the winter months? One of the good things at that time of year was that it was actually …

4th Avenue Theater Anchorage 
The perfect place in Anchorage to see a movie. Imagine the first time you went to see a movie at Anchorage's famed 4th Avenue Theater. Just standing …

Early Bands of Anchorage 
My father, Gene Smith, moved up to Alaska in the 1930s. He was a musician, played sax and trumpet, and formed one of the earliest bands in Anchorage. The …

The Pulsating Heartbeats
Anchorage Band
Check out the Heartbeats song "Anne" near the bottom of this story. On the Coke Show you heard Ron Moore talk about the "Pulsating Heartbeats" and you …

Race Track Memories
The fast and furious racing in Anchorage. There I was on a warm summer day in Anchorage, Alaska, hammer in hand, pounding away on the vitals of a race …

Arrived in Anchorage
Mod was the name for the clothing style from the late fifties named so by Modern Jazz Musicians. The first time, we heard about Mod was from something …

and the
Kush Ta Ka" Movie
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I remember the "Joniko and the Kush Ta Ka" movie that I saw as a kid in Anchorage in roughly the fall of 1969 where the Kush Ta Ka actually comes down …

Anchorage Music of the 70's Not rated yet
I was 9 years old when we were in Anchorage. My mother was the vocal and organ player for Warren Johnson and the Riding Tide, then went on to play …

He was Joniko in the movie
"Joniko and the Kush Ta Ka"
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Amazing scenery, close encounters with wildlife and the story of a young boy and a Tlinget legend came together in 1969 with the release of a movie produced …

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Did you ever go to an outdoor concert on the longest summer day?

How bout a fun evening at the 4th Avenue Theater?

Or did you have a favorite Anchorage band?

From going to see a drive-in movie to dancing the night away to the sounds of a popular band, Anchorage residents have great memories of their favorite forma of entertainment in Anchor town.

And whether you were in a band, loved hearing one play, or you were an actor in local plays or really enjoyed attending plays in local theaters, you have wonderful memories of those great times.

My family and I were involved in producing some local plays, but we also went to lots of dances at Shindig City and the Cheetah teen nightclubs during the 1960s.

Even though winters started to get long and cold, we always found something fun to do.

The Anchorage Entertainment Memories on this page are all posted here by people who either still live in and around Anchorage, or did once upon a time.

You'll love reading these cherished memories almost as much as those who posted them to preserve and to share them.

While those who live in Alaska, and especially in and around Anchor town, know all too well how far they are from the "lower 48" or "lower 49" including Hawaii. But that not only doesn't stop Anchorage folk from finding lots of things to do.

Alaskan moviemakers wrote and produced movies to entertain not only Alaska, but the world. Musicians in Alaska's largest city are second to none and provide great music day and night. And stages all across town host incredible entertainment from wonderful plays to fun shows of all kinds.

Now while you enjoy the stories above, be sure to scroll up and post your memories as well.