Portugal. The Man started out as a modest indie band with deep roots in Alaska and has since ascended to national, even international, popularity. The Portland-based group’s music has long been described as “alternative rock,” but their song “Feel It Still” recently earned the band its first Grammy Award nomination — in the pop category.
More than 30 artists, children and crafters got together this past weekend for an open studio gathering at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The Artists of All Nations events are a result of the JAHC’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which responded to Alaska Native artists’ desire to create art as a collective experience.
Kindred Post owner Christy Namee Eriksen, her staff and other community members whittled 250 entries down to 10 winners, with a priority on artists who’ve been social marginalized. Their work will be sold in a run of 1,000 postcards in October.
On the Rendezvous stage Juneau drag king Tyquan lays down some fancy footwork to Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step.” With a fake wireless mic, Tyquan lip syncs as the R&B singer, flanked by backup dancers in gold parachute pants.