By Logan Stolpe, Extreme Alaska
Walking up the stairs to the pioneer park theater the muffled plinking of a banjo and the bassy accompaniment reverberated through the hall. Clomping packs of kids chased each, making rounds. The crowd ebbed and flowed. The near constant motion gave the lounge-ish indoor amphitheater a slight festival flavor.
The night was steeped in old-timey music with several acts adding different flavors between the sets of fiddles and banjos. Zingaro brought a Parisian style gypsy jazz with a Fairbanks twist. The crowd grooved and swayed as they sang about having to go outside at fifty below.
Ice jam, a local fixture of Fairbanks Folk Fests and regulars at College Coffee house played a few folk and bluegrass standards but featured a new member this time. Bruno Grunau brought his 6-week-old daughter Annabelle up on stage with his sandwiched between himself and his mandolin.