Refreshments, rockstars and radio invoke revelry at Pub

Lilly Necker / Sun Star Reporter
Sept. 13, 2011

Bobbylicious, of the band Pretty Birds That Kill, plays guitar during a Sept. 10 show at the Pub. The show was hosted by KSUA, the campus radio station. Lilly Necker/Sun Star

Bobbylicious, of the band Pretty Birds That Kill, plays guitar during a Sept. 10 show at the Pub. The show was hosted by KSUA, the campus radio station. Lilly Necker/Sun Star

“We are here for you!” Rebecca File cheered into the microphone.

File has worked for the campus radio station KSUA 91.5FM for a year now. The work her station put into the first KSUA Pub Party of the new semester appeared to accomplish its goals of awareness and community-building, she said.

“We are a noncommercial radio who is funded by student fees,” File said. “It’s important for us to give something back to the students and organize fun things and local events.”

In addition to the free food and cheap beer, three bands contributed to the revelry at the Pub Sept. 10.

Even non-students like 22-year-old Ana Brown, enjoyed the event. “It’s very cool to hang out with my friends in the Pub tonight,” said Brown. “Even I feel involved in the university now!”

Before “Thought Trade” from Anchorage could take the microphone, Dante took over the stage. Armed with nothing but a chair and his baritone ukulele he used the opportunity during soundcheck to play.

“He came up to me during soundcheck and asked if he could play last minute,” KSUA General Manager Ephy Wheeler said, smiling. “This is his first time in Alaska, he is originally from Bremerton, Washington. His flight back home leaves from Anchorage the next day.”

Playing off the audience’s good mood after Dante stole the stage, “Thought Trade” rocked the Pub with their electric guitars. Soon after, “Pretty Birds That Kill” entered the stage. Steffiburr beat into the keys of her keyboard and Bobbylicious sang into the telephone receiver he connected to a microphone as people danced.

“We are playing the first time in the UAF Pub tonight. We always talked about coming up here before it gets cold,” said Bobbylicious. His bandmate Steffiburr looked around and added, “no matter what, it should be fun playing for all those cool people.”

The evening’s finale was the Anchorage band “The Fastest Bear.” Fastest Bear guitarist Jay Hall prefers to play barefoot.

“A friend of mine is working for KSUA and invited me to come,” said Sarah Miner, 23, a elementary education major. “The bands are pretty good and it’s fun – I’m glad I came.”

The Pub Party was an important event for KSUA, Wheeler said.

“Over the last year we’ve been trying hard to get more recognition in the community and on campus,” said Wheeler.

“I love the event,” said Maurice Skinner, a 24-year-old Japanese studies student. “It’s nice to get involved in radio and the community.”

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