Matt and Kim prepare to play at UAF

Annie Bartholomew/Sun Star Contributor
Sept. 24, 2013

Indie music coup and band Matt and Kim. Photo courtesy of Matt and Kim's blog.

Indie music coup and band Matt and Kim. Photo courtesy of Matt and Kim’s blog.

The UAF Concert Board is teaming up with UAA to bring the Brooklyn dance duo Matt and Kim to Fairbanks on Friday, September 27. Comprised of Matt Johnson on keyboards and his partner Kim Schifino on drums, the Williamsburg couple will be bringing their act to the UAF Student Recreation Center.

“Our objection is to bring the party,” Johnson said, whose band has played their share of gymnasiums, “Sonically everything is really loud…like a sports game.”  Regardless of the size of the venue, the band tries to maintain the same energy at all their shows. While the pair’s live performances share the intimacy of a sweaty loft party, Matt and Kim played for thousands earlier this year in New York City’s  Madison Square Garden arena.

Being from Vermont, Johnson is familiar with audiences like UAF: outside the usual touring routes and starving for new and exciting music. “There’s a hunger and energy there that creates a great vibe,” Johnson said.  The group is looking forward to their first trip to Fairbanks. Johnson says they visited Alaska in 2007 when Matt and Kim played Anchorage through the touring group Reverse Retro.

“I felt like they were a great match for our campus and students,” UAF Concert Board Student Assistant Allie Bateman said. “They have amazing energy and have been known for their awesome live shows.” The UAF Concert Board is the ASUAF-funded student group whose mission is to educate, inspire and entertain the UAF Campus and local community.

Through hosting concerts and community building events, students learn the skills of promotion, production and planning required to throw events for thousands of people. Past shows have included Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Dr. Dog, Dev and most recently Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London.

Opening for the group is Fairbanks-based band the Young Fangs who were recently named in Paste Magazine’s “Nine Alaska Acts You Should Listen to Now.”

Tickets go on sale August 26 at the UAF Wood Center or online. Tickets are $20 for students and $30 for community members in advance, and an additional five dollars for each at the door. Suggested audience is 13 and older.

Editor’s note: Annie Bartholomew is a member of UAF Concert Board.

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