Alan Overwhelms Old CrowApril 14, 2014
“In the small humble fly-in community of Old Crow Yukon we experienced a rarity on the evening of April 14th. We were reminded of the great celestial cycles we belong to through a Lunar eclipse as a copper moon hung powerfully in the sky. If this were not special enough the energy was exponentially compounded as Alan Gerber’s performance in our little community reminded us of the greater rhythms of life that we belong to. These two rarities came together promising an event to remember which none will forget any time soon. Alan’s performance and energy was like a great current pulling you into a deeper body of blues under marbled skies of funk. Words drop dead across blank pages trying to capture just what happened that evening 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in the last expanses of the Yukon Territory.
Alan flung his body from behind the piano, down aisles, and even up on chairs, as if the god of rock himself had had Alan’s appendages on strings as his marionette. From electric slide to fiddle Alan seamlessly crafted his art, taking our evening and shaping it into a mind altering piece, before blowing it up completely leaving the crowd wondering what kind of force of nature had we just experienced? Elders clapping to kids singing, we gorged from the coffers of musical genius and enjoyed a feast of a performance presented, not even realizing we were starving until Alan showed us.
These events don’t come often, but when they do they can change your point of view, and they have the potential to remind you, “Hey you… we are alive!”
Mahsi-cho Alan for channeling the great energies of music and performance, for shaking things up, demolishing walls, and for showing us the landscapes of rhythym that lie in our souls as we traverse the northern sceneries we are accustomed to.”
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