Alaska-grown Portugal. The Man gets first Grammy nomination

first_imgArts & Culture | KRNN | KXLL | Nation & WorldAlaska-grown Portugal. The Man gets first Grammy nominationDecember 5, 2017 by Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media Share:Portugal. The Man. From left: John Gourley, Jason Sechrist, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quinn and Eric Howk (Photo courtesy Atlantic Records)Portugal. The Man started out as a modest indie band with deep roots in Alaska and has since ascended to national, even international, popularity.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20171204-08.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.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.The single is off their newest album, “Woodstock,” and it has spent weeks at the top of music charts, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.Reached by phone while he was walking around Atlanta before a show, co-founder and bass player Zach Carothers said the attention has been surreal.“We absolutely don’t belong in that world, which is funny,” Carothers said. “I don’t have a tan. I’m 36 years old, and I’m from Wasilla, Alaska. And we’re playing next to Selena Gomez and stuff like that. It’s wild.”The band also includes vocalist and guitar player John Gourley and guitarist Eric Howk, who are joined by Kyle O’Quinn on keyboards and Jason Sechrist on drums.Like Carothers, Gourley and Howk are originally from Alaska.The experience has been fun, overall, Carothers said.It’s given the band a chance to see the world, and he said their lives are a little easier than the days when they toured in a van and ate out of a rice cooker in random parking lots.Still, it’s a lot of work.“Since ‘Feel It Still’ has gotten massive, our day-to-day life hasn’t really changed,” Carothers said. “We still just go out on tour, we’re just still on a bus and on an airplane, and we go and do a show, it’s just those shows are getting bigger. But it’s hard to see what’s really happening when you’re kind of in the eye of the hurricane.”Gourley has said the band’s work ethic comes from growing up in Alaska and seeing how hard work is necessary for survival.Carothers said the environment in the North contributes as well.“Growing up and how you grow up is at least half of what you’re made of,” Carothers said. “Half of it is how you were brought up. And then the other half is what you see along the way as your adult life. I feel like Alaskans really know themselves.”Carothers knows it’ll be a completely different scene when the band walks the red carpet at the Grammys in January.They’ve been to some awards shows already, and he describes them with one word: “bright.”The Grammys are a whole different level of attention, though, Carothers said.“It’s a really weird world and it’s something just very strange to see, especially coming from Alaska,” he said. “It’s just things that you saw on movies or on TV and you never expect to be there. But it’s really fun.”Carothers said the Alaskan members of Portugal. The Man will take a break from touring to head north for Christmas.They’ll be in New York on Jan. 28 for the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.Share this story:last_img read more

Earthquakes leave tens of thousands without electricity around Anchorage

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Public Safety | SouthcentralEarthquakes leave tens of thousands without electricity around AnchorageNovember 30, 2018 by Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Share:People take shelter in a lobby after an earthquake hits Anchorage on November 30, 2018. (Video still by Joey Mendolia/Alaska Public Media)A massive earthquake Friday knocked out power to tens of thousands of people in Anchorage. The city’s two major utilities, Chugach Electric Association and Municipal Light and Power, dispatched all their crews to repair tripped transformers and other possible damage to substations and power lines.Julie Hasquet, spokeswoman for Chugach Electric Association, was giving a tour of their company headquarters when the earthquake struck.“It was pretty scary,” she said. “I grew up in Southern California and went through many earthquakes. I’ve lived in Alaska for 32 years and have gone through many earthquakes here, and I will say this is the longest, scariest earthquake I’ve ever been a part of.”As of Friday evening, 97 customers were without power in Chugach’s service area.Matanuska Electric Association got hit the hardest. Half of its substations were offline after the earthquake. As of Friday evening, about 2,500 customers were still without power. Most of MEA’s customers live in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.Kierre Childers, a spokesperson for MEA, said all crews are out, but they have encountered road closures and damage from the earthquake, making it harder for them to get to the repairs. Customers should be prepared for extended outages.Municipal Light and Power spokeswoman Julie Harris said they expect to have power restored to most of their customers by the end of today.By Friday evening, Chugach Electric is reporting that 97 customers are without power. Municipal Light and Power is reporting about 850 customers without power. Both utilities are still figuring out the damage.Bruce Shelley at Homer Electric Association said the town did experience some outages from the earthquake tripping the lines, but those have since been fixed. There are no structural damages to power plants or other generators there.Editor’s note: Figures will be updated in this story as new numbers become available.Share this story:last_img read more