Some amazing talent has graced the Daybreak stage over the past few years. Looking back on 2017, there have been up-and-coming artists from around the state, all the way to Grammy-nominated artists.

In no particular order, here's a look at some of the most memorable performances of the year. 

1. HarpDaddy & The Puddle Jumpers

 

Bringing their down-home sound to Anchorage -- HarpDaddy & The Puddle Jumpers mix blues with a healthy dose of rock and roll. According to their website, HarpDaddy is heavily influenced by Muddy Waters and has a huge stage presence. 

2. Simply Three

 

New school beats, with an old-school flair -- Simply Three is a trio who blend their classical training with popular songs of today. Their sound is sure to get you humming along with the tune. 

3. SHEL 

They're four sisters who are traveling the world while telling tales and sharing a dream. Indie-folk band SHEL returned to Alaska to perform at the annual "Let Every Woman Know" event, geared towards raising awareness and support for women with gynecologic cancers.

4. Eva Earl


She's a singer-songwriter based in Girdwood with a folk-rock feel. Ava Earl joined Daybreak at the beginning of the year to give a preview of what she's been working on for her second album.

5. Motley 2 

They're the closest Daybreak has ever been to meeting the band Motley Crue. In case you missed it, cover band Motley 2 from Los Angeles rocked the Daybreak stage with the song, "Home Sweet Home." 

6. Eric Hutchinson 

VH1 named Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson an artist "You Oughta Know". He's even shared the stage with Grammy-award winning Kelly Clarkson and pop-rock band OneRepublic. Earlier this year, Daybreak shared the stage with him. 

7. Spawn Breezy & Anuhea 

Bringing the sounds of Hawaii to the 49th State -- Spawn Breezy and Anuhea rocked the Daybreak stage with a preview of what viewers can expect at the Sea Galley’s “Aloha Jam” that happened over the summer.    

8. Ukelele Russ 


He's Alaska's one-man frontier band and Daybreakers can't get enough of him. For the second time, Ukelele Russ brightened the morning with his hilarious song titled "Two Ply".

9. The Angry Brians 


Their sound is described as Celtic rock fusion. The Angry Brians rocked the Daybreak stage earlier this year before they performed at the 2017 Alaska Scottish Highland Games in Palmer.

10. Alaska Button Box Gang


They brought polka to your living room -- The Alaska Button Box Gang plays traditional Slovenian, German and Polish accordion music. Their goal is to promote the history and enjoyment of button box accordion music.

 

11. Sweet Honey in the Rock

Bringing holiday hymns and soul-stirring spirituals -- Grammy-nominated a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock graced the Daybreak stage before their one night only performance at the Atwood Concert Hall. 

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