The Downtown Anchorage Partnership’s Live After Five summer concert series is a fantastic way to kick off Friday night.


“We’re all Alaskans,” said Executive Director Chris Schutte. “What would we like to do when we go out on a Friday night? Sit in a park, enjoy the sun, have a beer and listen to music.”


The music coincides with the First Friday Art Walk and brings an influx of people to Town Square Park.


“We see a lot of people who come down for the First Friday — they’ll stop by and listen to music for a little bit before they go to their next gallery — so it’s just designed to compliment First Friday or any of the other events that are going on downtown,” Schutte said.


While Carmen Ricciardi sets up his gelato stand on the same corner every day, he sees a big spike in business when the weekend rolls around.


“It brings in lots of people,” Ricciardi said. “I give away a couple of cups of gelato, they have a contest and the winner gets a cup of gelato. It brings in a lot of business for me and everyone else downtown.”


Since the concert comes around dinnertime, there’s plenty of food there too thanks to Fat Ptarmigan. On the menu for the first night: Caprese and meatball sliders. The restaurant said it’s a great way to bring their cuisine to new customers.


“To get the name out for the locals and for the tourists, also to let them know about Fat Ptarmigan,” said chef Guy Conley. “We are the new kid on the block, so just getting out to a different crowd.”


With a band, beer and bubbles, Live After Five has something for everyone and brings a little extra boost to businesses.