Portugal. The Man returns to Alaska for a two sold out shows, as well as a benefit concert for suicide prevention.

The popularity of their hit song “Feel It Still” propelled the Wasilla-grown band to the top of the charts with late night TV appearances and providing the soundtrack to several commercials.

Even though they are no longer in Alaska, the band is now based in Portland, Portugal. The Man has used their rise to stardom to venture into a non-musical passion project of outreach to Alaska Native youth, focusing their efforts on suicide prevention.

On Sunday, the band plans to play a more intimate acoustic show at Anchorage Alehouse.

 

All of the proceeds from the benefit concert and halibut dinner will go to Ariel Tweto’s ‘Popping Bubbles’, a nonprofit focused on outreach to rural communities and suicide prevention in villages. Tweto grew up in Unakleet, and was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Flying Wild Alaska.”

Don Rearden, UAA professor and author of "The Raven’s Gift" and "Never Quit," is friends with the band’s frontman John Gourley and Tweto. The author grew up in southwest Alaska, the setting for much of his writing. Rearden works with rural Alaska youth, and writes about suicide prevention. 

Sunday's benefit still has tickets available, unlike the two sold-out shows as the Alaska Airlines Center on Friday and Saturday. But, they aren't cheap: prices range from $250-$300. Doors for the benefit open at 6 p.m. The dinner and show are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Those looking for tickets can call the Anchorage Alehouse to purchase tickets over the phone or buy them in-person at 2830 C St. in Anchorage.

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