Livingston native Alaska Reid will perform a concert to benefit the Livingston Food Pantry on Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Mint Bar’s back room theater.
The 16-year-old Ms. Reid is a guitarist and songwriter who grew up in Livingston, but has been playing her original works in and around Los Angeles for the last two years, including appearances at the Cactus Lounge, Desert Nights, The Baked Potato and School Night! at Bardot-Hollywood. While she specializes in her own brand of Americana and alt-country, Alaska lists a wide range of influences, saying she fell asleep each night as a child listening to the late folk singer Doc Watson and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. “I have been singing and performing since I was six years old,” she says. “In the last two years, I have fallen in love with playing the guitar and writing music.”
Reid’s longtime favorite local charity is the Livingston Food Pantry. At a concert last year, she raised more than $500 for the group. She has worked with a group of friends, the Pink House Players, to coordinate benefits for the food pantry during their summer and winter holidays since Alaska was 12. All profits from this performance will go to benefit the food pantry, which operates grocery distribution programs for seniors, disadvantaged school kids, and other people in need. Organizers suggest a $10/person donation, with kids under 12 free. Reid will perform with special guests at the Mint Bar’s back room theater on the corner of Callender and Main streets (entrance on Callender Street).
Alaska’s music and videos can be found online at alaskareid.com.