Livingston native Alaska Reid will perform a concert to benefit the Livingston Food Pantry on Friday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. following the Art Walk.
The 15-year-old 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 year, including appearances at the House of Blues/VooDoo Lounge, the Pig & Whistle, Genghis Cohen and the Viper Room Acoustic Lounge. 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 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. 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 proceeds 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 $5/person donation, with kids under 12 free. Reid will perform with members of her backup band and special guests at the Blue Slipper Theater, 113 E. Callender St. After the show, Elk River Books will host a reception open to the public at the bookstore next door.