Checking out the 80s Hair Band at Chilkoot Charlie’s

Post by blogger | May 28, 2010      

My brother Craig asked if his band photo from his 1980 rock band was still on display at Chilkoot, a classic (read ‘dive bar’ ) establishment here in Anchorage. Hey yeah, it’s even behind glass under lights. We’ll let Craig comment with the details. Mainly, did that place have the metal detector on the doorway even back then? And did you play behind chicken wire?

Checking out the wall of fame

Checking out the wall of fame at Chilkoot Charlies bar. Click photo to enlarge.

Darkstar the band

Darkstar the band, in their place on Charlie's wall of fame. One has to wonder how many times that glass has been broken. Arrow indicates brother Craig, check out the hair! Click photo to enlarge.

Chilkoot Charlie's

Chilkoot Charlie's side view. I figured the drunks out front might jump me if I took their picture.

We’re hanging in Anchorage waiting to pick up the rest of our crew at the airport early tomorrow morning. Then on to Talkeetna.



6 Responses to “Checking out the 80s Hair Band at Chilkoot Charlie’s”

  1. Mark W May 28th, 2010 10:33 pm

    Dark Star, eh? Nice.

  2. RK May 29th, 2010 8:12 am

    Coots. Ouch, my head hurts just thinking about it.

  3. CDawson May 29th, 2010 12:15 pm

    Wow, still famous after all these years. The story is long, I’m headed off to rehearsal now, so I’ll blog about it later. Needless to say, those were the days!!!!
    Peanut shells covered the floor, mud from the parking lot became a fine dust that covered everything, and the local “dancers” from up the street came in every night when they got done working to wind down to Darkstar!!
    Thanks for looking this up, Lou.
    We had three stints at Koots, 8 weeks each…in the 80’s

  4. Halsted May 29th, 2010 3:04 pm

    What you guys didn’t drop in at the Great Alaska Bush Company? :silly:

  5. CDawson May 30th, 2010 9:18 am

    More on Koots–the stage did have a railing, and a room just behind it we could escape to if needed. No metal detector in those days, but allot of interesting characters who came in off the pipe line and wanted to let off some steam!!
    There were still after hours clubs in back alleys, and people pretty much stayed up around the clock because it never got dark.
    I met several folks we still lived out in the bush and had a gun hanging above the door (for the bears, of course).
    I even helped remodel the stage at one point to make it bigger.
    Good luck on the mountain.

  6. Lou October 13th, 2010 5:39 am

    I should add that I spoke with CDawson a while back, and he told me that on the rowdy nights the place was so poorly ventilated and full of smoke he’d keep an oxygen bottle next to his drum kit and take a whiff between songs.

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