He and his wife, Sabrina, share a love of listening to live blues, Back To Town Blues. They sought it out when they moved here from Tulsa, Okla. That led to them joining the board of the Pikes Peak Blues Community. All of those chances to hear the blues have been paused in recent months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Paint the Town Blues schedule is shorter this year, with Back To Town Blues four dates throughout August. The free series kicks off at p. Attendees, limited to in total, will be encouraged to practice social distancing and wear face masks.
The shows are one of the main catalysts for the Pikes Peak Blues Community, which is a nonprofit, to raise money through the sale of merchandise and memberships as well as donations. Aston says he looks forward to attending each one, getting energy from the music and seeing friends that have now become like family.
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Restricted bar hours are another example of "silly restrictions," he said. Until the s Anchorage bars opened at 8 a. When the law was changed requiring closing at 2 a. His Seward bar has a rougher clientele than is the case in Anchorage, he said. But since Seward has the longer hours, he doesn't experience any problems at the Pit Bar. The indoor smoking ban has also put a wet blanket on the Anchorage bar business, he said.
Before the ban we'd have a full bar at Blues Central for lunch. After it passed we didn't even have 20 percent of the seats taken at the bar. I think it would behoove the state and city to be more sympathetic to the hospitality industry. We're the second-biggest industry in Alaska.
Worst of all, the regulations make saloon-going less alluring, he said. I hear laughter and music. They don't Back To Town Blues the police pushing their noses on the windows and watching them. In contrast, a potential Anchorage bar patron is more likely "to buy a six-pack and a pack of cigarettes and go home and sit on the deck where they don't feel intimidated.
Dahl said he expects to continue dividing his time between his Alaska and Arizona activities. Among other things, he's an honorary commander of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, a few miles from Tucson, where he takes charge of events like arranging a welcome-home party for hundreds of military personnel returning from Afghanistan.
The honor was something of a surprise, Dahl said. He was never in the military. They did it because I'm a bartender, I guess. At the moment he's busy working with the parties behind what will be the new Blues Central. Despite his consternation over local beverage laws, his association with them keeps him active in a business he loves.
They're good operators. The new Blues Central bought a lot of the memorabilia and historic photos from the old site. They even took off the old bar top and it'll be at the new Blues Central.
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