Wanted to be sure to get a shout out to Hope Alaska. It was a by chance choice for an overnight stay on the way to Homer. Off the beaten path, population of about 190. We found out it was jam night the day we arrived, Thursday. By 8 pm the little bar/restaurant was packed! There were folks from all over the US and a few from other countries who performed. It was so much fun!
I would encourage anyone visiting the Kenai to make a stop in Hope on a Thursday evening. It is a cute little historic town that was one of the original Gold Rush settlements.