Hobo Jim to be honored at Anchorage event

Hobo Jim performing at Alaska Wild Salmon Day in Anchorage. Photo by Margaret Bauman/The Cordova Times

A concert honoring the legacy of Hobo Jim, the folk singer and songwriter who became known as Alaska’s official balladeer, will be held on Dec. 21 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

Performers will include Nashville singer and songwriter Elvie Shane, The Ken Peltier Band and Nothing But Karma.

A spokesperson for the event, Chelsea Scarlett, said the concert had been partly planned by Hobo Jim, whose real name was Jim Varsos, before his passing, due to cancer, on Oct. 5 in Nashville. The concert is being held on what would have been Hobo Jim’s 69th birthday.

All aspects of the concert are being donated or paid for by a friend of his family except for the event space itself. Proceeds of the event and a live auction will go to Hobo Jim’s widow, Cyndi Varsos.

Tickets are $49 and available for purchase at ericksonevents.com.