Arias Hoyle makes a Celebration 2022 return to Juneau stage

    Arias Hoyle performs live at the Crystal Saloon on Thursday in Juneau. (Photo by Greg Knight/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau's Arias Hoyle made a triumphant return to the stage on Thursday as part of the Rock Auk'w series at the Crystal Saloon.

    Hoyle, an undergraduate at Cornish College in Seattle, brought his unique brand of hip hop, tinged with Southeast Alaskan imagery and Tlingit rhymes, to the stage as part of the music festival fundraiser.

    Famous regionally for his line, "I love my mom," in the song "Ix̱six̱án, Ax̱ Ḵwáan (I Love You My People)," Hoyle spoke to News of the North just before taking the stage.

    Hoyle says he is glad the tradition of Celebration is back in Juneau.

    "This was our tradition for years, and we had to dip out on it in 2020 due to the pandemic, but now we're just chilling," Hoyle said. "We're just taking it easy; we know what to do."

    All of Hoyle's music incorporates Native language. He spoke about using the Tlingit word in song and in life.

    "When you speak the Tlingit, you get to feel and channel your ancestry, and you get to understand your great grandparents, your grandparents," Hoyle said. "I got to meet my great grandmother. She always told me, regardless of how good you are at pronunciation, the languages will keep your people alive."

    Hoyle is known professionally as Air Jazz.

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