The first-ever Great Alaska Music Festival makes its debut on the Alaska State Fairgrounds in May, and this week, tickets went on sale for the two-day event that features five national headliners and several Alaska-based bands.

Show organizers have been hard at work putting together the event. They said they are excited about the first release of "early bird tickets" and are looking forward to May 26, when the bands take the stage.

"We're excited about it because it's our inaugural event on the fairgrounds. We're taking over the Borealis Theater, and we'll hopefully have another smaller stage in the Purple Trail area of the fairgrounds," organizers said.

The national headliners include Asleep at the Wheel, a band that has won nine Grammy Awards; the Yonder Mountain String Band; the Kyle Hollingsworth Band; Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen; and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. 

"In addition to the national headliners, we're going to have several Alaska bands and musicians performing," organizers said. "It's going to be a great weekend of music. We're hoping to fill up the Borealis Theater."

The event is May 26-27 and there are opportunities for vendors and volunteers to participate.

Early bird ticket packages went on sale Feb. 2, and  full ticket packages will go on sale within two weeks. There will be reserved seating and reserved standing tickets for the lower bowl, and general admission tickets for the lawn part of the theater. Tickets can be purchased on the festival's web site, www.greatalaskamusicfestival.com. The festival also has a Facebook page that is continually updated with announcements regarding the event.