In an elaborate press release sent out today, Jeff Hylton Simmons of Radio 23 announced the official launch party for the new, streaming, 24-hour radio station Cascade Community Radio
. CCR, which we wrote about last month
, will stream free-form shows from Pacific Northwest DJs as well as live shows taking place in the Northwest. The launch party, taking place April 23, features a number of Portland supergroups* and longtime LocalCut favorite Dragging an Ox through Water—plus a handful of crazy bonus features (Into the Woods screenings? Slim Moon and Maggie Vail DJing? Elks Lodgers singing karaoke?). To get the full scope of this massive party, you'll have to read the massive press release below, but here are the basics:
*The CCR launch party is Friday, April 23 at the East Portland Eagles Lodge (4905 SE Hawthorne) at 7 pm.
*CCR the station launches at the same time, right here.
Should be fun, and perhaps—if the hype is to be believed—the dawning of a new era for radio in Portland. Now take a deep breath and read this:
RADIO23.ORG AND BLACKBIRD FARM ARE COMPLETELY STOKED TO PRESENT:
A mega-celebration of Radio23's first birthday, and the launch of Radio23's newest channel, Cascade Community Radio with help from
*HEAVY NOVA (Portland's #1 Robert Palmer tribute supergroup)
*SUN SHIP (megajam with members of Akron/Family, AU & Evolutionary Jass Band)
*YLANG YLANG (Panther + Patterns + Joggers + Spooky Dance Band)
DRAGGING AN OX THRU WATER
DJs SlimmoonSolo, DJ Magic Beans, Deena Bee Colin Jones & DJ Tiny Vinyl
plus Karaoke with members of the Eagles Lodge and a Radio Roundtable discussion
Friday April 23rd, 2010 7pm
East Portland Eagles Aerie #3256
4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
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Hold on to your jetpacks!
On Friday April 23rd, Radio23 celebrates its first birthday with the launch of its third channel, Cascade Community Radio.
Cascade Community Radio is a new, totally radical radio station built on a totally new model.
Until now, most of our favorite radio stations have been broadcast from one studio location. With Cascade Community Radio, anyone with high-speed internet can witness underground music and culture curated LIVE by dozens of broadcasters across the Pacific Northwest - a model mimicking Radio23's pioneering one on its flagship Channel A, where every 2 hours features a new broadcaster from a different corner of the globe.
To celebrate, we've put together a completely mind-blowing night for anyone who's ever heard of "local music" or "vegetables."
Schedule of the night's festivities:
We kick the night off with the Radio Roundtable Throwdown (or, a fun and exciting panel discussion on the state of local radio) featuring guests representing WILD 107.5, KNRK, KMHD/OPB, PDX.FM, KZME, KPSU, Live Wire! and PRA
We join members of the Eagles Lodge, not few of whom are octogenarians, for their weekly Karaoke Hour. http://3256.foe.com/
Fresh off of tour with Jackie-O Motherfucker, Brian Mumford gifts us with a very special Dragging an Ox Through Water performance. http://dragginganox.blogspot.com/
Ylang Ylang is the newest brainchild of Panther's Charlie-Salas Humara. Though it is a distinct departure from Panther, Charlie's unmistakable guitar stylings and unmatched stage presence still reside in this energetic and ecclectic new package. Textured harmonies, melodic basslines, jangly guitar, warm strings, and layered beats. Joined by Ricci Swift (Patterns) on Bass/supporting vocals, Jake Morris (Joggers) on Drums, and Caroline Buchalter, (formerly of Spooky Dance Band) on Viola and keyboard. (Rachel Blumberg of Norfolk & Western just told us they kind of reminded her of The Minutemen. )
SUN SHIP is Seth Olinsky and Dana Gene Janssen (of Akron/Family, and recent additions to Portland!) join Dana Valatka of AU and Jef Brown of Evolutionary Jass Band for what we can only imagine will be the MEGAJAM of the season (just between us, Coltrane's been mentioned).
We witness the debut performance of Portland's #1 Robert Palmer tribute supergroup, Heavy Nova (Jake Morris of The Joggers/Shaky Hands, Kevin O'Connor of Talkdemonic, Ben Whitesides of The Joggers, Jay Winebrenner of 31 Knots and Mitchell Dries)
Between sets, the gents of Billygoat will fill the lounge with the awesome music and videos they make together. http://billygoatplanet.com/
AND! Throughout the night, we're treated to totally sweet vinyl-only sets by DJs SlimmoonSolo, DJ Magic Beans, DJ Tiny Vinyl, Colin Jones, FreakyOutty + Deena Bee
AND! projections by Matt Genz and http://intothewoods.tv/
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The entire event will broadcast to the delight of international listeners who can tune in live at http://radio23.org/ccr.m3u
And if that's not enough to totally blow a mind, Blackbird Farm is throwing its very first seeding sale at the beginning of the night, from 6-7pm in the parking lot (free and open to the public!) (tomatoes! eggplant! chiles! herbs! flowers! exotic vines!), the proceeds from which will go to help build Blackbird Farm's first high tunnel (it's sort of like a greenhouse). Blackbird Farm (6 acres in Woodland, Washington) is the latest project of Chantelle Hylton Simmons, of Blackbird Presents, and her husband Jeff Hylton Simmons, who just happens to be the guy behind Radio23. Awwwwww.
Phat Boy's Bakery will be servin' up the yummiest deserts you've never heard of
AND! The Creative Advocacy Network and Portland's High School for the Recording Arts will be there to spread the word about the good things they do.
Man. Writing this release has us even more excited than we were before. Holy transmitters!
(not online just yet)
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