Saturday night’s Audioasis broadcast was an absolute blast! First and foremost, thank you to everyone who came down to support such a great cause. Thanks to the High Dive, to the bands for their time and to Amy and Full Circle Collective for helping put it all together. None of this is ever possible without all of you! We met a couple of KEXP listeners who came to town from Philidelphia. It’s always so incredible to see KEXP’s reach.
This month’s charity was Powerful Voices. I met several of the women from the charity there and they’re a fantastic group of people. I am SO glad we could help them out.
Abe, Sean and I got to the High Dive around 5pm to check in with Kevin & Julia, the engineering team, making sure we were all set to go. We kicked off the broadcast at 6pm and to keep in line with the evening’s theme of powerful women, most of the records I spun were bands with women in them. There are so many out there, it could go far beyond one night.
Thee Emergency took the stage at 6:30pm. Fresh off of recording their full length debut album in Detroit, they were in fine form. The new songs are killer and I was really excited to hear ‘em! When I tell people about this band, I describe Dita (their singer) as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner had a baby, she’s it. Soul fueled rock complete with behind the back guitar solos, playing down and dirty on their knees...at one point “Sonic Smith” (guitar player) left his guitar mid-song feeding back on his amp, ran out of the building and back in time to pick it right back up. Awesome. Then they chilled out for a bit and brought it even bigger for their midnight set.
We spun some more records, got the crowd involved in the broadcast (thanks for the cheers!) and talked about the mini corn dogs on the menu. Sean was very interested in this item and we learned (on the air of course) that when you order them, you get a POUND of mini corn dogs! A Pound! Abe also clarified that they were stickless, just in case you’re a corn dog snob. We also learned about Sean’s hair product woes and that he lost his virginity in Philly. Always ready to share his deepest secrets with you, that one. Abe showed everyone his new tattoo, which doesn’t really translate over the airwaves, but hey, the High Dive crowd loved it!
At 8pm, New Fangs went on, and the crowd size had grown quite a bit. They ROCKED it! A blistering set of punk rock, with a drummer that hits his kit so hard, you feel it. I always try to take a few moments away from the broadcast booth during the live sets to get up near the stage and soak it in and I’m glad I did. I hadn’t ever seen them live before and they were awesome!
We wrapped up the broadcast at 9pm, but the music continued well into the night. Those who were at the High Dive were treated to a high energy electronic set from The Fading Collection, beautiful country tinged folk from Sera Cahoone, lectro-dance rock from Daylight Basement (and holy cow Bre’s outfit was smokin!) and an encore set by Thee Emergency. No shortage of diversity, no shortage of talented women.
Thank you again to all of the bands for donating their time, to the High Dive and to EVERYONE who came out to make this night a success. We can’t do any of this without you.
Until next time!!
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