Fall Fundraising Drive: Live Music Matters

Bloc Party at KEXP on Sept. 28, 2012
photo by Dave Lichterman

What a whirlwind of special programming this week has been! I’m still humming classic songs from last night’s 1972 flashback edition of “The Roadhouse” (damn you, Greg Vandy, for getting “Stuck In The Middle With You” wedged in my noggin!), and I’ve been closely monitoring our countdown of the top albums of the past 40 years.

But don’t think for a minute that special Fall Fundraising Drive programming preempts our commitment to bringing you all the other KEXP features you love. Behind-the-scenes, we’ve been as busy as ever. Since the countdown started last Friday afternoon, I’ve recorded in-studio sessions with four artists that were passing through Seattle. We’ve got exclusive new performances from Bloc Party, Beach House, Citizen Cope, and Dry the River in the can, and we’ll be unveiling them as soon as the drive winds down.

KEXP in-studio performances offer a rare opportunity to enjoy live music played in a stripped-down setting. Sometimes the versions you hear on-air are radically different from the familiar ones. Scottish quartet Django Django popped into the Cutting Room studios in New York this week to record a KEXP in-studio, too, and drummer David Maclean kept time on a cardboard box!

When you power KEXP with a gift of support during our Fall Fundraising Drive, you’re taking a stand for something important. You’re showing the world that you believe that arts and culture, particularly a healthy independent music scene, are crucial to sustain and enrich society. You’re building community, bringing live music into the homes and earphones of listeners who, because of family or work or where they reside, may not be able to enjoy live music in-person very often. And because these performances are not only aired on KEXP 90.3 FM, but also preserved in our streaming archive, podcasts, photo sets, and unique videos, their impact lives on and on. That’s a pretty great return on your investment!

If live music experiences like this matter to you, I hope you’ll consider making a gift of $500 or more and becoming a member of one of our VIP Clubs. A gift of $500 covers the expenses for four in-studio performances, just like the ones we captured in the past few days. As a special thank-you, you’ll receive invitations to our exclusive VIP Club Concerts, intimate performances at smaller venues for select audiences of music-loving donors such as yourself. Over that past couple years I’ve gotten to participate in VIP Club events featuring Neko Case, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, M83, the Raveonettes, and the Twilight Sad, and they rank among some of my all-time favorite shows.

Regardless of the amount you donate, all your support helps KEXP continue to champion one-of-a-kind live music experiences. Everyone here at the station thanks you, the artists thank you, and your community thanks you. You power KEXP!

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