KAFM Radio Daze
By Greg Hartman
KAFM has been an important pillar of the Grand Valley community, bringing together a love of music, art, and service. The station first went live in 1999, which makes this the 20th anniversary for their community and volunteer supported broadcasting. While most of the anniversary celebration went on during their membership drive, this year’s Radio Daze celebration is also something special.
Held at Edgewater Brewery on August 10th from 2-9, Radio Daze is a fundraiser for KAFM and is free to attend. Edgewater brews their special 300 Watt Ale, which directs all proceeds to the station, a straightforward and easy drinking brew that is perfect for a summer afternoon. A notoriously generous raffle is also held, with past prizes including vacations and even a (gently used) sports car. This year’s raffle includes tickets to see Mark Knopfler at Red Rocks, a keyboard, bicycle, and many prizes from local vendors.
If beer and a raffle isn’t enough for you, what would a radio event be without great music? Headlining the event are The Jocelyn and Chris Ardnt Band, whose throwback sound should delight both fans of indie and classic rock. Their latest album The Fun in the Fight received national attention, cracking the billboard charts and several media appearances. Joining them is Reverend Freakchild from New York City. He has had a long career mixing a variety of sounds and currently performs as a singer-songwriter with influences from both country music and psychedelic rock. He will also be playing a show at the KAFM radio room on Friday August 9th.
Additionally, the event will be supported by three regional bands. Feeding Giants is an acoustic three piece out of Silt. They play often in the mountain towns and it will be a treat to have them in the valley. Union of None played at the Radio Room earlier this year and is continually building their fan base with a mix of rock and alternative hits from the 80’s and 90’s. Their talented guitarists are always pushing the envelope for new and unique songs, while their vocal range makes recreating the songs possible. Kicking things off will be the talented veterans Dubious Brothers, whose energy and experience will get everyone in the mood for a day of rock and roll.
The event is free, the beer is cold, and raffle tickets will run $20 or 3 for $50. Help support KAFM’s continued contributions to promoting music in our community and join us at Radio Daze.