Notes from Viviana:
Our 3rd Anniversary Birthday Party was a huge success ~ great music, great food and great friends!
Old friends and new friends met in support of our community radio station and to share in the power of community.
Blue Ox staunch supporters the Tumbleweeds, who have played at our Craftsman’s Days and May Day Celebrations for years, opened the day of music with their great humor and old traditional favorites.
Then we shifted from their male harmonies to the sweet female harmonies of the Sidekicks, who offered some old traditional songs and some originals as well. They also appeared at last year’s party and at our May Day Celebration.
Next we shifted to more of a rock sound with Woven Tones, first timer’s at our events and the band of our deejay Xavier whose show airs on Wednesday afternoons.
In the afternoon the incredible voices and talents of internationally known singer Spanky ~ from the 60s group Spanky and Our Gang ~ and Karen Dumont, the founder of the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, backed by with the musicians from Boomsauii, rocked the house down. Besides the amazing singing, Spanky shared some stories from their appearance in Texas when they were asked to sing with Willie Nelson, and also spoke very passionately about the annual Stand Down that is held in Ferndale each year in support of our veterans.
The last performers of the day were Boomsauii, a band of “young” men who played some old favorites from the sixties before heading off to another performance. Amazing how those songs have such a continued powerful appeal!
During the course of the day we had music from the early 1900s, the 40s, 60s, and the 80s represented, along with some original music as well.
The complicated technical aspects of the production were handled by volunteer Cai Maver ~ who at one point drove home to McKinleyville to soldered together some more cables for us!
Youssef, our hard-working station manager, set up the recording system and kept track of sound levels with the help of new volunteer Tim. You may have seen Tim’s picture in the Times Standard! He is a Community School student who has always wanted to be on the radio. He was a huge help all day long!
Larry Rochester, diehard radio man, did interviews with each of the bands after their sets, and generally kept the flow going. He also invited Tim to help deejay his show after the party.
The food was a big hit too, with all kinds of munchies including my “famous” smoked albacore spread and a fabulous birthday cake from Vellutini’s Bakery.
The constant refilling of the food plates was handled by Angie, Suzanne, Judith, Lori and Blue Ox Community School teacher Jenifer and her son Mica. Big thanks to them for their attentive dedication!
New friends that came by included people who read about us in the Times Standard and Marianne Knorzer, the Program Director from KMUD. “Old” friends included Katie, a current student of the Blue Ox Community School and her family; Aaron and his new bride; and Michael Fields from Del Arte (and Blue Ox Village Board Member), among others.
It was a wonderful time for everyone! We will be having the songs that were recorded playing on the station soon! Thanks to everyone who helped make the party such an incredible success ~ we appreciate your support!
Viviana Hollenbeck, Station Manager