Thursday, September 8, 2011

Plaza Midwood Community Radio holds fundraiser Friday

Plaza Midwood Community Radio will hold a fundraiser Friday, September 9, at The Milestone (3400 Tuckaseegee Rd.). The lineup includes some of its on-air hosts and artists you can hear in rotation. Much like PMCR's format, the benefit concert will stress the unpredictable and improvised with many of the musicians interacting on stage.

The lineup includes Human Pippi Armstrong, PMCR founder Jason Michel (pictured, of Super Ape, Bullship), Aswell (of Mr. Invisible), Andy Fenstermaker (aka the Door Bum), Bryan Olson (Cement Stars), Brent Bagwell (Great Architect), Jeff Rehnlund, Dave Bullard (Personnel), and Philip Fore.

Didn’t know Plaza Midwood had community run radio? The eclectic streaming online radio "station" features contributors from the Charlotte community including club DJs like Scott Weaver and George Brazil and musicians such as Andy the Door Bum and Michel. A list of its many shows, including online versions of familiar fixtures from the Charlotte music community like Find Your Muse, Off the Record, and Country Tuesdays, is here. Shows tend to focus on local, underground and avant garde.

The Milestone’s website states that Friday's concert is for “the adventurous listener. Strange one off improvisational collaborations anchored by freak out sets…topped off with a big bang finale sure to alter the structure of your brain.”

That loose, artsy structure seems to go along with Michel’s vision for PMCR.

“My vision for this is based completely on the community radio model. I hope for it to become a unique voice for the traditionally disenfranchised voices in our community with a focus on social activism and the arts. One stop spot for folks to experience the rich and often overlooked creative and diverse culture we have flourishing in the shadows of the banking towers,” he explains.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $7 at the door. If you can’t make the show you can check out online. It’s also available to stream on your iPad, iPhone, Android, and other devices.

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