KVMR 89.5 FM broadcaster Kim Rogers notoriously makes a big deal out of her birthday each year.
So this year she's volunteered to make a big deal out of the Nevada City radio station's 36th birthday, too..
"We should always have a birthday party for the station," claimed Rogers, host of the weekly "Good Stuff" program, Thursdays 2-4 p.m. (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
"It's a way to bring the KVMR community together."
The result is a free KVMR Birthday Potluck BBQ Acoustic Jam & Singalong, Sunday, July 20, 1-7 p.m. in the picnic areas by the creek in Pioneer Park, Nevada City.
That may sound like a mouthful, but Kim thinks it'll provide a chance for other broadcasters, volunteers, KVMR supporters and the public to interact in a more informal manner..
"About the only time we get together is at our holiday party," according to Rogers. "That one has to run on a schedule, but this birthday party can be a more relaxed social atmosphere."
As producer for the event, Rogers gathered up a number of KVMR volunteers to help out with the party. Musicians Paul Emery, Peter Wilson and Nory Fussell are tentatively scheduled to help coordinate the jam and singalong.
"You should bring a potluck dish or something to barbeque if you wish, bring your instruments, bring chairs," Kim explained. "Everyone's welcome to play, to sing , or to just kick back and listen and enjoy a day of community with your community radio station."
The KVMR bar -- with beer, wine, soft drinks and water -- will be on hand as well. The station will provide some burgers and hot dogs to grill.
The Pioneer Park pool is nearby, and Rogers says there'll also be some kid activities to make the party "family friendly."
Volunteer Sandy Brown has put together a "Tower of Gifts" with dozens of items valued at a total of nearly $800, which will be awarded during the party. It contains Celtic Festival tickets, American River Music Festival passes, a variety of CDs, DVDs and books, assorted KVMR gear and clothing, as well as other items.
Tickets for the "Tower of Gifts" drawing are available at KVMR's booth at California Worldfest this weekend, the station office at 401 Spring Street and at the picnic, with proceeds benefiting the non-profit, non-commercial station.
KNOW AND GO
What: KVMR 89.5 FM Radio's 36th Birthday Potluck BBQ Acoustic Jam & Singalong
When: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 20
Where: Pioneer Park Creek picnic area
Bring: Potluck Dish, BBQ Items, Instrument, Chairs if you wish
Last weekend KVMR went all the way to Quincy, California, to broadcast live music from the High Sierra Music Festival.
This week, the eclectic station takes you around the world -- and then some -- with over 40 hours of music from the 18th annual California Worldfest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
The station will begin its broadcasts 5 p.m. Thursday (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming) and catch the very first notes of Worldfest newcomers Patchy Sanders, a seven piece folk orchestra that calls its music "noir grass, neo-Americana or just alt folk."
With Friday, Saturday and Sunday coverage going from 10 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. each day, the music won't stop until the dust settles after festival favorites Delhi 2 Dublin's 8:45 p.m. appearance Sunday night. Click here for broadcast schedule
Back for a demanded encore, D2D's infectious non-stop global dance party blends traditional Indian bhangra, raucous Celtic, sweet reggae, edgy hip hop and beat driven electronica, all delivered with a joyful enthusiasm right from the heart.
During the day, KVMR switches back and forth from several stages, plus interviews some of the performers. At night, the main stage headliners are broadcast.
"This is what KVMR is all about," says remote broadcast executive producer Wesley Robertson. "The wide diversity of Worldfest music from all over the globe fits our listeners like a glove."
LEON GETS FAT
Legendary singer-songwriter and pianist Leon Russell is special guest on the Fat Music Show next Monday at 1 p.m.
Russell recently sat down with show host Felton Pruitt to talk about his 50 years or so in the music trade.