Better set your alarm clocks for 7 a.m. this Friday, August 16.
You see, KVMR 89.5 FM's semi-fabled Ticketpalooza returns that morning, featuring what the station calls "reverse scalping."
To the Nevada City non-profit radio station's Membership Coordinator Adrianna Kelly, it's a no-brainer.
Instead of paying more than event ticket prices, you pay, ta da, less. What a concept.
And that means a win-win-win situation for a morning of majorly discounted tickets, according to Kelly, available by calling the station at 530/265-9555 or going online at kvmr.org
"Okay, we love promoting touring artists," she says. "It's how musicians make a living these days."
"And we love it when people shake their booties to live bands," Kelly adds with a sly grin. "And we love it when we can make a couple bucks to support all the live music and festival broadcasts we do."
So it's a win for the artists and concert producers who get extra attention and promotion, a win for KVMR listeners who get event tickets at discounts up to, yes, 50%., sometimes even higher. And KVMR gets the extra revenue, yup, a win.
"Come on, it's a terrific deal," muses Kelly. "Listeners get to see shows for less money, and KVMR gets the proceeds."
Oh, don't worry, longtime Friday Morning Show host Jerianne Van Dijk loves the Ticketpalooza concept as well.
"You can play such a wide range of music to match the long list of concerts," she beams. "And it supports all of our venues and producers as well."
"I love giving away tickets, something I do every show," Van Dijk confides. "This is as close as you can get to that; you get the free tickets by donating to KVMR."
There will be plenty of tickets available this Friday for this year's KVMR Celtic Festival (Sept. 28-29), whose longtime slogan is "Come For The Music, Stay For The Magic".
Tickets available for other festivals include the 20th anniversary of Ridgestock (this Fri-Sat), the Nevada City Film Festival (Aug 23-30), Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival (Aug 30-Sept. 1), and the Hangtown Halloween Music Festival (Oct. 24-27).
Other ticket highlights are the Wood Brothers at Crystal Bay Casino (Aug. 19), Aaron Neville Duo at the Crest, Sacramento (Aug. 20). Christine and Rob Bonner with special guest Darol Anger, Auburn State Theater (Aug. 24).
Jon Anderson (former lead singer of Yes) is at the Harris Center in Folsom Monday, Aug. 26, while Popa Chubby does The Sofia in Sacramento Friday, Aug. 30.
Early September events include Miner's Foundry show featuring Moonalice at Pioneer Park, Nevada City, on Sept. 7, The 44th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, Sept. 13 from Center On The Go at Foothill Events Center, Grass Valley., and fabled guitarist Grammy nominee Adrian Belew (Zappa/Bowie/Talking Heads/King Crimson) Sept. 16 at The Sofia in Sacramento.
Other tickets available are for David Bromberg at Sacramento's 24th Street Theater Sept. 19, Herb Alpert & Lani Hai at The Sofia Sept. 20, world music artist India Arie at the Crest in Sacramento Sept. 24.
October highlights include Lila Downs at the Mondavi Center on the 10th, Son Volt at Harlow's in Sac on Oct. 13, KVMR favorite John Gorka at the Sofia Oct. 17 and Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain at the Mondavi in Davis Oct. 18.
Tickets are also available for comedian Lewis Black presents "The Joke's On Us" at the Mondavi Oct. 25. Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas doing a rare Nevada Theatre appearance on Nov. 2, blues artist Tab Benoit at the Harris Center in Folsom Nov. 5.
And that's not even a third of the tickets available.
Complete list available at kvmr.org
ELECTION FORUM ON AIR
KVMR 89.5 FM will broadcast the League of Women Voters Election Forum featuring all five candidates for the open district 1 State Assembly seat.
It'll air just after the KVMR Evening News this Thursday (Aug. 15) live from the Nevada County Board of Supervisor chambers at 6:30 p.m. and is one of the few times all candidates will be together before the election later this month. Early voting is already going on.
KNOW & HEAR
WHO: KVMR 89.5 FM Community Radio
WHAT: Ticketpalooza, when listeners can received discounted concert or festival tickets for a donation to the station, some up to 50% off
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m (or later), this Friday, August 16
WHERE: KVMR Community Room, 120 Bridge Street, downtown Nevada City or via phone and online
BROADCAST: Live on 89.5 FM, 105.1 FM Truckee, kvmr.org streaming
INFO: Complete list of tickets at kvmr.org or call 530/265-9555 (during event), 530/265-9073 ext.1003 or kvmr.org