Music Mash ’15 – Saturday March 7th, 2015

Music Mash '15

Attention vinyl junkies! WPKN, the People’s Kosmic Network public radio station is holding a fantastic record fair on Saturday March 7th. If you live in the New York/Connecticut area I urge you to come out, shop, meet the famous personalities scheduled to be there (they are to be announced that Saturday morning!).

The event is being held in historic downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut at the Reads ArtSpace 1042 Broad Street. Parking is FREE.

I attended the previous Music Mash ’13 at the Fairfield Theater Annex in Fairfield. I got to meet Hilton Valentine of The Animals which was cool. The best tables of vinyl for sale were from WPKN themselves. Someone donated their private collection to help the event. The LPs were stickered by condition level and were reasonably priced. I bought Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in mint condition 😉

If you are a fan of vinyl album art like I am take a gander at WPKN’s Vinyl LP of the Day Facebook gallery. Lots of great album covers from the WPKN 89.5 FM Library. Who knows maybe some of these albums will be for sale this Saturday?

Information and Directions are contained in this PDF file. I plan on stopping by on Saturday hope to see you there.

“Let’s Not Be L7”

Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

I increase my knowledge of American folk music as time leads up to the release date of the Coen Brother’s film, Inside Llewyn Davis on December 6, 2013.

I noticed that WPKN is hosting a two-day American & Folk Music Special fundraiser. (Tue. 11/12 & Wed. 11/13) WPKN is a 100% non-commercial, listener supported radio station broadcasting at 89.5 FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut and formerly 88.7 FM (WPKM) in Montauk, New York. You can also hear WPKN via the Internet at WPKN.ORG or through their WPKN Live iPhone & iPad App available for free from the iTunes App Store.

The synergy between the WPKN fundraiser and the blog posts the past few days on The Music of Our Heart is that one of the musical premiums for a $120 pledge includes 1) Dave Van Ronk‘s Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection 3 CD Box Set, 2) Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording, and 3) the DVD documentary Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

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The Dave Van Ronk Box Set can be listened to in its entirety on Spotify and the liner notes which are a delightful, informative read can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Music Mash ’13: WPKN Record Fair – September 7

This avid record collector is so pumped for this event taking place very soon now!

Music Mash ’13 is this year’s WPKN Record Fair, taking place on Saturday, September 7 at the Fairfield Theatre Company Annex at 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. Early Bird hours from 8 AM to 10 AM for a $20 admission fee. Regular admission begins at 10 AM for $5. Children under 12 admitted free. Located across from the Fairfield Train Station, parking is plentiful and free.

The event features the region’s top vendors. WPKN 89.5 has roughly 1000 LP’s and CDs to sell, including a private gift of near mint collectible LP’s that are valued at around $10,000. It will offer great opportunities to acquire some amazing albums, CDs, memorabilia and autographs.

Featured special guests at the WPKN Booth: Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club), Hilton Valentine(The Animals), Rusty Ford (Lothar & the Hand People), and Charlie Karp (Buddy Miles Express).

Food trucks from Taco Loco (Bridgeport), Fire Engine Pizza Company (Bridgeport), and Cowabunga (Norwalk) and The Vintanthromodern Vintage Clothing Truck (New Haven) will also be featuring their wares.

This event is made possible with support from: Fairfield Theatre CompanyAdvocate Weekly MediaFCBuzz.orgThe Beat,FairfieldAfterDark.com, and The Sound Magazine.

 

Happy Birthday Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie – One Love

I tuned the FM dial in the car to WPKN-FM 89.5 for the morning commute. I quickly discovered that tomorrow February 6th would be Bob Marley‘s 68th birthday. Steve di Constanzo the morning DJ was doing his Radio Basecamp show, playing some cool stuff.

He announced that starting at 1 p.m. WPKN would begin a Bob Marley 36 Hour Marathon. The radio celebration would be complemented by the annual Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie Birthday Bash on Stage One by the Fairfield Theatre Company. It was at that moment I said to myself this event can’t miss. Woah, Woah…. Stop the Clock! Our two favorite reggae superstars, Mystic Bowie and Bob Marley with special guest stars at this intimate venue. I purchased the tickets online pronto 😉 The concert will be broadcast live over WPKN this evening!

It has been a One Love celebration ever since. I plugged into WPKN-FM this afternoon where I have been actively engaged and entertained ever since.

We love Mystic Bowie’s energy, its so infectious! Can’t wait to dance the night away.

New Input: Boy with a Fish – I Put My Tongue On The Window

I was tooling home from the Shake Shack eating french fries from the bottom of the take out bag ;). I flipped the FM dial to WPKN 89.5 in Bridgeport as I was heading in that direction on Interstate 95. The disk jockey, Valerie Richardson was featuring her favorite band, Boy with a Fish, their second recording  I Put My Tongue On The Window. Her passion for her latest music obsession peaked my interest.

The title track swirled about the sound system in my car and I must admit I immediately liked the groove that they possessed. I found myself tapping the steering wheel and dancing about in my seat. I made it a point to listen more in-depth to them on Spotify today and beyond.

Give a listen to Ithaca‘s own, Boy with a Fish. You’ll like what you hear, trust me 😉

I Put My Tongue On The Window

Chris Frantz, “The Talking Head”, Debuts on WPKN-FM

My wife and I just listened to a very enjoyable music radio show on WPKN-FM, 89.5 on your FM dial. Chris Frantz, of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame has begun hosting a show on the last Friday of the month from 1-4 p.m. E.S.T.

Chris Frantz’s first radio show was gangbusters, the music he played was so well mixed and totally original. His first studio guests were Mystic Bowie who sings and plays with the Tom Tom Club and Mickey Leigh, brother of the late Joey Ramone, who was there to promote his book, I Slept with Joey Ramone. Chris also received a phone call from his good friend Bucks Burnett, who spoke about his Eight Track Museum Project (very cool). Chris played Bucks Burnett’s new recording Rachel Bazooka. I really liked what Bucks Burnett had to say about packaging music as art and leaving all the rest of the information, UPC code, etc. elsewhere. Music is art, art is music!

We encourage you to tune in to future shows. Chris Frantz presents novel music with great, hypnotic beats. He is very knowledgeable in his craft.

The stream rewind can be heard right here. Give this show a listen, you’ll love what you hear!

http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/6701