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Music for Pacificans. A music program airing on Fridays at 11 p.m., broadcasting from Pacifica Radio KPFT Houston 90.1 FM, Radio For Peace, 419 Lovett, Houston, Texas 77006, 713-526-5738 (in-studio line), 713-526-4000 (business line) and streamed worldwide from www.KPFT.org. Producer and host Laura Slavin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. (For blog posts prior to April 2006, see www.wakeupandrock.blogspot.com.)
Here is a link to an article written by Bob Langham for examiner.com about Laurapalooza: http://www.examiner.com/article/friday-night-plight-what-to-do
There is a new KPFT membership incentive -- the heavy-duty black canvas tote bag -- at the $120.00 pledge level. It has printing on both sides. The photo above is the front of the tote bag, with a pocket. The front has the Laurapalooza logo and "Music for Pacificans."
Thanks to Ken, Mark, Wilma, Hayden, Lindsey, Robert C. , Betty, Ron, Robert W., Dennis, Dan, Nancy, Derek, Rhia, Diane, Bob, James, Jon, Brian, and Ed for making financial pledges to KPFT in support of Laurapalooza during the recent Winter Membership Drive. It is listener-sponsors who have kept KPFT on the air for the past 40 years. Continued listener support will ensure the station remains on the air in the future.
At KPFT, we're all gearing up for the Winter Membership Drive that begins on Feb. 3 and goes through Feb. 19. I'm excited about doing a membership drive show on the first day of the drive. If you don't have your Laurapalooza T-shirt yet, you'll have another opportunity to pledge your support and get a T-shirt. You can help cut down on the total days of the drive by making an online pledge before the drive begins. Be sure to designate Laurapalooza as the show you are supporting with your donation. Here is a link to KPFT's Secure Online Donation page at www.KPFT.org:
Thank you to David, Robert, another Robert, yet another Robert, Jon, and Michael for supporting KPFT and pledging during Laurapalooza on October 28. You, the listener-sponsor, are what makes KPFT possible!
Thank you Dave, Cindy/Rox, Robert, Patti, Richard, and Nancy for your financial support of community radio station 90.1 KPFT Houston during last Thursday night's Laurapalooza program. Nancy donated for herself and her deceased husband Frankie, who was an active volunteer at KPFT, and all four of their children. We very much appreciate your contributing to keeping local programming on the air.
On Thursday, October 21, the KPFT Fall Membership Drive begins. I will be asking you to call in with your financial support during Laurapalooza that night from 11 PM to 2 AM, as well as the next two Thursdays, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4. Meanwhile, you are encouraged to help give us a head start on our membership drive by contriubuting to the tip jar on the home page at www.kpft.org. Please encourage others to go to the tip jar also. Thank you for listening and thank you for supporting your community radio station!
In addition to my picks of this week's new music, tonight we'll also hear a John Lennon special hosted by Jody Denberg in honor of John Lennon's (70th) birthday.
Doesn't the Laurapalooza T-shirt look great on Glenna Bell? I meant to post this photo months ago and finally got around to it. She has a new CD, to be officially released in September, called Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder. For more info on Glenna and her upcoming performances, go to www.glennabell.com.
Tonight's show will include new music by Leroy Bell, Cindy Bullens, Jim Halfpenny, Peter Rudy, Eric Beverly and The Sunday Best, Shane Lamb, Amy Correia, and more.
Thank you to the new members and renewing members who supported KPFT during the Spring Membership Drive! It is only with you that we are able to continue bringing you the independent music, news, and community affairs programs that you enjoy. I have lots of new music in store for you tonight -- Bill Kirchen, Troy Turner, Bettye LaVette, Susan Cowsill, The Vincent Hayes Project, and The Sideshow Tragedy, to name a few -- so I hope you're ready to stay up late.
Tonight's show will include new music by Stone River Boys, Matt King and The Cutters, H-Town Jukes, Samantha Crain, The Sideshow Tragedy, Sam Quinn, Jackie Greene, The Young Veins, Wilder Embry, Morry Sochat & The Special 20s, and Clothesline Revival. At least that's the plan. Tonight will be a membership drive show, so I hope we have time to squeeze all that in. Ameen Raheem will work with me to do our part to help raise funds for KPFT to cover operating costs over the coming months. Please do your part and call in a pledge tonight between 11 PM and 2 AM. The pledge line phone number is 713-526-5738.
The May 6 Laurapalooza will feature new music by Lincoln Durham, Kenny White, Walking Sleep, Neil Nathan, Mars Arizona, The Running Kind, Crash Test Dummies, Jim Halfpenny, Wendy Colonna, and Alejandro Escovedo. We will also revisit the new albums by Jason & The Scorchers, and Sonia & Disappear Fear. Hope you're listening!
I hope you went to see Arlo Guthrie and Family on March 23. I went with my sister and enjoyed it thoroughly. Arlo told wonderful stories in between songs. His children and grandchildren are all quite talented. The littlest ones loved dancing and running around on the stage. They tour 10 months out of the year as a family. We sat on a blanket on the hill and had a very nice evening listening to Arlo and Family. I bought a live CD there of Arlo and Pete Seeger, so I'll plan on sharing some of that with you tonight during Laurapalooza (90.1 Houston, 89.5 Galveston or streaming live at www.kpft.org).
I get the pleasure of hosting my show on the first day of the drive this time! Local musician Jeff Boortz will be in the studio with me as my guest co-host. So, listen to Laurapalooza at 11:00 PM on Thursday, February 11, and call us with your new or renewal membership at 713-526-5738 during the show. Instead of a pledge incentive (CD, DVD, etc.) you can have 10% of your donation go to help earthquake survivors in Haiti.
Last Thursday's show (Jan. 7) was chock full of great new music. If you didn't get to hear it live, it's available for a few days on the KPFT audio archives -- http://archive.kpft.org
If you missed the Josh Foster interview on December 17, it is now posted as a podcast at www.KPFT.org. From the home page, go to Programming and then KPFT Podcast.
Last night, my brother, Tim Vandevere, and I were at McGonigel's Mucky Duck. We went to have dinner and check out the performers at the open mic. The Duck has the best open mic in Houston (in my opinion). It's hosted by Wayne Wilkerson and he does a great job of running the sound. We hadn't planned on staying to see all the open mic performers because Tim had to fly back home to Seattle this morning and I have to get up really early every morning for my operations engineer job at KPFT. I have to be at work no later than 5:30 AM, Monday through Friday to engineer for the morning shows from 5:30 to 10:00 AM. If you listen in the morning and wonder who is doing the traffic and weather reports, it's me. One of the open mic performers, Josh Foster, really impressed me with his songs, his vocal style and guitar playing, so I invited him to come in and play some live music on my show this Thursday night. The plan is to have him on at the beginning of the show at 11 PM (when more people are listening than in the latter two hours). So, on Thursday, December 17, at 11 PM, please tune in to 90.1 if you're in the Houston area, 89.5 in Galveston or, hopefully, our Internet stream will be repaired by then and you will be able to listen online from www.kpft.org if that is your preferred way of listening. If not, the audio archive will be downloadable from www.archive.kpft.org for one week past the date of the show. Josh's MySpace site is www.myspace.com/jfosterhouston if you want to check it out and listen to some of his songs.
Grant Peeples, singer-songwriter out of Sopchoppy, Florida, will make a return visit to Laurapalooza in the KPFT studios on Thursday, October 15. His lyrics are socially conscious, political, and very witty. He'll play some live music and talk about his current album, Pawnshop. His website is http://www.grantpeeples.com/.
Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter Jim Halfpenny will be my guest Thursday, July 30, at 11 PM. He'll play some live music and chat with me before heading to LaGrange to perform at the Bugle Boy on Saturday, August 1. For more on Jim Halfpenny, visit www.jimhalfpennyband.com.
KPFT is undergoing a major programming schedule change, so please keep an eye on the http://www.kpft.org/ website home page to know what the changes are. A new program called Deadbeat will debut Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 3:00 PM, hosted by Sandy Weinmann and Dave Dauterive, so stay tuned. Here is a link to the KPFT program director's blog, where you can find out more about the program changes: http://kpft.wordpress.com/
Dana Hubbard is based in Berkeley, California, and his website is www.danahubbard.com. He performed three songs during his live in-studio -- Lightnin's Cadillac, Livin' Live, and The Pain of Losing You. His interview and live music performance will be posted soon at www.KPFT.org. From the home page, click on Programming and then click on KPFT Podcast.
It was a pleasure having Dana Hubbard as a guest on May 21 while he was in Texas to perform at the Wildflower music festival in Richardson.
Singer-songwriter Dana Hubbard, out of Berkeley, California, will be my guest Thursday, May 21, at 11 PM for an interview and live music performance. I know you've heard some his songs on my show: The Great Human Race, Petroleum People, and the title track to The Grounds Keepers. His lyrics are socially and environmentally conscious, so please tune in to get to know Dana Hubbard. His website is www.danahubbard.com.
During Black History Month (February), Laurapalooza featured three one-hour specials:
I had a great time doing a New Year's Day program featuring some of the best of Laurapalooza of 2008. Of course, not everything that deserves "best of" labeling will fit into a three-hour program, but it was a good sampling of the music Laurapalooza features. I have never received so many phone calls during one program. I lost count of how many people called in to say they appreciate the music selections played on Laurapalooza. Please remember to contribute to KPFT during the upcoming membership drive that is planned for January 17 through February 1 and do your part to keep free speech alive, along with program hosts' free choices in music. KPFT has never been controlled by corporations and is commercial-free because it is listener-sponsored.
On Thursday, December 25, at 11 PM, Laurapalooza will feature the 20th Anniversary Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Radio Special with performances by The Allman Brothers, Michael Franti, Joan Osborne, Steve Earle, Gov’t Mule, and more, along with interviews with Michael Franti, Ben Harper, Warren Haynes and Greg Allman. The annual concert thrives on support by volunteer talent and behind-the-scenes personnel. Post-production proceeds benefit Habitat For Humanity, whose goal is providing housing for families in need.
On this week's program, Thursday, November 27 at 11:00 PM, I will feature Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant (The Massacree Revisited) from 1997 and, in honor of Jimi Hendrix's birthday, Electric Ladyland: The 40th Anniversary Radio Special, hosted by Gary Moore.
I had the pleasure of hosting Grant Peeples for an in-studio interview and performance at KPFT on Thursday, November 13. Mike Manning accompanied him on bass guitar and they played two songs -- Grant's Talking Blues and Sunshine State -- off the new album, It's Later Than You Think. He was in Houston to perform at Last Concert Cafe on Friday, November 14. For more info on Grant Peeples, go to http://www.grantpeeples.com/. A podcast of the interview and live music will be posted at www.kpft.org.
I had misplaced the disc that had the photos on it (how unlike me to misplace something), so I couldn't post them until now. If I took your picture and it's not posted here, it's because a few of them didn't turn out good (it was so dark inside Dan Electro's Guitar Bar). The live music acts were all good, but The Blue Threads, I must say, were certainly the high point. I had a lot of fun working the front door and doing my part to raise funds to support KPFT.
On Sunday, October 5, I volunteered at the Truth Network Ball at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar on W. 24th St. in The Heights, hosted by Dean Becker. There was live music from 3 to 9 p.m. and my personal favorites were The Blue Threads, who rocked the house and made the audience yell for more. I worked the door, taking admissions. The $10 per person benefitted KPFT, so it was definitely a worthy cause. Besides, I needed to get out and listen to some great live music. I took pictures, but they're not ready yet. I'll post them when they are. I had to use one of those disposable cameras because I lost the charger for my digital camera and will have to buy another.
The Summer Sizzle membership drive has concluded and we are back to regular programming. Thank you so very much for supporting Pacifica Radio KPFT Houston!
I hope you tune in for tonight's edition of Laurapalooza as I have planned some very special membership drive programming for you, including a Jim Morrison special and a Woody Guthrie special, both from the Pacifica Radio Archives. When you call in your membership pledge (713-526-5738) during the show tonight beginning at 11 p.m., you can ask for 100 hours of "From The Vault," our Pacifica Radio Archives thank-you gift. The 100-hour collection includes those two programs and much, much more. I will also feature some songs from Sounds of Freedom, a book and CD set that is also available to you when you pledge your financial support for KPFT. After that, with what time there is left, I will play some new releases from the KPFT Music Library. If you are unable to call in during the program, you can make a secure online pledge at www.kpft.org or email me at email@example.com. It only takes a $90 pledge to get a black Laurapalooza T-shirt with the KPFT logo printed on the back.