KAFM TUNED IN: Bringing out the dead for the Zombie Crawl & Prom
With Tedi Gillespie
Long before zombies were cool and “The Walking Dead” had people glued to their television sets, well, like zombies, Grand Junction’s own arbiter of cool, Ryan Stringfellow and friends created a signature event for KAFM.
Now in its fifth year, the KAFM Zombie Prom is still ahead of its time, waking the dead with hip beats, serving as the valley’s only opportunity to get your zombie on with other devotees of dance and dedication to decadent dead costuming. Zombie Prom is not just an event, it’s an epic force of the DJ’s power to transport attendees into an alternate space of dance and trance and Zombie energy that takes performance art to higher level. Don’t take my word for it, check the snaps at kafmradio.org and facebook/zombiepromgj.
This year’s DJ line-up features event founder DJ Strangefellow, DJ Denim Party, The Warrior One and Chamber Bot. Rounding out the music will be Dusty Thunders, Much Less Pants, Toby Danger, & Dee Jay Es-Jay. Lucid Vision Video will provide an amazing light show and visual projections and Captured by Design Photography will once again provide a photo booth to document the dead.
It’s not surprising to discover that most of the evening’s DJ’s are past or current programmers at KAFM. Stringfellow started as a programmer before becoming executive director at KAFM and then at KBUT in Crested Butte. He moved on to start a family and now serves as development account executive for Rocky Mountain PBS. When he’s not busy working, raising an adorable 2-year-old, spinning tracks at No Coast Sushi and other venues, he can be found on the airwaves at 88.1, alternate Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
By day, Dave Goe, aka DJ Denim Party, serves as marketing coordinator for Mesa County Public Libraries. He provides freelance graphic design and is the genius behind the Zombie Prom and Zombie Crawl’s marketing materials. Dave pens a music opinion column in the Daily Sentinel Out & About and can be heard on KAFM’s Ultrasound, Fridays from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Warrior One is Dr. Christopher Lepisto, doctor of naturopathic medicine, providing alternative and complementary medicine. Lepisto has been a longtime programmer for KAFM and now pens the bi-weekly “Medicinal Roots” column in the Free Press. DJ’s Chamber Bot are the latest to join the talented team of KAFM programmers. By day they are Chad Harris and Laura Courtney and now can be heard on 88.1, on the Ultrasound show.
The Zombie Prom takes place tonight, Oct. 25, at the Mesa Theater starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance at KAFM or $15 at the door and all door proceeds benefit KAFM. King and Queen of the Zombie Prom will be crowned at 10:30 p.m. The event sells out so don’t be left out.
For those who can’t wait till 8, or have not reached the legal age of 21, KAFM has added a free, all-ages Zombie Crawl to the mix on Main Street. Starting at 5:30 p.m., get your punch cards at The Raw Canvas, stop in at the Culinary Corner and stop at other participating businesses including Brown Cycles, Main Street Mineral and Beads, Orr’s Trading, Roasted, Loki’s Mountain Shop before ending up at Pablo’s Pizza for major prize drawings. Don’t miss the Thriller Flash Mob at 7 p.m. in front of the Wells Fargo chrome buffalo.
Tedi Gillespie is the executive director at KAFM Community Radio. She often hosts local, community affairs programs and occasionally subs music variety programs. KAFM Tuned In is funded in part by the Gill Foundations Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a proud supporter of local programs like The Colorado School Safety Resource Center.
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