Grand Junction’s Radio Soul Train rolls back into town
Free Press Writer
WHAT: Radio Soul Train
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St., Grand Junction
COST: $10 in advance, $13 at the door and $5 for KAFM members
When Ryan Stringfellow introduced KAFM’s signature “Zombie Prom” event to the folks at KBUT Community Radio in Crested Butte, he picked up a lil’ something to bring back to Grand Junction.
Radio Soul Train will be returning for a second year to the downtown Mesa Theater on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m.
“It’s based on the TV show from the 70s,” Stringfellow, the former director of KAFM Community Radio and current regional director of Rocky Mountain PBS, said. The show will feature seven local electronic DJs showcasing their own funk flair — a mix 1970s funk and soul with their own signature style.
“It’ll definitely be very funky, very dancey,” Stringfellow said, “not heavy electronica or dubstep.”
Stringfellow will be spinning a set under his DJ persona, “DJ Strangefellow,” along with fellow Grand Junction electronic acts Dusty Thunders, Denim Party, DJ JETTT, Selector Trev, Bull Nasty, and Warrior One. Local lighting specialists Lucid Visions will make everything pop with a custom setup.
The concert will feature a dance and costume contest that will bring the “funky masters of funk” up on stage, where they will dance and the crowd will democratically select and crown the “King and Queen of Funk,” according to KAFM events coordinator Cash Kiser. He expects that they’ll “have some bling on.”
But the sets won’t be “just 70s hits either,” Stringfellow said.
His set will feature some unique mashups of different music on top of a funk base. For example, he says he might take some funky music and mix it with a song by Michael Jackson — and then mix some beats from contemporary house producer Steve Aoki on top of that.
Stringfellow said the event had a good turnout last year, and he’s excited to see a larger, yet equally motivated crowd on the Soul Train this time around.
The event is 18 and older, and tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. KAFM members can get tickets for $5 at the station. Tickets are also available at KAFM Community Radio, Mad Margaret’s, Roasted Coffee Shop, Copper Club Brewery in Fruita and Peach Street Distillers in Palisade.
For more information, visit http://www.kafmradio.org.
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