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Activate!

Mike Rutz | 5:00 - 7:00p.m. Thursdays
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Activate! is a concert calendar for your ears. Do you want to go to a show? Every week, I preview the next 7 days on Richmond's live music calendar. Every band you hear on Activate! is playing in the River City sometime that week and you'll get info as to  when and where the show is happening.

The Richmond music scene is one of the best in the world. In order for it to maintain and grow, we need people like you to go to live shows. That includes supporting both local and touring bands. Every night of the week, you can catch a spectrum of live bands playing music that you want to hear. But, it's not easy for musicians OR venues. So, tune in to Activate! every Thursday from 5 to 7pm, hear a band that sparks your interest, and go to the show!

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7/30/15 Activate! July 30 - August 6

At 5pm, I'll be showcasing another exciting week in Richmond live music, including a track from Julie Karr (pictured) who is releasing a new tape and ticket giveaways to see gothic folk group David Wax Museum at The Camel and punk band Radioactivity at Strange Matter!

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7/23/15 Activate! July 23 - July 30

Be sure to check the "Even more shows" part of the playlist because there are twice as many good bands playing this week than I could fit into two hours! I'll be sure to include new songs from Manatree (pictured) and Tungs, since they both have album release shows. Plus, I'll give away tickets to see Tiny Moving Parts/State Champs at The Camel, The Tallest Man on Earth at The National, and Coco Montoya at The Tin Pan!

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7/16/15 Activate! July 16 - July 23

On Activate! at 7pm, I'll cover as many genres of music as possible from roots to rock to metal. You're sure to find a show worth checking out in Richmond this week, including the Richmond Roots Festival featuring Alison Self and the Lonesome Lows (pictured). Plus, I'll give away tickets to see the Summer Reggae Jam, Dinosaur Jr, and Every time I Die!

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7/9/15 Activate! July 9 - July 16

Hear what's on tap for live music in Richmond, at 5pm on Activate! I'll include Avers who are playing an Arbor Day benefit, a new track from Manzara, and Brenda's Friend (pictured) a duo featuring Erin Tobey of Pink Razors. Plus, I'll give away tickets to see The Protomen at The Broadberry!

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7/2/15 Activate! July 2 - July 9

Vacations have to end sometime, so I'm back hosting Activate! this week! Many thanks to Shannon, Paul, and Amanda for covering the concert calendar for your ears the last six weeks. Tonight's show features The Southern Belles (pictured) and Nude Photos of Celebrities who both have album release shows, as well as another installment of the Activate! Flashback!

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