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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!

Recent Blog Entries

2/11/16 Activate! February 11 - February 18

Thanks for celebrating with WRIR last Friday! We have our Black Valentines party coming up this weekend and much more on the horizon, so WRIR's 12th year is sure to be a blast! At 5pm, I'll preview that and the rest of the shows in Richmond this week, plus I'll give away tickets to see Karikatura at Gallery 5 and Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Lower Dens at The National!

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Click on "read more" for the show listings / playlist. Click here for the podcast: http://wrir.org/tunein

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2/4/16 Activate! February 4 - February 11

Following the Commonwealth of Notions showcase of past Party for the Rest of Us bands, I will hype WRIR's 11th annual anniversary fiesta at 5pm! I also have other bands who will play in Richmond this week, plus a pair of tickets to give away to see honky tonk revivalists Whitey Morgan & the 78s at The Broadberry!

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Click on "read more" for the show listings / playlist. Click here for the podcast: http://wrir.org/tunein

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1/28/16 Activate! January 28 - February 4

Join me at 5pm for songs from bands with gigs scheduled in Richmond this week, including Vorator (pictured) who are part of a benefit show for Addison Johnson as well as Young Scum and Collin Thibodeauxx who are celebrating Cirtus City Records' 1-Year Anniversary!

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Click on "read more" for the show listings / playlist. Click here for the podcast: http://wrir.org/tunein

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1/21/16 Activate! January 21 - January 28

A little snow hopefully won't prevent you from catching a lot of the excellent live acts laying down tunes in Richmond this week. At 5pm, highlights include the Bad Grrrl Revue featuring Ultra Flake, ICE, and Magnus Lush (pictured) and a song from Goldrush who will take you back with a Soundtrack to 1996. Plus, I'll give away tickets to see KRS-One and Moon Taxi, both at The National!

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Click on "read more" for the show listings / playlist. Click here for the podcast: http://wrir.org/tunein

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1/14/16 Activate! January 14 - January 21

You can see so many magical bands live in Richmond this week. Hear some options tonight at 5pm, including a new song from The Skin and one from Julie Karr (pictured) who has returned to the River City! 

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Click on "read more" for the show listings / playlist. Click here for the podcast: http://wrir.org/tunein

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1/7/16 Activate! January 7 - January 14

Thank you so much to Amanda and Paul for hosting Activate! over the holidays. I will return tonight at 5pm to bring you the first concert calendar of the new year! I have songs from Lobo Marino and Dave Watkins (pictured) who are hosting a video release event, as well as previews of the Get Rad Fest and the Cheats Movement presents New Richmond 2016. Plus, I'll give away tickets to see funk band Lettuce at The National and Jucifer at Strange Matter!

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