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Activate!

Mike Rutz | Wednesday 7 - 9pm
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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 Wednesday from 7 to 9pm, hear a band that sparks your interest, and go to the show!

Recent Blog Entries

4/16/14 Activate! April 16 - April 23

I don't think I've ever had this many ticket giveaways on one show! Tonight, you have the chance to attend four different shows for free when I give away tickets to see Local H at Canal Club, Del McCourey at the Beacon Theatre, The Zombies in Charlottesville, and the two-night grand opening of Richmond's newest venue The Broadberry! Plus, I have tracks from Dirty Paws and Hypercolor who both have album release shows, a preview of Record Store Day, and a track from experimental artist Anduin (pictured) who is performing at the weekend-long RVA Noise Fest III.

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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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4/9/14 Activate! April 9 - April 16

There's no stopping the Richmond music scene! For proof, tune into Activate! at 7pm for tunes by Anthony Curtis who provides a soundtrack to "Poems for Dead People," Cosby who are playing a benefit for the Prevent Child Abuse Virginia Organization, Ragged Mountain String Band who play the River City Barn Dance, and Bermuda Triangles (pictured) who play a benefit for the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project. Plus, I will give away tickets to see Black Lips at The National, Amos Lee at Carpenter Theatre, and Pissed Jeans at Strange Matter!

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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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4/2/14 Activate! April 2 - April 9

With the announcement of a new midsized venue opening in Richmond, even more killer shows should be heading our way. You can always get a preview of this week's shows by listening to Activate!, every Wednesday at 7pm. Tonight, I have tracks from Zep Replica who are rocking their final show, Paul Ivey & the Rubes who are playing a benefit for Girls Rock RVA, Black Masala who have a CD release show, and Druglord (pictured) who are hosting their Album Release show. Plus, I'll give away tickets to see the Psychedelic Furs at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell!

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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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3/26/14 Activate! March 26 - April 2

Another week of fantastic live music is up ahead in Richmond and I've got your map, tonight at 7pm. I'll be sure to include a track from Canary Oh Canary who are about to go on hiatus, Iron Reagan and Occultist who are heading out on a national tour together, and Basmati (pictured) who are playing a benefit for the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project. Plus, I'll give away tickets to see Dave Hause of The Loved Ones live at The Camel!

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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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3/19/14 Activate! 3/19-3/26: Fund Drive edition

No diggity, it's our Spring Fund Drive and you can join the WRIR family by clicking the red "Donate" button! Also, I have some special goodies on Activate! tonight, including a live performance by one-man rock 'n roll machine Gull (pictured), tons of local music and other bands who have shows in Richmond this week, and tickets to give away to see Danny Brown.

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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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3/12/14 Activate! March 12 - March 19

Let's get this Fund Drive started! Tonight, I'm going to preview the Fund Drive Kickoff Show featuring the Milkstains (pictured), the Trillions, Tungs, and Dave Watkins, plus I have songs from Dogs on Main Street who have a CD Release show, Alison Self who's back in town to celebrate her birthday, and White Laces who are about to head out on tour. I also have tickets to give away to see Drive-By Truckers and Punch Brothers, both at The National, and mewithoutyou at the Canal Club!

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