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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!

Recent Blog Entries

4/2/15 Activate! April 2 - April 9

Just to emphasize how many great shows there are in RVA every night, tune into activate! at 5pm for a preview. I'll inclde tracks from dave Watkins and White Laces (pictured) who are playing Gallery 5's Tenth Anniversary show, plus I'll give away tickets to see The Delta Saints at The Camel, Anamanaguchi as well as Diarrhea Planet at The Broadberry,  Amanda Palmer at The National, and Creepoid/Priests at Gallery 5!

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3/26/15 Activate! March 26 - April 2

I have another packed week of live music to preview tonight on Activate! at 5pm. In addition to Break Away (pictured) who have two shows including the United Blood Festival, I'll give away tickets to see tUnE-yArDs as well as The War on Drugs at The National, Torche at Strange Matter, and Moon Tooth at The Camel!

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3/19/15 Activate! March 19 - March 26

At 5pm, I have a huge stash of bands that have gigs scheduled in Richmond this week! This includes new tracks from Dorthia Cottrell and PT Burnem, who both have album release shows on tap, a few bands performing at Benefits for Safe Harbor and RRFP, as well as The Diamond Center (pictured) who are playing their farewell show.

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3/12/15 Activate! March 12 - March 19

At 5pm, Activate! is back at its new Thursday slot and today I'll introduce two new features - the "Activate! Flashback!" and the "Activate! Flash-Forward!" Plus, I'll play a live track by Gull (pictured) to celebrate the release of his new "Street Muse: Kenya" documentary and I'll give away tickets on WRIR's Facebook page to see Melvin Seals and JGB at The National!

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3/5/15 Activate! March 5 - March 12

Tonight at 5pm will be my first Thursday Activate! ever and I am jazzed! I'll have the usual array of great bands playing live in Richmond this week, like Cha Cha's Cadillac and Kings who both have album release shows and Hot Dolphin (pictured) who play a benefit for the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project. Plus, to celebrate I'll give away tickets to see Lucero/Ryan Bingham, River City Extension, and the Bouncing Souls!

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2/25/15 Activate! February 25 - March 4

Tonight is the last Activate! to air on Wednesday nights, as I'll be moving to Thursdays at 5pm next week! It'll still be the concert calendar format that you've come to expect though, with a few surprises. Tonight at 7pm, I'll also give away tickets to see Sleepwalkers (pictured), Avers, and ELEL.

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