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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!

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10/22/14 Activate! Oct 22 - Oct 29: Fund Drive edition

Tonight at 7pm, I'll try to showcase what makes WRIR so crucial to RVA - local music, local shows, and live rock 'n roll from local band Red Money! The show will include a preview of the Monster Mashquerade as well as several free ticket opportunities for donors. Don't forget you can make your contribution by calling 804-622-9747 or by clicking "Donate" at the top right. Thank you!

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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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10/15/14 Activate! October 15 - October 22

Tonight at 7pm, I have an all-you-can-afford buffet of bands to check out live this week in the River City. I'll serve up tracks from Mutwawa who's playing the Cheap Fest, Avers who's playing the Instant Pleasure Fest, Andy Vaughan and the Driveline who's playing the Haunted Hoedown, as well as songs from Rex Richardson, Hot Dolphin, and Butcher Brown (pictured), all of whom have record release shows! Plus, I'll give away a tickets to see Marco Benevento in two cities, Mike Watt's band il sogno marinaio at The Camel, and Julian Casablancas & the Voidz in Charlottesville!

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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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10/8/14 Activate! October 8 - October 15

Join me for two hours worth of bands you can see live in Richmond, starting at 7pm! I'll feature tracks from Tough Luck who are playing their last show, Karacell who is performing at an art exhibition, RAWG who will take the stage sans costumes before they head out on tour, and Tungs (pictured) who will play the Bad Grrrl Records compilation release show. Plus, I'll give away tickets to see Jeff the Brotherhood / Diarrhea Planet at The Broadberry as well as Sinkane / Helado Negro in Charlottesville!

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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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10/1/14 Activate! October 1 - October 8

Another great week of shows is in store for Richmond and you can get a heads up tonight on Activate! at 7pm (or if you listen to the podcast). I'll include tracks by Iron Reagan and Prisoner who are playing a benefit for Freeman, as well as new tracks from Christi and One Friend (pictured). Plus, I'll give away tickets to see Citizen, You Blew It!, and Hostage Calm 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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9/24/14 Activate! September 24 - October 1

Yep, that is the month of October in the title, I can't believe Summer is over! That hasn't put a damper on our live music scene though, as Activate! is overflowing with bands playing live in RVA this week, including Municipal Waste (pictured). Plus, I'll make it easy on your wallet by giving away tickets to Cory Branan and The Last Bison at The Camel, and Broken Bells 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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9/17/14 Activate! September 17 - September 24 (and The Amazing Raise!)

We've been hosting a band an hour all afternoon in our live room and it will continue on Activate! Cagey Watts (pictured) will perform at 7pm and The Cales go on at 8pm. It's all part of the Amazing Raise, which collects donations for local non-profits, and you can make your own donation to WRIR right HERE. The musical version of Richmond's concert calendar can also be heard, plus you'll have a chance to win tickets to see Ann Beretta and Fun Size at The Broadberry!

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