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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

5/21/15 May 21st-28th

Good Evening,

Tonight's episode of Activate! will be hosted by Commonwealth of Notions host Shannon Cleary. Listen in for an enormous week of music that you can catch in this fun little town. It's Activate!

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As always, Thanks for Tuning In and Supporting All Things Local!

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5/14/15 Activate! May 14 - May 21

Here we go! Another jam-packed week of local live music offerings will be previewed tonight on Activate!, including a song by Red Hot Lava Men (pictured) who are playing the Bijou Film Center's Music, Movies, and Magic event! Plus, I'll give away tickets to see Beach Fossils at Strange Matter and Mariachi el Bronx 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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5/7/15 Activate! May 7 - May 14

Tonight at 5pm, I'll be sure to preview the Good Day RVA benefit, featuring a bunch of awesome local bands like Sports Bar (pictured), and a lot of other good shows happening in Richmond this week. Plus, you can win tickets to see Kaiser Chiefs at the National, Aborted at The Broadberry, Mac McCaughan at Strange Matter, and Surfer Blood 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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4/30/15 Activate! April 30 - May 7

I'll be veering all over the genre map tonight on Activate! at 5pm, with songs and ticket giveaways for metal band In Flames at The National, experimental hip hop artist Tyler the Creator at The National, indie-punks Speedy Ortiz at Strange Matter, and honky tonk torch-bearer Sturgill Simpson at The Landmark. Plus, I'll kick things off with a new song from the Sam Reed Syndicate (pictured) who have an album release show!

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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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4/23/15 Activate! April 23 - April 30

Thank you for helping fund WRIR for another 6 months (and 10 more years)! Tonight, I will focus on bringing you as much tuneage as possible, all from bands who have gigs scheduled live in the River City. I'll be sure to include songs from Among the Rocks and Roots (pictured) and Major and the Monbacks who both have album release shows, plus I'll give away tickets to see the Bad Suns 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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4/16/15 Activate! April 16 - April 23

If you're a fan of the concert calendar for your ears, show your support by donating to WRIR's Spring Fund Drive! Click on "Donate now" or call 804-622-9747. Tonight, I'll showcase the crazy diversity of Richmond's live music scene with everything from tribal-folk to grindcore, as well as a live set from Queer Rocket (pictured)!

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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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