National Recording Artists Based in Seattle Headline a Festival Fundraiser to Build Rainier Valley Radio Studios

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National recording artists based in Seattle, including Michael Wastman from “the Voice,” The EriAm Sisters from “America’s Got Talent,” Black Stax featuring “celebrated vocalist” Felicia Loud, recent “SubPop Records” signee Porter Ray, Dee Lyle, and drum legend George Griffin will headline a one night only music festival that also includes dancing, food, a silent auction, a radio DJ experience” where attendees will be able to hear what their voice would sound like on the radio, the Seattle “Neighborhood Radio” Tower art installation and a Rainier Valley Radio’s “talent search” for the best new voice in Seattle to host their own radio show.

Proceeds from the event will go toward building Rainier Valley Radio, KVRU 105.7 FM, a new nonprofit radio station with a charter to broadcast local voices, local talent and local issues to up to 200,000 listeners when it goes on the air in 2016. KVRU is one of seven new Seattle neighborhood radio stations found at, that will offer hyper-local programming created by Seattle residents , for Seattle residents, beginning in 2016.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $50 for Golden Circle V.I.P online at, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006

An all-ages event reception and silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. with a DJ, a no host bar for those 21 and older, food and community booths along with an opportunity for attendees to create their own radio program; musical performances will kick-off at 8:00 p.m. The festival is a fundraiser for Rainier Valley Radio, KVRU 105.7 FM, a new community owned and operated low-power FM radio station that will reach up to 200,000 listeners with local voices, arts and culture when it goes on the air in 2016.  Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $50 for Golden Circle V.I.P online at, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006

“The Voice and America’s Got Talent find some of the nation’s most promising artists in the Rainier Valley,” said Tony Benton, festival producer and a founder of KVRU.  “Rainier Valley Radio, KVRU 105.7 FM will give our local artists their big break like these national television shows are doing today.”

The festival, featuring locally-based national recording artists and entertainers is part of KVRU’s efforts to amplify the diverse voices of Rainier Valley.  KVRU is one of seven new Seattle low-power FM radio stations approved by the FCC to use the public airwaves to give communities an unprecedented slice of the media pie.  

“Rainier Valley has a rich history.  KVRU is a way for Southeast Seattle residents to tell their own stories, share experiences, and become creators and contributors of media that influences thousands of listeners.” Says Tony Benton.

Title sponsor of the festivities is South Seattle’s “Emerald City Fish”, the home of Blue Ribbon southern style recipes.  The event is also sponsored by Different Walks of Life Entertainment (DWOL) and SouthEast Effective Development (SEED).  The Rainier Valley “Roots & Music” Festival is presented by MUSICA Entertainment. For more information visit  For further questions or volunteer opportunities contact Tony Benton via email or 206 280-3690.

Event details:

The First Rainier Valley Radio “Roots & Music” fundraiser

Date:  Saturday August 29th, 2015


6:30p-11:00p – Reception, DJ, booths, Activities

6:30p-11:30p  21 & over alcoholic beverages and ALL age refreshments

6:30p-11:30p  Food sampling from Northwest culinary experts including dessert and dinner

8:00p-Midnite  Musical performances, specials presentations and guest appearances

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