Sunday, September 27, 2009

KPFK Peace Awards and Concert Celebration

KPFK, the only radio station in LA to let just about anyone have a show, is one of my favorite stations. It all started with my friend Fidel moved his Divine Forces Radio show from what used to be a top rated station, The Beat, to KPFK. I thought, wow, what a downgrade. He moved from a fancy top security high rise office on Wilshire's Miracle Mile to a dusty back-alley, jiggle-the-lock security system down the street from Mama Juana's. As I started listening to his show and the station, I found the liberty of the hosts to say what was on their minds, things that I always thought too, inspiring. The variety of shows validated my views on a lot of issues of the day or catered to my holistic sensibilities. Some of my favorite shows are The Aware Show, Global Village, Democracy Now, Beneath the Surface with yo man Jerry Quickly, Innervisions, American Indian Airwaves, how can I forget the Pocho Hour of Power and Gustavo Arrellano's new show (I don't know what it's called, Ask a Mexican maybe), and Travel Tips for Aztlan (the first show I ever listen to on there with Mark Torres). There are so many great shows that I can't recall them all now, but just turn the dial to 90.7FM and you'll be better for it. This is listener-sponsored radio. It's run by the people, not by advertisers who control the message and how many times you hear the message. This is truly liberating and we have to show our support. I've pledged in the past. Times are tough all around so if you can't donate, then spread this message far and wide, check out this event, or just tune in. I'm not about guilting people into contributing because we all have our dollars stretched right now so if you can't donate, send good vibes. I'm sure they will appreciate those too.  

IMAGINE PEACE! Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles celebrates it’s 50 years of broadcasting with Peace Awards and a Concert imagining the world that is possible through the peace actions of today.
ZIGGY MARLEY, four time Grammy-winning reggae musician and leader of the bandZiggy Marley and the Melody Makers, will headline a benefit performance for Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 7:00pm at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. The evening marks the culmination of various 50th anniversary year celebrations for KPFK, a non-commercial, listener-sponsored radio station broadcasting since 1959.
The concert will also feature Latin Jazz legend and master conguero PONCHO SANCHEZ; the transcending jazz vocalist from São Paulo, Brazil, LUCIANA SOUZA; Acoustic Bassist of the Year CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE; and the INTERCULTURAL L.A. SAMBA KIDS. There will be a special video greeting from artist YOKO ONO on the occasion of John Lennon's Birthday, to be presented by KPFK's Jon Wiener. The show will be emceed by RICHARD MONTOYA of Culture Clash.
KPFK is proud to honor those who are working for peace, through community activism, education, art and culture and social justice. To be honored are spoken word artist and American Indian Activist JOHN TRUDELL, who will be introduced by long-time friend and rock musician JACKSON BROWNE; vocalist KB SOLOMON who performs the Paul Robeson story in his one-man show “Speak of Me As I Am” BLASE BONPANE of the Office of the Americas and KPFK Radio Host; the organization helping the homeless and indigent, HUNGER ACTION L.A.; Executive Director RAUL AÑORVE andIDEPSCA (Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California); and the ARLINGTON WEST BEACH PROJECT VOLUNTEERS with members from the VETERANS FOR PEACE LOS ANGELES. There will also be appearances by actor JOSH BROLIN and actor and comedian ROSEANNE BARR.
Tickets for the benefit show in support of KPFK are on sale now at $35, $60 and $150 per person. For $500 per person there will be a pre-show VIP Reception with the awardees and artists, which includes preferred seating, beverages and food, and entry into all the raffles, including the John Lennon Guitar donated by Gibson Guitars. For reservations, please call (323) 461-3673 or visit or To reserve your pre-show VIP ticket, please call the FORD Box Office at (323) 461-3673.

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