There will be toasts to be had when Voice of Vashon’s KVSH 101.9FM station and the popular island band Some’tet celebrate significant anniversaries during a shared event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
No doubt there will be cake with candles to blow out at the party to celebrate KVSH’s second anniversary and the release of Some’tet’s first CD, but be careful what you wish for, said Voice of Vashon Station Manager Susan McCabe with a happy laugh.
Two years ago, Voice of Vashon (VoV) received its FM broadcasting license, and KVSH was off and running. In February, the nonprofit moved into its current storefront spot, adding studios and creating much more programing than before the license.
“We have two new studios and more than 40 volunteer deejays producing content. We are doing three times what we did in 2013 with the same number of people. Given all that, I think we do a heck of a job,” she said. “We are kind of the poster child for community radio in the region.”
If KVSH is the poster child of regional community radio, then Some’tet may be the poster child of a community band hitting its stride. For three years, the band has performed at multiple island venues, collecting a loyal following and more than enough songs to fill the group’s first CD, which will be released Friday.
KVSH Program Director, and emcee for the event, Jeff Hoyt, will open the evening with two stories. In a press release, McCabe writes the stories will be about “Some’tet’s rise to fame, and VoV’s journey to its current status as one of the nation’s most vital and diverse community FM stations. Then the incomparable live music (by Some’tet)begins.”
The band includes Michael Whitmore on nylon strings, Barry Cooper on trumpet/flugelhorn, Dianne Krouse on sax/clarinet, Patrick Christie on upright bass, Dodd Johnson on percussion and jazz vocalist Christine Goering.
The group plays both composed and improvised music, with an overall sound described by McCabe as “mellow, almost West Coast cool, with moments of intense invention. Add a dollop of American primitivism, clusters of neo bossa nova rhythms and some very soulful vocals.”
KVSH deejays and a raffle for a “Weekend on the Rock,” featuring “free access to island treasures, experiences and treats,” will also be part of the evening’s festivities designed to celebrate the band and the station.
“VoV and KVSH’s success is in large part due to the talent and the generosity that lives on this island,” McCabe said. “We never forget that our job is to reflect the whole community. We count on people to come to us with ideas, and we want to do what we can to support that. We rely on the generosity of the community.”
The $10 cover will benefit Voice of Vashon. Some’tet CDs will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome.