Utah’s online community radio station UtahFM.org is getting ready for its second-annual Radio Not Included bash, a fundraiser to keep the station on the air, er, Internet, while showcasing local bands, restaurants and the station’s on-air personalities.
In 2010, the event raised exactly $1,111. I talked to The Orbit Group’s Ben Shea, Michael Gross from Michael Gross & the Statuettes (pictured) and UtahFM.org station manager Daniel Swenson about what to expect from the Radio Not Included Party, Part II.
Portia Early: Do you guys even know what UtahFM.org is?
Michael Gross: A Clear Channel-owned radio station?
Ben Shea: Last year, it was a benefit concert with lots of really great bands and killer local food. UtahFM is able to stay on the air because of cool stuff like this.
PE: What color of M&Ms would like to have me personally separate for you in a bowl backstage?
MG: Brown M&Ms. In the movie The Wedding Planner, Matthew McConaughey only eats the brown ones because he believes they are healthier for you, since they are the color of chocolate and have less artificial coloring. I gotta go with him on this one.
BS: Orange peanut butter.
PE: Ooh, fancy taste, Ben!
PE: $1 PBRs at the party, bitches! You down?
MG: I’m down with lots of things.
PE: Oh, really?
BS: We can’t wait to shotgun PBRs in the back alley.
PE: What do you think of the $10 cover?
MG: That’s like a combo meal at Crown Burger. Mmm … Crown Burger!
BS: It’s not as steep as last year. It’s for a worthy cause. And did we mention the $1 beer?
MG: If I could legally marry UtahFM, I would.
PE: Daniel, what did you think of Radio Not Included last year, and what do you think of this year’s plans?
Daniel Swenson: We had such a great lineup with acts like King Niko, Cavedoll and other bands. It was such a success that we are going another round … Expect Mental Mike running around with his “Will Beg for Beer” sign hanging around his neck once again.”
UTAHFM.ORG RADIO NOT INCLUDED
Featuring Michael Gross & the Statuettes, Fat Apollo & the Cellulites, The Orbit Group, Burnell Washburn and Birthquake
666 S. State
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.
Editor’s note: City Weekly contributor Portia Early is a UtahFM.org volunteer DJ, host of Unsigned Uncensored Mondays 3-6 p.m.