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Music Festival kickoff party benefits KDRT

By From page A9 | May 15, 2014

The fourth annual Davis Music Festival is right around the corner on June 21.

To get into the spirit, there’s a Davis Music Festival kickoff party and KDRT (95.7 FM) fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 22, featuring The Bottom Dwellers, Owl Paws and The Lurk & Million Dollar Giveaway at Sudwerk Brewery, 2001 Second St.

There’s a $5 suggested donation at the door. Raffle tickets will be sold for $3, with the prize of a single-day pass to the Bottlerock Music Festival. Bottlerock is a three-day summer music festival in Napa Valley, featuring 60 bands on four stages. Proceeds from the DMF kickoff show will go towards KDRT, a community-supported, noncommercial Davis radio station.

The station is celebrating its 10th anniversary. According to kdrt.org, “KDRT aims to inspire, enrich and entertain listeners through an eclectic mix of music, cultural, educational and public affairs programs and services.” KDRT acts as a forum for those who typically lack media access. It promotes “localism, social equality, public participation, media literacy, diversity and community media.”

Danny Tomasello, founder of the Davis Music Festival and promoter of this fundraiser, has his own show on KDRT (kdrt.org/taps).

“Sara Eley and I host Happy Hour on Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m.,” he told The Enterprise. “It’s basically us talking about bands we like that are putting out material or touring nearby.”

Why is KDRT important for our community?

“Where else can you hear about local stuff going on in town? There’s a bunch happening here that should be talked about and heard,” he said.

How did the Bottlerock tie-in come about?

“One of my friends was working as a food vendor at the first Bottlerock festival,” he said. “He’s since moved on but was approached by the new owners of Bottlerock to help give this thing better legs. He approached us about doing some cross promotion and offered a couple of single-day passes for whatever we could help with. We figured, why not raffle them off as a fundraiser for KDRT and begin hyping the fourth annual Davis Music Festival at the same time?”

Sudwerk Brewing Company is offering 50 percent of all beer sales to the cause. The show will be at Sudwerk’s Dock Store.

“If you haven’t been to the Dock Store yet, you’re missing out on some very impressive beers,” Tomasello said. “Seriously tasty, small-batch deliciousness.”

This show is the perfect preview for what’s to come at the Davis Music Festival.

“All three bands playing at Sudwerk will be performing at the Davis Music Festival,” he said. “One month ahead time for fun and fundraising.”

The Bottom Dwellers are a four-piece Americana band from Woodland. Formed in 2003, they’ve opened for Billy Joe Shaver, Dale Watson and The Derailers. The band (bottomdwellersmusic.com) plays original honky-tonk and country rock that’s twangy and gritty, but also playful and fun.

From San Francisco, Owl Paws (owlpaws.com) began as the solo project of Derek Schultz in 2010. Soon after, Timothy Vickors and Lucas Siobal joined. The band incorporates acoustic folk elements, vocal harmonies and a dynamic rhythm section to create a distinctive sound that crosses genre boundaries.

Davis’ premier one-man-band, The Lurk (theluckbandcamp.com) is teaming up with his buddy Million Dollar Giveaway, for a raw garage/punk/rockabilly that’s a rollicking good time.

All three bands offer a different style that will please even the most fickle music fan.

Asked why people should come out to this, Tomasello answered, “an afternoon of craft beers and bands should be enough.” He added, “The potential to win Bottlerock tickets, while all the profits go to a good cause, makes it even more fun.”

For more information on this show and the Davis Music Festival, visit davismusicfest.com and facebook.com/davismusicfest.

Landon Christensen

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