This Friday, the Hi-Tone Cafe hosts the WEVL Fall Concert, an annual fundraiser for the venerable local radio station (89.9 FM on the dial). This year's show is built around an unlikely but intriguing trio of local rock acts - a reflection of the diverse programming offered by the community-funded station.
"We always try to mix it up and support different bands and genres within the scene," says WEVL Program Director and show organizer Brian Craig. "Other stations have specific demographic that they have to cater to, but we've got a variety of listeners and music that we can support."
According to Craig, the show, which came together at the last minute, was driven by the enthusiasm of the participants.
"We'd been wanting to do something with all three of the bands for quite some time, especially the Dirty Streets, who Andrew (McAlla, host of the Memphis Beat program) has been championing for a long time. The Limes had also been asking us about playing a benefit for a while, so it just fell in place. We're very lucky that all three bands wanted to do it and the scheduling worked out."
Local punk rock institution Pezz rounds out the three-act bill. The gig will serve as a tune-up for the band's upcoming performance at The Fest 9 in Gainesville, FL (sort-of a punk rock version of Austin's South By Southwest festival).
All proceeds from door benefit WEVL.
WEVL Fall Concert
w/ Pezz, the Dirty Streets and the Limes
Friday, October 15, 10 p.m.