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WPKN Blue Grass Benefit


WPKN Radio presents a Bluegrass Benefit Concert at the Acoustic Café, May 2nd, featuring top Connecticut-based bluegrass bands Rodeo Fever and Five in the Chamber. Rodeo Fever plays an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary Americana music with sprightly rhythms and rich, haunting harmonies. Five in the Chamber is a New Haven, CT-based rollicking bluegrass and old-time string band with a rocking edge. Brought together through a series of music festivals during the summer of 2011, the band quickly galvanized and established itself as a staple in the area’s emerging Bluegrass scene. With tight arrangements, unique harmony vocals, and a shared passion for writing original music as well as studying and reinterpreting the bluegrass song book, Five in the Chamber brings a fresh and exciting twist to the bluegrass repertoire. The band is currently working on their debut album, slotted for release in the spring of 2013.

Net proceeds will benefit WPKN-FM, the listener-sponsored station at 89.5 FM. Celebrating its 50th year of broadcasting, WPKN is community radio with a difference—its many volunteer programmers are free to control the content of their show, and bring the listeners a breadth and depth of music from blues to jazz to reggae to rock, world, folk and Americana. The Acoustic Café is reminiscent of a Greenwich Village club, with small cafe tables, dim lighting, funky wall art and an intimate vibe.

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Ryan Odinak