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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Fund Drive the Lane
I make my argument for supporting public radio all through this
week's episode. Don't fret, I keep my pitches few and far between
(though hopefully persuasive!). A real down and dirty,
let's-get-serious-about-supporting-NPR type blog entry isn't my
forte; I found better folks to do it for me:
What's the BEST reason to support public radio?
@TheCurrent "because you listen, and because it's personally
important to you."
@theharryshearer "Cause some of it isn't NPR."
@IdaZL Obvi bc it's the only place 4 awesome programs like
The Current is an indie rock/AAA public radio station from
Minnesota Public Radio
Harry Shearer is an actor/comedian/writer/singer whose resume
includes Spinal Tap and The Simpsons
Ida Lieszkovszky is a former CPR employee currently residing in
Late Monday night word started spreading that the
secret Sacramento venue, The Hub, was closing its doors. It still
isn't super clear why but perhaps disappearing is the best way a
club shrouded in mystery to go out.
The Hub was like no other venue in Sacramento (how many OTHER
"venues" are the front office of an auto garage?). Consider
its notorious secret society atmosphere: No record of its location
online, it's listings on Facebook and UndieTacos
purposefully misspelled and if you DID
know its whereabouts, you were politely asked to keep it under your
hat. Anyone attending a show (especially in the winter)
quickly found out about The Hub's no ins-and-outs policy. If
you had to smoke you had wait until the end of a set as too much
escaping noise would quickly tip off Sacramento's finest.
When looking at /t/h/e/e/h/u/b phenomenon, Daniel Trudaeu (aka Pregnant) remarked "The seasons of music in
Sacramento are like this, season one Music Death and season two is
Music Birth." In that vein I'm disappointed The Hub is closed,
though I suspect it's only a short time before we'll see another
venue for local and big time acts like Wild Flag, Crystal Stilts
and White Fang. Hopefully that
venue's future will be less dependent on secrecy, though it was
great fun while it lasted.
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