National Recording Artists Headline a Festival Fundraiser to Build New Rainier Valley Radio FM Radio Studios

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Michael Wastman from “the Voice,” The EriAm Sisters from “America’s Got Talent,” Black Stacks, Dee Lyle, and drum legend George Griffin will perform at Rainier Valley Radio’s Roots and Music Festival fundraiser Aug. 29, with tickets on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets. The festival, featuring locally-based national recording artists and entertainers is part of KVRU's efforts to amplify the diverse voices of Rainier Valley.

Rainier Valley Radio, a community owned and operated radio station, will go on the air in 2016. The Roots and Music Festival will help fund their new radio studio and talent search.

“The Voice and America’s Got Talent find some of the nation’s most promising artists in the Rainier Valley. KVRU 105.7 FM will give our local artists their big break like these national television shows are doing today."

Michael Wastman from “the Voice,” The EriAm Sisters from “America’s Got Talent,” Black Stacks, Dee Lyle, and drum legend George Griffin will headline the Rainier Valley Radio’s Roots and Music Festival, Aug. 29 at the Rainier Valley Cultural Theater, 3515 South Alaska Street at 6:30 p.m, live music kicks off at 8 p.m. The one night only all-ages music festival will feature dancing, food, a silent auction, a “radio DJ experience" where attendees will be able to hear what their voice would sound like on the radio, and a Rainier Valley Radio's "talent search" for the best new voice in Seattle to host their own radio show.

The festival is a fundraiser for Rainier Valley Radio, KVRU 105.7 FM, a new community owned and operated low-power FM radio station that will reach thousands of listeners with local voices, arts and culture when it goes on the air in 2016. Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $50 for Golden Circle V.I.P online at Brownpapertickets.com/event/2078008, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006

“The Voice and America’s Got Talent find some of the nation’s most promising artists in the Rainier Valley,” said Tony Benton, festival producer and a founder of KVRU. ”Rainier Valley Radio KVRU 105.7 FM will give our local artists their big break like these national television shows are doing today.”

The festival, featuring locally-based national recording artists and entertainers is part of KVRU's efforts to amplify the diverse voices of Rainier Valley. KVRU is one of seven new Seattle low-power FM radio stations approved by the FCC to use the public airwaves to give communities an unprecedented slice of the media pie.

"Rainier Valley has a rich history. KVRU is a way for Southeast Seattle residents to tell their own stories, share experiences, and become creators and contributors of media that influences thousands of listeners." Says Tony Benton, event producer and a founder of KVRU.

Title sponsor of the festivities is South Seattle's "Emerald City Fish", the home of Blue Ribbon southern style recipes. The event is also sponsored by Different Walks of Life Entertainment (DWOL) and SouthEast Effective Development (SEED). The Rainier Valley "Roots & Music" Festival is presented by MUSICA Entertainment. For more information visit http://www.rainiervalleyradio.org. For further questions or volunteer opportunities contact Tony Benton via email TonyB814(at)gmail(dot)com or 206 280-3690.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Telephone interviews, in-studio performances and high-resolution photos are available. contact Tony Benton via email TonyB814(at)gmail(dot)com or 206 280-3690.

About Rainier Valley Radio KVRU 105.7 FM: Rainier Valley Radio KVRU 105.7 FM will be one of seven new Seattle radio stations that have received FCC approval to build low power FM radio stations to serve their communities. Learn more at PugetSoundCommunityRadio.BrownPaperTickets.com.

About Brown Paper Tickets: Seattle-based Brown Paper Tickets is an event ticketing company and a Not-Just-For-Profit social enterprise. The Not-Just-For-Profit business model is focused on building community and relationships instead of profit margins, where everyday commerce fuels an ecosystem for sustainable businesses and communities. Brown Paper Tickets hires Doers to build capacity for non-commercial media and municipal broadband as tools for equitable community development. For more information, go to PugetSoundCommunityRadio.BrownPaperTickets.com.

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