This Sunday, WYSO 91.3FM will be presenting a free summer concert at Carillon Park. It’s going to be a night of music and dancing headlined by the Rev Cool Arkestra and Dance Ensemble.
If you aren’t a regular WYSO listener, you may be wondering about Rev Cool, whose name adorns a variety of bumper stickers around the Miami Valley. Jim Carter has been hosting Friday evening programming at WYSO for nearly 30 years under the name Rev Cool. The show is called Around the Fringe and airs on WYSO every Friday night from 8pm until midnight. It features music from “around the world and right here in your own backyard.”
Rev Cool’s local music connection predates his time on the WYSO airwaves. In fact, by the time he started hosting Around the Fringe he was already president of his own record label, I WANNA. The label was responsible for the very first Guided by Voices release and an Earth Island Orchestra release featuring Macarthur Genuis Grantee Regina Carter.
“He had already proven himself as a cutting-edge live music promoter. And he was already firmly established at the center of a Dayton’s vibrant local music scene,” says WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.
In the past few years, Rev Cool has taken the great dance-able vibe from his radio show and turned into a live performance. The Rev Cool Arkestra and Dance Ensemble features DJs accompanied by live musicians and dancers coordinated by Cityfolk’s Kelsa Rieger.
“Over the last two years, The Rev Cool Arkestra and Dance Ensemble have come to be nothing short of a live-music REV-o-lution. It’s a sensation to the ears and the eyes, it lifts your spirits, and it leaves you powerless not to dance. It just may be the perfect stage show. Simply exhilarating,” says Dakota.
This perfect stage show will be rounded out by two other great local acts, C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks and Ruckus Roboticus.
C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks has been making a splash around the Miami Valley with their unique brand of instrumental, guitar-driven boogie. Featuring a stellar lineup of local musicians, their set promises to get the audience ready to dance. Arrive at 5pm sharp so you don’t miss a minute of their set.
After Parlour Tricks, Ruckus Roboticus will be spinning a DJ set that promises to lots of fun. If you didn’t make it to his EP release show I told you about a few weeks ago, now is the time to see him in action.
This is a family friendly event and should be wrapped by 9pm so bring the kids. Hopefully they’ll be so worn out from dancing that you’ll have no problem getting them to bed when you get home.