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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2003 8:33 am    Post subject: Three Day Benefit for Lost Radio Program Art Damage Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Roesing Ape Presents:

Three Day Benefit for Lost Radio Program Art Damage; Three Nights, Three Venues, One Cause

(Cincinnati, OH) - Thursday August 28th, Friday the 29th, & Saturday the 30th 2003, at Plush above Carol’s on Main, in the Historic Southgate House Ballroom and at SSNOVA, (respectively) there will be a unique showcase of some of Cincinnati’s and the region’s most eclectic musicians, performers and artists. They will be showing support for the long running yet recently deceased W.A.I.F. 88.3 radio program Art Damage.

The Art Damage show was initially founded by Dan Williams andfirst aired at W.A.I.F. in March of 1985. Dan had been an avant-garde musician working out of the Ashland, Ky. area, playing in garage bands such as XY-19 and brewing up his own special brand of homemade experimental music on reel-to-reel tape machines and now-antique synthesizers, under the name Radio Moscow. In March 1984, Dan moved to Cincinnati in the hopes of meeting 11,000 Switches leader and musical agent provocateur Uncle Dave Lewis (then just known as "Dave Lewis"). In early 1985 Dan met Brenda Baker, co-programmer of a modern music show on W.A.I.F. called Ballet Mechanique. Dan guest-hosted this show and did so well that Brenda recommended that he do a regular program. Dan named the new show Art Damage. Uncle Dave was brought on to the second program broadcast and became a regular host minus a seven-year lapse from 1992-98 when Lewis resided in California. Greg Fernandez, (aka Good Cue Sign), the third Art Damage programmer, went on with the third broadcast, but only stayed with the show until November 1985, as he then moved to Columbus to found a classic Art Damage offshoot, the Ring Bells And Blow Whistles show on WOSR-FM (from 1986-89). Dan stayed with the program until 1988, then bowing out due to rising commitments in his professional avocation (working as a television producer).

Upon Uncle Dave's departure to L.A. in 1991, Chris Lockhart (simply known as Mr. Lockhart) and Ron Orovitz (under various pseudonyms) took over management responsibilities, keeping the show alive through the 90's, which opened up the program to an entirely new generation of programmers, many from local experimental acts. These have included; Mark Milano, C. Spencer Yeh, Jeremy Lesniak, Jimmiecrackecorne, members of CAF Gallahad, Neato Torpedo, Roesing Ape, Gordy Horn, Satyr Oz, Helene Phlogiston, Ms. Miranda of Hello Pussy Records, the list goes on and on. The program has influenced an entire generation (two, even) of experimental musicians and has proven to be the major outlet for this type and many other types of music and voices in this typically dry city. In short, Art Damage was a valuable resource to the arts community, and it has now been lost - temporarily, we hope.

This past spring after nearly 18 years of airing, Art Damage was taken off the air and replaced with a smooth Jazz program, due to miss-communicated mishaps with the W.A.I.F. programming committee. After months of wrangling since then, all that has been offered was the possibility of a 3:00am slot on a weekday where Mr. Orovitz didn’t have to go to work.

Hence the three-day festival of support during the last weekend of summer 2003. The main purpose is to collect signatures of support from W.A.I.F. listeners, encourage listeners to become voting W.A.I.F. members (in order to give support for the show), and to collect a small fund to be used as an underwriting grant for the program in the occasion that it is reinstated at W.A.I.F.

Participating artists include (as of this date, more will follow); Roesing Ape, Gordy Horn, Neato Torpedo, Iovae, Burning Star Core, Culture Queer, Chalk, Prantershifter, The Woos, Lesniak, Realicide, Me or the Moon, 8-Fold, Wolverton Brothers, Lens Lounge, Sapat, Colortest, Fairmount Girls, Tigerlilies, Viva le Fox, Revolvers, The Gazelles, Pike 27, The Stapletons, the Marotta/Reed/Shiflet Trio, Abiyah, Nick Nerswick, Mystic Dub Star, Pearline, Fudgie and Fu Fu, The Not, Fotos, Satyr Oz, The Chocolate Horse, Morals Galore, Giant Judys, Coltrane Motion, Autumn Blackouts, Sundresses, Cluck the Hen, The Irritants, Tape Recorder, Montclaire, The Insect Clicks, David Garza, Nikol F. Soluski, Julie Roessler, Uncle Dave Lewis, and many more. The events will include all types of music from techno to noise to rock to pop to smooth electronica, and yes even smooth Jazz. There will also be sound installations and visual and performance art on the 30th at SSNova, and a one-hit-wonder-covers-only night in the Southgate House Ballroom on the 29th, orchestrated by the lovable Cuddly-D.

For more information on Art Damage, please visit an Info site about the benefit at www.artdamage.org. Currently if you would like more information, or would like to help save this important radio resource, please contact:

Chris Roesing (Roesing Ape)
Ron Orovitz (Iovae)
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