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The PopCulteer October 31, 2014
Roots Town Radio, which we wrote about and were rooting for here in PopCult, is no more. The low-powered FM station lasted about six weeks and will go down as yet another noble failure in the pantheon of Charleston’s music scene.
Charleston’s other newspaper published a one-sided account of how things went down, and I’d link to it if I didn’t feel that it was unnecessarily lurid and slanted. It’s enough to say that the owners had a personal relationship, and when that relationship collapsed, so did any chance of Roots Town Radio becoming a lasting institution.
Weird things were happening on Facebook about a week after the station started broadcasting, with odd announcements about one of the founders leaving being posted, then deleted twenty minutes later. When I saw that happening, I knew the clock was ticking.
Music Saturday and Sunday
At 7:30 PM Saturday it’s practically a Radio Free Charleston reunion as three RFC guests rotate sets at Taylor Books. Dina Hornbaker, Spencer Elliott and Tofujitsu take turns on stage with no cover charge.
Another RFC alumni, Jonathan Glen Wood, will perform at 8 PM at Kin Ship Goods, teaming with Catherine Irwin. Three bucks gets you in the door.
Sunday afternoon at 5 PM RFC faves The Big Bad and Time And Distance bring The Punk Rock BBQ to The Bowling Alley-Dunbar. It’s an all all-ages show with Silent Horror and Rockwell’s Ghost joining the bill. Eight bucks gets you the show, ten bucks gets you the show and food. And if that’s not enough, you can bowl while you’re rocking out.
This is ALL AGES and it starts at 5 PM, so you have no excuse not to go and support the local scene. The Bowling Alley-Dunbar is located on Ohio Street, just around the corner from the library. Or just ask anyone who grew up in Dunbar.
That’s it for this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for all our regular features and please do not drink and drive on what has become the drinkiest holiday of the year.