Kayla Rice/ReformerVolunteer DJ Mark Piepkorn sits at the radio desk at WOOL radio in Bellows Falls.
Kayla Rice/Reformer Volunteer DJ Mark Piepkorn sits at the radio desk at WOOL radio in Bellows Falls.

BELLOWS FALLS -- Riding high on its new broadcasting power, community radio station WOOL plans to host its sixth annual Block Party today at the Bellows Falls Waypoint Center.

Featuring a showing of area musical talent, the five-hour party will showcase five musical artists including Rebecca Holtz and The Once Hollow, Sool, The Meteor Shades, Mike Schlenoff, and Riddim Vigil.

In April, the all-volunteer organization was awarded the most powerful signal ever controlled by an independent, non-commercial, and publicly-owned group in New Hampshire or Vermont. Formerly known as a Low Power FM broadcaster, the station added hundreds of square miles to its listening area and moved its signal from 100.1 to 91.5 FM.

The Annual Block Party is one of the group's principal fundraising vehicles and brings out the best in the community and, in addition to fine musical talent, offers food and a cash bar to the fun-loving audience spanning all ages.

Like the radio station that brings a widely diverse community under the same umbrella, the evening will see an interesting variety of musical styles.

The Once Hollow, the newest project from Walpole's Rebecca Holtz, melds jazz, folk, and bluegrass into a crowd-pleasing show that has seen large audiences of late. Sool, hailing from Athens, has been making music for twenty-five years, traversing genres as well. The Meteor Shades finds members of The Break Maids and Moxley Union creating their own version of cowpunk.


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Mike Schlenoff, a key member of Boston's Hogstompers, has found a sweet spot in American roots music. And opener Riddim Vigil blends a Rastafarian groove with a strong Christian faith and plays a beat-heavy reggae roots adventure.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Waypoint Center on Depot Street in Bellows Falls, across the street from the train station. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased online at the station's website at www.wool.fm. Children 12 and under are admitted free with parents or guardians. There's a cash bar provided by local restaurant Popolo. Other businesses supporting the event are Lisai's Market, Cota and Cota, Sovernet, Shaws, The Village Market, and Smokin' Bowls. All proceeds benefit WOOL.

For high-resolution photos of the artists or more information about WOOL, visit www.wool.fm.