BELLOWS FALLS -- On Saturday starting at 6 p.m., Black Sheep Radio celebrates its eighth year on the air with a community summer spectacular at the Waypoint Center in Bellows Falls.
The event features some of the region’s best original talent including newgrass pioneers Jatoba, Brattleboro blues legend Sunny Lowdown, new-romantic guitar newcomers, Moxley Union, Saxtons River’s avant-rock I Love You, and the debut of the folk-rock group Belmond, Brady and Stacey.
The Black Sheep Block Party features food from the barbecue and drinks from a full bar catered by Popolo.
"The community really came together," said Dickie Colo, chairman of WOOL’s Block Party Posse and host of the popular WOOL radio show, The B Side. "We have contributions from Lisai’s Market, from the Rockingham’s soup gurus, Smokin’ Bowls, and from the Village Market in Saxtons River. Plus, we’re streaming the whole thing live with connectivity provided by Sovernet."
The Block Party is the big summer fundraiser for the volunteer-run radio station and sometimes brings out surprise musical guests. In 2011 the crowd was amazed when British folk punk icon, Billy Bragg, took the stage under a full moon and serenaded the crowd for 45 minutes.
"It’s an honor to play this show," claimed Pat Matteau of the band I Love You. Matteau also has a radio show on WOOL.
This is the first show for Belmond, Brady and Stacey. "This turned out to be much more enjoyable than the solo, acoustic singer/songwriter thing and we get back to our electric guitar roots," said Brady, who also is a DJ at WOOL, of the new band. "We play a lot louder with longer solos, of course."
The show is headlined by Jatoba, who have played recently at one of the hippest clubs in Boston, the Middle East, as well as the summer festival circuit in New York and New England.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit operations at non-profit, volunteer-run community radio station, WOOL and Great Falls Community Broadcasting Company. Tickets are available at www.wool.fm, popolomeanspeople.com and at Popolo, 36 The Square.
For more information, visit www.wool.fm or contact Mark Piepkorn at 301-875-6521.