WORT will broadcast three hours of the final 2016 Central Park Session this Thursday (9/8), from 7:00 till 10:00 p.m. Dubbed the Portlander Session, this free concert on Madison’s near eastside features three bands with an eccentric Oregon-style vibe. Better Yeti opens the show at 5:00, followed by the Portland Cello Project at 6:30 and MarchFourth! at 8:30.
Better Yeti, like its mythical man-ape namesake, is a seldom seen phenomenon. Arising from the ashes of The Mustache, a popular Madison funk band, Better Yeti will bring its new sound to Central Park. Music lovers will have to attend in person, since WORT will not be broadcasting this band’s performance on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Evolving from a one-off gig in 2006, the Portland Cello Project (PCP) plays instrumental arrangements from J.S. Bach to contemporary pop and hip hop. Deploying a revolving roster of classically trained cellists, enhanced by drums, PCP builds “bridges between different musical communities through collaborations with myriad artists.”
Among those with whom the Portland Cello Project have collaborated are Laura Viers and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. And they’re Kill Rock Stars label artists themselves. If you can’t attend the concert in person, be sure to tune your radio to 89.9 FM for a heady hit of PCP at 7:00 p.m. on September 8th.
MarchFourth! is a curious kind of marching band with a carnival twist. This 20-member troupe of dancers, musicians, acrobats and artisans play brass-bass-guitar-and-drum versions of popular songs while steampunked stiltwalkers and sexy hoop-twirlers move among the crowd. You may have seen their cameo appearances on IFC’s cult program Portlandia.
Calling their genre-bending style of music C-funk (circus funk), MarchFourth! promises to bring “sonic explosions” to Madison. Their populist motto is “this band is your band.” WORT is naturally happy to transmit them to your eardrums, live from Central Park, starting around 8:30 Thursday night.
Proceeds from this week’s Portland Session beer and raffle-ticket sales will benefit the River Alliance. WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio is another of the local non-profits receiving a share of raffle-ticket proceeds from the 2016 Central Park Sessions, organized by the Marquette Neighborhood Association. You can purchase raffle tickets that specifically benefit WORT at the station, 118 South Bedford Street, until noon on Wednesday (9/7).
Due to the Central Park remote broadcast, weather permitting, WORT’s regular Thursday night lineup (Perpetual Notion Machine, Radio Literature & Psychoacoustics) will be pre-empted. Catch three hours of the Portlander Session live, even if you’re on the West Coast, at http://www.wortfm.org.