KBVR Radio’s Locals Live: Molly Jones Serves Up Local Bands Every Week

Travis Bazanele of Summer Soundtrack plays at Locals Live. Photo by Nicole Sisson.

If you’re interested in the local music scene, whether you’re a musician or simply a music enthusiast, tune in to the hour-long Locals Live at OSU’s Radio and TV station, KBVR. The program has won various awards, including ‘Best Uniquely “OREGON” Program Produced by Station Non-commercially’ from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters in 2010 and 2011. The show airs Fridays at 6 p.m. as part of Music Fusion Fridays.

As Molly Jones, the host of Locals Live, explained, a new band comes on every week to play a live set followed by a 10 – 15 minute interview which allows viewers and listeners to get to know the band, their story and influences. Molly herself loves “the diversity that exists in the local scene” and working with Locals Live has allowed her to “really get a feel for the music culture” in our college town.

If you’re a musician and would like to be featured, email the producers at kbvrtvlocalslive@oregonstate.edu; a wide variety of bands are already booked for this spring term.

While the schedule is currently unavailable, here is a list of bands who will be performing:

Steelhead is a pop rock band with an interesting style that most listeners will likely enjoy.

Singer and pop piano player Naomi Hooley has a gorgeous 70’s style soulful voice will catch your attention.

Portland band Idiot Science brings an oddly jazzy metal sound fused with the funk! If you like bands like Incubus, you’ll enjoy this one.

Tyler Stenson is Portland singer-songwriter with a lyrically focused and unique brand of folk.

Another Portland based singer and song-writer, Thom Lyons, synthesizes his folk rock upbringing stylistically with a pop sensibility.

De La Warr, from Portland, brings R&B vocals to a folk-influenced indie pop style.

A zany and fuzzy Seattle power pop band, the Hoot Hoots, describe themselves as “vintage Flaming Lips with a splash of NES and a dash of the Unicorns”

Finally, an indie-dance ensemble, Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger, is sure to get you dancing!

Look for more information on the Local Lives section of the KBVR website once the spring term schedule fully solidifies.

Live streams may be watched at http://www.kbvr.com/watch Ch. 26 or listened to live on 88.7FM.

by Joel Southall