Art show, performances to benefit WEFT
CHAMPAIGN — An art show and performances to benefit WEFT 90.1 FM radio will take place from Thursday through next Monday at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C.
The event will open from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, which is World Radio Day 2014. The exhibition will feature original artwork by WEFT hosts, members and friends of WEFT. Live performances representative of the station's diverse music programming are also scheduled throughout the weekend.
A portion of all art sales and donations for the performances will go toward supporting the radio station.
Among the performances is a Valentine's Day party that will include live music and DJ mixes by Isaiah "Mr. Sensation" Johnson and others starting at 9 p.m. Friday.
Spoken word and world music will share the space at 2 p.m. Saturday, when University of Illinois dance Professor Cynthia Oliver reads texts from her dance-theater works, with music by Jason Finkelman and Ben Wheeler.
Acoustic folk music will be featured at 7 p.m. Saturday with sets by Kevin Elliott, Don Willi and Mike Feldman.
A blues performance by Andy Duncanson of Kilborn Alley will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by a 7 p.m. show featuring experimental/improvised music by The Noise Assembly featuring Ed Hadley, Mark Bee, Feldman and Bill Saylor.
The gallery also will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday for a last look at and opportunity to buy the artwork.
With operating costs averaging $10,000 a month, benefit coordinator Finkelman organized the events to help raise money for the station as well as community awareness of the station, one of the first community radio stations in Illinois.
"While the aim of the art exhibition and performances is to celebrate WEFT's creative community in an effort to raise needed funds for the station, the other, perhaps more important goal is to raise awareness of the station and invite greater community involvement, which is vital in sustaining WEFT well into the future," Finkelman said. "WEFT is very thankful to have community partners like Indi Go Artist Co-op owner James Barham, who is contributing the venue for this fundraiser."