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Lockn’ Festival returns to Arrington, Virginia September 4th through 7th. Acts already announced include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh and Friends, The String Cheese Incident, and more. Get free parking when you buy your tickets by entering promo code “WNRN” when you get your tickets here.


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Fall 2014 T-Shirt from Furturtle Show Prints

August 19 2014, 11:53am
Categories: Uncategorized

Our Fall Fund Drive is approaching and we have a new t-shirt! Check out this design from Travis Bone of Furturtle Show Prints who’s made some very awesome prints for Ray LaMontagneWye OakThe Hold SteadyHAIM, and many more. The Fall 2014 Fund Drive starts Oct. 3 and ends Oct 10 with early pledging starting in September. Stay tuned for more details!#supportWNRN





Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour

August 19 2014, 10:50am
Categories: Community Connection


On September 1st, 12 City Market Growers open up their farms to the general public offering special programs, lectures and demonstrations. Come see real, working farms and meet the real, hardworking farmers who are the foundation of our local food system. Get connected to the land and to the people who bring fresh food, plants and flowers to the City Markets. Hear first-hand stories of the farmers and their families, and the personal challenges about being a farmer. learn about sustainable techniques that produce great food whole protecting water quality and pollinators. Learn about the superior nutritional value of locally produced foods. Pick up tips for your home garden or chicken coop. And by all means, stop and smell the flowers!


For more information and to purchase a car pass, please go to:

WNRN Member Gives for August 18

August 19 2014, 10:20am
Categories: Membership

WNRN Members get access to exclusive offers each week! Here’s the prize list for this week. Find out more and become a member here:

Concerts and Events:
1. A pair of 4 Day passes to LOCKN’ Music Festival September 4-7 in Arrington, Virgina. LOCKN’ will feature Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic, Wilco and more!

2. Two VIP tickets to Epicurience Virginia, a food and wine festival, on Saturday, August 30 at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. This package includes a one night stay at the Embassy Suites Dulles North in Ashburn for the night of August 30. For more information, visit

3. Tickets for you and a friend to see Big Star’s Third: An Orchestrated Live Performance of the Legendary Album – featuring Jody Stephens, Mike Mills (of REM), Pat Sansone (of Wilco), Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Starney (The dB’s), Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and more at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on Saturday, August 23.

4. A pair of passes to the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello on Saturday, September 13. More information about the festival can be found here:

5. Tickets for you and a friend to see Brian Elijah Smith at the State Theater in Culpeper on Saturday, August 30.

6. Tickets for you and a friend to the Nasty. Presents: Back That Thing Up Dance Party at the Jefferson Theater on Friday, August 22.

Club Shows:
7. Two tickets to Dr. Millionaire at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, August 22.

8. Tickets for you and a friend to see Modern Medication at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, August 22.

9. A pair of tickets to see Long Arms at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, August 23.

10. Two tickets to see Skyward at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, August 23.

11. A pair of tickets to An Evening with The Howlin’ Brothers at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Sunday, August 24.

12. Two tickets to see If I Stay at any Regal Cinemas.

13. A $10 gift certificate to Maharaja off Route 29 in Charlottesville.

14. A $10 gift card to Quiznos Sub in Pantops.

15. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

16. A $10 gift certificate to Pasture in Charlottesville.

WriterHouse Member Showcase 2014

August 19 2014, 10:01am
Categories: Community Connection


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WriterHouse Member Showcase 2014

Sunday, August 24th at 2pm

Join us for a showcase of eight WriterHouse members who have published books in the past year. The authors will read from their work, ranging from environmental thriller to historical romance to young adult fiction and poetry. This year’s showcase features: Bruce Bertelsen, C. E. Cameron, Christopher Fisher, Mary Buford Hitz, Linda Levokove, Sue London, Deborah Prum, and Sara Robinson.

Free and open to the public. WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA (behind the Preston Avenue Bodo’s),, 434-296-1922,

Natural Communitas: WNRN Culture Connection for August 18 – 24

August 18 2014, 2:37pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Back to nature for the week before back to school for many area students is what I am saying in this WNRN Culture Connection.  There is a natural plant dye workshop, a book discussion of Natural Virginia: Panoramic Photographs and a dance performance uniting a creative team from San Diego, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.

For information on these events click on the links provided below. To hear this week’s Culture Connection, click on the podcast “start” triangle below.

Communitas – dance:

Natural dye workshop:

Book discussion:




It was great to see so many WNRN fans last night at the Old Crow Medicine Show Concert at Maymont in Richmond.  Thank you for your support.

Have a great week and remember to get out there and get cultured.


The Culture Maven

Wake Up Call: Cats and Dogs

August 17 2014, 12:43pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call

On the August 17th Wake Up Call, Rick is joined by veterinarian Dr. Mike Fietz. During the hour they talk about cats and dogs, taking calls from the community about their own pets. Topics covered include dogs who drink excessive amounts of water, cats with allergies, and quality of life for elderly pets.

Road Holland Cycling Apparel – RVA

August 15 2014, 1:09pm
Categories: Uncategorized

You can find some great cycling apparel from our friends and supporters

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Last CLAW of 2014!

August 13 2014, 10:08am
Categories: Community Connection



August 23, 8pm, Blue Moon Diner: Join up with CLAW and LVCA (Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville and Albemarle) for CLAWliterate! Our final regular bout of the season, come see 8 spectacular women wrestle for the champion’s belt, and bet your CLAWbucks for crowd favorite!

Local AIDS activists Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer join lifetime celebrity judge Jim Waive in our Judges’ Corner, and DJ Cadybug will play us wonderful tunes to shake out tail feathers! VIP seats are $50, and available through LVCA. Hope to see you ALL there!

We are still looking for a few volunteers for this event, so reply to this email if you are interested in being a CLAWbucks seller, a VIP cocktail waitress, setting up, or perhaps even a security volunteer!

If you have not yet seen or purchased any of the awesome silhouettes that Rich Tarbell, aka Olon Pills has taken of the last 2 CLAW events, this is the LAST WEEK! The prints are $20 each, and ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CLAW! They will be up at Blue Moon Diner until Saturday August 2. Come see! Come buy!

On August 15, our favorite CLAW band We Are Start Children is playing Fridays After Five! They have invited us to join them on stage for The CLAW Anthem, and possibly for some other wonderful ridiculous activity. Please let us know if you’d like to be in the loop!

LASTLY, but not leastly, the Midtown Business Association is hosting their 3rd ‘annual’ Street Fair on Sunday September 21, from 1-6pm, and CLAW is going to have a thumb-wrestling booth! Mark your calendars and don’t pack your costumes away for winter just yet! There’s community fun to be had!


Rockbridge Community Festival

August 12 2014, 4:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

The 38th annual Rockbridge Community Festival will be held in Historic Downtown Lexington, Virginia on Saturday, August 23rd from 9am-3pm. The picturesque streets will be closed to feature arts & crafts booths, community organizations, live music, and some wonderful food vendors. Held each year, the Rockbridge Community Festival highlights the best of American communities; the City of Lexington assisting along with Washington & Lee University, while volunteer leaders from the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, Lexington Kiwanis, and Lexington, VA Rotary Clubs all meet, plan, and execute the Festival. Admission is free, attendance is encouraged, and fun is to be had by all.

Culture Connection for August 11 – 17

August 12 2014, 2:03pm
Categories: Culture Connection

Oh my, what a week!  There is improv, a foodie tour of Shockoe Slip and a performance of the children’s classic introduction to classical music, Peter and the Wolf. To listen to this week’s Culture Connection via podcast click on the podcast triangle below.  To learn more about the featured events, click on the links provided under each.

Peter and the Wolf:
Bent Hunger Games Improv:


Capital of Cuisine food tour of Shockoe Slip:


I will be going to ASC this weekend to see Cyrano on Saturday then heading to Richmond on Sunday for Old Crow Medicine Show at Maymont. Let me know what you did this week to get Cultured.


The Culture Maven


Sexual Assault Resource Agency Presents “The Monument Quilt” – 20 Sep

August 12 2014, 12:33pm
Categories: Community Connection

SARASARA, Sexual Assault Resource Agency, is proud to announce our participation in The Monument Quilt, a nationwide, crowd-sourced art activism project that invites survivors of sexual violence to create quilt squares that represent their stories of trauma and healing. When stitched together, the thousands of squares collected from across the country will cover over a mile of the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Monument Quilt seeks to send a clear message that survivors of sexual violence should be publicly supported, and never shamed.  SARA will hold a quilt making event on Saturday, September 20 from 1-5PM at our office in downtown Charlottesville.  For more information on how to participate,  you can email us or visit our website.

Contemplative Day for the LGBTQ Community, Friends and Allies – 23 Aug

August 12 2014, 12:22pm
Categories: Community Connection

Unity of CharlottesvilleUnity of Charlottesville is partnering with A Place to Breathe and the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville for a Contemplative Day for the LGBTQ Community, Friends and Allies.  This half day retreat which will feature yoga, several different meditation techniques, and contemplative labyrinth walking meditation.  Experienced facilitators will lead the activities with registration beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m.  This Rainbow Retreat, a contemplative day for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-gender and queer communities on Saturday, August 23 at Unity of Charlottesville, 2825 Hydraulic Road.  For more information including registration, visit our website.

WNRN VIP Member Gives for August 11

August 11 2014, 8:22pm
Categories: Uncategorized

Becoming a WNRN VIP member only takes a couple minutes HERE and supports independent music radio. You’ll also receive a list of offers each week sent to your inbox!

1. A pair of 4 Day passes to LOCKN’ Music Festival September 4-7 in Arrington, Virgina. LOCKN’ will feature Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic, Wilco and more!

2. Tickets for you and a friend to see Ok Go at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on Tuesday, September 16.

3. A pair of tasting packages to the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest at Devils Backbone Basecamp in Nelson County on Saturday, August 23. More information about the fest can be found here:

4. Tickets for you and a friend to see Daniel Beaty’s EMERGENCY at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg on Friday, September 12.

5. Tickets for you and a friend to see Kishi Bashi at the Jefferson Theater on Friday, August 15.

6. A pair of tickets to see Bella Morte at the Jefferson Theater on Saturday, August 16.

7. A pair of tickets to see Walker’s Run at The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington on Saturday, August 16.

8. Two tickets to Lake Street Dive at the Jefferson Theater on Friday, November 7.

9. Two tickets to Old Gray at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, August 15.

10. Tickets for you and a friend to see Ohio Weather Band at Clementine in Harrisonburg on Friday, August 15.

11. Tickets for you and a friend to see Jolie Holland at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Saturday, August 16.

12. A pair of tickets to see Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at The Camel in Richmond on Sunday, August 17.

13. Two tickets to see New Boss at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Thursday, August 21.

14. Two tickets to see The Giver at any Regal Cinemas.

15. A $10 gift certificate to Maharaja off Route 29 in Charlottesville.

16. A $10 gift card to Quiznos Sub in Pantops.

17. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

18. A $10 gift certificate to Pasture in Charlottesville.

Wake Up Call: Kids and Allergies

August 10 2014, 1:04pm
Categories: Sunday Morning Wake Up Call + Uncategorized

On the August 10th Wake Up Call, Rick is joined by immunologist Dr. Scott Commins and two parents Karen Brooks-Fox and Kelly Jackson. During the hour they discuss food allergies: what are their causes, where are the cures, and how they affect children and their families.

August 8 2014, 5:41pm
Categories: The Localmotive


Rockn’ to LOCKN’ Festival: Final Round at The Jefferson Theater happening this Saturday with The NorthernersPeople’s Blues of RichmondErin and the Wildfire, & The Trongone Band! One band will win a spot on the Lockn’ 2014 stage, a feature in Relix Magazine, and more. The night will be packed with music from some of Virginia’s finest. See you there! Event Info HERE.

Wolfbane Productions Presents “MacBeth” – 14 through 30 Aug

August 8 2014, 12:34pm
Categories: Community Connection

WolfbaneWolfbane Productions, a non-profit theater company based in Central Virginia invites you to our production of Macbeth. This showing of Shakespeare’s classic play will be told outside with picnic style seating at Devil’s Backbone Basecamp in Roseland, Virginia. The performances run from August 14th though the 30th. You can find additional information including tickets online on our website.

Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company “Firehouse 5K” – 16 Aug

August 8 2014, 12:29pm
Categories: Community Connection

Stony Point Volunteer Fire DeptThe Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company is celebrating forty years serving the Charlottesville-Albemarle Community. We invite you to celebrate with us on August Sixteenth from 8am-5pm at the Stony Point Ruritan. We are starting off with a Firehouse 5K. You can also sit in a fire truck, play some kickball and cool off with a hose spray. There will be a barbeque lunch with food trucks and a carnival in the afternoon. Our day will finish with a performance from The Neil Tibert Band. Donations for the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Company will be accepted at the Fortieth Anniversary on August Sixteenth. For more information, visit our website.

Solarize Charlottesville – 30 Sep

August 8 2014, 12:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

Solarize_CharlottesvilleSolarize Charlottesville is a grassroots, community-based outreach initiative sponsored by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in partnership with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the UVA Community Credit Union. Currently through September 30th you can learn more about solar power options for your homes and facilitate the installation and financing of your own project.  The foundation of this program is community participation.  When a community groups together for solar energy, local installers are able to lower their prices.  This is a result of bulk purchasing, offset marketing expenses, reduced travel expenses, and the guarantee that solar installation crews will be kept busy.  For more information and to schedule a solar assessment, visit our website.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Presents “Heritage Harvest Festival” – 11 Sep

August 8 2014, 12:20pm
Categories: Community Connection

Thomas_Jefferson's_Monticello_EstateThomas Jefferson’s Monticello invites you to visit Monticello to celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener and founding foodie, Thomas Jefferson, during the 8th annual Heritage Harvest Festival, September 13th, with pre-festival programs September 11 and 12th. There will be more than one-hundred programs and workshops,  and ninety vendors and exhibitors. There will also be friendly barnyard animals, live folk and bluegrass music, and you can enjoy heirloom fruits and veggies, plus you can learn about organic gardening, and swap seeds from around the country. For more information including tickets heritage harvest festival dot com. You can also learn about for the keynote lecture by Aaron Keefer on Friday, September 12, and an exclusive, sunset, chefs’ harvest dinner on Montalto that evening.  The heritage harvest festival is co-hosted by the Thomas Jefferson foundation and southern exposure seed exchange.

Foothills Child Advocacy Center Presents “Stewards of Children” – 22 Aug

August 8 2014, 12:16pm
Categories: Community Connection

Foothills CACFoothills Child Advocacy Center invites adults to flex their hero muscles on behalf of children and attend Stewards of Children, a free public training on Friday, Aug.  22nd, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building.  The Stewards of Children program is designed for every adult that is concerned about the safety and well-being of children and educates them to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  You can learn more about Foothills and how to register online at our website.