WLJS 91.9 FM, Jacksonville State’s radio station, is hosting a concert series this semester featuring local bands.
The first event is to be held tonight from 7:00-9:00 at Wake & Bake Pizza and Coffee Company on Ladiga Street and will feature alt-rock band Secondhand Jones.
The band’s Facebook page describes their sound as “riff-based rock and soaring melodic texture that overlays often raw and pointed lyrical content”.
Secondhand Jones features Charles Bailey on drums and vocals, Richmond Culp on bass guitars and vocals, Jonn Medders on guitars and vocals, and Ben Hasse on guitars and vocals.
According to Curtis Holman, Program Director at WLJS, the concerts will be held every two weeks on Thursday nights and will feature a different band each time.
“The last one’s going to be on April 25th, because that’s the night before graduation,” said Holman. “We thought that might be something people will want to check out before they get out of town.”
There will not be a concert on April 18th, due to finals.
WLJS is hoping that the concert series will be beneficial to all parties involved. “It’s promotion for the station, it’s promotion
for Wake & Bake, and it’s promotion for the local band trying to get their name out there,” said Holman.
“It’s a great way to get ourselves out of the bubble of our radio station, get involved with the community, and just hang out with everybody. It’s a win-win-win for all three.”
“Wake & Bake’s been such a good patron for us that we thought it would be great for them to get people out there every two weeks,” said WLJS Patrons Director Billy Dunn. “They’ve really done a great job of supporting our station, so we want to support them as well.”
According to Dunn, bands who participate in the concert series can guest DJ at WLJS for an hour, do an on-air interview, or something else at the station, as free promotion.
Local bands who are interested in playing for the series can contact Curtis Holman at 256-782-5509 or Billy Dunn at 256-782-8204, or via the WLJS Facebook page, facebook.com/wljs919fm.
Bands from any genre are welcome to contact the station as potential acts.
Holman said that his goal is to see a big crowd at Wake & Bake for great music and great food.
Dunn added, “And hope that they’re serving their chocolate chip bacon cookie.”