powering the tower

WRFL-FM is counting down the days to Saturday’s 20th anniversary FreeKY Fest celebration by getting a head start on its future. Specifically, the station is planning on a major upgrade of its transmitter tower that will boost the broadcast power from 250 watts to over 7900 watts.

While the FCC has given its approval to the renovation, there is still the none-too-small matter of cash.

To help with that are four – count ‘em; four! –  “Boost the Power, Build the Tower” benefit concerts this week. The first brings violinist Zach Brock back to Natasha’s Cafe, 112 Esplanade, tonight.

Living, studying and working in Chicago since 1992, Lexington native Brock is a versed player who is worth catching any night for any reason. Among his current projects is participation in a documentary film on the late Polish violinist Zbigniew Seifert. Keyboardist Orville Hammond, bassist Danny Cecil and drummer John Wilmarth will perform with Brock (9 p.m., $15).  

The second puts five Lexington bands into the Kentucky Theatre, 214 E Main St. on Tuesday. The lineup includes alt-country ensemble Some Other Meanness, the New Orleans-inspired funksters of the Old Vine Street Social and Pleasure Club, blues brigade Soul Patch, bluegrass group Blue Dawg and the University of Kentucky Graduate Jazz Ensemble directed by Raleigh Dailey. Comedian Ross “The Sauce” Duncliffe will host (7 p.m., $10).

Wednesday’s benefit slides over to The Void Skateshop, 518 E. High St, where Ben Allen, Jason Zavala and Eyes and Arms of Smoke will perform (8 p.m., $3)

Finally, there is bluegrass at Al’s Bar, 601 N. Limestone on Thursday featuring Dean Osborne, Blue Dawg, 23 String Band, the Downtown County Band, Quote, the Floorwalkers, Daniel Ellsworth, Brother Barret and the Rainjunkies (5 p.m., $10). This is an all ages show.

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