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Who’s Ready for Some 300 Watt Ale?

By David Goe

The place to be Saturday afternoon is obviously Kannah Creek’s Edgewater Brewery as it is once again time for KAFM Radio’s booziest fundraiser, Radio Daze.

Of all the fundraisers in all the world, this one takes the cake as the most self-fullfilling.

All that is required of you for Radio Daze to be a success is to drink beer. Cold, delicious Kannah Creek beer, and maybe spend $20 on a raffle ticket for the sexy red Toyota Solara convertible giveaway.

That’s it. Order up a couple or 10 rounds of 300 Watt Ale (the beer exclusively brewed once a year for this event), and you’ve done your part to help the only local community radio station and only accessible forum for local musicians in Grand Junction.

The station wins while you do what you do best: drink lots and lots and lots of beer (responsibly, of course).

I’ve been a KAFM volunteer off and on for about seven years, and there are two key ingredients every KAFM benefit needs to be successful. One: the booze. That’s on lock. Two? Entertainment. And don’t you need to worry about that.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, this year’s Radio Daze is set to be the biggest yet, and KAFM Event and Outreach Coordinator Cash Kiser has lined up several musicians to keep you entertained all night long.

As you’re playing cornhole in the lawn with a couple buddies, perhaps placing a reorder for another round of 300 Watt Ale, Bicycle Annie’s might be setting up their gear on Edgewater’s outdoor stage.

“Simply put, there isn’t a band in the lineup that I’m not excited to see,” Kiser said.

Along with Bicycle Annie, which will probably cover the exact ‘90s alternative rock song your inebriated brain will want to sing along to, We Speak Imaginese, Drop Top Lincoln, Lainey’s May and Freeway Revival take you well into the evening.

Although they’re too young to sip a 300 Watt Ale, the members of family act Lainey’s May are more than mature enough to hold down the Edgewater lawn and worth checking out. Sisters Delainey and Tiernan have got the pipes and stage swagger to carry the benefit up to the evening’s most anticipated event, the Community Car Raffle drawing.

If you have yet purchased a ticket to win the 2001 Toyota Solara Convertible SLE V6 with just over 60,000 miles, new paint, new upholstery, a new audio system and new tires, then think about this: What do cool dudes Magnum P.I., Ferris Bueller, Danny Zuko, James Bond, Steve McQueen and Michael Scott all have in common?

That’s right, they all drive a convertible. Hey, maybe it’s your night. With a little bit of luck you could add your name to that list.

“My favorite thing about Radio Daze is that we get to have all these things at once .. with our friends,” Kiser said. “Yes the perks of the 300 Watt Ale, the (car), and the music are great, but what I really enjoy is that we get to share the experience with our friends and have a fun and festive time together.”

Proceeds raised at Radio Daze benefit the radio station, but this event is really about celebrating community. This event is about celebrating you.

As Kiser says, Radio Daze and KAFM are about “enriching life by bringing the community together and having a good time.”

What better place to do that than at a local brew pub with great people? Also, 300 Watt Ale.


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