Backbeat: KEXP Teams With Ace Hotel And Toyota's Free Yr Radio For Live CMJ Performances And Broadcasts
Backbeat: KEXP Teams With Ace Hotel And Toyota's Free Yr Radio For Live CMJ Performances And Broadcasts

Celebrating Non-Profit Radio (L-R): Sub Pop Director of Sales Richard Laing, Billboard's RJ Cubarrubia, KEXP Online Content Manager Jim Beckmann, Sub Pop Radio Promoter Sasha Morgan, and KEXP Production Manager Chris Kellogg (Photo by Brittney Bush Bollay).

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Venerable Seattle non-profit radio station KEXP 90.3/ is hosting three days of live performances and remote radio broadcasts from Manhattan's Ace Hotel from Oct. 19-21. Teaming with Toyota's Free Yr Radio organization, which partners with independent and non-profit radio stations throughout the country, KEXP is showcasing free live sets from bands like Givers, Zola Jesus, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more. Backbeat hit the Dum Dum Girls' performance on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 20), ran into some folks from Sub Pop, and caught up with some of KEXP's DJs and Online and Production teams.

"At the most basic level, [our] mission is to enrich people's lives by championing music and discovery," says KEXP Production Manager Chris Kellogg. "Some of that definitely involves live performances and it's a great place for people to discover music."

KEXP is well known for their regular live in-studio performances and at previous CMJs, the station stuck with broadcasting from intimate recording studios. In partnering with the Ace Hotel, KEXP was able to accommodate a much larger crowd with this year's live broadcast series. "We've found that it was really nice to be able to bring as many people as we can to experience these live performances," explains Kellogg. "We were interested in doing something that was more public. We've had a relationship with the Ace and they were interested in hosting, so it really seemed like a great opportunity to bring the two parties together."

KEXP's decision to accommodate a bigger crowd was a wise choice, as the crowd for the Dum Dum Girls packed the entire first floor of the Ace Hotel. The indie-pop girl group bounced through a short and sweet 30 minute set featuring their latest single "Bedroom Eyes," off their new Sub Pop release "Only In Dreams," and fan favorite "He Gets Me High," receiving a warm reception from the crowd.

Also in attendance were KEXP DJ's John Richards, Cheryl Waters, Kevin Cole, and DJ Sharlese, as well as KEXP Online Content Manager Jim Beckmann and Sub Pop reps Richard Laing, Director of Sales, and Sasha Morgan, Radio Promoter.