July 12,2023 marks the 44th anniversary of Steve Dahl’s Disco Demolition promotion at Chicago’s Comisky Park. Dahl and his radio station – WLUP, The Loop – offered attendees a steep discount on admission to a Cubs’ double-header in exchange for a disco record (though, in many cases, patrons simply showed up with records by black and gay artists on the cover) to “blow up real good.”
The crowd of 50,000 used the opportunity to storm the field, start fires and stage a riot led by the chant “Disco Sucks.” Much in the same way Woodstock (or Altamont) are painted as The End Of The Sixites, the Comisky Park riot is often refered to as The Death of Disco.
This, of course, is nonsense.
Disco never died. Not in Chicago. Not in the United States. Not even on the music charts. The pulse of a music and culture birthed from queer and BIPOC dance parties in early 70s lofts and warehouses continued beyond the backlash of its dalliance with the mainstream and kept growing underground. Disco is as alive today as it was on the 11th of July and more relevant than anything Steve Dahl ever came up with.
On the anniversary of Disco Demolition, Studio FA2 takes over the KFAI Second Stream with a full day of disco sounds from 1972-2023, from the East Village to East Timor. Plus, at 2pm, we’ll celebrate the relaunch of Skatetown USA, where DJTJ takes you the best roller disco in town, wherever that town may be.
Founded in 1978, KFAI’s volunteer-powered 24/7/365 broadcast is known for its eclectic entertainment and public affairs programming, which features nearly 90 programs in nine languages, with 84 programs produced locally and in-house. People of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, and a multitude of intersectional identities lead more than 60% of the programs on the broadcast schedule, making KFAI one of Minnesota’s most culturally and socio-economically diverse broadcast media outlets.
Beyond the broadcast, KFAI supports community development through on-site mentorship, budding educational offerings, and hosting, presenting, and sponsoring arts, entertainment, and cultural events across the Twin Cities.
As a registered 501(c)(3) noncommercial educational (NCE) media organization whose operating budget is powered significantly by the generosity and goodwill of its loyal listenership, KFAI’s persistent endurance and generative resilience serve curious and adventurous socially engaged community members who value the dynamism of KFAI’s unique brand of social connection.
Broadcast Event: KFAI is celebrating its listenership with an interactive trivia game hosted over the broadcast at 90.3FM. Listeners will tune in to hear the clues starting on Wednesday, May 3, and recurring each Wednesday at approximately the same time. In addition, eligible participants will be added to a drawing for a Numark PT01 Scratch DJ Turntable and a travel case of hand-selected 45s from five local record sellers.
In-Person Event: KFAI is giving thanks to its volunteers and members with a night of music at the Hook & Ladder on Friday, May 5, 2023. Starting at 6 pm, the free event includes performances by post-punk, dark-wave duo The Muatas, garage-rock, trash-pop quartet Mad Mojo Jett, and funk-rock collective The Real Chuck NORAD. There will also be limited edition hand-printed party hats for the first 45 guests and delectable sheet cake for everyone—all are welcome!
KFAI’s 45th Anniversary Community Celebration
with The Muatas, Mad Mojo Jett, and The Real Chuck NORAD
KFAI is giving thanks to its volunteers and members with a night of music at the Hook & Ladder on Friday, May 5, 2023. Starting at 6 pm, the free event includes performances by post-punk, dark-wave duo The Muatas, garage-rock, trash-pop quartet Mad Mojo Jett, and funk-rock collective The Real Chuck NORAD. There will also be limited edition hand-printed party hats for the first 45 guests and delectable sheet cake for everyone—all are welcome!
About the Bands
The Muatas (Ayanna and Cam Muata) are a duo that writes, produces, and performs their own music. Their style is a mix of post-punk, trip hop, dark wave, shoe gaze, and electronic with a mixed sound of sampled and programmed beats, layered with synthesizer, guitar and bass guitar, ambient strings, and vocals that often range between the melodic and spoken.
The Real Chuck NORAD is a Minneapolis based musical group providing a soundtrack to a dystopian future we deserve. They try on the music of bands they like because it’s fun. They also like playing songs for the future that they write on their own spaceship. Band members include Chris Hepola drums, Paul Perez percussion, Josh Granowski bass, Albert Perez guitar, Matty Harris tenor, Nathan Berry trumpet/trombone, and Jenna Wyse vocals.
Mad Mojo Jett is an all-star party-rock, garage-trash, doom-pop quartet from Minneapolis. The band features Mady and Monet from The Toxenes, Joe from Low Rats, and Eric from JettKick.
In-Person Event Details:
Friday, May 5, 2023 at The Hook & Ladder, Under the Canopy
Doors 6 pm | Music 7 pm | No Cover (free entry with registration- click here)
KFAI is making history by celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023 with 24 hours of broadcast programming produced and delivered by Trans Women and Transfeminine people on Wednesday, March 8, 2023—starting at midnight on 90.3FM in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and online at https://www.kfai.org.
This is the first continuous broadcast event where content from Trans Women and Transfeminine people is exclusively featured.
KFAI has a long tradition of celebrating women from all walks of life on International Women’s Day. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EmbraceEquity, and KFAI is taking an anti-discrimination approach by uplifting the lives and experiences of Twin Cities Trans Women and Transfeminine people to increase understanding, decrease bias, and champion inclusion and acceptance
Trans people have faced nearly constant systemic injustices and public ridicule since the first person who ventured beyond the protective comfort of concealment, seclusion, and silence and was brave enough to share themselves with the world.
Today, society continues to be at war with itself over the acceptance of Trans identities. Because storytelling/story-sharing is a core principle of community building and acceptance, experiencing the lives of others through the act of hearing them tell their stories creates the potential for bridging the gap between fear and love.