Radio Candy, a new weekly show, debuts Tuesday 8pm ET!

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Gashouse Radio is proud to announce that we have a new show on Tuesday nights at 8pm ET – Radio Candy.

Radio Candy is a weekly radio show based out of L.A. The hour is packed with music from past, present and future with very little talk in between. You will hear some of your favorites, mixed in with some new music we think you’re going to love.

Be sure to tune in every Tuesday night at 8pm ET on Gashouse Radio!

What to know about the new Special Assembly Occupancies bill, and what to do about it

If nothing else, praise Councilman Mark Squilla for giving musicians at their day jobs today a little something to get them through hump day.

Since this morning, people have been storming social media over an article published by Billy Penn announcing the Special Assembly Occupancies bill Squilla introduced last week.

It reads an awful lot like the proposed ordinance in 2010 that would have require registration for every live music event in the city, and outlines the requirements of venues for lawful assembly for entertainment, most of them obvious and humdrum.

But, as Billy Penn noted, buried in it lies a disturbing provision: Essentially, the bill would require every venue in the city to provide police with the names, addresses and phone numbers of every performer on a given night. You can read the bill yourself here, with that part coming up on page 8:

Bill No. 160016 Amending Section 9-703 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Special Assembly Occupancies

Parsing through the legalese reveals just how extensive, and crippling, this ordinance would be if it passes: any establishment where more than 50 people congregate for “social entertainment” as rarely as “once a year” will fall under its provisions. It shows just how out of touch the bill is with the realities of the dozens of small venues in the city book three to five bands a night, sometimes seven nights a week, often on little more than an email, text or phone call. That’s on top of the potential to crack down on house shows, one-off events, and other creative endeavors.

The sheer number of people who’d need to be logged, let alone the chances of a band’s lineup changing before a show, makes it a logistical nightmare. Ron Bauman, co-owner of Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly, weighed in on the matter. The issue will also be a major talking point at tonight’s weekly music scene roundtable and happy hour tonight. Here’s his take on it:
“It’s hard enough doing what we do at venues to support the local music scene. Booking shows, promoting them, coordinating all the details for the event with the bands; Now I have to worry about this? And what liability do we have as a venue if we don’t get the info from the bands? Is it now a requirement of booking? I can’t see how this helps anybody involved. If you want to prevent problematic shows from happening, find them on Facebook like everyone else and reach out to the venue and/or promoter for shows you take issue with.”

It’s still too early to say just what the motivation is behind the bill, especially since the police and Squilla’s office aren’t very forthcoming. Is it just a misguided, tone-deaf idea? A political stunt for attention? An attempt to give the police enough reach to circumvent normal procedures? A diversion for something else in the works?

Derek Dorsey from the Philadelphia music venue The Fire had this to say:

Even when you gloss over the logistical impracticality of this particular piece of legislation, passing a law like this would be nailing a letter onto the front door of every starving artist in the city and informing them they’ve gone hungry for absolutely nothing.
 And here’s a few comments from the musicians around Philadelphia:

Mr. Squilla, the proposed bill is both an invasion of privacy amongst musicians local and abroad that perform in our city as well as a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. Our police force is already stretched to its limits without needing to enforce this misguided policy. To expose private information like this is wrong and inappropriate. Violence in this city is not incited through the artists of this community but by numerous other issues such as a rampant drug trade, dilapidated housing, lack of funds for education and any number of other factors, and this proposed bill will do nothing but allow the police force to shut down performances that they deem “unsuitable” based on a criteria of prejudice and misinformation. If “no specific acts created this issue” and you have concerns about artists who “have been known to have created incidents and violence at their previous acts,” reach out to those artists directly. We, the musicians of this city, will not stand for this. ~Pat Durkin

Mr. Squilla has proposed an idea so insulting, so preposterous, that we in bong hits for Jesus are going to do every thing we can to impregnate all the women in his family. End quote ~ Stephen Rose

“It’s an idiotic attempt to violate musician’s civil liberties and encroach on the basic rights guaranteed to all citizens in the Bill of Rights, specifically amendments 4, 5, and 6 most blatantly. It won’t pass, but we have a responsibility to speak out against wasteful legislation and attempts to infringe on our rights.” ~ Reverend TJ McGlinchey

“The only lasting defense we have against this bill and all other legislation seeking to undermine freedom is to demand respect for private property and a business owners right to deny government encroachment. The problem is we’ve already given City Hall authority to regulate business as it sees fit without regard to private property as a principle, which gives them the power to arbitrarily expand their power at will. If government is good at one thing, it is growing and controlling more in society.” -Andrew Napoli, Looseleaf Trio

Squilla’s also taking more of a PR hit, as other publications are again reporting his involvement in a “White Lives Matter” rally in South Philly last summer. That’s being paired with conjecture that a shooting after a rap concert outside the TLA last year is what inspired the bill, or at least the provision to provide law enforcement with entertainers’ information.

The shooting theory is based on what little response the police and Squilla’s office has given about why the bill was created. Combining that with the “White Lives Matter” protest is, for some, painting Squilla as possibly a racist who’s really out to squash just one certain type of music in the city with an encompassing bill.

Gashouse, and, we’re sure, plenty others, will continue reporting on this. In the meantime, a public outcry could go a long way. It certainly helped the last time a measure like this came up. Here are a few ways to voice your opinion about Bill No. 160016 Amending Section 9-703 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Special Assembly Occupancies,” before the bill goes to a vote.

We recommend providing well-thought-out statements, and not mailing your snot to public officials like The Fugs did back in ‘67. But, if you’re pissed off and have a sinus infection, who are we to stop you?
special assembly occupanciesContact Mark Squilla directly at:
www.phlcouncil.com/MarkSquilla

City Hall, Room 332
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3458, (215) 686-3459
FAX: (215) 686-1931
Twitter: @CMMarkSquilla

Call L&I chair Maria Quinonez at 215 686 3448

You can also let your own local councilperson know your thoughts on the matter. Find them here: http://phlcouncil.com/council-members/

 

Finally, if you’d like to discuss this further, join us at the RonBomb Music Scene Networking Happy Hour tonight 7-9pm at Connie’s Ric Rac

 

The Late Saints Release a Video for their Single ‘Multitudes’

The Late Saints announce their first official video, ‘Multitudes,’ one of the most haunting, compelling, and politically urgent songs on their debut album, ‘Presto! In America.’ This is a well done video, and it as great to see a Hot Breakfast cameo in there as well!

Shot in The Sanctuary at Fleisher Art Memorial, Sept 2015, by Kevin Shields and Amy Hicks.

Produced by Jacopo De Nicola & The Late Saints

Featuring: Jacopo De Nicola, guitar/vocals; Mike Huff, bass; Micah Hebbel, drums; Tim Leslie, percussions; Sheila Hershey, ukulele; Jill Knapp, trumpet; Darrell A. Marsh, trumpet; Matt Casarino, tuba; Heloise G., euphonium

 

Links:

website: www.thelatesaints.com

youtube: www.youtube.com/thelatesaints

social: www.facebook.com/thelatesaints, www.twitter.com/thelatesaints, www.instagram.com/thelatesaints

music: www.thelatesaints.bandcamp.com

 

 

Top 10 Songs of December, 2015

Gashouse Radio is programmed by the listeners. When you listen to Gashouse, you can let us know if you like the song or not, using our thumbs up/down buttons. These “votes” determine whether o not a song stays in rotation, or whether it enters “heavy rotation”.

Here’s a look at the top 10 songs of December, 2015:

1.Fold Me – Blabpipeblabpipe

2. I Hate My Job – Makar

3. Can’t Take It With You – The Butter Guns

4. Man of the Times – In the Presence of Wolves

5. This One’s On You – Chelsea Lyn Meyer

6. Fight Song – Blue Ribbon

7. The Jetty – Castle Pines

8. Wantonness – Liber Electro

9. Real Men Don’t Play With Dolls – The Bliss Trip

10. My Man – Stagolee

Congrats to Blabpipe! This band has been in the Top 10 for months! Thank you everyone for your continued support and your help finding the best independent music in the world.

 

The Beatles Christmas Special

Rock historian Marc Platt has a show on Gashouse every Monday night at 10pm ET (7pm PT) called Best of the Best. In this series, Marc plays some classic albums, inserting tidbits of knowledge in between tracks.

For the entire month of December, Marc is running the Beatles Christmas Special.  This is a great show for any Beatles fan, and a perfect choice for the season. Now I know the holidays can be hectic, and you may not be able to tune in Monday night at 10pm ET. Well, no worries, we have you covered! Marc Platt has put together a 24/7 stream of the special! Check it out right here:

 

 

In addition to hosting Best of the Best every Monday night, Marc Platt has written several books on rock music history, including How the Beatles Did It. Marc has offered one lucky listener a free copy of the book! If you’d like to enter your name for the free download, sign up to our mailing list:

And if you’re looking for more holiday music, we’ve got you covered there as well! Check out our 24/7 Christmas music stream:

Top 10 Songs of November

Gashouse Radio is all about discovering new, independent music. More importantly, we like finding great independent music which is obviously subjective. So we ask our listeners to help us pick the best of the new music using the thumbs up/down buttons on our now-playing page. As a listener you can “vote” on every song you hear. We keep track of those “votes” and that determines airplay.

 

Here’s a look at the Top 10 Songs of November, 2015:

blabpipe1. Fold Me Blabpipe

2. Nice And Tall The Good Mess

3. Movement Stereoma

4. Walk Away The Bone Chimes

5. New day Liber Electro

6. Through Your Eyes Michael Jayson

7. Find Someone Taking October

8. Turnstyle Blue Ribbon

9. One Plug In The Wall The Hawkeyes

10. Ether Talking Under Water

If you’d like to check out these tunes, simply go to our Request Page, and type them in. They will auto-queue and you’ll get to sample some of the best new music on Gashouse Radio!

Another MilkBoy Coming To South Street?

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Developing Story: We just received a report from a trusted source that Tommy Joyner and Bill Hanson, the owners of Philly music venue MilkBoy will be opening another location on South Street, in what was formerly Lickety Split (and then 2nd State Lounge for a short period after a less-than-helpful Bar Rescue episode), on the corner of 4th & South Streets.

 

 

lickety-splitThe business has been closed since the death of one of the partners earlier this year. It had been a very supportive member of the Philly music scene over the years, and was a well known spot on the city’s open mic circuit.

Reports are that they purchased the entire block, with the intentions of replicating the floor plan of their center city location. Again this is a developing story and pending an official announcement, it remains to be seen what the actual plans for the location will be.

Of course, we’ll keep you posted with any and all updates to this breaking story!

Update:  Thanks to Michael Klein of Philly.com for updating to the story after speaking with Bill Hanson, co-owner of MilkBoy. “We believe in South Street”, stated Hanson, but understandable preferred to keep additional details “close the vest”. He did confirm that they would only be taking the corner building on 4th & South, not the entire block.

 

Stay up to date with local Philly music scene news!!

Philadelphia Music Scene Survey Results

A few weeks back, a handful of musicians, media, venue owners, and promoters got together for a discussion about the Philadelphia independent music scene. It was a very enlightening discussion, and it raised a few ideas and concerns about the scene. Opinions regarding appropriate door cover charges, fair payment for performers, and general ideas on how to make these shows more successful were all discussed at this meeting.

Afterwards, we put together a short survey, so that we could get a better idea on where most people stand on the topics listed above. We received well over a hundred responses, so let’s take a look at what you had to say:

 

How often do you go out to see live original music?

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What is the #1 reason you go out to these shows?

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All of the “Other” responses where either that the person works in the industry, or “all of the above”

 

What is the #1 reason you DO NOT go out to these shows?

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Most of the “Other” for this question are time and money related. Many people have kids or schedule conflicts. Many other people are broke, so both the cover charge and the drink prices are an issue for them. A few said “all of the above”. One guy is just too lazy to go out. “The bar noise drowns out the music” was another complaint. Location of the venue was mentioned, which could also relate to the parking issue. Some people don’t go out because they “not familiar with the bands”. Finally another legitimate concern is that weekday shows start too late and that prevents people from attending.

 

How do you generally find out about shows?

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The only “Other” response here was “all of the above”

 

How should a band be compensated?

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This was a tough one to put into a chart. Many people suggested “individually negotiated” or something along those lines, which I counted as a flat rate, meaning it’s an amount agreed upon regardless of bar sales or cover charge. Reciprocal bookings were an interesting suggestion.

*”Play for free” included suggestions to offer bands free parking, free food and drinks from the bar, free recording time. This also included the suggestion that bands shouldn’t be paid until they earn headlining slots on the weekends. One also suggested that if a band is good, they should be making money from their merchandise sales.

And everyone who responded with “money”, thank you for your clever response. Very useful.

 

What is an appropriate cover charge at the door?

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Many suggested in the “Other” that it depends on day of the week as well. One suggested that it should be a $10 cover just one night a week, and the rest of the nights are free.

 

One of the identified issues has been the fact that bands leave after they play, as opposed to staying in support of the other bands on the bill. How do we address?

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The majority of the “Other” went on to explain that sometimes people need to leave but if it becomes a pattern among that particular band, don’t book them again.

 

As a musician, is it fair practice to have a radius clause (not being able to play in the area for a set time before and after)?

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Would you consider a monthly “membership” program that would allow you to see unlimited shows at multiple venues around the city, receive special offers and gain access to exclusive events?

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If Yes, then how much would you be willing to pay monthly?

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And finally we asked if you had any other suggestions to help improve the scene. We got some great responses, so I’d like to highlight a few:

 

Bands should end at 11pm. Have a DJ for the rest of the night.

 

potentially having a website or a database for all venues to use. Once a band is booked, they’re placed into this database. By clicking a band on this database, a booker, or promoter, venue, etc. can see what shows this band has played in. This could help with radial clauses, if that’s necessary. This is difficult, because you then need to get all venues on board.

Venues need to show more support (not all of them obviously). Little to no social media exposure, or a lack of mention at all of shows that are happening at their venues, is poor marketing on their part.. There are too many venues in the city relying entirely on the bands they book to keep their spots in business. (again not all of the venues, but a lot of them are this way).

It is up to the bands to book the right shows, and to manage their schedule appropriately, in order to draw decently. There are too many bands, playing gigs each week, and playing only in front of other bands draw, which is great for exposure, and fine by be as an artist, but doesn’t help the venue any. We play once per month, maybe a little less, and our average draw to each show is 40-45, with particular shows drawing even more, especially with the venues that help with promotion.

 

Bands should be doing the bulk of the advertising because who wants to play to an empty room?? I have booked bands that charge crazy high guarantees and then 5 people show up. This is a team effort, the venue should not do everything.

 

After moving here from New York I think Philly has an amazing music scene with more bands per square inch than most other cities in the US. I book and manage for a nationally touring band based in Philly. Diversity, talent and quantity are really impressive. That’s the plus side. On the minus side many of the shows I go to I find only a small sub-scene. People rarely cross geographical and scene boundaries and many shows are poorly attended. This is a problem that I’ve seen in other large cities like Chicago.

This scene isolation also exists when out of town headliners play, which usually is a great way to draw people out. What I see in Philly is that on those bills the promoters usually draw from one scene, packing the bill with three very similar bands that have small draws, you can almost predict who’s going to play when the headliner is announced. If promoters were to pull from outside of their own small scenes and have somewhat more diverse bands I think that would help a lot in breaking down that isolation in the scenes, and get people out into other shows with local bands they don’t normally see, breaking down the local scene isolation and actually getting a larger turnout.

For small bands I see that many of them overplay in Philly, jumping on every show offered. That’s the equivalent of practicing in public, and of course people will not come out to see a band that plays two or three venues with the same set of bands every couple of weeks. Even my most favorite bands on the planet I wouldn’t want to see more than one or twice a year… at most! A solution to that is for small bands to get in the van and drive a few miles away, Wilmington, Trenton, Lancaster and other parts of the city are easily accessible, have great venues and great people.

On the flip side I know many small and even medium sized bands in Baltimore, DC, NYC and throughout the east coast have a terribly hard time booking a night in Philly, and many try for months and months to get anything, often coming up empty handed. Venues and promoters will not take a risk on booking a small out-of-town band that would make a great headliner. Again the reason is that those gigs are “scene” gigs and are not promoted other than having a Facebook event put up. No paper flyering or postering is done so naturally nobody attends outside of the small sub-scene that the rest of the bill brings.

This is a much harder problem to fix, one method that can work is gig-swapping, where bands in one city agree to swap gigs in another city with another band. Promoters should also be encouraged to do the same, by promoting the best-of local small bands to out of town promoters, who in return recommend their best-of local band. If monthly events were set up around this concept then small bands would be able to travel more, diversifying the scenes, and stopping local bands overplaying as more options are available to them.

 

Why is it in the suburbs many venues pay bands a decent amount and people will actually show up and in the city, the bands don’t get paid enough to cover their travel and parking if they come in from the ‘burbs? I spent the last 10 years in a band with a bit of success outside of the city, but anytime we were in town, getting anyone to come out was nearly impossible. Why? 9 times out of 10 the “promoter” or “booking agent” for the venue in the city could not give a rat’s ass about putting together an actual show – a line up of bands that may work well, either stylistically or at least sharing similar vibes. Our fans loathed coming early or staying for so many of the bands we played with because the puzzle pieces rarely fit. A successful night usually required a few bands who knew each other in a scene to set up a show at a venue and then use our channels to promote.

 

The membership Idea is good, but I think something with the parking can help. If one does not have to worry about parking, it would make it a bit attainable to check out gigs. If there is a parking lot that can work out a deal with or find a facility that is easy to get to, like some where in Plymouth Meeting as it is just off the highway, would be a good idea. So parking should be considered and easy access from highways. Should not be a place so out of reach to get to.

 

The above suggestion about a membership is interesting. I was thinking about this the other day but in a different manner. What if some of this membership fee was used to help support an advertising pool to extend promotion beyond social media.

 

Find away to connect the music scene to the Philadelphia community itself. Make the music scene an active, obvious, positive player in the community.

 

Just a comment on the “Radius Clause”. Opportunities knock,some when you least expect,if a festival spot,or opening act spot,or simply to just be on a bill with a band that you havent played with,or enjoy .Having a clause would stop any of these from happening, I can understand not having the same band at the same club,week after week,but there should be exclusions as to when you’re exempt,and when you’re not.

 

The Philadelphia music scene is full of some amazing bands, with amazing talent. Unfortunately, musicians are usually broke. Relying on fans to cover the cost is also dangerous, because band A stayed and networked with fans from Band B and now competes with band A for the same dollar they already had. AAAAAAANNNNDDD we wonder why bands don’t encourage them to stay.

It should really be broken down into venues and bars. Venues should charge…bars should not. Venues can skew heavier on local acts, but should have at least a healthy representation of national (at least C Level guys) and touring acts. These should be bands that either have/ had some radio play, or at least loved in other areas. That increases the chances of adding value to the local bands and to their fans, as well as supplying an audience and cash to bands touring through. They should have a solid sound system, solid sound engineers, and should be a music centered environment, with a bar representing only 20%-30%ish of the establishment. They can also put a certain percentage of emphasis on drawing a younger underage crowd and bands / artists (because they don’t have anywhere to go after their favorite band plays…they wont leave, but you can’t make up that price with alcohol…hence the cover charge)

Bars should not charge a cover….repeat…if you have a couple of speakers, maybe a digital board, a small little room with monitors that get overridden by a loud songbird, and 80% of your space is bar related, you should not be charging a cover. You should be getting people inside the bar and keeping them there, like the old days of the casinos. Tell the bands they get a cut of the night, or just play them a flat fee. But, if you have people walking in off the street to get a drink and listen to some music, and the music is good. They will stay. If they stay, they will drink…they will eat. They will keep your lights on. And if you don’t suck as a bar, they will come back even when there is no music. Bands that bring more people consistently can graduate to play venues. Then you can ask them not to interfere with other shows, but until then you are a bar. Make people DRINK, or Eat. Or sell a t-shirt. Make it a destination. I’m not anti-venue / bar, but the “scene”, promoters, and ultimately bands are blamed WAAAAAYYY too much. There are some venues / bars that are killing it with live original music. They are doing this because the place, the people, and the music is quality.

 

A “loop” where one can park easily with a bus that takes you to the venues. Wilmington Delaware used to have this.

 

The only way the Philly scene can be revived is if a legit media company/companies have full access to help shower the experience of said band performing. People have very short memories after a band has left, that’s because the focus is all wrong. Bookers are focusing on the bands too much and not the experience around the bands. but if the venue is the experience than people will remember that. So a company willing to help share the experience of what others have missed will make people want to come out to the next show, as well as make them interested in discovering new bands. — As you can tell I’ve been fed up for a while lol.

The Top 10 Songs of October, 2015

If you are listening to Gashouse Radio and you hear a song that you really like, please click the thumbs up button on the player to let us know! We keep track of all of your favorites, and that helps us determine how often we play a song in regular rotation.

 

Those votes also help us put together the Top 10 Countdown – a snapshot of your current favorites that airs every night at 6pm ET. We also keep track of those votes in order to post the Top 10 songs of every month. Here’s a look at the Top 10 songs of October, 2015 :

 

taking october 1. Find Someone – Taking October

2. Fold Me – Blabpipe

3. Movement – Stereoma

4. Nice And Tall – The Good Mess

5. City Lights – Kenny Fame

6. The Octopus (A Philosophical Discussion) – Johnny Showcase

7. Right To Die – Midnight Mosaic

8. Chile Relleno – Lowball Jack

9. Fair Warning – Wimps and Machos

10. Big Bluey Dawn – Ego Alien

 

Thank you again for all of your support over the years. We will continue to seek out the best independent music we can find and bring them to you every single day.

DVT Entertainment Joins The Grape Room

TheGrapeRoomPress Release: 11/13/15 DVT Entertainment is proud to announce that as of January 02, 2016 we will begin a booking partnership with The Grape Room in Manayunk & will host a Special FREE Kick Off party Jan 2nd. All booking requests: dvtevents@gmail.com.

In addition to our current schedule at Bull Shooters Saloon, DVT is beyond excited to continue our work in the Philadelphia music scene by helping to develop the best emerging artists and showcasing amazing regional & national talent on another historic stage at The Grape. This alliance brings together current Owner/booker Scooter, Jim Thorpe, who was a former Grape Street partner & booker and is Currently with DVT Entertainment, both of whom were key elements to the success of The Grape St. Pub along with Vince Volz (currently DVT Entertainment/Double V Bookings).

We all understand the current original music scene climate and we feel this partnership not only increases The Grape’s visibility as an attractive location for artists to perform, but lends itself to become even more of a networking hub in the scene alongside venues like Connie’s Ric Rac, The Fire, Bourbon & Branch etc. The plan is to keep cover charges low, continue the tradition of great shows, and bring new events, along with opening up the 2nd floor to a regular schedule of acoustic artists. DVT will aid The Grape in mapping out a game plan for increased presence on all social media platforms, marketing and increasing press coverage. Our goal is to become a comfortable yet professional home for local artists to be seen by fans, other artists & industry alike. Saturday, January 2nd will be a FREE EVENT to kick off DVT and The Grape Room’s partnership, it will be a amazing showcase with 20min sets, featuring 10+ performers, some surprises and ending out the night with a JAM!

tumblr_static_dvtlogosAll Bookings: DVTevents@gmail.com DVT Entertainment is Jim Thorpe and Vince Volz. Known for their strengths in artist development, strong cohesive shows and specialty events. DVT has worked with the following venues: Bullshooters Saloon, TLA, The Legendary Dobbs, The Grape Street Pub, Doc Watsons, Brownies 23 E. , Finnegans Wake, and numerous others. DVT exclusively books these festivals; South Street Spring Festival, The Liberty Musicfest, Dewey Beach Music Conference. DVT also has strong relationships with many local radio and online media outlets. We have hosted shows sponsored by 93.3 WMMR, Radio 104.5, Gashouse Radio & more.