KOOP Radio Benefit
The Ugly Beats, The Winks
Beerland, Saturday 1.10.04
got the heads up that KOOP Radio (91.7 FM) was having a benefit
over at Beerland. Mainly, I wanted to go see the Ugly Beats,
as I had seen the Winks earlier in the week. Still, the Winks
did put on a crowd-pleasing performance, and watching four
sexy girls rock out is always time well spent.
introduced me to the host and organizer of the evening, Scott
Gardner of KOOP. Scott was pretty busy that evening, so I
told him we could chat later on in the week, as I wanted to
learn more about KOOP. Scott does a show called “Stronger
than Dirt,” which airs every Saturday night from 8 to10
p.m. He’s been doing the show since the inception of
KOOP back in 1994. KOOP’s main mission is to provide
quality programming for those communities traditionally underserved
by mainstream radio. KOOP is run almost exclusively by volunteers.
They do have two poorly paid staff members. Each of their
programmers produces his or her own show with complete artistic
freedom. This particular night, they were trying to raise
enough money to buy a new turntable. The night was successful
for them, and they were able to raise enough money for the
had heard some good things about the Ugly Beats, so I was
definitely looking forward to them. They didn’t disappoint.
I’ve always enjoyed that mid-60s R & B sound. Some
people call it Freakbeat. The show was like a time warp back
to that era. The Ugly Beats play both covers and originals,
complete with mid-60s attire, Vox Amps and an AceTone Organ.
I especially liked the mod dress on sexy keys player J-9.
The Boom-Chica-Boom girls completed the atmosphere with their
eye-catching go-go dancing.
has another benefit scheduled for Saturday, February 14 at
Caucus Club, and they are also planning another benefit at
Beerland after SXSW.