Local Internet radio station Unsigned 99.9 hosting summer concert series
By Stacy Wolford
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
The local music scene will be heating up this summer thanks to an Internet radio station based in the Mon Valley.
Unsigned 99.9 is sponsoring a summer concert series, called “Cosmic Rock and Bowl,” at the Brunswick Zone bowling center, Route 51 south, Rostraver Township.
Karl “DJ KJ” Jackson, the CEO and founder of the radio station, said the concert series will kick off Friday with national country recording artist the Jimmy James Band, of Greene County; Noise Nothing, a rock band from Pittsburgh; and Harley Dyse of Pittsburgh, a rock/hip-hop performer.
The party is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $20, which includes the concerts and four hours of bowling. There will be door prizes, raffles and giveaways during the show. Several local businesses are sponsoring the event.
A VIP section will feature disc jockey, stand-up comedian, a gift auction and a poker tournament.
The show will be hosted by James “DJ MayLay” Brice, of Donora, who is also a DJ on Unsigned 99.9. Brice is the series concert organizer.
Aaron “DJ Hamm” Cunningham, also of Donora, the station's “party DJ” and music coordinator who attends live events, will also be at Brunswick.
Jackson, who returned to the Mon Valley six years ago after growing up in Atlanta, Ga., said the concert series is a way to not only promote his radio station, but also local music artists. Having the concerts at Brunswick offers the whole family a “fun night out,” he said.
The folks at Brunswick agreed.
“We thought it would be great to bring live bands from the area here and showcase their talent,” Jackson said.
Jackson said he runs Unsigned 99.9 from a studio in Donora. The station's fan base is currently near the half-million mark.
In addition to featuring the music of indie artists, the station plays music from the local and national music scene and offers health, lifestyle and entertainment programs.
“We cover the entire globe and can enter any home that has an internet connection,” Jackson said. “Our station has a long standing heritage of quality programs and loyal listeners.”
The station is streamed online 24 hours a day via its website, www.unsigned999.com.
In addition to Jackson, Brice and Cunningham other DJs include DJ Lady Maverick and DJ RayRay.
Jackson said he has always had a passion for music and being a radio DJ. His uncle, Bernard Dickson, was a DJ, as well as several other relatives.
At Unsigned 99.9, he gets to be a DJ and promote local artists.
“It's great to help artists gain recognition,” he said.
Jackson said other dates for the summer concert series at the Brunswick Zone will be announced in the near future.
For more information, call Jackson at 412-328-7119, Brunswick Zone 724-379-4433, or go to www.unsigned999.com
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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