Celebrate National Blood Donor Month this January and Help Save a Life!
Blood donations typically drop off during and immediately after the winter holidays, which makes National Blood Donor Month in January a critical time for the American Red Cross.
Busy schedules, holiday breaks from school, inclement weather and winter illnesses contribute to fewer blood and platelet donations. Since December, severe winter weather has forced the Red Cross to cancel dozens of blood drives, leaving hundreds of donations uncollected. This poses quite a challenge since the need for blood doesn’t take a holiday nor diminish because a snowstorm hits.
The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 donations every day to keep the blood supply ready and available to meet the needs of about 2,600 hospitals, clinics and cancer centers across the country.
Find your local American Red Cross Here and give the gift of life!
Global Artist Spotlight – Ola Onabulé
Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabule has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabule’s meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.
Point Less, is a follow up to Onabule’s last album, It’s The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. It is an activist’s call – at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabule is rueful yet optimistic.
“Resisting hatred and injustice, U.K. vocalist Ola Onabulé’s Point Less spurs contemplation through involute lyrics grieving violence, xenophobia and corruption. Cynical undertones surface from storyteller Onabulé’s 15 intricate jazz arrangements, displaying fusions of pop, r&b and Latin jazz, enhanced by musical influences from Nigeria, where Onabulé spent his youth. The bandleader points out the pervasiveness of victim blaming within a violent culture on the 3/4 jazz cut “Point Less,” where John Parricelli’s guitar wraps around sonorous piano and drummer Jack Pollitt’s fine brush work. Toying with the pairing of opposites, “And Yet” is an r&b/jazz track demonstrating Onabulé’s commanding three-and-a-half-octave range, where lyrics replay centuries of bigotry. Contrasting the ironic elated vibe of “What The Heck,” Onabulé again fuses jazz and pop, driving verses and happy-go-lucky piano with vocals hinting at the sociopathy of hegemony. Wistful harmonica introduces the closer, “You Can’t Depend On Love,” where the vocalist’s uplifting work is a prized gift—an antidote to hope’s defeat.” ~ Kerilie McDowall, DownBeat Magazine
Check out a few tracks below, and then head Here to grab your copy!
Coquille High School Drama presents “Prom Night Fright”, January 17-18
Coquille High School Drama Club “Prom Night Fright” Written by Craig Sedare and Directed by Michael Warncke There are a lot more problems at the Prom this year than not knowing how to dance! Especially when you’ve even lost track of who you’re with!! January 17 & 18, at 7 p.m. This is a Free Show but donations are accepted. Sawdust Theatre 120 N Adams St Coquille.
Oregon Coast Film Festival, January 25 – 26
The 2020 Oregon Coast Film Festival, in its 7th season, will be held January 24-25, 2020 at the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay, Oregon. The film festival is an exhibition of Oregon films, filmmakers, cinematographers and photographers.
The 2-day festival program includes shorts and documentary films, photography collections, student films and selected feature film(s). For more information, click Here.
International Artist Spotlight – Daniel Lozakovich
None but the Lonely Heart, captures the extraordinary maturity of Daniel Lozakovich’s interpretations of Tchaikovsky. The 18-year-old violinist’s second album for the Yellow Label features a live performance of the composer’s Violin Concerto, recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the helm of conductor and fellow violinist, Vladimir Spivakov, with whom Lozakovich made his solo debut in 2010. The album also includes other works by Tchaikovsky, among them the Méditation for violin and orchestra and arrangements of two vocal works, Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin and the sublime Romance, Op.6 No.6, “None but the lonely heart”.
Have a listen to his stunning technique below, and then head Here to learn more about Daniel and grab your copy!
New Podcast Starting Every 4th Sunday at 1pm – Rural Roots Rising!
KBOG 97.9 is happy to announce a partnership with Rural Organizing Project on their new monthly podcast, Rural Roots Rising! This podcast is created by and for rural Oregonians who are creatively and courageously building stronger and more vibrant communities for a just democracy.
Here at KBOG we are excited to share this with all of our listeners because of how important it is to have community radio made by and for folks who are in our own neighborhoods. Tune in every 4th Sunday at 1pm, and you can also find & subscribe to Rural Roots Rising on Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and iHeart Radio.