Who: Cities 97 personalities, fans, and musicians
What: Cities 97 Sampler 21 Release Party
Where: Bayview Event Center, Excelsior, Minnesota
When: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Why: To spread the love to Minnesota charities through the power of music
Party Patrol trekked ALL the way out to Lake Minnetonka Wednesday for the Cities 97 Sampler Volume 21 Release Party at Bayview Event Center. And it was well worth the ride, especially since we zipped out in a flash in the VIP lane on 394, to mingle in a place full of feel-good DJs, laid back musicians, and the sophisticated graduates of KDWB.
The Cities 97 sampler release and the Basilica Block Party are what DJ Marshall calls the radio stations' "high holy days." The two events raise a lot of money for Minnesota charities--the proceeds from the sampler over time is now $8 million--all through the amazing power of music.
The sampler has a rabid, cult-like following and even Mashall has collected the sampler since Volume 16. What's your favorite song on Vol. 16, Marshall? "Johnny Lange's 'Red Light'." Awww. We love that song too.
More than 1,000 guests enjoyed a sneak listen of the Sampler and got to see Vol. 21 artists Meredith Fierke, Erin McCarley, NeedToBreathe, Brandi Carlile, and Five For Fighting perform in the cozy setting.
When the artists performed, it got pretty steamy, that's when Party Patrol's "need to breathe" kicked in and we went downstairs or up, wherever the acts weren't playing. We saw Cities 97's Lee Valsvik, Brian Oake, and Jason Nagel, Hope Rockers Mark and Susan Lacek, schmoozer-of-the-year Todd Walker, and Clear Channel Radio exec Mike Crusham.
On our way out, we bumped into BT (Brian Turner) for the night's last shot of warm fuzzies. "They get it," he says of the loyal fans who wait in line at dawn in November for the chance to purchase their limit-to-two copies of the CD actively engaging in the experience of giving. "You can feel the love flow through you," he says.
On Thursday morning, the CD went on sale at Target, the long lines formed, and the coveted 30,000 copies sold out in two hours, raising $700,000 for Minnesota charities.
We feel the love BT. Hugs!