By Ashlyn Bruni
100 years ago, an LSU student first sat down and began working on what later morphed into the university’s radio station. Since then, KLSU (91.1) has grown into a staple of the Baton Rouge music scene with some of the freshest tunes on the city’s airwaves.
The student DJs behind KLSU are eager to show how much work they do for the station and prove that they don’t just sit huddled behind their laptops all the time. On Friday, Lagniappe Records will be hosting a fundraiser for KLSU Radio where the DJs will be spinning records and meeting the public. This will be the first time KLSU has ever done an in-store spinning, as well as the beginning of their partnership with local indie powerhouse Lagniappe Records.
Lagniappe Records co-owner and musician Tess Brunet said that building a relationship with KLSU is a “no-brainer” for the store because of their taste in music and desire to expand their knowledge. Though this event is their first collaboration, it likely won’t be the last.
The DJs spinning at the event include Katie “Baby Kate” Warner, Maggie “Hellcat” Sylvester, Ryan “Mcfly” Travis, and Elizabeth “Blue Belly Susan” Gelvin. More DJs will be present than those spinning, and you can expect to see DJ Strangelove dancing all night.
Warner (DJ Baby Kate) hosts the radio show “Paul’s Boutique,” which features classic hip-hop music. On Friday, she will be playing some of the classics she is used to be playing on her show, but also some ‘80s electro and international music. She picked the albums she will be spinning based on album covers; one of them even features a man sitting with piles of bread surrounding him.
Sylvester (DJ Hellcat) specializes mostly in jazz fusion, and she hosts the program “Purple.” In the words of DJ Hellcat herself, the show will be “a get down,” and she will be giving listeners a basic introduction to the music she features on her show. Meanwhile, though Travis (DJ Mcfly) hosts the ‘80s funk “That 80’s Show,” he’ll spin some records into the ‘70s and ‘90s with some wild cards thrown in. Travis said he’s less concerned with the flow of his set as much as he is with “just playing good music.” Gelvin (Blue Belly Susan) hosts the American Roots show Hard Times, and will feature mostly blues music.
Since the event isn’t on air — meaning it isn’t regulated by the FCC — the DJs are excited to be able to play whatever they want. And they’re even more excited to meet many of their listeners for the first time.
“If you are a listener, we love you,” said KLSU’s event organizer Jolie Robicheaux. “We really, really love you.”
Doors open at 7:00, the show starts at 8:00, and don’t forget to BYOB! There is no cover fee for the event. The KLSU team would like the public to know that they are excited to meet all of their listeners, They are also hoping to give some autographs, so don’t disappoint them!
This event is just the beginning of KLSU’s fundraising. They are also trying to get the word out about their major telethon fundraiser on March 23 with a kickoff party on March 20. The fundraiser aims to drum up $35,000 to increase the station’s wattage, which will allow them to reach Lafayette, Hammond, and Gonzales. For more information check out their Facebook page or website (KLSU.fm), or tune in to 91.1 FM.