In a showing of being a radio station that works not only to redefine radio stations, but also spring music festivals, the Davis-based, student-run, freeform KDVS radio station is gearing up to bring its 14th Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom to Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery in Davis this Saturday, May 17th. The daylong all-ages festival promises an eclectic line-up of live music, complete with art installations, local craft vendors, and great beer.
“Operation Restore Maximum Freedom, or O:RMF, is a culmination of the station itself,” says KDVS Events Director Estefania Alvarez. “We’re not looking to book the same band twice, we’re not looking to book big bands. This is a festival for the community and for us to show what KDVS is about—freeform and underground music”
Freeform—the refusal to confine DJs and the station as a whole to any one genre of music—along with a commitment to broadcasting new, noncommercial, and at times even down right challenging music to region has been a defining characteristic of KDVS programming for 50 years. The 20 bands, interactive art, and vendors perfectly distill the station’s ethos into a lineup with everything from the modern Americana of Whiskey Business to the straight-out-of-the-eighties boogie of Love Cryme. Hip hop acts, experimental electronic music, and good-old fuzzed out garage rock all share an equal place on the festival’s two stages.
Though the ethos of the festival remains the same, there’s a lot of changes to the 14th edition of O:RMF. “This festival is a little different from the other ones because I basically started from scratch,” said Alvarez. “I looked for a venue and it took about 5 months, and finally found Sudwerk. There’s also been a huge community push. People from everywhere have been helping me out, not just from the station”.
O:RMF XIV finds KDVS teaming up with the Davis art collective, Third Space, and local Sacramento craft vendors. The two groups will provide art, workshops, and goods for attendees throughout the day. The festival also follows the Friday release of the new Sudwerk beer, The Big Dipl, providing ample opportunity to sample the new Double India Pale Ale Lager while at the festival.
Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom XIV will be held Saturday May, 17th from 12pm to 10pm at Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery (2001 2nd Street) in Davis. Attendance is all-ages with tickets ($15) available at the door. Presale tickets ($10) are offered at a discounted rate through ormf.brownpapertickets.com.
For more information about Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom XIV, including links to all the bands playing, visit the facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/717756014934412/.