Believe it or not, there once was a time when rock & roll radio stations actually played an aggressive cultural role, and here in Los Angeles KMET 94.7 (“a little bit of heaven”) was among the last of them. When the station went belly up on Valentine’s Day 1987, it ended two decades of vastly influential, freewheeling, progressive broadcasting. One of KMET’s mainstay platter jockeys was Pat “Paraquat” Kelley, nicknamed for a ’70s-era marijuana pesticide the feds employed. He is now fighting multiple sclerosis, so this mad little shebang, featuring the stellar likes of Waddy Wachtel, George Thorogood and Janiva Magness, is a much-needed fundraiser that’s sure to conjure some spectral remnants of long-gone, old-school decadence and plenty of right-now, first-rate rock & roll.
Sun., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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