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Groovy? A Volunteer’s Perspective 2

May 8, 2024

Groovy? A Volunteer's Perspective II

KSVY and SonomaTV are fueled by our volunteers. Our non-profit mission is to put media tools in our locals' hands and produce great audio and video in real-time out in our community. Community Media: A Volunteer's Perspective is a chance to let them tell you about their experience and give a personal story behind our claim that community Radio and TV are a vital part of a healthy region.

Laurie PantellThis blog was written by Laurie Pantell. She is a recent transplant to Sonoma from the San Francisco/Oakland area. She is fortunate enough to have found meaningful work as a Marriage and Family Therapist and sees clients virtually through her private practice. Fueled by boundless curiosity about the human condition, Laurie has done her best to traverse the vagaries of her own inner landscape as well as that of her many clients. Being in Sonoma has opened up new vistas for Laurie, and her latest ambition is to be an aspiring creative. Words and Photos are hers. 



DJ Dragonfly DJ Nate Audio Angel performing at the Groovy Gathering of KSVY Friends

When I first heard a promotion for KSVY’s Groovy Gathering of KSVY Friends in celebration of their 20-year anniversary, I knew I wanted to be there.  My associations with the word “groovy” are all positive: a mellow vibe, cool and hip but not pretentious, free-spirited, counter-culture, and a let’s-just-simply-get-along-and-feel-good ethos. How could I miss this? I jumped on the KSVY website and grabbed a ticket.

These were my associations with groovy, but when I was given the assignment to write this blog post I decided to consult a dictionary, the authority on all things nomenclature. Here’s an official definition of groovy:

Fashionable and exciting.

Marvelous, wonderful, enjoyable, excellent.

When I added these connotations to mine, I understood why I was drawn unequivocally to participate. All signs pointed to a delightful evening ahead and the gathering itself did not disappoint.

A few days before the event, I scoured my closet and set aside an outfit that I hoped might qualify as groovy.  It was a gorgeous spring evening when, after work, I headed over to the Winery Sixteen 600 Tasting House for the festivities. The Winery was accurately billed as unlike others in this area. Located in a charming house, it has a cozy, down-home feel with several smaller rooms and lounge seating that invites intimate conversation.

Groovy Gathering PosterAs I got my bearings, I was greeted by a friendly sommelier donning a tie-dyed shirt. We began chatting about how the Winery’s vinyl records are carefully organized, and soon the conversation veered into the merits and pitfalls of psychedelics, apropos of the setting. Guests were arriving slowly and, with wine glasses in hand, making their way outdoors to the patio behind the tasting room.  A focused DJ spun 80s rock ‘n roll, careful to display the album cover for each live song.

I had not come in an official capacity as a KSVY volunteer, but was happy to be asked shortly after arriving to take photos of the event.  It was a perfect role for me.  As an introvert, I tend to be both participant and observer in a larger group, and having a “job” that legitimized my observer felt just right.  Though a novice photographer, I was squarely in my social comfort zone.

With camera securely around my neck, I moved about the crowd hoping to capture both the spirit of the event and the people who were there. I took snapshots of enthusiastic dancers in hippy garb, DJs engrossed in their turntables, and loyal KSVY fans noshing on gourmet tacos.  Emboldened by my assignment and the solidity of the camera itself, I asserted myself in conversations just enough to get some close-ups.

As the sun descended in the sky, the crowd thinned a bit but the energy of those who remained heightened.  When the headlining team of DJ GriffinGrrl & Audio Angel performed, they provided sublime entertainment with, as promised, “soulful vocals and infectious beats”. The night hit a crescendo.

Happy People at the Groovy Gathering of KSVY FriendsThe word “groovy” enticed me to attend the Gathering of KSVY Friends. The word I came away with was “belonging.” Belonging for me does not come from being amongst others who look, act or think like me, but being amongst others who look, act and think like themselves. KSVY is a place that encourages this type of freedom. I arrived with a sense I would be welcome there and taking pictures brought me fully in. It turns out that what makes a gathering groovy for me, as in “marvelous, wonderful, enjoyable, excellent”, is when I can be myself and so truly belong.

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Groovy Gathering: Get Your Tickets Now!

April 10, 2024

Groovy Gathering: Get Your Tickets Now!

CGroovy Gathering Poster

KSVY Sonoma 91.3 FM, in collaboration with our fantastic sponsor Winery Sixteen 600, is throwing a unique bash: the Groovy Gathering of KSVY Friends, as part of our “In Your Ears for Twenty Years,” campaign celebrating 20 years on the air! Join us at Winery Sixteen 600 World Headquarters for an evening  filled with live vinyl DJ sets, flowing Winery Sixteen 600 wine, gourmet food truck, and a special SONIC AUDIO JOURNEY by DJ Griffingrrl & Audio Angel.

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024

Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Winery Sixteen 600 World Headquarters, 589 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476

Step into the groovy atmosphere of Winery Sixteen 600 World Headquarters as the doors open at 5:00 PM, and kick off the evening with good vibes and great company. You’ll feel right at home in this funky venue, where a record player in every room sets the stage for an evening of musical magic. And if you’re a big DeadheadDeadhead, you’re in luck——tie-dye is popular here, and the spirit of the Grateful Dead lives on!

This event is ticketed, with tickets available on a sliding scale from $50 to $150. Every penny goes to support KSVY community radio, so grab your tickets before they’re gone! 🎉📻 (75 tix-available)

Only 75 tickets are available for this event, and you might have noticed there's a range of prices. This is a fundraiser for KSVY and every dollar helps us to Keep on Truckin'. So pay what you can in those tiers, we are grateful for every dollar.



Tickets can also be purchased at the KSVY Studios at 680 W. Napa St. Sonoma or by calling 707-933-0808

Your ticket includes: Your ticket includes: Two glasses of complimentary wine of your favorite red, white, or blush varietal, generously donated by longtime sponsor & supporter, Winery Sixteen 600, (additional wine on sale by Winery Sixteen 600) or a refreshing NA beverage selection, access to the gourmet food truck, two KSVY "In Your Ears for Twenty Years" stickers, one KSVY fridge magnet, and an absolutely, unique, soul-warming, groovefest of art, music and hospitality by your Winery Sixteen 600 crew & KSVY hosts, dj's and artists.


🎶 Get ready for a night of rhythm and soul at the KSVY In the Mix Party! 🎶


Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store for you:


5:00 PM - Doors Open

Step into the groovy atmosphere of Winery Sixteen 600 World Headquarters and kick off the evening with good vibes and great company.


5:00 PM - DJ Set by Mike Ryan of “Mike Ryan Recommends” Thursdays 5 - 7 PM Get the party started with Mike as he spins a mix of indie rock, garage rock, and all your favorite hits from the past two decades. 🎸🎶


5:30 PM—DJ Set by Nora Murphy of Left of the Dial, Thursday 8 - 10 PM, as she takes us on an all vinyl post-punk, new wave wild ride!


6:30 PM—DJ Set by Nate Lamar of Off the Shelf Fridays 5 - 7 PM, as he rocks some yacht rock and irresistible all-vinyl jams.


7:30 PM - Special Live Performance by Audio Angel with DJ Griffin Girl

Prepare to be blown away as Audio Angel takes the stage with DJ Griffin Grrrl for a performance you won’t soon forget. With her soulful vocals and Griffin Grrrl’s infectious beats, they will have you soaring and inspired. 🎤🎧


8:30 PM - Last Call

Wrap up the night with one last dance and a toast to 20 years of community radio excellence.


Enjoy delicious food from the local gourmet food truck throughout the evening and savor two glasses of delicious Winery Sixteen 600 wines included with your ticket.


Don’t miss out on this epic celebration – grab your tickets now before they’re gone! 🎉🍷


Venue: Just one block from the Sonoma Plaza sits a quaint, understated, 120-year-old farmhouse known as Winery Sixteen 600 World Headquarters. Turntables in every room, lounge seating, antique theater seats, tye-dye, organic, high vibes. 589 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476

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