Like many radio listeners, Bainbridge High junior DD Madigan got sick and tired of overplayed songs. So beginning in March 2013, she decided to DJ her own radio show. Every Sunday, her show SoundFiles airs online on Bainbridge Island Radio at 8 p.m.
Madigan’s favorite stations are 90.3 KEXP and 107.7 The End, and she bases her own show on their alternative style, minus the repeated songs.
“I wanted to create my own take on both and create the best of both worlds,” Madigan said.
When Norman Johnson from Music Community Resources heard about her radio show, he was very impressed.
“I thought that was a fantastic thing. DD is a driving force on the island for young musicians, especially by getting them heard on the radio,” said Johnson.
He encouraged Madigan to take the next step and organize a live concert of local bands. And this summer, she is going to make it happen.
The concert will take place at Island Center Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug, 4. Admission is a suggested donation of $5, and all proceeds will benefit the Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation.
As a volunteer at the Special Needs Foundation, Johnson also helped Madigan decide on the benefiting organization.
“I’ve also done some volunteer work with little kids with special needs. It’s something that I totally support,” Madigan said. “Not only will it be a good experience to organize a concert, but it’s also a good way to reach out to the needs of the community.”
The three local bands that will be playing are the Dumpster Babies, a group of BHS juniors; Good Hue, a group of BHS seniors and recent graduates; and Friends and Family, a local band that has recently gained recognition in Seattle and has been featured on KEXP.
The show is open for all ages.