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Catching Up With Wheelchair Sports Camp's Kalyn Heffernan on New WSC Album, Youth on Record Program, and More

Posted by Billyjam, December 12, 2014 02:01pm | Post a Comment

In her hometown of Denver, charismatic hip-hop artist/activist/educator Kalyn Heffernan is well known. She is also much loved and respected for her talents, her warm personality, endless energy, and the passion for everything she embraces in her life. She is also an instantly recognizable figure. She may only be three and a half feet in height, weigh less than sixty pounds, and need the use of a wheelchair to get around, but the ever-active Kalyn Heffernan (who has the brittle-bone disability osteogenesis imperfecta) is a commanding persona who always has words of wisdom and encouragement to impart with those who cross her path.

The always good-humored, weed-smoking, queer, hip-hop artist/front person of the live hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp (WSC) counts among her many admirers music fans, fellow protesters in the Denver Occupy movement, and the recent anti-police demonstrations in the Mile High City as well as all the inner-city kids at the programs she tutors (when not on tour). She also has many fans in the LGBT community won over by her out, loud, and proud positive attitude as witnessed in the WSC song "Madd" with the lyrics, "Everyone here is mad / Everyone here is queer and perfectly glad!"

The Denver Colorado artist's accolades are lengthy. She's been featured in her hometown's The Denver Post a few times, been featured in Spin, Vice, and the Huffington Post, as well as gracing the cover of the NYC weekly The Village Voice in 2011 when she only had some demos and no album yet. In September she was among the contributors in the ten-day NYC arts festival Photoville where her video piece 4TheHomies (see below) was part of the exhibit. As a teacher/mentor she works in a couple of youth empowerment programs including Youth on Record at Youth Media Studios where various areas of music production are taught with an emphasis on hip-hop and its four elements (see video interview below that I conducted with her recently at the space).

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Longest Running Hip-Hop Radio Show "The Eclipse Show" on KGNU

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2014 06:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeblog interview about "The Eclipse Show" with Denver's DJ A-L


It was long assumed that Kevvy Kev Stanford radio KZSU's long-running hip-hop radio show The Drum (showcased on the Amoeblog five years ago) was the longest running radio show, but according to Colorado DJ A-L that distinction goes to Boulder CO radio station KGNU's hip-hop program The Eclipse Show is "the longest running hip-hop show in the world!"  Furthermore it is one that even predates KZSU's The Drum by a full half dozen years.

The Drum
, which note is no longer on the air, began in 1984 while The Eclipse Show started out in 1978 as, what DJ A-L called in the Amoeblog video interview above, "an alternative black radio show" that played all types of black music including rap/hip-hop as it began to get released on vinyl in the late seventies. Soon after, as hip-hop releases became more and more commonplace, The Eclipse Show gradually morphed into an all hip-hop music radio show. Fast forward a decade to 1990 and The Eclipse Show looked like it was about to go off the air due to lack of time commitment from those producing the show at that time. But that was when DJ A-L's mentor Chris Nathan stepped in to save the day, or rather the legacy of this radio show, by taking it under his wing and bringing in numerous other DJs/contributors over the years, and up to this day.

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moz in denver

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 13, 2007 07:59pm | Post a Comment
I just got back from my trip to Denver! We went and saw Morrissey on Wednesday night and stayed through the weekend. For some reason I thought it was going to be cold. I always think that places that snow during the winter remain cold through the rest of the year. But I was wrong. I know it was only like 85 degrees, but it was totally hot. I kind of like to complain about the weather. But Denver was nicer than I thought it would be. The show was in the hipper part of downtown. One of those neighborhoods where hipster meets homeless. Just as I'm sure the people of Dallas don't really live like the cast of the TV show "Dallas," the town of Denver was not much like "Dynasty." However, it was a very comfortable city. Even though I kind of freak out when I am not near the ocean, I did feel surprisingly calm. We had a chance to spend some time in Denver and even made it over to Wax Trax Records to do some shopping.

The show was at the Fillmore. I was expecting it to be like the Fillmore in San Francisco. It was not. It was a good size venue. A big stage with the feel of a high school basketball stadium. There was seating along the sides and a VIP balcony. My friend Erika hooked us up with some tickets so we actually got to be in the VIP section! So when we got there we went upstairs and the usher ladies told us we actually had our names printed out marking seats for us. The Fillmore was actually really comfortable and casual. I often get stressed out in big venues. But the staff was really nice and even though it was crowded, I didn't feel crowded. It kind of felt like home. He has taken Kristeen Young with him on tour. I was not really into her at the Pasadena show. But I actually started to like her at this show. It is just her on keyboards and a drummer. She is for sure a unique lady and kind of intense.

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