KEXP’s Annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge coincides with our One-Day Summer Fund Drive this Friday, June 10. But why wait? Show your civic pride now and help your neighborhood take an early lead in the 2016 Hood-to-Hood Challenge.
Starting today, when you donate to power great music on KEXP, you can vote for whichever Hood you choose. The one that shows the most support wins a party at KEXP next year, complete with live music, KEXP DJs, food and drink from local vendors, and much more.
And if you live in one of the other 49 states (or the District of Columbia), we’ve got a special deal for you. As a special incentive for music lovers elsewhere in the country, this year the state (excluding Washington, naturally) that donates the most before 6:00 p.m. this Friday will be honored with a special day of programming inspired by its music scene.
For instance, if this little State-to-State competition is won by Georgia—and as of this writing, that’s who’s in the lead—you could expect to hear Drive-By Truckers, OutKast, R.E.M., and “Georgia on My Mind.”
Make your gift right now and how your passion for commercial-free, independent music from all over the world. Because no matter where you call home, and which Hood or State you’re rooting for, when you support great music everybody wins!
Closing out KEXP's 2016 Hood to Hood was Seattle's own Porter Ray, whose laidback flow at least kept things chill, y'know, musically. The wise-beyond-his-twenty-something-years rapper brought some romantic rhymes to the stage, combining some old-school R&B vibes to his hip hop sounds.
Where did all these people come from?! We ain't gonna front: it's freakin' hot out here at KEXP's 2016 Hood to Hood broadcast from the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. But as local trio Acapulco Lips took the stage, the crowd came emerging from the shadows.