"Moving Heaven and Earth" WOOC 105.3 FM Fundraiser

Date(s) - Friday 10/30/2015 - 10/31/2015
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

Low power graphicA trio of groups will be “Moving Heaven and Earth” at 7 PM on Friday, October 30, to benefit the forthcoming new community radio station WOOC 105.3 FM. The Heavenly Echoes, JV & the Cutters, and the Agape Blues Company will be performing at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy, NY in a dynamic show emceed by noted author, editor, and music writer Don Wilcock.

Admission to the all ages concert is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low income).


Musician Joe Abbey, who has produced a number of incredible shows at the Sanctuary over the years, came to us with this idea for a concert of gospel music and the blues featuring The Heavenly Echoes and JV & the Cutters with special guests the Agape Blues Company… presenting traditional and original songs of Tribulation, Jubilation, and Liberation. He calls this true American roots music, Here and Now, and wanted to make this show a benefit for our new community radio station, WOOC 105.3 FM.

About WOOC 105.3 FM

Early this year the Federal Communications Commission granted a construction permit for a new radio station, WOOC 105.3 FM, to broadcast from studios at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. It’s what’s called a low power radio station—operating at 100 watts—but that’s enough to cover all of Troy and beyond. Of course, we’ll also be streaming on the Internet… and our long-term plans are to work with other local community groups to expand broadcast coverage throughout the entire Capital Region. Our on-air studio is ready, production training has begin, our transmitter and antenna have arrived… all that’s left is to raise the money for some special FCC-required equipment and get our antenna onto a tower!

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The Heavenly Echoes circa 2009 photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk About THE HEAVENLY ECHOES

The Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers are a Southern soul-style gospel group, founded more than 50 years ago by the late Deacon James Edmonds of the Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany NY. They perform as a nine member group backed by guitar, bass and drums. The Heavenly Echoes regularly bring their authentic, heartfelt style of gospel music to churches throughout the Capital Region, as well as to festivals and cultural events across the state. This is the real deal–expect to have your soul set free!

Video: “Coming On Home

JV Cutter photoAbout JV & THE CUTTERS

JV plays original music that fuses elements of rock, funk, soul, gospel and jazz with the power and directness of electric blues. He calls this music “the new urban blues.” JV started playing bass guitar after hearing the bluesy swing and shuffle of Bill Wyman from the early days of the Rolling Stones. A few years later, the music of Albert King inspired him to pick up the guitar. JV writes music rooted in the styles of masters such as T. Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. The lyrics, however, reflect contemporary issues and modern life.

Artist website and on Facebook

Video: “It’s An Uphill Struggle”

Agape Blues Company photo





The Agape Blues Company is a blues/gospel band formed in 2012 and based in Upstate NY. Their music includes many original songs, hymns and worship songs played in a blues style, as well as traditional blues music with gospel lyrics. They use both homemade and traditional instruments in creating their own unique sound.

Artist website and on Facebook.

Video: “When I Get To Heaven”



This “Moving Heaven and Earth” event is made possible by volunteer labor, small financial contributions from thousands of patrons of The Sanctuary for Independent Media and support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts, located in a historic former church at 3361 6th Avenue in Troy, NY. The Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kinds.