LAGUNA BEACH, CA — KX FM hosted a members-only party in the Mozambique Large Outer Tent on August 24th. The shindig was held to reveal the winner of the “man-made” t-shirt design competition. Hot aperitifs, shopping bags and a multitude of articulate people to have a good time. But the musicians made it take off; the live music absolutely sizzled from the start.
Station favorite Trapdoor Social was on the line, showing their set on Instagram Live, but a second surprise band added spirited New Orleans jazz. The two groups overlapped through the magical sounds of the horns, which were key to the aforementioned sizzle.
Quinn Carson joined Trapdoor Social on trombone for “Loneliness,” a decidedly hoarse tune on the subject. Then Carson’s bandmate Jay Jennings brought his trumpet chops to Trapdoor’s latest songs.
During Carson’s set, he called in dynamic Trapdoor Social frontman Skylar Funk, who stalked the tent on saxophone. In general, it was the life of the party, even drawing Patti Compton, KX FM’s new host, of “Say Something Sweet” to the dance floor.
Station manager and afternoon host Alyssa Hayek beamed as she revealed that 1,000 listeners had voted for their favorite among the design finalists. Erica Delamare, director of music and social media, chaired the sales table, keeping the model’s torso sporting the winning design on a t-shirt hidden under a tie-dye napkin.
With a deciding 30% of the vote, the winner was Mitch Ridder’s sunset silhouette of a musician playing on the western end of the world.
Mornings with Ed host Ed Steinfeld was of course the emcee. Before presenting Trapdoor Social, he paid tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who had just passed away in London. Ed’s sassy selection? “The Spider and the Fly.”
A large number of station hosts were on hand, wearing badges so KX FM members could meet the people they listen to all week. Sunday was well represented by Martin Hanlin from “The Real McCoy Show”, Steve Reid from “Coast Highway Shuffle” and Ernest Hackmon from “The Importance of Being”.
“Tropical Surf” DJ Tommy J pointed out jeweler Cookie Lee in the crowd of KX FM supporters. Lauren Fisher came to party for 104.7 and celebrated her first birthday as the owner of My Laguna Office on Broadway in downtown.
Laguna Beach Development Director and Culture Specialist Jayne Herring and daughter Inara worked with grace at the recording table. Jayne’s event planning chops were on display throughout.
When it was time to reveal the winning design between the groups, Jayne undressed the half-model with aplomb. The Ridder graphic is printed on premium 100% cotton t-shirts by The T-Shirt Company of Laguna; there was one in every loot bag.
Patch visited the station in June, and it was a pleasure to see the four main ones – Erica, Ed, Alyssa and Jayne – fulfill their mission of bringing the station into the community and vice versa.
As we left to catch up with the tram, Jayne shouted that Mozambique wanted Trapdoor Social to keep playing. Do they have? Let us know in the comments.