The University of Washington's Rainy Dawg Radio--a nonprofit college radio station founded in 2001--is celebrating its birthday tonight at Meany Hall with an acoustic performance by Mountain Goats' frontman John Darnielle.
While the radio station has booked some impressive talent in the past, such as Blitzen Trapper and Wavves, Rainy Dawg Radio general manager Omar Shaukat said Darnielle will be the most prominent musician to headline one of the station's birthday shows.
"I think he's been a cornerstone of college radio for such a long time," Shaukat said, citing the Mountain Goats' "prolific" output of 17 studio albums (with another due out March 29) and 14 EP's over the last 20 years. "He's still one of the greatest singer/songwriters alive."
Previous birthday shows had taken place in the Husky Union Building (HUB), which is currently under construction. Shaukat said that it's likely the show will sell into Meany Hall's balcony. The $20 general-public tickets sold quickly, though more were made available last week by cutting into the slower-selling student-ticket allotment.
Shaukat also explained that Darnielle had been receptive to playing college campuses in the past, and that Rainy Dawg Radio's pitch of playing an acoustic set at the UW was met with excitement. "We wanted to bring him back to his roots," Shaukat said.
Opening for Darnielle will be local singer/songwriter Jesy Fortino, aka Tiny Vipers, whose 2009 Sub Pop-released full-length Life on Earth earned critical acclaim. Shaukat said that he and others at Rainy Dawg Radio enjoyed that album, but that they also wanted to have a local component to the show.
The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are still available for UW students at By George for $12 and for the general public online.