Up top you see RFC 174 “Mark Wolfe Design Shirt.” This week’s episode of Radio Free Charleston features music from Qiet and Farnsworth, plus a special performance from the Dan Khede/Mark Scarpelli rock opera, MARY. We also have some fresh DEVO hat animation and part of a complete breakfast. Host segments were shot on the river side of our beautiful State Capitol Building. Our titular shirt comes to us from our good friend, Mark Wolfe, and plugs Mark Wolfe Design, pretty much the hippest design firm in town.

We start the show with something childish and hysterical and we’re not going to say anything more about it.


Our first musical guest, Qiet, is an eclectic musical phenomenon from Huntington, West Virginia, whom we’ve had on the show a couple of times before, but never at full strength. We finally got a chance to record the full band at The Empty Glass a couple of weeks ago and in this week’s show they bring us “Dionysian Dream.” Camera work is by Lee Harrah, Melanie Larch and Rudy Panucci. Sound recording by Greg McGowan.

Qiet just wrapped up a successful mini-tour of North Carolina, and can next be seen and heard December 7 at Jackie O’s in Athens, Ohio and December 15 Marietta Brewing Company in Marietta. We will alert you loudly

Blue Dome

the next time they play in the Charleston area.

Our animation this week is “Blue Dome,” surprisingly, it’s yet another DEVO energy dome cartoon by Frank Panucci.

Rowan Maher, “MARY”

Next up we feature Rowan Maher, accompanied by Mark Scarpelli. This is our fifth year bringing you a clip from Dan Khede and Mark Scarpelli’s holiday institution, MARY: A Rock Opera. For 2012 the Contemporary Youth Arts Company is trying a different approach with two sets of principal cast members trading off during the run of the show. It’ll be almost like having the chance to see two different productions of the same musical at the same time. This week we bring you Rowan Maher, who plays the title role, Mary, in the evening cast, performing “Child, My Child,” recorded at composer Mark Scarpelli’s home.

You can see “MARY: A Rock Opera” at the WVSU Captiol Center TheaterĀ November 23, 24, 29, 30 and December 1 at 8 PM, and November 24, 25 and December 1 at 2 PM. Tickets are ten dollars, six for students and seniors. You’ll want to check out both the evening and matinee performances this year to compare the casts.


For our final musical guest is Farnsworth, we dive into our video vault, all the way back to Budget Tapes and Records where we recorded a late summer performance by Farnsworth. Farnsworth will be playing with Morgantown’s The Phantom Six and Tofujitsu Friday, November 24th at the Boulevard Tavern. We wrap up the show with Farnsworth and their song “I’m Not Your Kind of Guy.”

If you watch RFC on a regular basis, you’re familiar with Tofujitsu, but here’s a new Live From Trackside video by The Phantom Six.

That’s it for this week’s show. We will probably be back with another show next week, but we don’t know what’s gonna be in it yet.