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WEOS, Bonacci Family Featured

Last week’s Jumpstart section of the Finger Lakes Times noted the live performance of Indie rock band Ra Ra Riot would be streaming on the Colleges’ radio station WEOS 89.7/90.3 FM the following day. The band has strong local ties in the form of Milo Bonacci, the group’s guitarist and a Geneva resident. It also has ties to HWS as Milo’s father is Tom Bonacci, facilities manager at the Colleges.

“A lot of people hear him, but he doesn’t get heard in his hometown very often,” the article quotes Tom. “So it’s really cool whenever he plays close to home or can be heard on the radio.”

Ra Ra Riot will perform live in Geneva on September 18. More information and the full article from last week follows.


Finger Lakes Times
Live Ra Ra airing on WEOS
Genevan’s ‘Riot’ performance on radio; band here this fall

Jumpstart August 12, 2010


Come noon tomorrow, Tom Bonacci will be tuned in to a radio station that happens to be broadcast from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he is the facilities manager.

The station, WEOS 89.7/90.3 FM, will be streaming a live performance by one of his favorite bands, which features his own son, guitarist Milo Bonacci.

Milo was a founding member of the popular, Geneva-born Gym Class Heroes and now part of the Indie rock group Ra Ra Riot that has gained a loyal following from here to California.

“A lot of people hear him, but he doesn’t get heard in his hometown very often,” said Tom, who lives in Geneva with his wife, Jane. “So it’s really cool whenever he plays close to home or can be heard on the radio.”

Upon learning that the campus station would be airing Ra Ra Riot’s performance at World Café Live in Philadelphia, the proud pop organized something of a listening party among his colleagues.

“I see a lot of people,” he said. “I’ve been spreading the word.”

He’s been doing his best to let folks know, too, about Ra Ra Riot’s upcoming visit to Geneva to put on a show at a downtown building called the Cracker Factory that’s home to the nonprofit arts group Three Stories. Proceeds from the Sept. 18 show will help Three Stories establish an artist-in-residence program that will bring painters, photographers and the like to the area to practice their craft and share lessons with others.

“We’re extremely, extremely honored'” said Three Stories’ Amy Phillips, who lives at the Cracker Factory. “It’s a very sincere, kind gesture of the whole band to do this.”

Phillips says she’ll be tuning in to the radio show Friday and expects to hear some tunes from Ra Ra Riot’s album, “The Orchard,” set to be released Aug. 24. It has special Significance for her – her former farmhouse in Penn Yan is featured on the album’s cover.

She hosted Milo and Bandmates for a month at this time last year. They soaked up the Finger Lakes and wrote the songs featured on the album. Milo still calls Geneva home, but he spends most of his time in Brooklyn and on the road playing music.

“We really loved that farm, so it was our pleasure to have them stay there and enjoy the place,” said Phillips, a longtime friend of the Bonacci family. “They really captured the feeling of the place.”

Greg Cotterill, station manager of WEOS, can’t wait for the new album. He, too, happens to be a big fan of Ra Ra Riot and not just because it includes a hometown guy.

When the group was in the area last year Cotterill got to meet them and was thrilled they spent a few hours checking out the old vinyl records the station was preparing to sell as a fundraiser for the Smith Opera House.

WEOS doesn’t usually air World Café Live shows but upon learning Milo’s band was on the lineup, Cotterill jumped at the opportunity.

“It’s a special Broadcast, it’s not something we do every day,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Tune in

The Indie rock band Ra Ra Riot, which includes Geneva native Milo Bonacci, will perform at the World Café Live in Philadelphia at noon Friday. The performance will be broadcast live on WEOS 89.7/90.3 FM from the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Anyone who can’t pick up the station can here is streamed live over the Internet by logging on to WEOS.org.