WMLB’s ArtWorks program launches with a musical bash at The Goat Farm. The Voice of the Arts isn’t simply a tag line for AM 1690, it’s a mantra.

The award-winning station is reaching beyond the airwaves with ArtWorks, a new website to help bolster volunteerism among Atlanta’s arts organizations. To commemorate the launch, AM 1690 is hosting a special party at The Goat Farm in the Westside/Home Park area. The evening of entertainment includes a special acoustic performance by The Jagged Stones, a spot-on tribute to The Rolling Stones, featuring an array of classics many of us know by heart. Popular Atlanta-based indie rock act Christ, Lord shares the stage.

The centerpiece of the night, however, is “Vari-Okey,” AM 1690’s crowd-pleasing hybrid of classic variety show performance and live karaoke. While all are welcome to try his or her hand at singing on the “Vari-Okey” stage, the evening is packed with unexpected performances. Surprise celebrity guests, wacky talents and jaw-dropping live acts are all a part of “Vari-Okey.” Cage, best known as frontman for Atlanta-based Neil Diamond tribute Nine Inch Neils, wrangles the music while Jon Waterhouse, host of AM 1690’s “The Pop Culture King Show,” serves as emcee. Both help encourage the crowd by grabbing the mic themselves and even making a few costume changes in the process.

In addition to celebrating the ArtWorks concept, guests have the opportunity to learn more about upcoming arts-related volunteer opportunities and the organizations behind them. Volunteer sign-up sheets will be available.

The AM 1690 staff say the purpose of ArtWorks is twofold. Through volunteer opportunities, the public will become a part of the Atlanta art scene while learning skills that will help them in future artistic endeavors. By connecting people to arts organizations through productive work, art will become a more integral and participatory part of the Atlanta public.

The following groups will be partnering with ArtWorks:

MASS Collective



Living Walls

Beltline Arts


Push Push

One Love Generation


ArtWorks Launch Party. 9 p.m. May 26. Free. The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St., Atlanta.

AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts:

Joe Weber, founder of AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts, had a vision: To break the rules of mainstream radio by turning the dial back to its roots. Weber’s idea was to dispense his love for the arts through the airwaves, sharing his passion for music and creativity with others. The result is AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts, which continues to challenge radio’s boundaries one song at a time with Atlanta’s most eclectic and essential collection of music. It would take a dozen satellite radio stations to make one AM 1690. The station’s playlist jumps genres and decades featuring the best music from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

You’ll hear songs by composers ranging from Dylan to Debussy. AM 1690’s wide array of original specialty programming taps the full spectrum of Atlanta’s creative community. Musicians, educators, actors, journalists and many others bring their artistic knowledge to AM 1690. Specialty shows and segments explore topics including books, film, arts, food and a wealth of musical genres.

AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts:

Redefining radio with the most musical variety and original programing on the Atlanta dial. Where the past and present meet the future.