Sept. 11--On his widely syndicated radio show, Davey Love has interviewed an impressive slate of celebrities: "Jersey Shore" cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, porn actress Nicole Aniston, Anthony Weiner sexting partner Sydney Leathers.
But if the banter between Love and his high-profile guests is the main attraction of the two-hour show, it's also a way to keep listeners tuned into the local acts the personality so passionately supports.
"I always felt that they needed to get the exposure they deserve," Love, the host of "Modern Problems Radio Show," said of the area musicians that have performed on his program. "They're super talented."
With that mission in mind, Love is set to present the inaugural MPRShow Fest, a daylong festival of roots, rock and reggae music at Bridgeport's Acoustic Cafe on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Following the blueprint of Love's radio show, the concert pairs national names (in this case, musicians) with local ones, while echoing its roots-rock-reggae format.
Headlining the concert are Pete Francis, a longtime Greenwich resident best known as the bassist of the roots rock band Dispatch; and New Jersey reggae ensemble Echo Movement. The line-up of area acts includes Oh, Cassius!, P.J. Pacifico, I Anbassa, Big Moon, Darian Cunning, Remember September, Michele Riganese, Tom Crowley and Bury Me A Lion.
"The thought is this would be a good way to shine a light on these local acts, and to show people how good they really are," said Love, who lives in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport.
One of the local acts, Oh, Cassius!, is a Bridgeport folk duo that performed on "MPR Show" last September and again this past March.
"MPRShow Fest is just the shot in the arm we need to keep us firing on all cylinders," said guitarist/singer John Torres. "It provides us the chance to perform alongside and catch up with some of our good buddies, while allowing us to rub elbows with some national acts who've tasted the glory we're chasing. Plus, it's local, so we can stumble home if the whisky goes down too easily."
Torres lauded Love, saying MPRShow Fest is just the first of many big things I think you'll see his name attached to."
For one thing, the witty, fast-talking radio host recently signed a deal with My Three Sisters Publishing to release his first book, the tentatively titled "#daveylovethoughts." But while he's moving into other arenas of entertainment, Love's greatest accomplishment is scoring the big interview. It all started with a shot in the dark request to speak with one of the radio host's favorite musicians -- Big Head Todd and the Monsters frontman Todd Park Mohr.
"I sent an email to his publicist thinking, 'There's no way I'm getting this interview because I'm an Internet radio show,'" Love said. "But to my surprise, they emailed me back. That's what started this whole thing up."
Love, who broadcasts "MPR Show" with producer Mr. Jay and co-host Laura Merrill, has since charmed a bevy of musicians, celebrities and tabloid stars, convincing them to go on the air in interviews that are revealing and off the cuff. Listeners -- and advertisers -- have flocked to the show.
But, even as "MPR Show" has grown in popularity, Love has stayed true to the live and local mantra. You may hear a interview with Micahel Lohan, but iat'll always be chased by a live performance from an area band.
"A lot of them have been musical guests who have become really good friends of mine over the years," Love said of the acts on the MPR Show Fest bill. "They're like family."
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Acoustic Cafe, 2926 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Saturday, Sept. 14, noon. $25. 203-335-3655, www.acousticafe.com.
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