Don’t forget Hot Rize in concert in Denver May 25 . . . and, Gomez and Ariana Gillis on eTown this week!
By Helen ~ May 22, 2012
This week’s broadcast (airing 5/23 – 5/29) features two visiting acts who got their start outside of the U.S. The popular London/LA based experimental pop group Gomez is back with us, (they are some of our favorite past guests; it’s been a while since they’ve been with us so we’re happy to have them back . . SUCH nice guys). And first time eTowner Ariana Gillis joins us as well. This Canadian newcomer is just 21 years old but is already creating a buzz in the music world: David Marsh, the legendary former rock critic for Rolling Stone and Cream Magazine, calls Ariana the “best new emerging artist anywhere.” And as usual there’s an inspiring E-Chievement Award story for you too. Ed Butchart (see photo!) of Georgia not only looks like Santa Claus, he IS like Santa Claus, responsible for giving crucial gifts of aid, equipment and support to countless handicapped folks in need. He’s so real. I just love him. Be sure to tune in to hear Ed tell his story; this is one of THE best E-Chievement Awards we’ve ever presented.
Personal update: We’re back from our travels . . I mentioned last time that we were about to head out somewhere to celebrate our birthdays (both on May 16th) and our 21st wedding anniversary (yikes, where DOES the time go?). We ended up taking a car trip in the area, a ‘stay-cation’ as it’s sometimes called – stayed at our good friends’ place in Vail and also spent a night in Aspen. It was chilly but bright and beautiful in both places. Had a great time, much needed down time indeed (we work pretty much nonstop on the show: writing, researching, rehearsing, editing, mixing . . and on keeping the nonprofit org that produces the program going: fundraising, managing staff, etc. Plus Nick is managing the entire eTown Hall building project). Now its back to the grind – but the R ‘n R recharged our batteries to be sure. Remarkable what a few days of chill time can do.
There are some great videos from the show, I’ll share a few here below and you’ll find more on our website. Also check out recent photos and footage of eTown Hall on our site as well.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you’re in the Denver/Boulder area, don’t forget to take advantage of a rare chance to hear Hot Rize in concert! That’s this Friday, May 25 at 8:00 PM The Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the DU Campus (2344 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80208) To buy tickets, click here.
No kidding, this is one of those awesome events you should not miss; Hot Rize only gets together a couple times a year. I’ll be there in the audience for sure, wouldn’t miss it for the world. I hope to see you there!
More next week – until then, have a good week,