A quick update on cool eTown Hall stuff coming up . . AND Brandi Carlile / Ingrid Michaelson on eTown from Red Rocks !
By Helen ~ October 10, 2012
You should all be aware by now about Brandi Carlile, remarkably talented singer/songwriter and her equally gifted collaborators/musical partners, twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth (note: If you don’t know about these folks, you’re totally missing out – you MUST check out this week’s eTown broadcast). All of us here in eTown LOVE these three – they’re THE nicest people in the world, for one thing, so down to earth, smart, funny, thoughtful and approachable. And they’re the perfect eTown guests, because they are not only artists, they are activists as well, on behalf of people in need. Brandi talks with Nick at this show and fills us in about their individual charitable interests, as well as lots of other interesting stuff (like, she’s getting married!).
Ingrid Michaelson returns to eTown for her second visit. This dynamic young talent has made a solid name for herself as an indi-pop singer/songwriter. Since she was last with us, she’s evolved from a solo performer to fronting an impressively talented band, and we’ll get a taste of the new musical direction she’s been aiming at of late. She’s a gem: quirky and brilliant, yet unassuming at the same time.
In honor of the ‘Looking Out Foundation,’ which Brandi began a few years ago, we’ll feature an E-Chievement Award person, doing great work, who’s actually benefited directly from Brandi and the twins’ support! How copacetic is that?
Speaking of copacetic, I tell you, things are coming together here at eTown Hall. As you know, a few months ago, we completed the facility enough to open our doors to the public and to begin creating content here. We now have several eTown tapings under our belt (I’ve got my hands full with post production on those, readying them for the air – you’ll be hearing a number of them before the close of 2012 and into the new year as well), all great, all worth listening to.
Locally, here in the Boulder area, we’ve already done a number of partnerships with different arts organizations and other worthy entities. We’ve hosted an event promoting voter registration, we have our very first offering in a continuing full concert series coming up (its scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at 7pm, with Danny Barnes and Nick Forster – see my blog from last week for more details), we have an event on suicide prevention in the near future, we successfully partnered with the Colorado Music Festival on several live classical music presentations over the summer, and we’re hosting a CD release party soon for a rising talent, etc. So great stuff is going on.
But . . the big but . . . we are not done. We’re still raising money to pay for and fully equip the facility. And we need your help.
eTown, as many of you know, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission. We use music, the universal connector, to bring us all together, while we foster respectful dialogue about our most pressing problems; and we celebrate our commonalities and our shared humanity every week, through conversation and through The E-Chievement Award segment. OK, that’s some lofty language there, a little vague, I know – let me just say you can learn about what we do and why on our website.
eTown is truly independent media – we are not beholden to shareholders, advertisers or lobbyists. We speak the truth and we encourage civility and discussion. We reach a large audience on both public and commercial stations, plus we reach a ton of people both here and in other countries with our podcast. All of them hear our weekly message of ‘get informed, get inspired, get involved.’
In a world of Fox News and the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, we actually bring you balanced, accurate, fair and truthful food for thought. And the completion of eTown Hall will ensure that this will go on for a long, long time.
I hope you’ll consider making a donation to eTown at some point. It’s tax deductible, its for an important cause, it supports independent media and people doing good works (our award winners constantly tell us they receive donations, in-kind services, volunteers and more from being featured on the show) and gosh darn it, it’ll make you feel good. Seriously.
Learn more at www.etown.org. Or call me at eTown and ask me anything you want.
Well, about eTown that is.
PS Hope you enjoy the photos of Brandi and Ingrid in our gallery!