eTown Heads to the Northwest . . and Tons of GREAT Stuff at eTown Hall!
By Helen ~ April 10, 2013
Join us in Port Angeles, Washington, as we take part in ‘Celebrate Elwha’, a multi-day event honoring the largest dam removal project in the U.S. This especially eco-themed show is being repeated for your listening pleasure, based on the enthusiastic response we got the first time around (we originally aired this two-part series in the fall of 2011). In case you missed it then, here’s the back-story:
In the early 1900’s two privately installed dams were built under somewhat shady circumstances (we’re told by locals that these dams were constructed by a speculative and somewhat aggressive developer, who saw a chance to make a bundle if he ignored local laws and built these in an extremely devastating way to the local environment – which he did). This totally messed up the Elwha River and its native salmon population, reeking havoc on the ecosystem as well as the local economy; it’s been a several decade community effort to get these monstrosities removed.
We were honored to get a call from the event organizers asking us to be a part of the celebration. Nick and I and the whole eTown crew headed there, along with three stellar musical artists: CAKE, Eliza Gilkyson and Danny Barnes.
CAKE was the perfect fit for this particular eTown episode; they’re sincerely and totally environmentally minded and they definitely walk their talk (check out their website, you’ll get what I’m saying.) These guys speak their minds, and they’re fully committed to doing what they can to spread the word to their many fans about the importance of preserving the planet and of taking action as part of the solution (they speak out about social issues too). In addition, they’re a killer musical group AND just about the coolest and nicest guys around. So again, good fit, right?
Btw Eliza Gilkyson, like CAKE, is also not afraid to speak her mind. Feisty, passionate, intelligent, she’s been on the folk circuit for a while now as a talented and insightful songwriter and performer, and we’re always glad when she can join us.
To round things out, our good friend Danny Barnes is also with us. (As a transplanted Texan now living in Washington State, he had the shortest commute of all of us for this road show.) He’s a brilliantly talented man, a gentle soul, an energetic banjo aficionado and an innovative songwriter to boot. I think you’re going to enjoy him.
Two additional special guests this week: Jon Jarvis (Director of the National Park Service) and Norm Dicks (Oregon Congressman), who’ll speak with Nick about what removal of the dams is all about and why this whole thing is so important.
There will be, of course, some E-Chievement Award action, too, both this week and next.
So come along on eTown’s trek to the Northwest! (To get what its like to be there, check out the videos below.)
In other news:
Wow! eTown Hall has been jammin’ of late. For example: We had a visit from the ‘Red Violin’ and its owner Elizabeth Pitcairn, who not only played that remarkable instrument beautifully but also chatted with Nick about its origin (built in 1720, purported to have been owned later by Mendelssohn, etc) and took questions from the attending audience (who leapt to their feet at the end of the evening to give her a standing ovation). Melissa Ferrick and The Pines both did full concert nights; we showed ‘Searching for Sugarman’ and ‘The Red Violin’ as part of our new film series; we had our first annual ‘Handmade Song’ Competition, featuring high school students from the Boulder area who each performed their own originally written tune (it was an incredible evening, just mind blowing how many talented kids – 32 in all – showed up to compete). The winners btw will get to record in eTown Hall’s recording studio.
Oh yeah, and we taped a bunch of eTown programs too!
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg so to speak.
That’s the kind of thing that eTown is bringing . . if you’re in the area and you want to come by, by all means please do, we’ll happily give you a tour; or come attend one of the many fine events going on here.
And . . If you’re so moved and you wish to donate to support eTown’s mission and its various global and local efforts, you can find more info on how to do so on our website.
Thanks all! Talk soon,