Tape Date: September 22, 2011
Don’t Miss This Live eTown Taping!
LIVE ‘ON-THE-ROAD’ eTOWN TAPING WITH MOBY and SUZANNE VEGA
Presented by Towson University’s WTMD 89.7 FM and Natural Products Expo East
**Tickets are no longer available online, plenty of tickets are available for purchase at the door**
eTown is coming to Baltimore for a special ‘on the road’ live radio show taping with Moby and singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (Hippodrome).
Each eTown taping is truly a one-of-a-kind live entertainment experience that marries music with inspiring ideas and the spirit of community. Over the years, the program has become known just as well for its reputation of pairing two diverse artists within each program as for its socially and globally-conscious message. In addition to musical performances, eTown guests share in-depth conversation with the show’s hosts on everything from the origins and influences that have helped shape their music to the latest concerns and causes they support. The event will also feature the popular E-Chievement Award, a segment of the show that’s dedicated to recognizing special listener-nominated individuals who have made a remarkable difference in their community.
Moby, making his second visit to eTown, will perform music from his latest recording, Destroyed, with the help of his live band. Expect Moby and Host Nick Forster to delve into a wide range of subjects during their on-stage interview. Moby’s do-it-yourself approach to recording his latest record – a process he calls “repurposing insomnia”- is right in line with eTown’s DIY approach to creating radio shows. eTown, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has been producing shows independently, without a host station or ownership by any media conglomerate, since its inception 20 years ago.
Suzanne Vega will make her third stop in eTown to share music from Close Up, her third installment in a four-part collection of recordings. Given all of her activity and involvement in New York cultural events, including the play she co-wrote and starred in that debuted in May, expect a lively conversation in between her songs as well.
While eTown has been airing weekly on Towson University’s WTMD 89.7 FM for several years, the opportunity to attend one of its live radio show tapings in Baltimore is a rare event, not to be missed.
Natural Products Expo East is proud to partner with eTown for this event.
Moby was born in New York City, but grew up in Connecticut, where he started making music when he was 9 years old. He started out playing classical guitar and studied music theory, and then went on to play with seminal Connecticut Hardcore Punk group ‘The Vatican Commandoes’ when he was 14. He then played with Post-punk band ‘Awol’ while studying philosophy at the University of Connecticut and Suny Purchase. He started DJ’ing while attending college, and was a fixture in the late 80′s New York House and Hip-hop scenes, DJ’ing at clubs such as Mars, Red Zone, MK, and The Palladium.
He released his first single, ‘Go’ in 1991(listed as one of Rolling Stones best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he’s also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others.
Moby has toured extensively, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career. He has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including ‘Heat’, ‘Any Given Sunday’, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, and ‘The Beach’, among others.
Currently he’s touring in support of his most recent album, Destroyed, as well as working closely with a variety of different charities, including the Humane Society and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper- brushed near-whisper” and as “plaintive but disarmingly powerful.”
Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who “observed the world with a clinically poetic eye,” Suzanne’s songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations. In short, Suzanne Vega’s work is immediately recognizable, as utterly distinct and thoughtful, and as creative and musical now, as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 20 years ago.
A pioneer among singer-songwriters, Suzanne has embarked on a project to re-imagine her own songbook in a stripped down and intimate manner, creating 4 new thematic albums that will be released over the course of 2010-2011. And this past May in New York City Suzanne Vega premiered Carson McCullers Talks About Love, an original play written and performed by Ms. Vega with songs she wrote with Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).
In addition to her musical pursuits, Vega has dedicated much of her time and energy to charitable causes, notably Amnesty International, Casa Alianza, and the Save Darfur Coalition.
September 22, 2011
There is no audio for this show.