Tape Date: August 23, 2012
E-Chievement Award: Brian Davies
Don’t Miss This Live eTown Taping!
eTOWN WELCOMES AUSTRALIAN SINGER/SONGWRITER MISSY HIGGINS AND CELLIST BEN SOLLEE FOR AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND CONVERSATION AT ETOWN HALL
WHEN: August 23, 2012 / 7:00PM SHOW (6:30 PM Doors)
WHERE: eTown Hall
1535 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
COST: $22.00 (plus tax and theater fee) / SOLD OUT
eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins and cello innovator Ben Sollee to the newly renovated eTown Hall for an intimate evening of music and conversation.
For Missy Higgins, the last eight years have been nothing short of a whirlwind. With three No. 1 albums in Australia, multiple Top Ten singles, over one million global album sales and a U.S. gold single, it’s clear that Higgins is showing no signs of slowing down in the world of music. Among all of this success, she has also dedicated a healthy portion of her adult life focusing on other activities such as a volunteer work and activism for animal rights and environmental causes, making her a perfect addition to the family of artists that have made appearance in eTown over the years. Higgins will make her first visit to the show on the heels of her latest full-length album, entitled The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, which is her first recording in five years, and her third straight No. 1 album in the ARIA charts.
In addition to Missy Higgins, cello virtuoso/singer/songwriter Ben Sollee will make his second stop in eTown to share music from his upcoming collection of self-produced recordings, entitled Half-Made Man. Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year. Later, All Things Considered called his debut “an inspired collection of acoustic, folk and jazz-flavored songs, filled with hope and the earnest belief that the world is good.” Around the same time, Sollee was touring the world with Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet alongside Grammy nominee Casey Driessen and multi-Grammy winner Bela Fleck. Throughout his career, Sollee has been a strong example of a musician that melds music with environmental and social causes. He has used his music to speak out against irresponsible practices such as mountaintop removal coal mining, to empower the movement for local food production and consumption and to address social issues such as poverty. In recent years, Sollee has taken that example even further by biking hundreds of miles between gigs, with gear in tow, to lessen the carbon footprint often associated with being a touring musician.
More than just a typical concert, each eTown taping is a unique live entertainment event that combines musical performance, information and inspiring conversation. In addition to lots of great music, the event will also feature a special E-Chievement Award story, a trademark staple of each and every eTown taping, highlighting one of the show’s listeners who has gone above and beyond to make a positive difference in their community.