eTown Live Radio Show Taping w/ Eric Bibb & Dayna Kurtz

  • When: May 3, 2015 Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Where: eTOWN HALL / 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
  • Cost: $22 Plus Applicable Service Fees
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More than just a regular concert, eTown is a unique live experience! Audience members will watch the eTown Broadcast recorded before their very eyes, complete with performances and interviews with both of our visiting artists, as well as the eChievement Award segment, eTown's opportunity to honor everyday heroes who are doing their part to make the world a better place. You won't want to miss it!

Doors: 6:00pm
Show Start: 7:00pm
Show End: 9:00pm


Eric Bibb

portrait of Eric Bibb with a steel guitar


Already enjoying success in Europe, Grammy nominee Eric Bibb is becoming a familiar face - and voice - in the U.S. Nominated for nine W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards and winner of the Best Newcomer title in the British Blues Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as “discreetly awesome” and “a total original.” As his popularity escalates, earlier comparisons to legendary greats Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal are being replaced by quotes that speak to Bibb's ability to “use standard blues ingredients to cook up something all his own.”

Bibb is a native New Yorker with deep roots in the American blues and folk tradition. The son of 1960s folk and musical theater singer and television personality Leon Bibb, Eric’s uncle was the jazz pianist and composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Paul Robeson was his godfather. As a boy, he was surrounded by major musical figures of the times. By age 19 he was playing in Parisian restaurants, and has been based primarily in Europe ever since.

A breakout performance at the 1996 London Blues Festival catapulted Eric to a higher level of visibility, especially in Britain. Since then he has toured the world, performing at major festivals like The Glastonbury Cambridge Folk Festival, The Barbican American Festival, The Guinness Blues Festival, Midfytns Festival in Denmark, Cognac Blues Festival in France, Byron Bay & Port Fairey in Australia, WOMEX in Sweden, Vancouver, Edmonton & Calgary Folk Festivals in Canada, Montreal Jazz Festival, Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival and San Francisco Jazz. He joined Robert Cray on U.S. tours in 2001 and 2002 and opened shows for Ray Charles.

As a recording artist, Eric earned a Grammy nomination for his collaboration (with Taj Mahal and others) on the children’s record, Shakin’ A Tailfeather. And Painting Signs was recognized by “New Age Voice as a Finalist for Best Folk Album of 2001. He joined Maria Muldaur and Rory Block to record the gospel-flavored Sisters & Brothers, and then released Friends, a collection of duets with Taj Mahal, Odetta, and others. Recent recordings on Telarc include A Ship Called Love and Diamond Days.

Bibb’s rich and sensitive vocals and lyrics provide a perfect balance to his fine finger picking technique. Purveying a beautifully realized and deftly accomplished soulful folk-blues, Bibb has no problem blending various genres effortlessly, melding a traditional rootsy American style with a subtle, contemporary sensibility.

Bibb’s songwriting and performance talents have also caught the attention of fellow musicians and others in the music industry. He joined Robert Cray on two U.S. tour stints in 2001 and 2002 and opened two shows for Ray Charles in the summer of 2002. John Mayall recorded “World War Blues” from Bibb’s Home To Me CD and “Kokomo” from Painting Signs and Bibb’s song “For You” aired on the successful CBS television program, The District. His rendition of “I Heard the Angels Singin’” was featured in the Canadian movie, The Burial Society, soon to be released in the U.S. He garnered W. C. Handy nominations for his albums Spirit And The Blues and Home To Me, and a “Best Acoustic Blues Song of the Year” nomination for “Kokomo” from his 2001 Painting Signs album as well as a “Best Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year” Handy nomination. Painting Signs was also recognized by New Age Voice as a Finalist for “Best Folk Album of 2001”. For his collaboration on the children’s record, Shakin’ A Tailfeather, he earned a Grammy® nomination. In England, his songs have been featured on television shows including BBC TV’s “Eastenders” and “Casualty” and he performed his original composition, “All That You Are”, on Jools Holland’s platinum-selling album Small World, Big Band.

A performance by Eric Bibb is an enriching experience — both musically and spiritually. His music, like his personality, is intimate, assured and passionate, drawing listeners into the moment more as participants than spectators. In the words of “House of Blues Radio Hour” host Elwood Blues, “You are what the blues in the new century should be about.”



Dayna Kurtz

portrait of Dayna Kurtz

Internationally acclaimed D.I.Y. singer-songwriter-guitarist returns with first album of original compositions in four years

"These songs were written over some of most tumultuous, painful, interesting and beautiful years of my life," Dayna Kurtz says of Rise and Fall, set for release on March 31st on MC Records.

Rise and Fall is the New Jersey-born, New Orleans-based artist's seventh album, and her first collection of original compositions in four years. The emotion-charged new set marks a reinvention for the artist, while reaffirming the creative strengths that have already won her a fiercely loyal fan base. That audience stretches from Kurtz's home country to Europe, where she's toured widely to impressive sales and massive critical acclaim, with her song "Love Gets in the Way" becoming a Top 10 hit in the Netherlands.

Kurtz's prior albums—the self-penned sets Postcards From Downtown, Beautiful Yesterday and Another Black Feather, the rootsy, R&B-and-rockabilly-inflected American Standard, and the all-covers Secret Canon Vol. 1 and Secret Canon Vol. 2—have won acclaim from such notable outlets as the Washington Post, which called her voice "a deep-hued garnet of lifeblood and beauty," and L.A. Weekly, which noted, "Kurtz tilts her head back at an angle and spins melodic, earthbound poetry that sets loose demons only to dismiss them into the ether... Kurtz makes ordinary misery voluptuous," while the Boston Globe stated, "There's no logical reason why Dayna Kurtz is not a full-blown star." She's also earned raves from Norah Jones (with whom she later recorded a duet) and Bonnie Raitt, and was named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters.

Rise and Fall's soul-baring songcraft and impassioned performances are the product of an extended period during which the artist experienced a series of major life changes. "These songs are the product of the last few years of my life, which were pretty heavy," she explains. "My father died. My marriage ended. I moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans. I had a couple years of wild oat-sowing, and then I found a grand new love. There's been a lot to think about and a lot to write about, and all of that is in these songs."

Kurtz co-produced Rise and Fall with longtime collaborator Randy Crafton at his Kaleidoscope Sound studio in Union City, NJ, with a distingished musical cast that includes such longtime associates as guitarist Robert Mache, bassist David Richards, keyboardist/accordionist Peter Vitalone and drummer Dan Rieser. Three songs feature string arrangements by the esteemed avant-classical foursome collectively known as Ethel, while noted French-Israeli alt-chanteuse Keren Ann adds her distinctive voice on one track.

In addition to such lyrically and musically vivid originals as the stirring country waltz "It's How You Hold Me," the startlingly soulful "You're Not What I Need (But You're All that I Want)," the audaciously forthright "If I Go First," and the stark, haunting "The Hole," Rise and Fall includes a deeply felt reading of the Bobby Charles/David Allan Coe chestnut "You'll Always Live Inside of Me," which continues Kurtz's tradition of imbuing outside material with her own fiercely expressive spirit.