eTown Live Radio Show Taping w/ Oh Pep! and Jon McLaughlin
- When: June 21, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Where: eTOWN HALL / 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
- Cost: $25 Plus applicable service fees
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!
Show Start: 7:00pm
Show End: 9:00pm
Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs met in music secondary school in Melbourne, Australia, drawn together by a shared love of songs with no boundaries or expectations. The duo, now both 24, have since unveiled three EPs, but it's their debut album, Stadium Cake, that truly showcases Hally and Emmerichs' uniquely compelling collaboration.
Hally and Emmerichs decamped to Halifax, Nova Scotia to record with producer Daniel Ledwell. After initially meeting Ledwell in early 2015 and recording two tracks with him for their Living EP, Oh Pep! felt that he had the right sensibility to carry these new album songs through the recording process. The band spent their August in Ledwell's studio, and celebrated the culmination of the recording by swimming across Lake Echo, which neighbors the studio.
"One thing Dan won't let you do in the studio is overthink, which is beautiful because it made it really fun and creative," Hally says. "There's a sense of humor in it."
Stadium Cake marks the first time Oh Pep! recorded with a multi-track approach rather than recording live. They wanted to be completely open to new ideas and approaches, and to not confine themselves to preset conceptions of how the music should be made. "Doctor Doctor," the album's first single, is a pop song with elements of the unexpected, revealing the band's interest in experimental and occasionally dissonant melodies as Hally sings "Where is the light, for me it's the darkest night." A sense of light and dark stitches together the tapestry of Stadium Cake, continually bringing a sense of tension to each song. It's heard in the texture of "Tea, Milk and Honey," as Hally sings with sparse accompaniment before the delayed entry of the band. That tension can also be heard in the jarring time changes of Emmerich's line in "The Situation" and "7 Babies."
"Our process really changes all the time, which is probably why we've done it for so long," Hally says of their songwriting. "There are definitely no rules about how we're going to write a song," adds Emmerichs.
Oh Pep! has been bringing their recordings to the stage for years, first trekking around Australia and then touring internationally since early 2015. They've performed at CMJ, SXSW and Nashville's Americana Music Festival, and for Seattle's KEXP and NPR's Tiny Desk. KCRW named Oh Pep! an artist who 'won' CMJ and NPR's Bob Boilen proclaimed that "the Melbourne band's music is infectious. Their harmonies are sweet, with lyrics that are thoughtful, deep, funny and poetic." In 2016, Oh Pep! will tour Europe for the first time supporting Lake Street Dive, and in North America with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Lord Huron before making a triumphant return to Australia later in the year.
For Hally and Emmerichs, success is secondary to the actual creation of the music. They knew it was meant to be when they first dismantled a cover song together and their shared sensibility of strange, engaging approaches to music remained. Hally thinks back to that session that "it was possibly the worst idea we could have had, but the fact that we were both so excited about drastically changing this perfectly cohesive song said a lot about who we were and how we connected."
Jon McLaughlin has been playing piano and making music since childhood. He was born and raised in Indiana, and eventually ended up at Anderson University, also in Indiana. With the support of the university’s record label, Oranghaus, a few friends and an old Chevy van, McLaughlin wrote and recorded music, and toured extensively throughout his college years before he was signed to Island Records in 2006.
The following eight years had one common denominator for Jon McLaughlin: writing and producing songs, releasing albums, driving around the country playing music with his band and collaborating with fellow artists like Sara Bareilles, Demi Lovato, Xenia and Need to Breathe, among others. He has shared the stage with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Adele, One Republic, Bon Jovi, Colbie Caillat, Parachute, and Duffy. And, in 2014, a dream came true when Jon supported the legendary piano man himself, Billy Joel, in selected dates across the country. This coming fall, Jon will be touring with fellow Nashville singer songwriter, Ben Rector.
Jon has also made his mark in music for film and television. In 2008, McLaughlin had a cameo appearance in the Disney movie, Enchanted, and performed the Oscar nominated song “So Close,” both on the film’s soundtrack and at the 80th Academy Awards. Jon’s songs have been featured in major films such as Georgia Rule and Bridge to Terabithia. Jon’s music has been featured on TV shows such as Scrubs, So You think You Can Dance, Ghost Whisperer, The Event as well as major network promotions. Jon has appeared on talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS Saturday Morning, The Today Show, and The Bonnie Hunt Show, among others.