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Racquel Garcia – Helping Everyone Recover

E-Town - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 03:54

In the Summer of 2013, The Black Forest Fire tore across Central Colorado, it as the most destructive fire in the state’s history, destroying many thousands of acres of land and displacing more than five hundred families. Though Racquel Garcia and her family were spared that misfortune, two families in her daughter’s circle of friends lost their homes and all of their possessions. Racquel felt compelled to find a way to help them get back on their feet.

In just ten days, with the help of social media, supportive friends, and local businesses, Racquel filled her garage half full of clothing, furniture, and so much more. Thanks to the support of so many, Racquel and her community were able to help nearly 85 families start again through the Black Forest Marketplace at the Sundance Mountain Athletic Center in Monument, Colorado.

As often happens when you take the first step, what started as a one-time effort on behalf of a few has continued to evolve and grow into a community-wide program helping many families through all kinds of hard times. Helping Everyone Recover is more than just a place to get things, it is a comforting place to begin recovery and rebuild lives.

Listen to Racquel’s interview with our host Nick Forster below to learn more about her continued efforts to help families in her community.

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Talking About Inconvenient Topics For More Than Two Decades

E-Town - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:37

Not to blatantly reference Al Gore’s controversial and debated film, An Inconvenient Truth, but I couldn’t think of a better word to use other than “Inconvenient.” They pretty much nailed the descriptor when they chose that word to use in the film’s title. I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately, in light of recent events in my hometown of Chattanooga, TN. You see, I’m getting the feeling that here in America; we have grown way too accustomed to the concept of convenience. We have hundreds of new ways to share and receive information these days, but we are still too often afraid to talk about difficult topics. We ask – “Is it too soon?” – merely as a way to skirt the tough issues that are often found underneath the surface of any given tragedy. When we have mass shooters killing folks every week in towns around the country, why is it always “too soon” to talk about the real issues surrounding gun violence, like mental health and our ever expanding attitude that the solution to gun violence is to throw more guns at the problem? When we have environmental catastrophes, why is it always “too soon” to talk about clean energy options and stronger regulations on our old/outdated methods for energy production?

Isn’t “too soon” better than “too late”? I think so.

Let’s face it folks, most of our mainstream media is being controlled by special corporate and political interests that want to shape and mold these conversations in their favor. It’s hard to know what the spin is on any given story unless you really pay close attention.

I have to say that I am proud to work for an independent voice like eTown in this dogfight. Sure there is always lots of great music on the show every week, but what really keeps me coming to work everyday is the fact that eTown has been talking about “inconvenient” issues surrounding the environment and our communities for nearly 25 years now. I feel right at home with Nick and Helen and the eTown community, and commend the organization and its founders for being willing to talk about sustainability and being a good neighbor for all of these years. We need positive voices that are promoting common sense change and stewardship now, more than ever!

LSD_Eilen_aftershowEnough of my soapbox for now! Head on over to our broadcast page and give this week’s episode a listen. We’ve got Lake Street Dive and Eilen Jewell with us, plus a really cool eChievement Award story about a man who came up with away to generate money for sick children by playing video games. How does he do that? Listen and find out.

 

– Zack

 

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ARISE Music Festival Backstage Ticket Giveaway!

E-Town - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 20:00

Enter to win a pair of 3-Day Backstage passes to the ARISE Music Festival! eTown is teaming up with ARISE to uplift two lucky winners through music! Check out the Lineup for the festival in the video below and fill out the eTown Form below that to enter for your chance to win!

Competition Guidelines:
– Must be 18 or Older to Win
– Must be Subscribed to the eTown YouTube Channel -> http://bit.ly/1UV6lJD
– Must be Subscribed to the Arise YouTube Channel -> http://bit.ly/1K2kkK8
– Raffle Date July 28th
– If selected as a winner, you must respond to the e-mail within 24 hours to claim your tickets

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eTown Archive – 9.16.1994 – Joan Baez & Pops Staples

E-Town - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:21

We were digging into the ??eTown Archive? today and stumbled upon this incredible show from 1994 featuring legendary artists Joan Baez and Pops Staples!

Hear a couple selections from the show right here!

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An Old Friend of My Younger Ears

E-Town - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 02:07

Somehow I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I was a highly opinionated teenager, but still maintained an open mind when it came to music. I was into the early alternative groups like R.E.M. and The Smiths, darker stuff like Joy Division, and (since I went to a very diverse magnet school) a ton of hip hop music. There was another all boys’ school in town where many of the kids with wealthier families attended. Their high school dances/concerts were huge, because the outrageous tuition afforded money to spring for national touring acts to get the kids all excited. I was friends with some of the boys at the school, and used to “go” with some of the girls that went to the all girls’ school that served as its social component. Perhaps it was a more than subtle attempt to arrange marriages at an early age by partnering these two schools together, but who knows. The bottom line is that because I knew enough people at these two schools (despite not being a student at either) I was somehow able to attend many of their events. One of these events that really stuck out was concert with a group that was popular at that time called The Bodeans. I didn’t care for them very much, but I knew there would be pretty girls there, so I went. The opening act was a tall gangly guy from Texas who I’d never heard of. It just happened to be James McMurtry – one of this week’s musical guests on eTown.

IMG-1010Somehow, James’ music hit me hard that night. The lyrics painted clear pictures and stories in my head, and the band he had with him that evening (particularly the drummer) was playing with taste I had never experienced before. I bought the cassette of his album Too Long In The Wasteland a few days later, and literally wore it out riding in my dad’s car to and from school. Sometimes when you go back and listen to songs you loved in high school, you don’t like them so much anymore. That is not the case for my relationship with James’ songwriting. It is special, and I still love it. If you have a spare few minutes, here is a link to one of my favorites off that cassette – https://youtu.be/i4xASxF7K4c

Needles to say, it was a joy for me personally to have him with us for this week’s broadcast/podcast.

IMG-1047Also with us this week is Montana-based singer/songwriter Martha Scanlan. I’d never heard her music before the taping, and she totally blew me away. There is something to be said about singer/songwriters that can command your attention with or without a full band. Lucky for us, we were able to get a taste of both, as she performed a few songs stripped down with just her and her producer Jon Neufeld playing guitars, and then a few numbers with Nick, Helen and the whole eTones band.

Great stuff on the music front this week – plus an awesome eChievement Award story about a couple of women who are helping young children develop solid reading skills at an early age.

Be sure to tune in, podcast and check out the videos for this week’s episode!

BTW – you can show your support to eTown in a huge way by subscribing to eTown’s YouTube channel. Once we reach a certain number of subscribers, we’ll be able to partner with YouTube to bring you live streaming events and more. If you are inclined to do so, click the “SUBSCRIBE” button in one of the videos below. It’ll be a huge help.

Thanks – and happy eTowning!

 

– Zack

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Atmosphere and Matt Andersen on eTown this week . . Plus, Appreciating New Things . .

E-Town - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:54

I love to learn new things. Try to learn something new everyday. Sometimes its something totally simple, like grasping the basic principles behind having an urban garden (you should see our kale and summer lettuce!); other times it can be challenging, like learning the lyrics to a song in just one day and absorbing it well enough so I can accompany a visiting artist on the show like I’m part of their touring band (love that). Sometimes it’s even mundane, like learning a short cut on my computer.

IMG-1023The day I learned to appreciate rap music was the day that the Minneapolis-based hip-hop duo Atmosphere (MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis) appeared on eTown. Rocked my world and changed my outlook on the genre. Their incredible live performance is just part of it. It’s really their weighty, thought-provoking subject matter and the overachieving-underdog spirit behind the music they make that made me realize that not all rap is the same. Not by a long shot.

These guys are telling us that we all matter, we’re all connected, we all count, and each and every one of us has the ability to make good stuff happen. They’re about empowering people and urging them to be the best they can be. (That’s what we’ve been saying on eTown since Day One! So of course they are a perfect fit on the show.)

By the way, when I first met Sean (Slug) it was waiting in line at catering during rehearsal/soundcheck (I actually first struck up a conversation with him thinking he was one of the Atmosphere tour crew). During our chat, I learned two things (which made it a particularly good day in my book): One, that he was one of the head guys in the duo; and two, turns out he and I grew up just blocks apart on the same street in Minneapolis – several years apart mind you but hey he’s someone who knows firsthand my old neighborhood! That was way cool for me.

Anyways I’m telling you all this to lead up to the fact that we are re-broadcasting that show this week. We got so much feedback about it that we just had to bring it back for you to enjoy.

IMG-1102_2Canadian singer/songwriter Matt Andersen is also with us. A striking figure with a huge mane of flaming red hair, this big, strong, strapping mountain of a man (you have to check out the videos) has a soulful voice to match his towering physique. His killer blues sound has already earned him honors including ECMA Blues Recording of the Year and the Maple Blues Entertainer of the Year. He’s truly a powerhouse of a performer.

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Our eChievement Award story this show goes to a man who spearheaded the creation of a school that uses a lottery system to choose its students (rather than taking the standard cream-of-the-crop high test score kids and leaving the rest behind), then guides, supports and educates those students to prep them for college (the success rate? 100% of their graduates get accepted to institutions of higher learning . . pretty damn cool).

I just realized I learned something today: I’m seeing a theme running through this show that I hadn’t seen before. It’s the celebration of those of us who are not mainstream, who’re doing things in an alternative way, who may not be the ‘norm,’ or the ‘popular’ kids in school, but who are accomplishing amazing stuff.

I like it. Hope you do too.

 

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