Nov 092010
Authors: Michael Elizabeth Sakas

Tonight at 7 p.m., the radio show eTown will host artists Josh Ritter and the Hold Steady in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts.

Since 1991, eTown has been broadcasting a live variety show nationally on such radio stations as NPR, as well as commercial and community stations.  

Featuring performances from today’s top musical artists and interviews with an interesting variety of authors, each show is taped in front of a live studio audience.

Through its guests, its live audience and its broadcast listeners, eTown creates a “community on the air.”

Based in Boulder, eTown hopes to reach more ears by hosting shows elsewhere.

“They are a Boulder based group, and they have had a lot of success connecting with their community,” said Jennifer Clary, marketing director for the School of the Arts.

“When they have the opportunity to bring their artists to Fort Collins, not only are they able to expand their market but they also bring their unique entertainment to Fort Collins and the CSU community,” Clary said.

Because of the current construction on the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, eTown will hold its show at Griffin Concert Hall at the UCA for the second time.

“With Josh Ritter and The Hold Steady, performing on a college campus helps these artists reach their demographic of young student listeners,” said Eileen Krebs, a manager in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Josh Ritter is an alternative-folk-rock artist who performs with The Royal City Band. His latest album “So Runs the World Away” was released on May 4.

The Hold Steady is a Brooklyn-based band known for its indie and classic rock sound. Their fifth studio album “Heaven is Whenever” was also released in the U.S. on May 4.

According to eTown’s blog at, The Hold Steady will be playing a special acoustic set to suit the Griffin Concert Hall.
“What eTown hosts Nick and Helen Foster like to do is create a unique opportunity for the artist to showcase their work and also tell their story by asking them questions,” Krebs said. “The artist can bring their perspective to the audience this way.”

The show starts at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are general admission seating and are $22. They can be purchased at

Staff writer Michael Elizabeth Sakas can be reached at

The radio show

What: eTown hosts Josh Ritter and the Hold Steady for live broadcast radio show.
When: Tonight at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts.
Tickets: $22 for general admission seating. They can be purchased at

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