The Broadcast asks fans to bring art supplies and donations to benefit concert for local teens

FESTIVE MOOD: The Broadcast is among eight local bands on the RiverMusic roster. The season kicks off on Friday, May 6. Photo courtesy of the band

WHAT: The Broadcast’s benefit show for teens at Eliada, with David Earl & The Plowshares opening

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 18, at 9 p.m.

WHERE: The Grey Eagle

WHY: “With this show being so close to Christmas, [The Broadcast] really wanted to do something for the Asheville community,” says frontwoman Caitlin Krisko. The singer has planned an arts and crafts supplies drive to coincide with her lively rock group’s upcoming performance at The Grey Eagle. Art gear and monetary donations collected at the event will benefit teens at Eliada.

While healing from trauma at the organization’s residential treatment center, youths ages 13-18 partake in significant art-based programming. Accordingly, Krisko aims to gather arts and crafts kits, adult coloring books, colored pencils, pastels, paper, crayons — “things like that that [Eliada] can gift to the teenagers in the program,” she says. “They can also utilize those items for art therapy.”

Although she was raised by “really strong, amazing, supportive parents,” the singer empathizes with individuals from more troubled homes, particularly teens, who are in critical developmental stages. Social media, she points out, can add to the holiday blues for many.

“What’s really cool about this show is that The Grey Eagle is an all-ages venue, so we’ve invited all of the Eliada teens out for the night,” Krisko says. “They can come for free. We wanted to give them a night out if they want to come join us.”

Krisko says the set will feature special guests on keys, slide guitar and backup vocals, plus new songs from The Broadcast’s to-be-released sophomore album. Earlier this year, The Broadcast flew to California to record alongside renowned producer Jim Scott (Grace Potter, Tom Petty, Gov’t Mule). Back home in Asheville, the group held a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising $21,000 toward mastering, art design, publicity, marketing and other costs associated with the upcoming album release. The band recently scored a management deal Jeff Whitworth, who launched booking and management firm Worthwhile Sounds earlier this year after selling The Grey Eagle.

“It’s our last show in 2015, and it’s our last show in Asheville until our album is released in the spring, so we’re pulling out all the stops,” Krisko says. “I really feel like it will help and brighten this time of year for the [teens at Eliada]. It’s a really simple, great thing that the Broadcast can do to support our community.”

For more information or tickets, which cost $10/$12 per person, visit thegreyeagle.com/event/the-broadcast.

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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