Monday, March 2, 2015

Soundstage Blues Summit in Chicago - 1974

Forty years ago, in July 1974, a group of Chicago based blues artists who had already achieved legendary status gathered together with some of their younger "blues brethren" from all over the country to pay tribute to the man most responsible for bringing blues from the Mississippi Delta upriver to Chicago, Muddy Waters. 

Appearing with Muddy that night were his contemporaries Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells and Pinetop Perkins, and from the next generation of blues lovers and performers, Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Miles, Johnny Winter, Dr. John, and Nick Gravenites -- all artists who were on their way to becoming legends themselves. 

What resulted from that joyous teaming of "fathers and sons" was a truly historic session that not only presented some of the greatest blues classics ever written, but a never-to-be-forgotten hour that truly demonstrates the love of music by one generation for another. 

And even more remarkable, the show became the first-ever presentation of a public television series that was destined to become one of the most admired series of musical events ever televised. That night, in a show that hasn't been seen on television for four decades, Soundstage was born. 

And now, almost a half-century later, it is back to thrill new generations of blues aficionados.

Rhode Island PBS proudly presents Soundstage: Blues Summit in Chicago - 1974 on Monday, March 2 at 9:30 p.m. with encores on Wednesday, March 4 at 2 a.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 11 p.m.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Great Broadway Musical Moments From The Ed Sullivan Show

Kicking off March fundraising in style, Rhode Island PBS presents a glimpse into the earlier days of television when stage and little screen converged to bring great performances from exclusive Broadway stages into homes all across America. "Great Broadway Musical Moments for The Ed Sullivan Show" airs at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 1.

From the late 1940s through the early 1970s, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, based in the heart of New York’s theatre district, presented live special performances by cast members from the most beloved stage musicals of Broadway’s golden age.

Not seen for decades since their original broadcasts, these rare selections include legends Julie Andrews,Ethel MermanJoel GreyJohn RaittGwen Verdon,Dick Van DykeRichard Burton and others in songs from classics such as "Oklahoma!," "My Fair Lady,""West Side Story," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Sweet Charity," "George M!" and "Camelot." Hosted by Broadway legend Shirley Jones.

Above: The immortal stage star Ethel Merman performs "There's No
Business Like Show Business" from the classic "Annie Get Your Gun."

"Great Broadway Musical Moments From The Ed Sullivan Show" (MY MUSIC) features these performances:
•From "Man Of La Mancha" - “The Impossible Dream” – Richard Kiley
•From "Bye Bye Birdie" - “Put on a Happy Face” – Dick Van Dyke
•From "George M!" - “Give My Regards to Broadway” – Joel Grey
•From "Oklahoma!" - “Oklahoma” – John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Florence Henderson, Barbara Cook, Richard Collett
•From "My Fair Lady" - “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” – Julie Andrews
•From "Camelot" - “What Do the Simple Folk Do” – Julie Andrews and Richard Burton
•From "West Side Story" - “Tonight” – Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence
•From "Sweet Charity" - “I’m a Brass Band” – Gwen Verdon
•From "Annie Get Your Gun" - “Anything You Can Do” – Ethel Merman
•From "Annie Get Your Gun" - “There’s No Business Like Show Business” – Ethel Merman
"Great Broadway Musical Moments From The Ed Sullivan Show" (MY MUSIC) also includes recollections from Gwen Verdon, John Raitt, Carol Lawrence, and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"The Original Food Truck" Haven Brothers comes to Rhode Island PBS

"The Original Food Truck," Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner tells the story of Haven Brothers Diner, the oldest operating diner on wheels. The original fast food - and the first food truck owned by woman - this late night lunch cart has served patrons for more than 120 years.

Located in the birthplace of the American diner, Providence, RI, the Haven Brothers diner was almost lost to the modernizing of Providence. The political decision to move the diner from its reserved parking spot next to Providence City Hall was considered blasphemous by its loyal followers, and the ensuing public outrage successfully reversed the ill-conceived notion.

The documentary recounts that story, as well as traces the history of Haven Brothers truck and its owners over the years. The story is told by dozens of fans, in what quickly becomes an endearing, humorous cavalcade of Rhode Island's famous and infamous personalities. Only in Rhode Island!

The story of Haven Brothers is a rich commentary on the American Dream, the American diet, and what it is to be a success.

"The Original Food Truck," Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner premieres on Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, March 5 at 9:30 p.m. David Piccerelli, Rhode Island PBS president, and Margie O'Brien, television producer, present the documentary in segments taped in a full-size replica of a diner exhibited inside the Culinary Arts Museum on the Johnson and Wales University Bayside Campus. Meet filmmaker Jeff Toste as he describes his experiences making the film. Museum Curator and diner expert Richard Gutman also provides entertaining and informative information about the original "fast food joints."

Visit Haven Brothers Movie on Facebook.

Photos from the remote shoot at the Culinary Arts Museum - great place to visit!

March 4: Music of Justin Hayward, Joe Bonamassa with Brian McKenzie and Kevin Williams + the Invisible Orphans


 On Wednesday, March 4, Rhode Island presents televised concert performances by two legendary musicians - one classic and one contemporary. We'll be live in studio for that broadcast, with special guest musicians Brian McKenzie, and Kevin Williams and the Invisible Orphans, who will perform during program breaks.

 At 8 p.m., Justin Hayward: Spirits... Live features the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward in his performance of classic favorites. Brian McKenzie will perform during this show. You can also find Brian McKenzie on Facebook.

At 9:30 p.m., Joe Bonamassa: Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks features world-renowned guitarist Joe Bonamassa as he tributes Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Kevin Williams and the Invisible Orphans
features Kevin on vocals and guitar, Ron Pacheco on bass and Adam Chamberlain on drums.

Throughout the night, you will have ample opportunity to get tickets to Joe Bonamassa's August 11 concert at Fort Adams in Newport - before tickets go on sale to the public!

Tune in for this fun night of great local music live in the studio, as well as great televised rock concerts by two phenomenal performers. Here's a sample of what you will experience. Yes, prepare to be blown away.