Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sunday's Bounty of Music (February 6)

If you're looking for an alternative to football this Sunday, we've got plenty of heart-warming and blood-pumping moments for you, right on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

Oh. You will have to turn the channel to catch all the new, very expensive half-time commercials - we're commercial-free, remember. ;)

2 P.M.
A.D.D. and Loving It?!
- Canadian comedy legend Patrick McKenna (Harold Green on The Red Green Show) is after the truth. “Everything you think you know about A.D.D. is wrong.” In this one hour documentary, McKenna talks to researchers, specialists and doctors about A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. He also chats with Canadians and Americans who are directly dealing with the challenges of this common problem. Interwoven with these insights, McKenna shares his own life story and his struggle with undiagnosed and untreated A.D.H.D, and now his success taking on Adult A.D.D

3:30 P.M. 
John Denver: A Song's Best Friend - He was one of America's most beloved singer/songwriters, and although soft-spoken folk singer John Denver may be gone, his legacy lives on in this documentary detailing the life and work of the man who penned such timeless tunes as "Rocky Mountain High" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders." Presenting his life as seen through the eyes of those who knew him best, filmmaker Greg Poschman interviews friends and family to explore the gentle soul of a songwriter known for his humble ways and enduring love of nature. In addition to interviews with Annie Denver, producer Milt Okun, manager Hal Thau, and a host of musicians who worked closely with Denver, this release also features rare, never-before-seen footage of the songwriter.

5 P.M. 
John Sebastian Presents Folk Rewind - Hosted by John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe In Magic"), the latest installment of the popular "My Music" series features a treasure trove of historical footage not seen in over four decades, plus exciting new concert performances by legendary artists who continue to thrill audiences today.

Sebastian takes viewers through the extensive archival material, sharing the stories behind the music as he uncovers classic folk performances from the '50s and '60s. But the vintage footage is merely the prelude to the final act of this PBS pledge event – an exciting new concert featuring some of folk music's most enduring artists. All the original members of The Chad Mitchell Trio reunite to perform Bob Dylan's anthem "Blowin' In The Wind." Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods offers the generation-defining hit "Get Together." Barry McGuire belts out his 1965 chart-topper "Eve Of Destruction." And Roger McGuinn of The Byrds delivers an unforgettable encore of two of his biggest hits – "My Back Pages" and "Turn, Turn, Turn."

7 P.M.
Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan - In Session - In 1983, when legendary blues guitarist Albert King, then age 60, was joined by his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan, then age 29, on a Canadian sound stage for the live music TV series In Session, magic took place. Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session is not simply a television program: it's a summit of two master musicians. The only known recording of King and Vaughan performing together, this is the concert that blues fans in general, and Stevie Ray Vaughan fans in particular, have long awaited.

8:30 P.M.
Yanni: A Living Legacy - Yanni is known as one of the world’s most original and successful composers and musicians. His powerful compositions have come to define a new genre of music, and his live performances have been seen by more than 500 million people in more than 65 countries. Yanni: A Living Legacy features personally selected instrumental performances of many of Yanni’s most beloved compositions. Viewers will be able to experience the energy and magic of seeing Yanni live, re-live his most inspiring musical moments — captured at some of the most elegant and exotic venues from around the world — and be introduced to exclusive concert footage never before seen on television.

9:30 P.M.
Visions of Italy: Southern Style - Shot with the high definition technology from a helicopter–mounted camera, planned to precision with compasses for optimum lighting and angles, and scored with traditional regional music, WLIW New York's VISIONS® aerial series has thrilled PBS audiences nationwide. VISIONS® is a visual itinerary... an emotional visit to your family’s homeland... a souvenir of the trip of a lifetime... or the virtual realization of your fantasy vacation — whatever the inspiration, one thing's certain: you won’t see these locations like this any other way. Visions of Italy: Southern Style is a seamless sojourn following along the rugged western coastline to the toe of the "boot" at Reggio di Calabria, and then inland over the countryside to Rome.