Alicia Keys Kicks Off Landmarks Live in Concert on GREAT PERFORMANCES This January
Alicia Keys Landmarks Live in Concert kicks off a new arts strand within the Great Performances series, beginning Friday, January 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) This will be followed the next week by Brad Paisley Landmarks Live in Concert on Friday, January 27 at the same time. (Check local listings.)
Eight episodes in all are planned for the first season. Chad Smith, the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, serves as host for the series and conducts one-on-one interviews with the artists exploring their favorite locations around each Landmark. There will be additional lifestyle segments with special correspondents, MTV veteran Matt Pinfield and Instagram star GAbby Epstein.
The show is being shot in locations around the world, including London, Paris, New York, Havana, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Jamaica, West Virginia and many more with major artists performing shows for their fans in front of landmarks to which they have a connection.
The travel component of the show, which is co-produced with Bungalow Media + Entertainment, shows how the particular cities influenced the artists' careers and shaped their music.
The series premieres with a native New Yorker from Hell's Kitchen, Grammy Award-winning artist,Alicia Keys. Her collaboration withJay Z, "Empire State of Mind," instantly became the City's newest anthem. In this debutLandmarks Livespecial recorded over a one-year period, Alicia's love affair with New York continues as she performs in notable locations all around town including the City's world famous Circle Line harbor tour, the Unisphere in Queens, and Harlem'sApollo Theater.
The following week, country music superstarBrad Paisleyreturns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for a special outdoor concert atWest Virginia University. As the hit-maker behind 23 number one singles and the winner of just about every Country music award imaginable, Brad brings his unique skills as a singer songwriter, guitarist and entertainer back to his home state as well as to "viewers like you" everywhere.
"I am so pleased to be partnering with WNET and its prestigious Great Performances series. It has been a dream of mine to bring real family entertainment and top notch music programming as part of a series to PBS for a while," says series Creator, Director and Executive Producer Daniel E Catullo III, who is also the CEO of City Drive Films.
According to Catullo, "the series will be a mixture of large-scale productions and more intimate shows at locations in which concerts normally do not take place, adding a unique element to the show, each done in consultation with the artist."
Friedman, an EP and CEO of Bungalow, adds, "This will be a unique and one of kind opportunity to experience these landmark locations through the eyes of iconic artists who have both been influenced by and had an impact on the places we visit."
In addition to being a member one ofthe most successful bands of all time, Grammy Award-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Smith is one of the most highlysought after session drummers whose credits include Johnny Cash, George Clinton, The Avett Brothers, Kid Rock, Dixie Chicks, among others.In 2014 Smith was honored to be appointed by President Barack Obama to the Turnaround Arts Committee which brings artseducation programs to the lowest-performing schools in the country.
"Working on Landmarks to create a new series which focuses on the artists' stories, not just the performances, is something that I'm truly excited about. Landmarks is a real collaboration between aunique creative team andartists that will certainly change how musicshows are approached," says Smith.
The final roster of artists to appear on Landmarks Live in Concert's first season, and locations will be announced shortly.
Landmarks Live in Concert is a production of City Drive Films. Daniel E Catullo III, CEO of City Drive Films s creator, director and executive producer. The series is co-produced with Bungalow Media + Entertainment. Its CEO, industry veteran Robert Friedman also serves as executive producer. For Great Performances, Bill O'Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer. Stephen Segaller is executive-in-charge for WNET.
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