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Austin City Limits
Saturdays at 9:00pm
Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas.
July 2 – TV on the Radio/The War On Drugs
Dig the best in modern rock as TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest LP Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.
July 9 – Sturgill Simpson/Asleep at the Wheel
Enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel’s album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.
July 16 – Spoon/White Denim
Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim. Top 10-seller Spoon highlights its album They Want My Soul, while White Denim features its LP Corsicana Lemonade.
July 23 – Jason Isbell/Neko
Case ACL presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.
July 30 - Cassandra Wilson
Celebrate Billie Holiday with acclaimed jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, as she performs “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Explain, “Good Morning Heartache” and other Holiday classics from the tribute album Coming Forth by Day.
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
July 2 – Earls of Leicester (shown at right)
2015 Grammy winners for Best Bluegrass Album, this all-star dream team was assembled by the 13-time Grammy Award-winning Jerry Douglas, who organized and produced this tribute to legendary bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Here is a “who’s who” of bluegrass and roots music, featuring Douglas, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Jeff White.
July 9 – Amos Lee
Signing with Blue Note Records in 2004, Lee immediately earned the attention of press, discerning fans and fellow artists. He has toured with legendary artists such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams, and is a favorite writer for the likes of The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum, with appearances on soundtracks of numerous TV shows and cinematic films. Lee’s 2011 album, Mission Bell, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
July 16 – Lee Ann Womack
With more than six million albums worldwide, Womack has performed at the Concert for the Nobel Peace Prize, for several U.S. presidents and on award-wining duets with Willie Nelson, George Strait and Buddy Miller. Womack has earned five Academy of Country Music Awards and five Country Music Association Awards, two Grammys and was a 2015 Grammy nominee for Best Country Album of the Year.
July 23 – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck are partners in music and life (married in 2009). Musically, they combine Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner who has devoted time away from his genre-busting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and Washburn, who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums and become a live draw in her own right. The two decided they were ready to craft a debut album as a duo, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn.
July 30 – Greensky Bluegrass
Winners of the coveted 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival competition, they have emerged as relentless road warriors, creating a captivating live show while developing a knack for evocative, disarming songcraft. Playing up to 175 shows a year, in rock clubs and open-minded festivals like Telluride, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Greensky Bluegrass is a word-of-mouth underground sensation, cultivating a legion of devoted fans entranced by improvisational acumen and quality songwriting.
Dancing on the Edge – New Drama Series!
Sundays at 8:00pm
Follow a drama about a black jazz band’s experiences in London in the 1930s. Composed of talented musicians, the band achieves success and secures record deals. But tragedy strikes, setting off a chain of events that threatens the band’s survival.
June 26 – Episode 1
Chart the Louis Lester Band’s ascent, with Stanley’s help, from a downbeat jazz cellar to the Imperial Hotel and a party attended by an admiring prince and a moneyed American. Later, Louis helps smuggle an injured woman out of a hotel room.
July 3 – Episode 2
Follow the band on a private train ride to a picnic arranged by Donaldson. Stanley and Pamela begin an affair, Julian becomes infatuated with Jessie and band manager Wesley is deported. The Prince of Wales hears the band and expresses his approval.
July 10 – Episode 3
Chart the band’s fortunes as jazz-lover Lady Cremone and the Prince of Wales invite them to play for events. They record an album and secure a spot on BBC radio. Masterson sends a cryptic message to Julian. Louis finds Jessie comatose and bloody.
July 17 – Episode 4
Learn why Louis doubts Julian’s story about his trip to Paris the night Jessie was attacked. When racist Germans walk out during the band’s performance at the hotel, Stanley devises a plan to get revenge. Lady Cremone relays news about Jessie.
July 24 – Episode 5
Find out why Masterson wants to buy Stanley’s magazine and Lady Cremone decides to be less reclusive. Louis’ calmness is shaken when he sees Julian’s friends at an exclusive dinner at which he entertains. He learns there’s a warrant for his arrest.
July 31 – Episode 6
Join Stanley, Sarah and Pamela as they try to help Louis elude the police. Masterson offers a huge reward for Louis’ capture. Lady Cremone, convinced of Louis’ guilt, refuses to aid him. A policeman coerces Sarah into divulging damaging information.
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America. The programs feature participants from six American cities — Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence and Los Angeles — who want to explore a genealogical mystery.
June 21 – Providence
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the Providence Public Library. The passport of one woman’s ancestor reveals how her family survived the Holocaust and ended up halfway around the world; a woman discovers more about an African-American relative who served in World War I; experts unlock the mystery of one man’s Amish ties; a woman discovers how deep her roots run in the New England whaling industry; a Rhode Island macaroni company takes a woman all the way back to Italy; and one man’s search for his ancestor reveals a scandal that made headlines.
June 28 – Los Angeles
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at Los Angeles Union Station. A woman questions her family’s connection to the legendary Hollywood hot-spot, Schwabb’s Pharmacy; another seeks a connection to one of the first African-American college graduates; a woman’s family tree is wrapped in a genealogical web that has captivated the Roadshow team for years; one man’s ancestor lived in the right places at the right times, finding himself connected to historic events and iconic companies; a woman discovers a scoundrel in her family tree; and a Roadshow host shares a unique insight on the Ellis Island immigration experience.
July 5 – St. Louis, Union Station
At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.
The Great British Baking Show – NEW SEASON!
Follow 12 amateur bakers as they don aprons and head for the tent in the British countryside, hoping to be named Britain’s best. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have created new challenges to test their baking prowess, creativity and skill.
July 1 - Cake
Join the bakers in the tent for their first competition. Madeira cake is the Signature challenge. For the Technical, they must duplicate Mary Berry’s frosted walnut cake. Finally, they tackle black forest gateau for the Showstopper.
July 8 – Biscuits
Watch the remaining 11 bakers tackle biscuits. Biscotti are the Signature challenge, while the Technical demands puff pastry arlettes. The Showstopper task is to create and build an edible biscuit box filled with 36 biscuits of a different flavor.
July 15 Back-to-back episodes
--10:00pm - Bread
See how the remaining 10 bakers prepare to brave bread, including quick breads in the Signature challenge. The Technical calls for baguettes. For the Showstopper, the bakers must create edible 3D bread sculptures. Who will rise to the occasion?
--11:00pm – Desserts
View the stiff competition among nine remaining bakers. The Signature challenge is a French classic: crème brulée. In the Technical, bakers take on spanische windtorte. In the Showstopper, they must bake three faultless cheesecakes, then layer them.
July 22 Back-to-back episodes
-9:00pm – Alternative Ingredients
See how the remaining contestants bake without sugar, gluten or dairy. In the Signature challenge, they create a variety of sugar-free cakes. Gluten-free pitas are in store for the Technical, and the Showstopper features dairy-free ice cream rolls.
--10:00pm – Pastry
Enter the competition tent to see the bakers prove their pastry skills, first with frangipane tarts in the Signature. The Technical throws them into uncharted territory with a mystery pastry: flaouna. The Showstopper demands bite-sized vol-au-vents.
July 29 Back-to-back episodes
--9:00pm – Victorian
Watch a full episode devoted to the Victorian age, which gave birth to modern baking. The Signature test is game pie, a stalwart of the era. The Technical recipe, fruitcake, dates to the late 1800s. And much-loved charlotte russe is the Showstopper.
--10:00pm - Patisserie
Watch the five remaining bakers work their way through patisserie. In the Signature, they’re challenged to make cream horns. Then Mary sets a fiddly Technical task: mokatines. The Showstopper is a test of time and gravity: religieuse à l’ancienne.