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The Bloody Irish! Songs of the 1916 Rising
Saturday, October 17 at 8:00pm
Join a stellar cast in commemoration of the Dublin Easter Rising of 1916. This compelling piece of musical theatre portrays the rebellion of Irish men and women against 300 years of British rule, fueled by songs expressing their desire for freedom.
Bluegrass Underground – NEW SEASON!
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.
October 3 – 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.
October 10 – 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.
October 24 – Robert Earl Keen
From humble beginnings in the central Texas hill country, Robert Earl Keen has garnered peer and fan cred as a living legend, recording 18 full-length albums with songs covered by artists from George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, the Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith and the Dixie Chicks. Though Keen has toured extensively both nationally and abroad, he is heralded as one of the Lone Star State’s most consistently acclaimed musical ambassadors, leading to his induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, beside Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt.
October 31 – Hot Rize
When Hot Rize first appeared in 1978, the bluegrass world saw this Colorado band as something truly special, earning International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, a Bluegrass Grammy nomination, a four-star review in Rolling Stone, regular visits to “A Prairie Home Companion,” appearances on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS and multi-continent tours. Now reformed in a slightly new line-up, this foursome is bringing its captivating stage show to new generations.
The Brain with David Eagleman
Wednesdays at 10:00pm
Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the human brain in an epic series that reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do. This ambitious project blends science with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories, and addresses some big questions. By understanding the human brain, we can come close to understanding humanity.
October 14 – What is Reality?
Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures the rich and beautiful world we all take for granted.
October 21 – What Makes Me?
Explore how we are our brain, how our personality, emotions and memories are encoded as neural activity. The process of becoming continues through our lives. We change our brain and our brain changes us.
October 28 – Who is in Control?
Dr. Eagleman explores the unconscious brain and reveals that everything from our movements, to our decisions, to our behavior is largely controlled and orchestrated by an invisible world of unconscious neural activity.
Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Songs
Friday, October 2 at 9:00pm
Enjoy a star-studded tribute to the songwriting team who penned such classic tunes as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “Walk on By” and “Alfie.” Composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David’s extraordinary collaboration has produced numerous hits and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, with songs featured in the Austin Powers films and on an episode of “Glee.”
Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70 – Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Saturday, October 17 at 10:00pm
Celebrate the legendary guitarist’s 70th birthday with this concert in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, featuring Clapton classics including “Wonderful Tonight,” “Layla” and “Tears in Heaven.”
SLOWHAND AT 70 marks 50 years since Clapton made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall on December 7, 1964, when he performed as part of the Yardbirds for BBC2’s “Top Beat Show.” Clapton returned to the venue four years later for Cream’s UK Farewell Concerts on November 26, 1968. This concert marks his 200th performance at the prestigious venue.