Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
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. Artists in season three include Old Crow Medicine Show, Andrew Bird, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ben Sollee, the SteelDrivers, Johnnyswim, BeauSoleil, Leon Russell, North Mississippi Allstars, the Wood Brothers, Alison Brown Quartet, and the Infamous Stringdusters.
July 5 – North Mississippi Allstars
Sons of Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson — whose motto was “World Boogie is coming” — Luther and Cody Dickinson have been making their own brand of gutsy roots music before they could get a learners’ permit. As the three-time Grammy-nominated Allstars, they bring an authentic brand of Dixie-fried roots-blues to the underground stage, along with a convincing conviction that World Boogie is here.
July 12 – The Wood Brothers
With long separate histories of playing with a spectrum of respected American musicians, the Wood Brothers have gone in a more traditional direction since combining forces a decade ago. With taut vocal harmonies, colossal grooves and a tight instrumental interplay that only shared DNA can produce, the Wood Brothers’ folk-roots-blues offer a fresh and irresistible musical current.
July 19 – Alison Brown Quartet
Whether lyrical Celtic music, sophisticated polyrhythmic jazz or pedal-to-the-metal bluegrass, the Alison Brown Quartet does it all. Performing at the highest level, this band offers hybrid compositions that are as pleasing as they are complex. Often compared to fellow banjo prodigy Bela Fleck, Brown holds the honor of International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year. A three-time Grammy Award winner, she has toured with Alison Krauss and Michelle Shocked and is the driving force of Nashville’s indie label, Compass Records.
July 26 – Old Crow Medicine Show
Few bands in recent memory have done as much to bring new audiences and young fans to bluegrass/old-time music as the atomic-powered string band OCMS. But frontman Ketch Secor’s fine original songs, including the gold-certified hit “Wagon Wheel,” and the band’s solid musical chops please more traditional fans, as well. Add in a stage show equivalent of a moonshine-Red Bull highball and you have the makings of a great night in the cave and one incendiary half-hour of television
A Capitol Fourth 2014
Friday July 4 at 8:00 7 9:30pm
America’s national Independence Day celebration will kick off the festivities for our country’s 238th birthday with an all-star salute led by our country’s favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”). Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the event will feature performances by Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt and Kelli O’Hara; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, composer John Williams will debut a special arrangement for orchestra and chorus of the “Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.
Cirque du Soleil©: Fire Within
Thursdays at and Sundays at 7:00pm
This thirteen part series takes an inside look at the creation and production of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai.
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world - a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.
From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.
The word Varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.
Thursdays at 9:00pm & Saturdays at 10:30pm
Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) stars as the brash doctor Martin Ellingham, whose blunt opinions and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. After retraining as a general practitioner, he gets a job in the beautiful but sleepy village of Portwenn replacing their deceased local doctor. But his abrasive personality doesn’t exactly mesh with the pace of life in Cornwall.