Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Front and Center
Saturdays at 10:30pm
Launched in the spring of 2012, the critically acclaimed concert series returns with a new season showcasing a mix of award-winning, multi-platinum-selling industry vets, emerging artists and chart toppers. Filmed at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works and other unique and intimate locales.
May 6 – Kaleo
All the way from Iceland, indie rock band Kaleo comes to New York City to perform songs from their debut album A/B.Highlights include a performance of "Vor í Vaglaskógi," a traditional Icelandic Love song sung in the band's native language, as well as their top 10 singles "All the Pretty Girls" and "Way Down We Go." Formed in 2012, the band music is mostly influenced by folk and blues and prominently features a distinctive resonator sound.
May 13 – Dawes
Folk-rock band Dawes take the stage for a performance of both old and new material. The band, comprised of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, and Lee Pardini, formed in 2009 from the band Simon Dawes after the departure of their co-songwriter. Their last two albums All Your Favorite Bands (2015) and self-released We're All Gonna Die (2016) have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Folk Chart. Dawes performs new songs "Tequila," "One of Us," and "Roll with the Punches," as well as hits such as "Little Bit" and "When My Time Comes."
May 20 – CMA Songwriter Series With Jennifer Nettles
Three time Grammy Award winner and six time CMA Award winner Jennifer Nettles is known as one of country music's powerhouse vocalists. Her debut solo album, That Girl, hit #1 on the Billboard Country Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200. Her second album, Playing with Fire, released May 2016 reached #2 on the Billboard Country Chart and #10 on The Billboard Top 200. Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and singer/songwriter Amos Lee join Jennifer Nettles on stage to sing some of their greatest hits including "Love Can Go to Hell," "Unlove You," and "Drunk in Heels."
The Great British Baking Show
Mondays at 7:00pm
May 1 – Christmas Masterclass
In the countdown to Christmas, Paul bakes St. Lucia buns and mincemeat and marzipan couronne. Mary tackles French galette, Genoa cake, and white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. Paul's showstopper kranskake is a spectacular tower of delicate rings.
May 8 – Cakes
The tent welcomes a baker’s dozen to the battle to be named the U.K.’s best amateur baker. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax them through their Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges, under the scrutiny of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. On this episode, meet the 13 bakers who make simple sandwich cakes in the Signature challenge, angel food cakes in Mary’s Technical challenge and all things chocolate in the Showstopper.
May 15 – Bread
Watch the 12 remaining contestants bake 36 perfectly thin and crispy bread sticks and technically tricky English muffins. The Showstopper features outrageous loaves of bread … from a Christmas wreath to a proud peacock and a psychic octopus.
May 22 – Desserts
Follow the remaining 11 bakers as they deal with desserts: a trifle of biscuit, cake, jelly or custard in distinct layers; perfect Floating Islands; and a Showstopper of 24 petits fours. For the first time, there’s a baking burglary in the tent!
May 29 – Pies & Tarts
Watch the remaining bakers undertake double-crusted fruit pies, a challenge to even the most experienced bakers; English custard tart — a centuries-old recipe that causes a wobble for the contestants; and phyllo pie, with dough made from scratch.
King Charles III on Masterpiece
Sunday, May 14 at 9:00pm
The hit Broadway show King Charles III is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, King Charles III imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death. Lauded by the New York Times as a “flat-out brilliant portrait of a monarch in crisis,” the play was critically acclaimed in London and New York. The 90-minute adaptation will star members of the Broadway cast and will reunite the Tony-nominated creative team behind the play: Writer Mike Bartlett will adapt from his own script — daringly written in blank verse—and Rupert Goold will direct.
The National Memorial Day Concert 2017
Sunday, May 28 at 8:00pm & 10:00pm
This marks the 28th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, bringing us together as one family of Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, military families and all those who have given their lives for our country.The concert features acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise and an all-star lineup of actors and musicians (to be announced) along with top pops conductor Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Show segments include a tribute to the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, who flew the daring bombing mission that launched the U.S. invasion of Japan after Pearl Harbor; the story of the sacrifices made by Captain Luis Avila and his wife, Claudia, as they courageously face life-changing injuries incurred from an IED bomb blast; and the healing journey of a Gold Star family from the Vietnam era who reach out to support grieving families from recent conflicts. This tribute to our military airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, a broadcast audience of millions and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.
Mark Twain Prize
Friday, May 12
9:00pm - Bill Murray
Celebrate beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center, a star-studded lineup salutes the achievements of the comedic trailblazer.
10:030pm - Jay Leno
This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize.