FRONT AND CENTER RETURNS WITH EPISODES FEATURING ROB THOMAS, SHAWN MENDES, JENNIFER NETTLES AND MORE
Front and Center, public television’s critically acclaimed live music series, will return for an all new season beginning in January. The series, now in its seventh season, features Grammy Award winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, Billboard chart toppers, CMA winners, and emerging artists. The nine new episodes include performances by Rob Thomas, Shawn Mendes, Cheap Trick, Southside Johnny, Steve Vai, Kaleo, and Dawes, as well as The Cadillac Three and Jennifer Nettles as part of Front and Center’s ongoing partnership with the Country Music Association and the CMA Songwriter Series.
“It feels incredible to bring Front and Center back for a seventh season,” says Executive Producer Don Maggi. “We had the privilege of working with a dynamic group of artists to give fans new insight on the creative process of some of their favorite musicians.”
Season seven of Front and Center kicks off with three-time Grammy Award winner Rob Thomas at New York City’s Iridium, where he performs some of his biggest hits including #1’s “Lonely No More,” “3am,” and “Smooth,” as well as the exclusive premiere of a new song, “We Are One.”
Singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes is one of six artists to have two No. 1 albums on the Billboard Top 200 at the age of 18. In this episode, he performs some of his biggest hits including “Treat You Better,” “Stitches,” and “Mercy.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Cheap Trick, celebrate their careers with an intimate performance at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City. The band has become a musical institution, best known for timeless classics such as “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me.”
The Godfather of “the New Jersey Sound,” Southside Johnny performs in front of an intimate audience of his biggest fans, and legendary guitarist Steve Vai performs in the smallest room that he has performed in years. Dawes take the stage at the Iridium to celebrate the release of their latest No. 1 album We’re All Gonna Die. Indie rock band Kaleo performs songs from their Elektra Records debut A/B including “Vor í Vaglaskógi,” a traditional Icelandic Love song sung in the band’s native language
As a part of the Country Music Association and CMA Songwriter Series, Front and Center has produced new episodes with three-time Grammy Award Winner Jennifer Nettles and ACM Award nominees, The Cadillac Three. Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Brandy Clark joins Nettles on stage to perform her hit song “Love Can Go to Hell” and Amos Lee joins Nettles on guitar.
Front and Center is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW LLC for WNET. The series is distributed by American Public Television.
About Front and Center Entertainment:
Front and Center Entertainment, LLC produces the music performance series Front and Center and the groundbreaking talk show Speakeasy. Both broadcast nationally on public television. The concert series has presented a mix of Grammy, Country Music Association and American Music Award winner including Keith Urban, Steven Tyler, The Fray, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, Rob Thomas, and The Avett Brothers. Speakeasy features an intimate conversation between an iconic talent and an interviewer of their choice. Included are conversations between amongst others, David Crosby and Wynton Marsalis, Nile Rodgers and Valerie Simpson and Carlos Santana and Harry Belafonte. Front and Center is Executive Producer Don Maggi, Producer Christine Reagan, Executive Producer Denis Gallagher, and Executive Producer Ken Sturm
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