Every special will be shot at Infinity Hall, an acoustically perfect, historically renovated 19th century hall in Norfolk, Connecticut. The hall, which opened a little over two years ago, was once a venue for vaudeville stars, and since October 2008 has featured performers ranging from Judy Collins and Aimee Mann to Tower of Power and Leon Russell. Each episode of the INFINITY HALL LIVE TV series will include the “All Access/Backstage Pass,” offering a look at the artist offstage, both before and after the concert.
The sold-out performance this Wednesday, February 9th by roots rock band Rusted Root kicks off a line-up that will feature a top-notch collection of musical artists from rock, pop and folk music. Rusted Root has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. Formed in Pittsburgh by singer/guitarist Glabicki in the early ‘90s, Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. After debuting in 1992 with the self released Cruel Sun, Rusted Root signed with Mercury Records and released the 1994 platinum selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the hit songs Send Me On My Way, Ecstasy and Martyr. Not long after, the band scored on tours with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, HORDE Festival and, perhaps most notably, the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour.
The hard-touring Rusted Root returned in 1996 with Remember, which was followed by 1998’s Rusted Root. Following some time off the band re-emerged in 2002 with Welcome To My Party. After leaving Mercury/Island Def Jam Records the band’s sixth album, Rusted Root Live, was released in 2004. This double live album was the second release on the band’s Touchy Pegg label, following the re-release of the newly remastered Cruel Sun in 2003. Along the way, Rusted Root has also issued three EPs (Evil Ways, Live, and Airplane), a home video (Rusted Root Live) and miscellaneous film and TV soundtrack tracks (Twister, Mathilda, Home For the Holidays, Party of Five, Charmed, Homicide, Ice Age). And interestingly, NASA engineers chose Send Me On My Way as “wake-up” music for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, for Sol 21.
The next performance scheduled for taping in the Infinity Hall Live series will be the March 2nd Infinity Hall date on the Open Wings Broken Strings tour, featuring three of rock and pop music’s popular lead singers. LIVE’s Ed Kowalczyk, Tonic’s Emerson Hart & Sixpence None The Richer’s Leigh Nash come together under the Open Wings Broken Strings header to feature acoustic performances of their hit songs such as “Lightning Crashes”, “I Alone” (Live); “If You Could Only See”, “Open Up Your Eyes” (Tonic) and “Kiss Me”, “There She Goes” (Sixpence None The Richer) in an intimate storyteller setting. Each artist performs an individual set and joins the stage together for a grand finale in the end.
He continues, “Starting the series with Rusted Root and the incredible trio of lead singers, Ed Kowalcyzk, Emerson Hart, and Leigh Nash, who are appearing together on the Open Wings Broken Strings tour, truly highlights the intimacy that makes these performances and the INFINITY HALL LIVE series special. These are artists that fans are accustomed to seeing at festivals and in large arenas, showcased here in a small, acoustically designed setting that we believe creates a one-of-a-kind live music event.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Infinity Hall to bring viewers high-quality intimate music experiences,” said Jerry Franklin, President and CEO of CPTV. “Kicking off the series with Rusted Root and following with Ed Kowalczyk, Leigh Nash and Emerson Hart in the Open Wings Broken Strings tour, further enhances our unique collaboration, and provides an astonishing array of artistry to the show.”