Rusted Root and Open Wings Broken Strings Sign On For CPTV’s INFINITY HALL LIVE TV Series

Rusted Root and Open Wings Broken Strings (Featuring Ed Kowalczyk of the band LIVE, Emerson Hart of the band Tonic, and Leigh Nash of the band Sixpence None The Richer) Sign On For CPTV’s INFINITY HALL LIVE Television Series

The First Live Taping in the Seven Installment Series Kicks Off with the Rusted Root Performance at Infinity Hall This Wednesday
Norfolk, CT – Move over Austin City Limits. Connecticut Public Television and Infinity Music Hall & Bistro have joined forces to create a new live music concert television series for the 21st century. Premiering early summer 2011, INFINITY HALL LIVE is a new CPTV-produced series of music specials that offers viewers a “best seat in the house” experience celebrating the music and energy of today’s top performers in an intimate setting.

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.

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro founder Dan Hincks is excited about the collaboration with CPTV and thrilled to welcome Rusted Root and Open Wings Broken Strings as the first two artists in the INFINITY HALL LIVE series. “One of the most frequent comments we hear from our patrons is that attending a concert at Infinity Hall is like having a band play right in your living room” he said. “It’s exciting to think that this series with CPTV will bring that experience to the actual living rooms of viewers.”

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.”

Just Confirmed- On Sale Soon!

Erin McKeown w/ Amy Correia:
A Benefit for Volunteers in Medicine

Tuesday, April 12th • 7:30 PM

Tickets on sale this Thursday, Feb 10th

Erin McKeown’s debut album Distillation, still holds a very special place in everyone’s heart. Released in 2000 on Signature Sounds, Distillation is truly a testament to McKeown’s song writing from the very beginning; while many years later the writing and production still stand the test of time. Erin’s career has been filled with many incredible highlights including collaborating with Ani DiFranco, appearances on Conan O’Brien and the CBS Morning Show, as well as TV placements on ShowTime’s The L Word, Dawson’s Creek, and The Gilmore Girls.

Amy Correia delivers songs with a raw power that’s both vulnerable and fierce. That musical honesty has drawn comparisons to Tom Waits and Michelle Shocked and The New York Times calls her “a singular talent”. Her fans agree, pitching in to raise more than $35K to make Correia’s third record, “You Go Your Way,” independently released last year to critical acclaim, including a best of 2010 in NYC WFUV’s Listener Poll.

A portion of performance proceeds will support the medical and dental services provided by Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM). VIM is a free clinic in Great Barrington, MA providing quality medical and dental care, mental health counseling, optometry and related services to income-qualified, uninsured/underinsured adults ages 19-64, of the Berkshire region.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $30, $45 (add $20 to ticket price for Meet & Greet)

Marshall Tucker Band

Friday, June 10th • 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale Feb 17th
In the early fall of 1973 Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. Their debut album had already spawned numerous hits. “Way Out West!”-Live from San Francisco 1973, their latest CD is a time capsule from that period. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of the Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed. More than three decades later this galvanizing San Francisco performance reminds us how it all began.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $65, $80

New Riders of the Purple Sage

Sunday, May 15th • 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale Feb 17th

The New Riders of the Purple Sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. They are keeping the spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. The band recently teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released it’s first CD in twenty years to rave reviews, Where I Come From (Woodstock Records).

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $30, $35, $50
The McLovins

Saturday, May 21st • 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale this Thursday, Feb 10th

Meet The McLovins, the jam-rock band that Rolling Stone called “a trio of Connecticut kids who have managed to harness the musical ferocity of Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool and Stewart Copeland before being able to legally drive a car.” In fact, Rolling Stone liked them so much they brought them to their offices for a visit, an interview and to video tape three of their original songs, posting one as a podcast on itunes.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $15, $20, $25

Changes In Latitudes – Jimmy Buffett Tribute

Friday, July 22nd • 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale March 3rd

In case you haven’t seen them yet, Changes In Latitudes is one of America’s premier tribute shows to singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, the master of the tropical lifestyle. They are a nine-piece band with a singular plan, to take you to Margaritaville. Each show is good clean fun, aiming to offend no one, and entertain everyone. Every set is a party, with beach balls flying, dancing conga lines, and leis galore. It’s one exciting show. Oh yes, and the music. You know more Jimmy Buffett songs than you think you do, and they’ll prove it. Let “Changes In Latitudes” bring their rolling beach party to you.

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Ticket Price: $28, $38

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’

Sunday, August 14th • 7:30 PM

Tickets on sale April 7th

Great American Bubble Factory is the perfect crescendo to a long twenty-plus year career of drivin’ n’ cryin’. I think we’ve found the true essence of what we started to build back in1985. It’s the truth as we see it set to a soundtrack fueled by music we love, everyone from The Ramones, The Clash, The Seeds, Iggy, Dylan, Patti Smith Group, R.E.M., Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones. You get the point. In my world, the first step to a renewed America and our deliverance from an unspeakable disrespect of the American workforce would be the opening of THE GREAT AMERICAN BUBBLE FACTORY. They would come from miles around to see the Willie Wonka of the New Deal….There’s hope again!!! If you can make it here, why don’t you make it here…
-Kevin Kinney

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $25, $40

The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill

Tuesday, August 23rd • 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale April 28th
The Tubes will go down in the rock history books as one of the most exciting, in-your-face tight-knit group of musicians who epitomised the hilarity of popular American culture by making it into a the ultimate rock’n’roll extravaganza. Their live shows involved mock bondage rituals, simulated sex, 12-foot high rock stars by the name of Quay Lude singing ‘White Punks On Dope’, exploding televisions, chainsaws and an array of semi-clad dancers. Some say they were about 15 years ahead of Madonna, and light years ahead of the politically correct.

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Ticket Price: $35, $40, $55

On Sale Now!

TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds

(of DMB & Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds Acoustic Duo)

Wednesday, April 13th • 8:00 PM

Tim Reynolds has been playing music all of his life, starting as a bass player in a gospel band in his hometown of St. Louis, to fronting his break-through band, TR3, in the ’80s, and forward to recording & touring with DMB and the Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds Acoustic Duo. Tim’s progression has continued through 8 years on the road as a solo acoustic guitar wizard playing for packed houses who have come to realize this is not just Dave’s side man, this is one of the most talented and thoughtful players on the circuit today! Now things have come full circle and TR3 is back again to rock and funk your house down. The songs will be a mix of updated Tim classics to wild covers of everything from James Brown, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin & Prince to Tim’s newer catalogue of material.

[ More Details ]Ticket Price: $35, $50

Springtime Revel w/Performance Artists
Michael Moschen and Bob Berky

Wednesday, April 20th • 7:30 PM

A Benefit for the Farmington River Watershed Association

Indulge your spring fever! Renowned performing artists Michael Moschen and Bob Berky will join forces this April for a special benefit show. Ranked as one of the world’s leading jugglers and one of America’s most visionary performing artists, Michael Moschen has transformed an ancient circus art into a mesmerizing concert form, greeted with acclaim in every country and audiences of all ages. Bob Berky, actor, writer, and

theatrical clown, has also performed throughout the world, including the Kennedy Center in Washington and the National Theatre in London. Using physical movement and the power of suggestion to convey his madcap messages, he concentrates on idiosyncrasies known to us all. This is your chance to be amazed, laugh out loud, and meet two world-class entertainers in an intimate local setting!

Proceeds from this show will support the river protection and restoration projects of the Farmington River Watershed Association, a nonprofit citizens’ group serving over 20 Farmington Valley towns.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $35, $50

An Evening with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

Thursday, May 12th • 8:00 PM

Ottmar Liebert is a six-time GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling guitarist and composer. Considered one of the most talented, creative and influential guitarists of all time, his legendary debut release, Nouveau Flamenco, is the biggest selling guitar album in history. Liebert has released over 20 albums and received more than 30 gold and platinum awards. Along with his band, Luna Negra, he thrills audiences worldwide as one of instrumental music’s most popular and compelling live performers.

[ More Details ] Ticket Price: $40, $60