FEATURED PROGRAMS on Blue Ridge PBS
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American Masters – Little Richard: King & Queen of Rock & Roll
Friday, June 2 @ 9pm & Monday, June 5 @ 7pm
Experience the meteoric rise and enduring legacy of Little Richard. This portrait of the “King and Queen of Rock and Roll” explores his far-reaching influence as well as his advocacy for the rights of Black artists in the music industry.
Carole King: Home Again Live in Central Park
Wednesday, June 7 @ 10pm
Celebrate the music icon in a triumphant homecoming concert on May 26, 1973, that captured King at her critical and commercial peak, basking in the enormous popularity of her album Tapestry. Includes a behind-the-scenes look at her legendary career.
Classic Cinema: This is the Army (1945)
Thursday, June 1 @ 8pm
Grab the popcorn and enjoy classic movies uninterupted!
George Murphy and Ronald Reagan star in a tale of a father and son who put on a musical stage show before the son marches off to war. Featuring music by Irving Berlin, numerous stars and over 350 real-life GIs, the film raised nearly $2 million towards the Army Emergency Relief effort.
Country Music - A Film by Ken Burns
MARATHON! Saturday, June 10 @ 7:30am-8:30pm
Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the twentieth century. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. No one has told the story this way before.
Doo Wop, Pop & Soul Generations
Monday, June 5 @ 9pm
Celebrate the legacy of the music of the late 1950s and 60s with a new generation of artists. Includes performances by Alex Byrd, The Best Intentions, The Majors, The Danleers, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Belmonts, Bobby Wilson and Mike Mastellone.
Foreigner – Double Vision: Then & Now
Tuesday, June 6 @ 8pm
Grab a front-row seat at the first-ever reunion concert of both incarnations of the multi-platinum-selling band as they perform their greatest hits, including “Cold as Ice,” “Jukebox Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
From the Heart: A Tribute to Lawrence Welk & The American Dream
Saturday, June 3 @ 6pm
Join host Barbara Mandrell to celebrate the legendary bandleader in a 1993 musical spectacular not seen for 30 years. Taped at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the program features 21 favorite Welk regulars and special guest stars.
Grantchester: Investigating Life’s Mysteries
Thursday, June 8 @ 9pm
Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and creators of the English mystery series with a handsome young vicar at the center of local crimes and murders. The series is a winning combination of a delightful and appealing amateur sleuth, articulate writing and engaging mysteries to solve.
John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High
Wednesday, June 7 & Saturday, June 10 @ 8:30pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic title track from Denver’s 1972 album with a 1974 concert filmed at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater. The concert features Denver in his prime performing at this stunning outdoor venue.
Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour
Tuesday, June 6 @ 9:30pm
Experience the sensory explosion of eye-popping theatrics and infectious pop tracks from one of today’s most captivating performers. This not-to-be-missed spectacle features hit after hit and delivers the excitement of the live Katy Perry experience.
Tom Jones on Masterpiece
MARATHON! Sunday, June 4 @ 6:30pm
One of the greatest novels in the English language comes to MASTERPIECE in a four-part adaptation of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, giving a new twist to the tale of a young man’s love for a wealthy heiress. Solly McLeod stars as Tom, with Sophie Wilde as Sophia, the heroine and Hannah Waddingham as the iconic temptress Lady Bellaston. Joining the cast are James Fleet, Shirley Henderson, Alun Armstrong, Pearl Mackie, and a torrent of other talent, bringing mid-18th-century England to life in all its passion and prejudice, luxury and loose morals.
Mavis Staples at Symphony Center
Friday, June 9 @ 9pm
Join the legendary singer and civil rights icon for a one-night only, hometown performance for the ages. Staples brings her iconic smoky sound to Orchestra Hall in a scintillating evening of soul, gospel and her signature brand of R&B.
Molly Tuttle & the Golden Highway: Live in Nashville
Saturday, June 3 @ 8pm
Join the Grammy-winning acoustic guitarist, banjo player and rising star for a dynamic concert with her band in Nashville. A leading light of modern folk, bluegrass and Americana, she has also made a name for herself as a songwriter and vocalist.
Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black & White Night
Saturday, June 3 @ 9:30pm & Wednesday, June 7 @ 7pm
Celebrate the music legend in an iconic 1987 concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes.
Santana Live at the US Festival
Saturday, June 10 @ 10pm
Thrill to the electrifying experience of an important moment in music history when Santana took the stage at the US Festival in San Bernardino, California, in 1982. Featuring the hits “Black Magic Woman,” Gypsy Queen,” and “Oye Como Va.”
Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide
Thursday, June 8 @ 7pm
Join the acclaimed personal finance expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement. With empathy, straight talk and humor, Suze provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.”