Chicago, IL (January 26, 2007)–Soundstage, the primetime concert series on PBS, launched its fourth season on January 18 with rock star Peter Frampton, for a special two-part episode. Up next, on February 1, Soundstage will feature newly reunited punk rock legends the New York Dolls, featuring original members David Johansen, and Sylvain Sylvain.
The Dolls, who influenced a whole era of musicians and the New York rock music scene in ’70’s, performed an invigorating set celebrating punk’s roots including such band classics as “Personality Crisis” and “Jet Boy.”
The season, which will run through March 1, also includes CMA Award winner Lee Ann Womack (February 8th), folk/rock star Jewel (February 15th), singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones (February 22nd), and 2007 Grammy nominee, Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris (March 1st).
“We are so fortunate to have attracted such a diverse group of artists for the fourth season of Soundstage,” said Joe Thomas, founder of HD Ready and the series’ producer/director. “I think more and more musicians are realizing that coming on our show gives them the rare opportunity to solely perform their best work in an intimate setting, for TV.”
Thomas recently reintroduced Soundstage, a music performance program that ran from 1974-1985 with an hour-long format that was unique to television. HD Ready specializes in combining high-definition television and surround sound. Thomas’ concept was to combine the singular musical performances of the original show with an ultra-modern stage boasting innovative 5.1 audio and hi-def visual technologies.
The majority of the concerts are filmed before small studio audiences, at WTTW’s Grainger Studio in Chicago. However, for the fourth season, Soundstage has veered away from its usual format by also filming at remote locations such as Red Rocks, Gainesville and Myerson Symphony Center.