Season 3 of Front and Center Announced

Season 3 of Front and Center Announced

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Added by May 6, 2014


Line-up boasts 35 Grammy nominations and over 80 million albums sold


May 6, 2014 (New York) – Front and Center is back for a third season on public television, with 11, one-hour episodes and an all-star line-up of British and American artists that have collectively received 35 Grammy nominations and sold over 80 million albums worldwide. Filmed in New York City’s intimate Highline Ballroom, Iridium, and the McKittrick Hotel, plus a special concert at Nashville’s War Memorial, this season features one-of-a-kind performances by Cyndi Lauper, The Goo Goo Dolls, James Blunt, The Avett Brothers, Ginger Baker, Christina Perri, Alt-J, Grouplove, Jon Batiste, Tom Odell, and Here Come The Mummies.

Season three, filmed in high definition, premieres in the New York metropolitan area Saturdays at 11:10 p.m. beginning April 5on WLIW21 and late night Sundays at 12 midnight on THIRTEENbeginning April 13. For airdates in other markets check your local listings.

Included in the lineup is an exclusive 30th anniversary performance with iconic superstar Cyndi Lauper, who performed all the songs from her breakthrough album She’s So Unusual, including the No. 1 hits “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and “Time After Time.”

“Playing at the Iridium for Front and Center was a lot of fun. The room has such a great history and sounds fantastic. We always enjoy the opportunity to play smaller rooms, and get up close and personal with our fans,” said The Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik.

“Our taping for Front and Center at the McKittrick Hotel, was the most intimate set we’ve played in NYC in recent memory. It was such a great experience,” said Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers,who released Magpie and the Dandelion in October 2013.

Executive producer Don Maggi said, “Front and Center provides artists with the stage to do what they do best, perform at length, in a commercial-free environment that gives fans the chance to see them in a unique way. What’s more, viewers of our shows get to see a variety of great music from artists that you might not ordinarily see playing in such intimate settings.”


The Avett Brothers: The American band was founded by brothers Scott and Seth Avett. Their performance at the McKittrick Hotel includes 2009’s hit “I and Love and You,” as well as selections from the band’s eighth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion, which reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

Jon Batiste: A descendant of New Orleans musical “royalty,” Jon Batiste is a bandleader, pianist, singer, songwriter, composer and sometime actor. Batiste and his band, Stay Human, perform “Star Spangled Banner,” his original composition “Express Yourself” and selections from their latest release, Social Music.

James Blunt: The British singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy nominee showcases his raw, direct and emotionally honest lyrics, including his hits “You’re Beautiful,” “Goodbye My Lover” and “Same Mistake,” as well as songs from his fourth studio album, Moon Landing.

Ginger Baker: Best known for his work with Cream and Blind Faith, and often referred to as “the world’s greatest drummer,” the 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, graces the Iridium stage in New York City with his band Jazz Confusion.

Christina Perri: Perri performs her honest ballads about love and heartbreak at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. Named iTunes’ “Breakthrough Pop Artist of 2011,” Perri performs her hits “Jar of Hearts,” “Arms” and “A Thousand Years” from the Twilight: Breaking Dawn soundtrack, as well as new songs from her latest release, Head or Heart.

Alt-J: This English indie quartet and 2012 Mercury Prize winners bring their hypnotic sound to perform tracks from their critically acclaimed debut release, An Awesome Wave, including “Tessellate” and “Breezeblocks.”

Cyndi Lauper: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of her Grammy-winning smash debut, She’s So Unusual, Lauper performs the album from start to finish. She became the first woman to record four Top 10 singles on a debut album, including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “All Through the Night” and “She-Bop.”

Grouplove: The indie rockers out of Los Angeles perform songs from their recent release Spreading Rumours, as well as hits from their 2011 breakout debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song, including the platinum-certified No. 1 single “Tongue Tied.”

Here Come the Mummies: The funk/R&B band perform in full mummy attire with stage names that are rumored to cover the identities of moonlighting Grammy-winning band members. The performance was captured at the War Memorial in Nashville and includes “Ra Ra Ra,” “Carnal Carnival” and “Petting Zoo.”

Tom Odell: The 2013 BRITs Critics Choice Award-winner performs music from his debut studio album, Long Way Down, including the title track “Another Love.”

Goo Goo Dolls: The chart topping American rock band perform a set that traces their career from the Grammy-nominated 1998 debut Dizzy Up The Girl to their latest release, Magnetic. Songs include the 1998 No. 1 hit single “Iris,” along with “Slide,” “Broadway” and the 2006 hit “Let Love In.”

Front and Center is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW21 for WNET, and distributed by American Public Television. Front and Center is sponsored by Citi Private Pass of New York.


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