Watch Saturdays at midnight through September 2016 on WMHT-TV
The Emmy-nominated INFINITY HALL LIVE provides an all-access pass to engaging performances and backstage conversations with intriguing American musicians. Displaying a mix of genres, the 10-part series offers authentic and heartfelt performances taped in an acoustically perfect Victorian-era concert hall in Norfolk, Conn. Its intimate setting and stripped-down stage afford viewers a "best-seat-in-the-house" experience. Season five features Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens from the band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, whom the LA Times describes as “fiery brass- and gospel- infused funk," singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, and Galactic, the funk and jazz jam band from New Orleans. Interviews with the performers provide the colorful backdrop for each episode with the artists reflecting on their motivations, their inspirations, and their unique style of songwriting and playing. Cameras also eavesdrop on backstage concert preparations, offer a rare glimpse into the creative process, and provide a sense of the anticipation at the heart of any live show.
Rhiannon Giddens | Saturday, July 9
Rhiannon Giddens’ triumphant performance is fiercely loyal to her roots. During this passionately intelligent performance her bare-footed elegance and fearless banjo and fiddle playing are surpassed only by her vocal prowess. For the IHL audience Giddens offer the fervor of a spiritual on “Waterboy”, the yips of a field holler on “Duncan and Jimmy” and a Gaelic-style hootenanny on “Mouth Music”. Folk duo Birds of Chicago add to the harmony on “Lost on the River” from The New Basement Tapes project. Interview with Giddens.
Duncan and Jimmy
Children Go Where I send Thee
The Wind that Shakes the Barley (feat. Allison Russell of Birds of Chicago)
Lost On the River (feat. Birds of Chicago)
Come Love Come
Lonesome Road / Up Above My Head (medley)
Galactic | Saturday, July 16
The seminal New Orleans band draws inspiration from the cultural flavors of their city streets and their local orbit of southern soul, funk, blues, rock and brass band. From the band’s traditional “second line” brass-infused show opener “Sugar Doosie” to the funky bass line and tumbling guitar on “Long Live the Borgne;” to the break in the funk for Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways” with guest Ryan Montbleau, the band showcases their 20-year musical evolution in an electrifying performance. Erica Falls is guest vocalist. With artist interviews.
Right On (feat. Erica Falls)
Higher and Higher (feat. Erica Falls)
Does It Really Make A Difference (feat. Erica Falls)
Domino (feat. Ryan Montbleau)
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (feat. Ryan Montbleau)
Long Live the Borgne
Into the Deep (feat. Erica Falls)
Heart of Steel (feat. Erica Falls)
Dolla Diva (feat. Erica Falls)
I Can't Stand the Rain (feat. Erica Falls)
Joss Stone | Saturday, July 23
The English singer/songwriter/actress beloved by fans for her free spirit as much as her lustrous vocal prowess takes the stage--barefoot, as usual--for an energetic performance inspired by her recent world tour. The Grammy winner’s set list is as far-reaching as her vocal range, from the White Stripes’ reworked “Fell in Love with a Boy” to 1970s soul smash “Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin’ on Me)” and her own chart topper “Right to Be Wrong”. Interview with Joss Stone.
Super Duper Love
Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do
Let Me Breath
This Ain’t Love
Stuck on You
Fell In Love With A Boy
Right to Be Wrong
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds | Saturday, July 30
Rock and soul are the pillars that support the seven-piece collective known as Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. Horn-fueled infectious grooves combined with the driving force of lead singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe, make SS&TDB a force to be reckoned with. The Infinity Hall Live audience matches the energy summoned by the band during this joyful and sometimes gritty set. From their pop-infused single “Sugar” to the bluesy “Catch Me If You Can”, to a surprising nod to Paul Simon during the spirited “Prison Cells”, The Dirty Birds provide a boundless wall of sound backing the swagger and vocal tenacity that pours out of Kincheloe, from beginning to end this can’t miss-show proves why this band is on the rise. Includes interview with band leader Arleigh Kincheloe.
Catch Me If You Can
Prison Cells (with “Diamonds on the Soles of Her shoes” interlude)
Who Are You
Great Performances Vol. 1 | Sunday, August 7 at 12:30am
Infinity Hall Live celebrates five seasons as a showcase for established and emerging artists with performances by Los Lonely Boys (“Don’t Walk Away”), Tori Amos (“Hey Jupiter”), Brett Dennen, Rubblebucket (“Came Out of a Lady”), Deer Tick (“These Old Shoes”), Tedeschi Trucks Band (“Midnight in Harlem”), Joss Stone (“Super Duper Love”), Galactic (“Dollar Diva”), Dawes (“When My Time Comes”), and Ani DiFranco (“Shameless”).
Track List: (track list pending final edit)
Super Duper Love - Joss Stone
Shameless - Ani DiFranco
Hey Jupiter - Tori Amos
These Old Shoes - Deer Tick
Wild Child - Brett Dennen
When My Time Comes - Dawes
Came Out of A Lady - Rubblebucket
Don’t Walk Away - Los Lonely Boys
Dollar Diva – Galactic (feat. Erica Falls)
Midnight in Harlem - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Ani DiFranco | Saturday, August 13 at midnight
Ani DiFranco is as deserving of the name “Righteous Babe” as the label she founded back in 1990. This DIY folk- rock icon has been wowing audiences worldwide with her razor-sharp lyrical content, masterful percussive guitar playing and spirited vocals for more than 25 years and she brings it all on stage for her Infinity Hall Live performance. Fan favorites like “Shameless”, “Both Hands” and “32 Flavors” are matched with the politically charged “Which Side Are You On” and “Crime For Crime”. A guest appearance by folk duo Mike + Ruthy add dimension to “Overlap” and “Binary” among others in the set. This concert from DiFranco is a celebration of her fierce spirit that draws devoted fans to travel the country to see her perform and is a testament to her “righteous” position in folk history alongside Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Interview with Ani DiFranco.
You Had Time
Nowhere but Barstow
Crime for Crime
Overlap (feat. Mike + Ruthy)
Which Side Are You On (feat. Mike + Ruthy)
Binary (feat. Mike + Ruthy)
32 Flavors (feat. Mike + Ruthy)
Covered | Saturday, August 20 at midnight
Infinity Hall Live guests from the first five seasons cover their favorite artists including Joan Osborne’s take on Al Green, Wilson Phillips covering the Mamas and Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” Tommy Emmanuel’s cover of guitar classic “Classical Gas”, the Bacon Brothers’ performing the Delbert McClinton classic “Givin’ it Up for Your Love,” Tedeschi Trucks Band’s brilliant “Angel from Montgomery” and Jackie Greene’s interpretation of the Grateful Dead’s “Scarlet Begonias”.
Track List: (order pending)
Angel from Montgomery /Sugaree - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Lonesome Road / Up Above My Head - Rhiannon Giddens
I Can’t Stand the Rain – Galactic (feat. Erica Falls)
Scarlet Begonias - Jackie Greene
Rhymes - Joan Osborne
California Dreamin’ - Wilson Phillips
Givin’ It Up For Your Love – The Bacon Brothers
Classical Gas - Tommy Emmanuel
Suspicious Minds - Rusted Root
Melissa Etheridge | Saturday, September 10 at midnight
That iconic voice and a wardrobe of guitars make for a riveting solo performance of greatest hits “Come to My Window,” “I Want to Come Over,” and “I’m the Only One,” as well as songs from her latest album, This is M.E. The Grammy Award-winner shares personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. Interview with Etheridge.