Thursday, May 22, 2014

Avetts' live set kicks off new season of "Front and Center"

Set your DVRs Avett fans. The Concord group kicks off Season 3 of  Public Television's live music series "Front and Center" on UNC-TV at 2. am. Sunday, May 25. That's Saturday night/early Sunday morning following "Austin City Limits" and "Music City Roots."

The episode was filmed at New York City's McKittrick Hotel. Scott Avett calls the performance "The most intimate set we've played in NYC in recent memory." You can watch a clip of the band playing "Down With the Shine" from this week's episode.

Other artists featured on "Front and Center" this season include jazz musician Jon Batiste, British singer-songwriter James Blunt, indie-rock combo Grouplove, Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner Ginger Baker (Blind Faith, Cream), mysterious funk/R&B outfit Here Come the Mummies, and pop legend Cyndi Lauper celebrating the 30th anniversary of her breakthrough debut "She's So Unusual" among others.

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