This music and travel TV series invites viewers to discover the exciting sounds of the planet. Host Jacob Edgar is an explorer who does not search for lost cities or ancient ruins. He's on the quest for a different kind of treasure music. As an ethnomusicologist and world music record producer, Edgar travels the globe hunting for the best songs the world has to offer, and he suffers through some of the worst so you don't have to. Along the way, he's rewarded with a backstage pass to concert halls, street festivals, recording studios and rehearsal rooms. With local musicians as his guide, Edgar tastes exotic and occasionally ghastly food, visits off-the-beaten path attractions and parties the night away to amazing concerts at hidden venues that only the locals know.
Music Voyager Previous Broadcasts
Delhi (Episode #103)
KQED Life: Sun, May 22, 2016 -- 10:30 PM
Edgar's Indian journey ends up in India's capital city Delhi, where he explores the vibrant underground music scene. He connects with Rabbi Shergill, the Sikh music star who blends the revolutionary spirit of John Lennon with Indian pop. Edgar visits the rehearsal space of Indian Ocean, India's counterpart to the Grateful Dead, who have been performing their compelling fusion of ancient Indian roots music with modern grooves for nearly 20 years. Edgar also meets up with the East India Company, an up-and-coming collective that modernizes folk music with electronics and funky beats. The Delhi music tour ends up with a DJ set featuring Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale in one of India's hippest nightclubs.
- KQED Life: Mon, May 23, 2016 -- 4:30 AM
Nashville: Music City (Episode #303H)
KQED 9: Tue, May 3, 2016 -- 11:30 PM
Known as the capital of country music, Nashville also is home to some of the world's top singer-songwriters and rock and pop bands. Host Jacob Edgar receives a personal tour of Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry by country superstar Vince Gill. Then, he sees Elizabeth Miller perform at a funky bar in East Nashville, the bohemian district home to many of the city's musicians. He checks out Music Row, the epicenter of Nashville's music business, to visit Compass Records and then tour Gruhn Guitars, which supplies vintage gear to the world's top musicians. He hears virtuoso banjo player Alison Brown demonstrate her musical talents and then visits the legendary Bluebird Cafe, where Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift started their careers. Then, he stops in at the home of Jamie Johnson from the bluegrass band The Grascals for a moving performance of their hit song "I Am Strong". And finally, local songwriters Gabe Dixon and Casey Wasner, contemporary blues singer Keb Mo' and indie rock band Those Darlins prove there is much more to the Nashville scene then country music.
- KQED 9: Wed, May 4, 2016 -- 5:30 AM
Atlanta, Ga (Episode #603H)
KQED Life: Sun, May 1, 2016 -- 5:30 AM
Music Voyager is invited to Atlanta, Georgia to experience the heartbeat of the city from the inside out. The host is musician Tacuma Bradley who explores the Atlanta landscape while following the six degrees of separation between the people he meets. These include musicians Christian and Brand Bush, who brings them to the neighborhood of Buckhead for an unplugged performance at a local cemetery. They are introduced to their friends Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics. Ruby's music sets the tone to explore the funky and artistic Five Points neighborhood. Ruby introduces them to the feisty Myra, who owns a boutique cuisine shop called La Fruta. Myra then takes them to the Elevate Festival in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Finally, an introduction is made to Killer Mike, a local hip-hop legend and activist who brings Tacuma to his barbershop/community center to experience a concert with Killer Mike and special guest Big Boi from OutKast.