Infinity Hall Live
This concert series celebrates the music and energy of groundbreaking American artists. The acoustically perfect Infinity Music Hall, a historic 130-year-old venue in Norfolk, Connecticut, provides an intimate setting for engaging, authentic and heartfelt performances by an eclectic group of musicians. Candid interviews with band members provide a window into their motivations, their inspirations and their unique styles. Cameras also eavesdrop on backstage preparations, providing a glimpse into the creative process, as well as a sense of the behind-the-scenes anticipation and nervous energy at the heart of any live concert.
Infinity Hall Live Previous Broadcasts
Tim Reynolds & Tr3 (Episode #104H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
Tim Reynolds & TR3 bring killer guitar riffs and rock and roll funk to the hallowed walls of Infinity Hall. Reynolds, best known for his collaborations with the Dave Matthews Band, is widely regarded as underrated master, highly skilled at guitar, bass, piano, sitar, mandolin, violin and various instruments of ethnic percussion. Amazing audiences all over the world for more than 35 years, Reynolds has perfected a unique performance style that he brings to this extraordinary set. Born in Germany, Reynolds began playing music at a young age in his parents' church. Following high school graduation, Reynolds left home and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where he began playing at local bars. Away from his parents' strict moral and behavioral instruction, Reynolds was able to experiment, developing his own sound. After forming the original TR3 in the early '90s, Reynolds began touring. Simultaneously, he collaborated with a young Dave Matthews on his early performances and albums. Today, Reynolds continues to tour with the Dave Matthews Band lending his unmatched guitar skill to the group. Reynolds is accomplished at nearly 30 musical instruments. When his musical mastery is combined with his flawless improvisation and complex riffs,the result is an unforgettable rock performance.
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Jackie Greene (Episode #408H)
KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 23, 2017 -- 11:00 PM
Jackie Green weaves into his lyrics and guitar playing influences from blues, rock, soul and folk. He boasts music in the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain, has participated in multiple tours alongside Phil Lesh, Joan Osborne, and Steve Gorman. He spent some time as a member of The Black Crowes and played alongside Levon Helm at many of his famed Midnight Rambles. This singer, songwriter, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist shares music from his eighth album, Back To Birth, and other Jackie Green favorites like "Honey I Been Thinking About You" and "Gone Wanderin".
- KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 24, 2017 -- 5:00 AM
Keb' Mo' (Episode #103H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
Contemporary blues musician and three-time Grammy winner Keb' Mo' takes the stage alongside his band of top musicians. With Les Falconer III on drums, Vail Johnson on bass, Michael Hicks on keyboards, Kevin So on keyboards and guitar and Jeff Paris on guitar, mandolin and harmonica, the band's full sound and Mo's incomparable blues style engulf the elated audience. Keb' Mo' - formerly known as Kevin Moore - was born in South Los Angeles to parents from the Deep South. Often described as a living link to the seminal Delta blues of the past, he describes his style as a combination of the music he grew up listening to: blues, country, soul and folk. "I'm kind of a hybrid version of all those things thrown together," he says. His multi-faceted career includes portraying one of his blues influences, Robert Johnson, in the 1998 documentary Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? Mo' and his band open the show at Infinity Hall with "Inside Outside, " a song from his most recent album, Reflection. Mo' describes the album as the "culmination of all of my influences throughout my career." He also treats the crowd to his slow groove single "The Whole Enchilada," which he describes as a song that "reminds us men that when you are out there courting and falling in love that there's just a few things to keep in mind." Television fans will recognize his tune "I See Love," the theme song from the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Plus, the band doesn't disappoint with "Life is Beautiful" from his 2006 release Suitcase, and several other songs from his Grammy award-winning albums. This program captures the energy of the crowd during Mo's rousing performance. The band closes the show on a high note with the inspirational "A Better Man," a song created for the charity organization "Playing for Change" which inspires peace in the world through music.
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Wilson Phillips (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
Wilson Phillips, one of the biggest selling all-female groups in music history hits the Infinity Hall stage for an unforgettable night of nostalgia and chart-topping songs. The group, made up of Chynna Phillips, Wendy Wilson and Carnie Wilson, first reached the top of the Billboard charts in 1991 and have seen a resurgence in the past year with their appearance in the hit film Bridesmaids and their new reality series, Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On. Another reason for their return to center stage? They have a hit record! Their new CD, Dedicated, - which has topped the Amazon contemporary pop vocal charts - is a tribute to the music of their iconic parents; Chynna is the daughter of Michelle and John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas and Wendy and Carnie are the daughters of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Displaying the same tight, lush harmonies their parents were known for in their music, Wilson Phillips gives these beloved songs a new appeal in this intimate concert sure to pull on the heartstrings of multiple generations. The group opens the concert with their #1 chart-topping ballad "Release Me," much to the delight of the crowd, but soon they kick off their high heels and get comfortable singing the nostalgic harmony-rich songs of their extended musical families. From the Mamas and the Papas repertoire, Wilson Phillips performs "12: 30", "Monday, Monday" and the song that inspired the Dedicated CD, "California Dreamin'". Carnie Wilson explained, "Last year we were at a private party and decided just for the party to sing 'California Dreamin''. After we sang that together, our manager asked 'What do you think about doing a cover album of the Mamas and the Papas and the Beach Boys?' I said 'When do we start?'" Fans of the Beach Boys won't be disappointed either as the group covers some of their most best-loved songs. From "God Only Knows" and "In My Room" to "Wouldn't it Be Nice," Wilson Phillips' performance of these tunes full of intricate, gorgeous harmonies gives them a fresh new tenderness. And it's a true family affair with Carnie's husband Rob Bonfiglio on guitar and Matt Jardine, the son of Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine, singing back-up vocals. Though the ladies of Wilson Phillips have grown up, married and now have nine children between them, they can still bring the house down with their most iconic hit song "Hold On," which serves as their finale.
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Robben Ford (Episode #407H)
KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 9, 2017 -- 11:00 PM
Grammy winning guitar virtuoso Robben Ford brings his signature style of blues and stunning guitar licks to Infinity Hall. Playing songs from his new album Into The Sun as well as other Ford favorites from his extensive catalogue of blues and rock, it's easy for audiences to see why this master of the six string became a go to musician for the likes of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and other legends. In this dynamic performance fans have a unique opportunity to experience the depths of Ford's vision which equally incorporates his jazz, pop and rock chops. Robben Ford is confident and relaxed not only in his style of playing but with the progression of his musical journey in this lifetime. Hear how this self-taught, spirited musician continues to hone in his craft and find inspiration with each new project.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 -- 5:00 AM
Aimee Mann (Episode #101H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann performs with bassist Paul Bryan, keyboardist Jamie Edwards, and drummer Sebastian Aymanns. Before launching into "High on Sunday 51" from her 2002 release Lost in Space, Mann welcomes the audience with her unique sense of humor. "Let me cheer you up with some songs of depression, heartache and dysfunction," she says. Mann's career stretches back to the 1980s when her new wave band, 'Til Tuesday, gained popularity on MTV with their hit song "Voices Carry." She released her first solo album, Whatever, in 1993, and has been going strong ever since. "For ten years I've had my own label and released my own records, so it's been very freeing to not have to worry about pleasing anybody else," says Mann. Mann's successes include Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations for the song "Save Me" from the film soundtrack for Magnolia. Mann performs a poignant version of "Save Me" along with another song from the film, "Wise Up". Her performance at Infinity Hall includes a variety of songs from past albums, as well as several new songs. This program captures Mann in the perfect atmosphere for her poetic lyrics and witty stage banter. The intimate performance of this accomplished artist is not to be missed.
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Infinity Hall Live - Guitar Heroes (Episode #406H)
KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 2, 2017 -- 11:00 PM
Acoustic or electric, Gibson or Fender, Jimi Hendrix or Django Reinhardt, no matter what kind of guitar style you enjoy Infinity Hall Live's "Guitar Heroes" episode will delight all fans of this stringed instrument. Experience the intense musicianship of guitarists like Robben Ford, Tommy Emmanuel, Robert Cray, Tim Reynolds and Keb' Mo' as they each take a different approach to six strings. Tim Reynolds serves up a handful of meaty riffs and technical finger work on songs like "Hocus Pocus" reaffirming why he's Dave Mathews favorite guitarist to take on the road and into the studio. One man guitar band Tommy Emmanuel, known for his nimble fingerpicking and use of the entire instrument, forms a soundscape with a style and charisma unmatched by his peers. Learn why Rolling Stone Magazine credited Robert Cray with reinventing the blues and introducing it to a new generation with his razor sharp guitar playing on earthy tunes like "Chicken in the Kitchen". Get a sneak preview of the full length Season 4 episode featuring guitar virtuoso Robben Ford!
- KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 3, 2017 -- 5:00 AM