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
Cowboy Junkies (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
With their languid guitars and ethereal vocals, the Canadian group Cowboy Junkies cast a narcotic spell over their Infinity Hall audience in this intimate concert performance. Consisting of Alan Anton (bass), and siblings Michael Timmins (guitar), Peter Timmins (drums) and Margo Timmins (vocals), Cowboy Junkies specialize in a unique sound that combines country, blues and folk, but often with a touch of melancholy thrown in for good measure. As Margo Timmins jokingly told the audience, "I figure if you're here tonight, you like sad songs. At least I hope you do. If you don't, you should probably leave about now." The group began in Toronto when Michael and Alan returned from Europe after an unsuccessful stint with a couple of musical acts. Back home, they began jamming with Michael's brother Peter on drums and sister Margo on vocals, despite the fact that she was a social worker who had never performed in public before. Their first significant release was The Trinity Session in 1988, which they recorded in one night with one microphone inside Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity. The album proved to be a cult hit garnering critical acclaim and college radio airplay for the songs "Sweet Jane" and "Misguided Angel." Since that time, the band had built and maintained a loyal fan base who appreciate their smart, bluesy compositions and daring, independent style. Most recently, Cowboy Junkies began a unique four-album cycle called The Nomad Series over an 18-month period with every album built around a different (but common) narrative, from time spent in China to a tribute record to the late musician Vic Chestnutt. Fans of the Cowboy Junkies won't be disappointed with their Infinity Hall set, which offers a nice mix of old and new songs from their 26-year career, including the crowd favorite "Sweet Jane," a lyrical, mandolin-accompanied version of "Fairytale," Vic Chestnutt's "See You Around," and a cover of Neil Young's "Powderfinger."
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 1:00 AM
Tori Amos (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
Singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist Tori Amos comes to Infinity Hall for a stirring performance of compositions that span the breadth of her career. Backed by a lush string octet, Amos holds court at the grand piano and keyboards - sometimes playing both simultaneously - while delighting fans who came from across the country to see this rare concert performance, her only live date in 2012. Amos, whose career took off in 1992 with her debut solo album Little Earthquakes, has built a career of intense, introspective musical poetry. As the daughter of a Methodist minister, she began singing in the church choir at age four and quickly showed a command for the piano and songwriting. While often compared to the mystical Kate Bush and the confessional Joni Mitchell throughout her career, Amos has nevertheless forged her own path in the music industry creating a powerful canon of critically acclaimed albums that explore identity, religion, sexual awakening, rape and more. At Infinity Hall, Amos performs "Leather and "Winter" from Little Earthquakes, takes a passionate turn at "Taxi Ride," from Scarlett's Walk, and offers an emotional testament to her 12-year-old daughter with "Ribbons Undone, " from her eighth studio album, The Beekeeper.
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 1:00 AM