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
Infinity Hall Live - Women of Song (Episode #404H)
KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 5, 2017 -- 11:00 PM
Infinity Hall Live brings you some of the best female performances captured through our lens with songs from; Tori Amos, Aimee Mann, Shelby Lynne, The Wailin' Jenny's, Wilson Phillips and Joan Osborne. These women have brought us to our feet with their thought provoking lyrics, intense musicianship and emotional courage. Aimee Mann sings "Save Me" and "Wise Up" from the film Magnolia which earned her nominations for an Oscar, Golden Globe and three Grammys. Shelby Lynne shares the challenge of love and the pains of heartbreak on songs like "Killin' Kind" and "Your Lies". Tori Amos backed by a chamber ensemble dazzles with her poetic lyrics and intense piano playing on the playful "Leather" and haunting ballad "Winter". Relish the celestial harmonies of The Wailin' Jenny's with their gospel influenced version of "Bring Me Li'l Water Silvy" and join Joan Osborne as she begs the question "What if God was One of Us" from her number one hit of the same name.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 6, 2017 -- 5:00 AM
Dawes (Episode #112H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jan 1, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
The venue is packed as Los Angeles-based band Dawes takes the stage. Although they could have filled an even larger venue, the intimate atmosphere at Infinity Hall is welcomed by guitarist and lead vocalist Taylor Goldsmith. "I'm pretty sure venues like this are exactly what our music is meant to be played in. No bigger, no smaller. This is exactly perfect," he told the audience after opening with "That Western Skyline" and "The Way You Laugh." With his brother Griffin Goldsmith on drums and vocals, Tay Strathairn on keyboards and vocals, and Wiley Gelber on bass, the foursome's carefully crafted rhythms and tight harmonies have been compared to the Laurel Canyon sound of Crosby, Still and Nash and Neil Young. Taylor commented on Dawes' chemistry both musically and personally. "We're all extremely close," says Taylor. "I don't think this would work if we weren't. A big part of our careers and our time spent playing music is on the road." The band puts an emphasis on its live sound, even turning to traditional methods when recording albums. Strathairn points out that the band records on two-inch tape, laying down an entire track at once rather than recording each part separately. "The performance becomes paramount. We're all in a room, and they say go, and you have to do a whole take of a whole song. We're a live band essentially, and I think that captures us a bit," he says. The group tours extensively and considers its live performances to be its greatest asset. "Music being what it is today, where the value of the record isn't what it was and people could take it for free if they want, the only way to carve out a career for yourself is playing on stage and playing shows and having people come out to the shows. It's always been the best way to spread the word about the band," says Taylor. True to his word, Taylor shows his appreciation for the audience by turning his microphone stand toward the singing crowd as they belt out the chorus line during an inspirational rendition of "When My Time Comes." Dawes closes the show with "Time Spent in Los Angeles," the song they played in June 2011 while performing on The Late Show with David Letterman.