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
Ani Difranco (Episode #506H)
KQED Life: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
Ani DiFranco is as deserving of the name "Righteous Babe" as the label she founded back in 1990. This DIY folk- rock icon has been wowing audiences worldwide with her razor-sharp lyrical content, masterful percussive guitar playing and spirited vocals for more than 25 years and she brings it all on stage for her Infinity Hall Live performance. Fan favorites like "Shameless", "Both Hands" and "32 Flavors" are matched with the politically charged "Which Side Are You On" and "Crime For Crime". A guest appearance by folk duo Mike + Ruthy add dimension to "Overlap" and "Binary" among others in the set. This concert from DiFranco is a celebration of her fierce spirit that draws devoted fans to travel the country to see her perform and is a testament to her "righteous" position in folk history alongside Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Interview with Ani DiFranco.
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
Galactic (Episode #502H)
KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 18, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
The seminal New Orleans band draws inspiration from the cultural flavors of their city streets and their local orbit of southern soul, funk, blues, rock and brass band. From the band's traditional "second line" brass-infused show opener "Sugar Doosie" to the funky bass line and tumbling guitar on "Long Live the Borgne;" to the break in the funk for Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways" with guest Ryan Montbleau, the band showcases their 20-year musical evolution in an electrifying performance. Erica Falls is guest vocalist. With artist interviews.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
Great Performances Vol. 1 (Episode #505H)
KQED Life: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
Infinity Hall Live celebrates five seasons as a showcase for established and emerging artists with performances by Los Lonely Boys ("Don't Walk Away"), Tori Amos ("Hey Jupiter"), Brett Dennen, Rubblebucket ("Came Out of a Lady"), Deer Tick ("These Old Shoes"), Tedeschi Trucks Band ("Midnight in Harlem"), Joss Stone ("Super Duper Love"), Galactic ("Dollar Diva"), Dawes ("When My Time Comes"), and Ani DiFranco ("Shameless").
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
Rhiannon Giddens (Episode #501H)
KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
Rhiannon Giddens' triumphant performance is fiercely loyal to her roots. During this passionately intelligent performance her bare-footed elegance and fearless banjo and fiddle playing are surpassed only by her vocal prowess. For the IHL audience Giddens offer the fervor of a spiritual on "Waterboy", the yips of a field holler on "Duncan and Jimmy" and a Gaelic-style hootenanny on "Mouth Music". Folk duo Birds of Chicago add to the harmony on "Lost on the River" from The New Basement Tapes project. Interview with Giddens.
- KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 12, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Episode #504H)
KQED Life: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
Rock and soul are the pillars that support the seven-piece collective known as Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. Horn-fueled infectious grooves combined with the driving force of lead singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe, make SS&TDB a force to be reckoned with. The Infinity Hall Live audience matches the energy summoned by the band during this joyful and sometimes gritty set. From their pop-infused single "Sugar" to the bluesy "Catch Me If You Can", to a surprising nod to Paul Simon during the spirited "Prison Cells", The Dirty Birds provide a boundless wall of sound backing the swagger and vocal tenacity that pours out of Kincheloe, from beginning to end this can't miss-show proves why this band is on the rise. Includes interview with band leader Arleigh Kincheloe.
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 4:00 AM