Front and Center
Utilizing state-of-the-art production techniques, this concert series caters to the live music fan, with each episode delivering powerful performances from some of the top names in music.
Front and Center Previous Broadcasts
Dawes (Episode #708H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
Folk-rock band Dawes take the stage for a performance of both old and new material. The band, comprised of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, and Lee Pardini, formed in 2009 from the band Simon Dawes after the departure of their co-songwriter. Their last two albums All Your Favorite Bands (2015) and self-released We're All Gonna Die (2016) have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Folk Chart. Dawes performs new songs "Tequila," "One of Us," and "Roll with the Punches," as well as hits such as "Little Bit" and "When My Time Comes."
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
Kaleo (Episode #707H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
All the way from Iceland, indie rock band Kaleo comes to New York City to perform songs from their debut album A/B.Highlights include a performance of "Vor ? Vaglaskogi," a traditional Icelandic Love song sung in the band's native language, as well as their top 10 singles "All the Pretty Girls" and "Way Down We Go." Formed in 2012, the band music is mostly influenced by folk and blues and prominently features a distinctive resonator sound.
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
The Cadillac Three (Episode #706H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
Fronted by Grammy Award nominated songwriter Jaren Johnston, The Cadillac Three have a sound that hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard-and-heavy rock ballads and traditional southern folk. The trio perform songs from their latest album, Bury Me in My Boots, including their three top 50 songs "The South," "Party Like You," and "White Lightning."
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
Steve Vai (Episode #705H)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
Legendary guitarist Steve Vai takes to the stage in the smallest room that he has performed in in years. Voted the 10th Greatest Guitarist byGuitar Worldmagazine, Vai treats fans to selections throughout his three decade long career. Vai began his career as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa in 1978 before joining his band from 1980-1983. As an independent guitarist he has won three Grammy Awards and has produced eight studio albums, two EPs, two special albums, eight live albums, twelve soundtracks, twenty compilation albums, and six DVD releases. Vai's solo sophomore release, Passion and Warfare, has earned gold certification in the US.
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 -- 4:00 AM