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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
George Ezra (Episode #605H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 21, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
British singer/songwriter George Ezra, whose debut album Wanted On Voyage launched his career internationally and landed on the Top 10 charts in over ten countries, brings his bluesy-pop vocals to the Iridium in New York City. The 2015 Artist to Watch nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards performs "Cassy'O," "Blame It On Me," and his Top 5 hit from the US Hot Rock Songs Chart, "Budapest." The young artist also has the crowd singing along for a soulful cover of Macy Gray's Grammy Award-winning single "I Try," and performs "Girl from The North Country," written by his longtime musical influence Bob Dylan.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 22, 2016 -- 1:00 AM
CMA Songwriters Series: Kip Moore (Episode #604H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 14, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
Multi-platinum selling country star Kip Moore, who recently released his second album Wild Ones, performs an acoustic set for the CMA Songwriters Series at New York City's Iridium. A songwriter in his own right, having penned songs for Jake Owen and Thompson Square, Moore takes the stage with renowned artists Brett James and Jaren Johnston. The trio strip down versions of Moore's No. 1 hits "Beer Money," "Hey Pretty Girl" and "Somethin' About A Truck" along with his latest single, "I'm To Blame," while sharing stories behind the making of each.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 15, 2016 -- 1:00 AM
CMA Songwriters Series: Ronnie Dunn (Episode #603H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 7, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
Best known as one half of the legendary Grammy and CMA Award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn brings out renowned songwriters Tony Martin, Wendall Mobley, Neil Thrasher and Craig Wisemen for a one-of-a-kind taping of the CMA Songwriters Series at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Dunn performs some of his best-loved No. 1 hits in front of a sold-out crowd, as well as songs from his third solo album Ain't No Trucks In Texas, including the lead single and title track. The country icon also brings out CMA Award-winning artist Brett Eldredge to share the stage for the first time ever. Eldredge, who has cited Dunn as one of his longtime musical influences, duets with Dunn on "Believe," co-written with Wisemen for Brooks & Dunn's 2005 platinum album Hillbilly Deluxe, and Eldredge's "One Mississippi."
- KQED Life: Sun, May 8, 2016 -- 1:00 AM