Radio/TV/Film/Broadway

AXS TV announces Blondie TV special

Blondie

AXS TV presents an “Atomic” night of classic rock and roll, putting the spotlight on one of music’s best-loved bands, Blondie, airing Sunday, April 2nd at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. Since 1974, Blondie has forged a legacy as true music pioneers, fearlessly blending elements of punk, disco, new wave, and even hip hop to create a unique sound that is all their own.

Powered by original members Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, this unforgettable 80-minute special gives viewers a front row seat as the multi-platinum pop culture trendsetters blaze through a career-spanning set list packed with classic hits and modern favorites, live from WTTW’s intimate Grainger Studio in Chicago. Highlights include powerhouse performances of iconic Blondie signatures such as “Dreaming,” “One Way Or Another,” “Call Me,” “Rapture,” and “The Tide Is High,” as well as newer classics “Rave,” “Gravity,” and “My Monster,” among many others.

The group will release their 11th studio album, Pollinator on May 5th. Fans can pre-order the new album via the band’s website and get a range of Pollinator limited edition format items including a deluxe colored vinyl, cassette, 7″ vinyl box set and other special collectible editions. There’s also an Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition 7″ Box Set.

CD | LP

1. Doom or Destiny
2. Long Time
3. Already Naked
4. Fun
5. My Monster
6. Best Day Ever
7. Gravity
8. When I Gave Up on You
9. Love Level [Explicit]
10. Too Much
11. Fragments

Chis Janson featured on Audience Network

Tune in to the AUDIENCE Network concert special Chris Janson airing Friday, March 24th at 9 pm ET/PT via DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114 and DIRECTVNOW. Watch the trailer below.

For a sneak peek of the AUDIENCE Network concert Chris Janson, view an exclusive full-song performance of “Everybody” on Rolling Stone Country.

“’Everybody’ is a song for everybody,” explains Chris Janson. “These lyrics are timely for the world we live in. I wrote it with a big smile on my face, and it’s my hope that people smile and laugh when they hear it too. I love this song. It’s a True story.”

AUDIENCE Network’s new music slate continues to deliver groundbreaking concerts, unique stories and exclusive performances across all genres, plus select programming in ultra high-definition/4K*, to audiences nationwide since multiple series began airing this past January. Recent concert specials include: Garth Brooks, CeeLo Green, Hank Williams Jr., Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, Flo Rida, Martina McBride, Lukas Graham, Kelsea Ballerini, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, 2 Chainz, Keith Urban, The Lumineers, Cole Swindell, Cypress Hill, Dan + Shay, Josh Kelley, Andra Day, JR JR, Young The Giant, Melissa Etheridge, Mac Miller, Good Charlotte, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Butch Walker, Brett Eldredge, Tinashe, JoJo, Bebe Rexha, Brandy Clark and others. New shows premiere via national broadcast Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114, as well as streaming on DIRECTVNOW, directv.com, uverse.com and on smartphones and tablets, via the DIRECTV and U-verse apps.**

AUDIENCE Network’s multiple series of original and exclusive performances give music fans an intimate view of music’s most influential artists today. The network collaborates directly with musicians to create a unique show from their perspective.

The rise of ACM Awards “New Male Artist of the Year” nominee and Warner Music Nashville recording artist Chris Janson has been one of the feel-good stories of country music in the past few years. A native of Perryville, Missouri, the singer–who once lived in his car in between performances on Nashville’s historic Broadway–has become one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the format today. His debut Warner Bros. single “Buy Me A Boat” hit the top of the Mediabase charts–and has since been certified platinum for sales of over one million copies, establishing the singer as a force to be reckoned with inside the format. The song–and album of the same title–achieved many 2015 “Best of” lists, including both the Billboard Top Country Singles and Albums lists. Janson;has scored on the same list again with his latest smash, the heartfelt Top 20 ballad “Holdin’ Her.”

The hit singer/songwriter has penned top-ten hits for Tim McGraw (“How I’ll Always Be,” “Truck Yeah”), and LOCASH (“I Love This Life”) and has had three of his compositions included on It’s About Time, the latest album from Hank Williams, Jr., for; which he also lends his signature harmonica licks.

The breakout star has also announced that he will join Sam Hunt on the road this summer for the 15 in a 30 tour, kicking off June 1st in Cleveland (full dates below), as well as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for select dates on their Soul2Soul tour. A widely praised performer, Janson has continued to tour throughout the winter and recently sold out shows in Iowa, Mississippi and more.

Tour Dates:

Mar 24 Black Bear Casino Resort Carlton, Minn.
Mar 25 4 Bears Casino and Lodge New Town, N.D.
Mar 29 Club Rodeo San Jose, Calif.
Apr 01 Green Valley Ranch Grand Events Center Henderson, NV
Apr 02 ACM Awards Official After Party Park Theater Las Vegas, NV
Apr 08 41st Annual “Dave Martin’s Bullride Mania” Harrisburg, PA
Apr 14 Kellogg Arena Battle Creek, MI
Apr 21 Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Bossier City, LA
Apr 22 Wichita Wingnuts Foundation Fundraiser Wichita, KS
Apr 29 Farmville Dogwood Festival Farmville, NC
May 20 Wild Adventures Theme Park Valdosta, GA
May 28 Country 500 Music Festival Daytona Beach, FL
Jun 01 Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jun 02 Klipsch Music Center Indianapolis, IN
Jun 03 Rock the South Cullman, AL
Jun 08 Annual Friend Club Party Nashville, TN
Jun 08 CMA Music Festival
Jun 10 FrogFest – Bands, Bulls & Beers Vernon, NY
Jun 15 Budweiser Stage Toronto, Canada
Jun 16 DTE Energy Music Theatre Detroit, MI
Jun 17 KeyBank Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 22 Lakes Jam Brainerd, MN
Jun 23 Bank of NH Pavilion Gilford, NH
Jun 24 Xfinity Theatre Hartford, CT
Jun 25 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
Jun 29 Wild West Festival Hays, KS
Jul 01 Frontier City Oklahoma City, OK
Jul 07 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Saint Louis, MO
Jul 08 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago, IL
Jul 09 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
Jul 13 Verizon Amphitheater Alpharetta, GA
Jul 14 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
Jul 15 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 19 Adams County Fairfest Hastings, NE
Jul 21 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Bangor, ME
Jul 22 Xfinity Center Mansfield, MA
Jul 23 CMAC Canandaigua, NY
Jul 27 Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at VA Bch Virginia Beach, VA
Jul 28 Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Raleigh, NC
Jul 29 PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte, NC
Aug 04 Sunfest Cowichan Lake, Canada
Aug 05 Oregon Jamboree Music Festival Sweet Home, OR
Aug 10 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA
Aug 11 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
Aug 12 Toyota Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA
Aug 15 THE GREEK Los Angeles, CA
Aug 16 THE GREEK Los Angeles, CA
Aug 19 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Aug 21 Red Rocks Denver, CO
Aug 22 Red Rocks Denver, CO
Sep 02 Red, White & Boom Music Festival Lexington, KY
Sep 03 Midwest Old Thresers Reunion Mt. Pleasant, IA
Sep 14 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Sep 15 BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ
Sep 16 Jiffy Lube Live Washington, VA
Sep 22 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN
Sep 23 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN
Oct 05 AT&T Center San Antonio, TX
Oct 06 Toyota Center Houston, TX
Oct 07 American Airlines Arena Dallas, TX

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More performers announced for 52nd ACMs

52nd Annual ACM Awards

The ACM Awards are April 2nd in Las Vegas

The Academy of Country Music has announced additional performers to join this year’s stellar lineup for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year. The newly added performers include Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. The ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2nd live from 8-11 pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and Jon Pardi.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming days.

The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2nd, starting at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.

‘Grammy Salute to Bee Gees’ airs April 16th on CBS

The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever with an all-star special — Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees — on Sunday, April 16th from 8-10 pm ET/ PT on the CBS Television Network.

GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini, GRAMMY nominee Andra Day, singer/songwriter Jason Derulo, five-time GRAMMY winner Celine Dion , multi-platinum pop-funk band DNCE, GRAMMY nominee Nick Jonas, GRAMMY nominee Tori Kelly, 10-time GRAMMY winner John Legend, GRAMMY nominee Demi Lovato, two-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town, three-time GRAMMY winners Pentatonix, GRAMMY nominee Thomas Rhett, GRAMMY winner Tavares, four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban, and 25-time GRAMMY winner Stevie Wonder pay tribute to five-time GRAMMY winners and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients the Bee Gees.

Seven-time GRAMMY winner and Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb performs a selection of hits from Saturday Night Fever—Soundtrack, which won Album Of The Year at the 21st Annual GRAMMY Awards and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2004. The memorable tribute special also features appearances by Cynthia Erivo, John Travolta, and Wilmer Valderrama.

Following is the list of performances included in Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees:
  • Medley: Stayin’ Alive, Tragedy How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever —Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, Andra Day
  • To Love Somebody —Keith Urban
  • Massachusetts—Ed Sheeran
  • Lonely Days—Panic! At The Disco
  • Tragedy— Tori Kelly
  • How Can You Mend A Broken Heart—John Legend & Stevie Wonder
  • Islands In The Stream—Kelsea Ballerini & Thomas Rhett
  • Immortality—Celine Dion
  • Night Fever—DNCE
  • If I Can’t Have You—Demi Lovato
  • More Than A Woman—Jason Derulo & Tavares
  • How Deep Is Your Love—Little Big Town
  • Love So Right— Andra Day
  • I Just Want To Be Your Everything—Nick Jonas
  • Too Much Heaven—Pentatonix
  • Emotion—Katharine McPhee
  • Jive Talkin’—Barry Gibb
  • You Should Be Dancing—Barry Gibb
  • Stayin’ Alive—Barry Gibb & Ensemble

Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich and Rac Clark are the executive producers, Ron Basile is the producer, and David Wild is the writer.

Early 52nd ACM Award winners revealed

52nd Annual ACM Awards

The Academy of Country Music has revealed the winners for the new artist categories for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi have been named New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year presented by T-Mobile, New Female Vocalist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and New Male Vocalist of the Year presented by T-Mobile, respectively. Each of the winners in the new artist categories will perform on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, to be broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2nd live from 8-11 pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

These awards mark the first-ever ACM Award wins for Brothers Osborne, Morris and Pardi. Brothers Osborne are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. Morris received an additional five nominations including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (as artist and producer) and Single Record of the Year (as artist and producer).

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Maren Morris. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2nd, starting at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.

Pandora launches premium subscription tier

Pandora has announced that Pandora Premium, its first ever on-demand streaming tier, launches this week. Invites for a free trial of Pandora Premium roll out to select listeners on March 15th and an option to upgrade will be available to all listeners over the coming weeks.

For $9.99 a month, Pandora Premium combines the best of Pandora’s beloved personalized radio with the ability to search and play any track or album as well as a unique set of playlist features tailored to each person’s distinct preferences. Listeners can now curate their music experience with an ease of use unmatched by any other service.

“Every day tens of millions of people trust us to choose the exact right song for them. That’s why they spend more time with Pandora than any other music service,” said Tim Westergren, founder and CEO of Pandora. “With Premium, we’re leveraging our immense trove of data and everything we’ve learned about personalization to offer a listening experience that sets a new standard for what a music service should be.”

Pandora listeners who start a trial will see all of their stations and thumbed up songs and a visually stunning “Now Playing” experience, which pulls a signature color from the album art and changes as each track plays. Innovative new features are designed to make finding and collecting music and building playlists easy:

  • Playlists, not worklists: Start a playlist with one or two songs of your choice, tap “Add Similar Songs” and put the power of Pandora’s Music Genome Project to work to create the perfect playlist for any activity, mood or party.
  • All your thumbs up: Every song you’ve thumbed up on Pandora is immediately available in your “My Thumbs Up” playlist. Thumb up a few tracks on any Pandora radio station and Premium will automatically create a new playlist of these songs too.
  • New music for you… and only you: Browse is stocked with personalized suggestions for the latest releases from current and soon-to-be favorites whether you listen to classical, metal, jazz, hip hop, country, and everything in between.
  • Offline mode: Download any album, song, station or playlist you want and bring an end to those moments of deafening silence when you lose a signal.
  • Search that knows you: Pandora’s team of curators, music analysts and data scientists have sifted through tens of millions of tracks to help you quickly find what you really want. No more wading through covers, karaoke versions or tribute tracks to get to your favorite tune.

Existing Pandora Plus subscribers will enjoy six months of Premium for no additional charge. Trial lengths for existing Pandora ad-supported listeners and those new to Pandora vary. Premium is available now for iOS and Android, in the car via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and on Google Chromecast. It will be available on other platforms, including popular connected devices and web, in the coming months.

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‘Travis Tritt: A Man And His Guitar’ set for PBS

Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt continues to check off boxes in his illustrious career. Following the release of his live two disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From the Franklin Theatre, the concert event is scheduled to air as special programming on PBS stations across the country (check local listings).

Filmed and recorded in an intimate setting at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice, his exceptional guitar prowess, and features Tritt at his best, performing a fresh take on some of his biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come and Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It” are also included in the program. This presentation of Tritt’s performance features television hosts Nan Kelley and Brian Mansfield along with special in-concert guests Marty Stuart and James Otto.

The southern-rock influenced artist is also coming off a 32-city sold out solo acoustic tour, with a second leg of shows already in full swing. Forthcoming show dates and markets are listed below, with new dates continuously being added.

The Georgia native hit another milestone in his career when he recently celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member. Tritt performed and received a commemorative plaque presented by John Conlee celebrating his long-lived relationship with the Opry. While standing inside the famous six-foot circle on stage, Tritt expressed his gratitude by telling the crowd that this was the “biggest honor of my life.”

Tour Dates:

 

Mar 10 Rama, Canada
Mar 11 Mount Pleasant, MI
Mar 17 Emporia, KS
Mar 18 Enid, OK
Mar 19 Wichita, KS
Apr 1 Lake Charles, LA
Apr 6 Westbury, NY
Apr 7 King of Prussia, PA
Apr 15 Decatur, AL
Apr 21 West Wendover, NV
Apr 23 Fort Collins, CO
Apr 26 Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 28 Las Cruces, NM
Apr 29 Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 30 Indio, CA
May 11 Winston-Salem, NC
May 12 Charles Town, WV
May 13 Corbin, KY
May 18 Moncton, NB
May 19 Truro, Canada
May 20 Summerside, Canada
May 21 Augusta, ME
June 2 Kansas City, MO
June 10 Norfolk, VA
June 22 New Brunswick, NJ
July 28 Longview, TX
Sept 22 Amesbury, MA
Sept 30 St. Charles, MO

All Def Digital producing ‘Definitive History of Hip Hop’

Definitive History of Hip Hop

Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital, the fastest growing platform in hip hop and urban youth culture and Emmy award winning producers Stephen David Entertainment announced today a partnership with GroupM Entertainment, a global content investment and rights management company, to develop and produce The Definitive History of Hip Hop, a sweeping documentary series that tells the exhaustive story of hip hop, from its seminal, underground roots to its now most iconic, global artists. Stephen David will Executive Produce the series, along with GME’s Richard Foster and Simmons himself. The project is in development and slated to begin production this year.

The Definitive History of Hip Hop begins in the early 1970s, chronicling the rise of the first DJs and emcees in New York City. But what started as a way for marginalized youth in New York City to escape or explain the stark realities of the inner city, rapidly spread from the East to West Coast as it evolved into a global phenomenon. Today, it is a multi-billion dollar industry and cultural force that shapes music, art, fashion, language, and all forms of entertainment from films to television and digital programming to social media.

“Hip hop began in the Bronx and Queens, and was fueled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways,” said Simmons. “The Definitive History of Hip Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form – the series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas — and the people — that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world. It starts with the OGs of this disruptive force in entertainment, spotlights some of the lesser known artists who’ve fallen out of history or favor, and of course looks at the icons who are now household names whether you’re in LA or London, Toledo or Tokyo. The music is just as important, classic and timeless today as it was 40 years ago. We’ve partnered with amazing filmmakers in Stephen David Entertainment and with GroupM, the largest media investment firm in the world, because we believe this will be a long-running, global franchise,” Simmons said. “We are going long, and deep, and plan to follow the characters and story lines, the drama, the dreams, the deaths, the disruptions, that have made our narrative one of the most compelling American stories of the last three decades. And its future is still being written today, so the story is both timeless and endless.”

Using SDE’s award-winning cinematic and storytelling style of weaving filmed scenes and classic documentary treatments, together with groundbreaking visual effects, archival footage and celebrity interviews, The Definitive History of Hip Hop tells the incredible personal stories of the pioneers of hip hop and rap, set against the larger historical context of a country in turmoil. From DJ Hollywood and Run DMC, to Dr. Dre and Jay Z, this authoritative and expansive series captures the mystique and magnetism of the personalities and music that helped transform the American mindset and, in the process, set off a global movement premised on speaking truth to power.

“The birth of hip-hop and its ascent into the American mainstream is a fascinating story, one that has tremendous historical and social importance and relevance in our society,” said Stephen David. “We really could not imagine a greater partner for this project than the founder of the movement, Russell Simmons, and the team at All Def Digital. We are privileged to be working with the man who took a musical art form and created multiple industries and a global movement in youth culture.”

“The birth of hip-hop and its ascent into the American mainstream is a fascinating story, one that has tremendous historical and social importance and relevance in our society.”

As the company behind the Emmy award-winning series, The Men Who Built America,, the Emmy-nominated The World Wars and The Making of the Mob: New York, SDE has established itself as the leading producer of hybrid-genre programs that combine traditional documentary techniques with scripted storytelling elements. “We create documentaries as if they were scripted series – we thrive on characters and story arcs.” SDE has projects at Netflix, Amazon, History Channel, and NatGeo among others.

“We at GroupM Entertainment have a track record of partnering with creative voices and producers around the world to deliver premium content to the world’s biggest networks and platforms,” said Richard Foster, CEO of GroupM Entertainment. “The dominance of hip hop in global culture is clear in so many international markets. Investing into the project and partnering with All Def and SDE is a fantastic opportunity to bring this story to a global audience. GroupM Entertainment is one of the largest financiers and co-producers of original programming in the UK and is active in over 20 global markets including the US. The company is part of WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group.

“With the break-out success of entertainment properties like Straight Outta Compton and Moonlight in film, Empire and Atlanta in television, even Hamilton on Broadway, there could not be a better time to tell this story about the embryonic days of hip hop,” said Sanjay Sharma, All Def’s Chief Executive Officer. “Hip Hop is the most listened to category of music in the US and its universal appeal is, in part, due to the fact that it has always been about speaking truth to power – nothing could be more timely than this. Aside from dominating pop culture, this thread dominates the global social and political climate as well. We want to create an immersive experience that will engage today’s youth, as well as old-school fans, with the origins of the movement through premium content, live, social and interactive, experiences, and more.”

In addition to The Definitive History of Hip Hop, All Def recently released a standup comedy special on HBO, a sketch comedy series on MTV2, the All Def Roast of Snoop Dogg and the All Def Movie Awards on Fusion, and soon will release global, premium digital series with YouTube Red and Spotify.

HBO acquires rights to Avett Brothers documentary

Avett Brothers

HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to the feature documentary May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers, co-directed and produced by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, ahead of its March 15th world premiere in the 24 Beats Per Second section of the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival. May It Last is an Apatow Production (HBO’s Crashing and Girls) in association with RadicalMedia (Hamilton’s America, What Happened, Miss Simone?) and marks Apatow and Bonfiglio’s second collaboration, following last year’s acclaimed Doc & Darryl.

Filmed with extraordinary access over the course of more than two years, the film chronicles the band, fronted by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, on the long journey from their rural North Carolina childhoods to topping the charts and selling out arenas, experiencing heartbreak, tragedy and joy along the way. The film also provides an inside look at their collaboration with legendary producer Rick Rubin while recording the 2017 Grammy-nominated album True Sadness, which was released on American Recordings/Republic Records.

With the recording process as the backdrop, May It Last intimately depicts the deeply personal, lifelong bond between brothers, and shows how that dynamic helps shape their creative process as musicians and songwriters.

“This film has been a true labor of love for us for more than three years now, and we could not be happier that HBO – with their incredible lineage of documentary programming – believes in it as much as we do,” say Apatow and Bonfiglio.

“From the vantage point of my brother and I, the film is almost surreal in its level of personal truth-telling.”

“The accuracy with which Apatow and Bonfiglio present this moment in our lives and process is stunning,” says Seth Avett. “From the vantage point of my brother and I, the film is almost surreal in its level of personal truth-telling.”

Featuring a wealth of exclusive footage of the Avetts in the studio and at home, never-before-seen family photographs, concert footage and revealing interviews with band members Scott (banjo, lead vocals) and Seth (guitar, lead vocals) Avett, Bob Crawford (bass), Joe Kwon (cello), Tania Elizabeth (fiddle), Paul DeFiglia (keyboards) and Mike Marsh (drums), as well as producer Rick Rubin and intimate family and friends, the film takes an in-depth look at the personal and creative relationship between the brothers that helps define America’s biggest roots band.

Apatow and Bonfiglio previously co-directed the ESPN documentary Doc & Darryl as part of the network’s 30 for 30 series, which was Apatow’s first foray into the documentary world.

May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers is an Apatow Production in association with RadicalMedia; directed and produced by Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio; executive producers, Jon Kamen, Dave O’Connor, Justin Wilkes; cinematographer, Jonathan Furmanski; editor, Paul Little.

AXS TV premieres Ringo Starr concert Mar 26th

Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band

The concert features an array of hits

AXS TV is proud to announce the premiere of  Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band on Sunday, March 26th at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. In addition to Starr, the six-piece All Starr Band features Todd Rundgren, Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister frontman and bassist Richard Page, saxophonist Warren Ham, and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

Filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, on June 21, 2016, the concert features the band at the top of their game as they deliver hit after hit. Highlights of Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band include “You’re Sixteen” and “Photograph;” “Yellow Submarine” and “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and the as well as Todd Rundgren’s “Bang The Drum All Day” and “I Saw The Light;” Toto signatures “Africa” and “Rosanna;” Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings;” and the Santana staples “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman;” among many others.

This lineup is the 12th version and longest running incarnation of the group — three years — and concluded the tour in November 2016.  As every set of dates conclude Ringo says, “I just love playing with this band. I joke that at the end of every tour I think it’s the last one and so I fire them. And then we keep finding places we can play and keep it going so I rehire them.”

The Sarasota Tribune-Herald praises the group, stating, “This latest incarnation of Starr’s travelling show has been together now going on three years and watching them interact as an actual band, rather than a supergroup taking turns out front, is almost as fun, almost, as watching and screaming ‘I love you’ at the front man who will forever be part of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time.”