A weekly roundup of selected TV and radio programs, web content and local music events.
Live from the Artists Den features alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie. Thursday, 4/12 at 11:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS. Later on that evening/early morning you can catch Independent Lens: When the Drum Is Beating. The film depicts Orchestre Sepentrional, a Haitian band that mixes complex voodoo inspired drums, chicken-scratch guitar, Afro-pop and a Cuban brass section. Friday, 4/13 at 1:00 a.m. on WCVE PBS, repeats at 2:00 a.m. on WCVW PBS. Soul revivalist Raphael Saadiq performs on Austin City Limits. Friday, 4/13 at 11:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS.
A Prairie Home Companion will be live from The Town Hall in NYC. Performers include soprano Renée Fleming, progressive-acoustic band Punch Brothers, and vocalists Aoife O’Donovan and Heather Masse. Saturday 4/14 at 6:00 p.m. or Sunday 4/15 at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Stage has Johnny Winter and Magic Slim & the Teardrops, among others. Saturday, 4/14 at 8:00 p.m.
Folklorist Alan Lomax’s massive collection of folk music has gone online. Read more about it here.
Sycamoure Rouge presents the theatrical and musical performance Melena: A Cultural & Musical Journey into my Afro Cuban Roots, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 12 – 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Mandolin enthusiasts will want to check out the Matt Flinner Trio CD Release show on Friday, 4/13 at Ashland Coffee and Tea, at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday 4/14 at 8:00 p.m. there’s another good time to be had in Ashland, this time at the Iron Horse Restaurant, as both the Cary St. Ramblers (old-time) and River City Band (bluegrass) will perform that evening. The Iron Horse has live music most Fridays and Saturdays, but this night should be especially good. Finally, contemporary bluegrass/pop band Allison Krauss & Union Station brings its polished vocals and acoustic chops to the Landmark Theatre, Sunday, 4/15 at 7:30 p.m.