'Rhode Island Live' Showcases the Local Music Scene

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Rhode Island Live spotlights the musicians that live and travel through the Ocean State. The series spans various genres of music, from rock to rap, from traditional spiritual, to blues and folk. Filmed at venues and festivals in Rhode Island, the second season of Rhode Island Live continues to showcase the diversity and depth of talent Rhode Islanders have at their doorstep. Rhode Island PBS proudly crosses that threshold to carry the live concert experience into viewers’ homes every Sunday at 10 p.m., beginning June 18.

Filmmaker Kent Clemmons captured the performances, primarily shot at the 2015 Rhythm and Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, as well as concerts at The Met in Pawtucket and at Venue Studios, in Warwick.

The first program of the second season features the talents of Yvette Landry, Richard Comeaux, and Sarah Potenza, recorded at Venue Studios.

Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux create unbelievable chemistry onstage. Both artists grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where they became lifelong friends and gained a love for music. Yvette is a highly successful singer-songwriter and musician, touring the world as a multi-instrumentalist in several bands, including her own Yvette Landry Band. Richard Comeaux has toured with many talented bands, and is one of a few musicians who have mastered the difficult pedal steel guitar. Sarah Potenza’s big career boost came after making the top 20 contestants in the vocal competition show, The Voice. Sarah has since played to sold out crowds in Nashville, TN, at the Blue Bird Café and at her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

In 15 one-hour episodes, Rhode Island Live showcases the performances of 24 individuals and groups. Following the premiere episode on June 18, the next six concerts scheduled will feature the following artists (broadcast dates subject to change):

Program 2 on June 25:
• Sarah Potenza, Ian Crossman
  Venue Studios
• Viking Jesus
  The Met

Program 3 on July 2:
• Eilen Jewell
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Program 4 on July 9:
• Royal Southern Brotherhood
2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Program 5 on July 16:
• Kitty, Daisy, Lewis
• Cash Box Kings
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Program 6 on July 23:
• We Were Astronauts
• Satellites Fall
  The Met

Program 7 on July 30:
• Miss Tess and The Talkbacks
• Roddie Romero and The Hub Allstars
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Future episodes will feature performances by the following talents (broadcast dates TBA):

Program 8:
• Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Program 9:
• Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Program 10:
• Bruvs
• The Brother Kite
  The Met

Program 11:
• Del Barber
• Matt Anderson
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Program 12:
• The Quins
  The Met

Program 13:
• Los Lobos
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Program 14:
• Marcia Ball
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Program 15:
• HowellDevine • Keb’ Mo’
  2015 Rhythm & Roots Festival