Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Tickets + Meet & Greet!

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The iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is coming to One World Theater and we have 2 pairs of tickets to give away, along with an exclusive Meet and Greet!

KLRU is so excited to share this wonderful opportunity to see the band that had such a huge hand in shaping the folk, country and rock movements of the 60s! Their music has been inspiring fans and musicians alike for over 50 years and they’re still going strong.

During this August Pledge Drive we’re airing Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back where this influential band is joined by special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

This music has been fundamental for multiple generations. Help us to continue bringing celebrated art to your screen and the KLRU community by donating now. Make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to for a chance to meet Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and see them in concert October 20, 2016.

Here is how it works:
Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram showing an album that has had a meaningful impact in your life.

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th!

The 27 Club: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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There’s a lot of things to be thankful for, but one thing we can all be grateful for is great music. Sadly, some of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century died at the age of 27 which has encouraged mythologizing on what actually happened. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. At that time, the deaths of these talented musicians did give rise to some speculation, but it wasn’t until  Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994 that the idea of a ’27 Club’ hit the mainstream.

This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Blank on Blank,’ will take you into lost interviews with Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison and Cobain.

Jimi Hendrix on The Experience – Blank on Blank

Today’s rockers will probably tell you Jimi Hendrix was huge influence on their music and we can’t blame them. Hendrix, American rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time and is still celebrated by music-goers today. On this episode of Blank on Blank, you will listen to Hendrix’s last interview, one week before his on September 18, 1970.

Janis Joplin on Rejection – Blank on Blank

Up until Janis Joplin rose to fame in 1967, the music industry was predominantly owned by men. Joplin is now considered the premier female blues musician of the 1960s, with a powerful, raw and emotional stage presence it’s easy to see why she still holds this title. However, the negative opinions from others deeply affected Joplin in a way we had no idea about. In this Blank on Blank video, you will see a different side of Joplin in her last interview before her death on October 4, 1970.

Jim Morrison on Why Fat is BeautifulBlank on Blank

Today’s society has engraved in us that being overweight is looked down upon by the public. Everywhere you turn celebrities and models show off their beach-ready bodies, but Jim Morrison has something to say about that. Frontman of the American rock band, The Doors, opens up in this interview about his personal experience with weight gain and his view on it.

Kurt Cobain on Identity – Blank on Blank

When you think of the 1990s one face comes to mind: Kurt Cobain. Lead singer of American punk band, Nirvana, Cobain was – and is- the spokesperson for every teenager that doesn’t feel accepted by society. Often, he was the outcast at school and found a way to release himself through punk music – which portrayed how he felt socially and politically. In this interview, you will learn how Cobain felt towards his own identity and how he dealt with it.

 

Arts In Context seeks community input

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Austin is constantly changing. Whether that be its music, food or art scene there is always something trendy around the corner. Which is why Arts In Context is seeking applicants for artists to feature on the award-winning series.

With Arts In Context, KLRU aims to pique curiosity and inspire individuals by spotlighting visual arts, dance, music and culture. Each episode is compelling and character driven.

If you have a story that anyone can be inspired by or can relate to, make sure to apply today. Apply here

December 2013 Family Choice

Normally, KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In December 2013, we will have incredible family viewing opportunities for the holidays — be sure to check in for holiday programming without the holiday commercials!

Sunday 12/1
Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs at 8 pm.

Monday 12/2:
Daniel Tiger NeighborhoodA Snowy Day” airs at 10 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Daniel Tiger Neighborhood “A Snowy Day” airs at 1 pm.

Thursday 12/5:
Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs at 12:30 pm.

Saturday 12/7:
Trans-siberian Orchestra: Ghosts Of Christmas Eve airs at 8:10 pm.

Monday 12/9:
Curious George: “A Very Monkey Christmas” airs at 8 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & Friends “Tinsel & Trains” airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Tuesday 12/10:
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! “Reindeer Games” airs at 8:30 am.

Dinosaur Train “Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers” airs at 9:30 am.

Super Why! “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & FriendsSnow Stops Play” airs at 11:30 am.

Arthur’s “Perfect Christmas” airs at 3:30 pm

Wednesday 12/11:
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Snowflake Day” airs at 10:00 am.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 2:00 pm.

WordGirl “Oh, Holiday Cheese!” airs at 4:00 pm.

Thursday 12/12:
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 7:00 am

Super Why!The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Thomas & Friends “Fun in the Snow” airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why! “The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Wild Kratts “Snow Runners” airs at 4:30 pm.

Friday 12/13:
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs at 8:00 am.

Super Why! ’twas The Night Before Christmas airs at 10:30 pm.

Thomas & Friends “Tinsel & Trains” airs at 11:30 am.

Super Why! ’twas The Night Before Christmas airs at 1:30 pm.

Saturday 12/14:
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps Angelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 5:30 am.

Thomas & Friends “Fun in the Snow” airs at 8 am.

Biscuit Brothers Holiday Specials airs at 9:30 am.

Rick Steves’ European Christmas airs at 10 am.

Sunday, 12/15:
Angelina Ballerina: The Next StepsAngelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 6:30 am.

Tuesday, 12/17:
Thomas & FriendsWinter Surprise” airs at 11:30 am.

Wednesday, 12/18:
Super Why! 
’twas The Night Before Christmas” airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & FriendsLet It Snow” airs at 11:30 am.

Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps “Angelina’s Holiday Treats/Angelina and the Front Row Ticket” airs at 12:30 pm.

Super Why!  “’twas The Night Before Christmas” airs at 1:30 pm.

Thursday 12/19:
Dinosaur Train “Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers” airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights airs at 11:30 am.

Christmas At Luther: Tidings Of Comfort And Joy airs at 8 pm.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 airs at 9 pm.

Southern Celtic Christmas Concert airs at 10 pm.

Friday 12/20:
Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 
Reindeer Games / Along Came A Spider” airs at 8:30 am.

Dinosaur Train “Don’s Winter Wish / Festival Of Lights” airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends “Snow Stops Play” airs at 11:30 am.

Christmas At Belmont airs at 9 pm.

For Christmas Week 
Saturday 12/21:
Wordworld 
The Christmas Star / A Christmas Present For Dog” airs at 6 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights” airs at 8 am.

Dinosaur Train “Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers” airs at 8:30 am.

Biscuit Brothers Holiday Specials “Merry Musical Christmas” airs at 9:30 am.

Thomas & Friends Winter Delights airs at 11:30 am.

Craft In America “Holiday” airs at 4:30 pm.

Monday 12/23:
Dinosaur Train “Don’s Winter Wish / Festival Of Lights” airs at 9:30 am.

Wordworld “The Christmas Star / A Christmas Present For Dog” airs at 12:30 pm.

Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir airs at 8 pm.

St. Thomas Christmas: All Is Well 2013

Tuesday 12/24:
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 7:00 am.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs at 8:00 am.

Super Why! “’twas The Night Before Christmas” airs at 10:30 am.

Thomas & Friends “Let It Snow” at 11:30 am.

Super Why! “’twas The Night Before Christmas” airs at 1:30 pm.

Wednesday 12/25:
Curious George: “A Very Monkey Christmas” airs at 8:00 am.

Dinosaur Train “Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers” airs at 9:30 am.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Snowflake Day airs at 10:00 am.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 10:30 am.

Sid the Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure” airs at 11:00 am.

Thomas & Friends “Tinsel & Trains“airs at 11:30 am.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Snowflake Day airs at 1:00 pm.

Super Why The Nutcracker” airs at 1:30 pm.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs at 2:00 pm.

Curious George: “A Very Monkey Christmas” airs at 3:00 pm.

WordGirl “Oh, Holiday Cheese!” airs at 4:00 pm.

Dinosaur Train “Dancing with Dinosaurs Week”

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Monday-Friday, April 8-12 at 9:30 am

In a week of encore episodes, kids can enjoy the most musical moments of DINOSAUR TRAIN for a week of dance-tastic adventures. Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don explore ponds, gardens, oceans and more in “That’s Not a Dinosaur/Tiny’s Garden,” “Remember the Alamosaurus/Sunrise, Sunset,” “Elmer Elasmosaurus/Dinosaur Block Party,” “Junior Conductor Jamboree/Troodon Train Day” and “Buddy Explores the Tyrannosaurs/Rainy Day Fight.” They sing and dance as they encourage kids to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries.

SXSW Flashback 2012 airs 10/23

The next edition of KLRU’s Lone Star Emmy nominated show, SXSW Flashback, is debuting this month. Like its predecessors, SXSW Flashback 2012 takes viewers back to March for one hour of SXSW excitement, once again featuring a wide variety of interviews ranging from the already-made-its to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world. Highlights for 2012 include Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Kimbra, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Gross, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and many more, discussing their latest movies and music as well as their experiences here visiting Central Texas and SXSW.

SWSW Flashback will air on KLRU on Tuesday, October 23rd, at 10:30 p.m.

Biscuit Brothers plan Fine Arts Farm in South Austin

Jerome Schoolar, co-creator and producer of the Emmy Award winning PBS show “The Biscuit Brothers”, is calling on fans to support the building of a new Fine Arts Farm in South Austin that will be designed to provide music and arts education to the entire community. The proposed facility will include concert and theatre space as well as multiple classrooms, a themed outdoor area, and plenty of Magical Musical Farm décor. Support the project online now

“I want to create a space where we can entertain and educate kids and families of all ages in all sorts of ways,” said Schoolar, who plays Dusty on the show and has served as a City of Austin Fine Arts Coordinator for Children. “The vision includes regular classes, special concerts, theatrical guests, and more, with much of it low-cost or even free to Title 1 AISD schools and other at-risk members of our community.”

The Biscuit Brothers have a long history of providing inexpensive or free shows to the public – often benefitting other local organizations – and hope the new building near Slaughter Lane and I-35 will help sustain those as well as the TV show which is given to PBS for free.

$50,000 is needed to secure the property and begin upgrades. Schoolar says he hopes to raise at least $25,000 online and another $25,000 from corporate sponsors.

“We’ve got some amazing rewards for our supporters, including free classes and invitations to participate in the permanent decorations of the building. For our top donors or corporate sponsors, we’re offering chances to name classrooms and more. And for everyone, we’re offering the chance to help build a facility that has the potential to make a lasting impact across our entire community.”

Schoolar points to multiple studies on both the national and local scale that highlight the importance of Fine Arts training in education. “There’s ample evidence showing that children who are actively involved in Fine Arts Education are smarter, healthier, and happier, and that exposure needs to begin as early as possible with reliable consistency. The Biscuit Brothers have always been about fostering musical education for young kids, and now we want to broaden that to a fully artistic and really fun Fine Arts Farm.”

The campaign will begin on October 16 and end on December 16. The URL will be available at launch, or by searching for The Biscuit Brothers at http://www.indiegogo.com/BiscuitBrothers.

Musical Sunday on KLRU 9/30

For those of you looking for Van Cliburn and Itzhak Perlman from Live from Lincoln Center, these two specials will be featured this Sunday, September 30th.

Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold will air on Sunday, September 30th at 2 pm followed at 3 pm by Live from Lincoln Center “The Philharmonic Opening Gala with Itzhak Perlman.”

Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold–Every four years a group of the finest young pianists take the stage at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. In the midst of the drama, the beauty, the nerves and the excitement, they know one thing is true – what happens there can change their lives. They strive to feel the joy of victory and achieve their utmost goal: to become a performer on the world stage. As seen through the eyes and memories of 15 gold medalists, The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold follows the half-century long history of one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions, set against the backdrop of beautiful music. The most important moment in the life of a young pianist is when he or she walks out onto the stage of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Gut-wrenching drama, strung-out nerves and the joy of victory are the elements that make up this extraordinary film retrospective.

Live from Lincoln Center “The Philharmonic Opening Gala with Itzhak Perlman”–Violin legend Itzhak Perlman joins the New York Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert for this season opening concert gala featuring Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

So please join KLRU-TV on Sunday, September 30th at 2 pm for these two unique specials.

Congratulations to Quiet Company

Congrats to Quiet Company who racked up a slew of awards, including Band of the Year, at last night’s Austin Music Awards. We were fortunate enough to have Quiet Company tape an episode of Satellite Sets in 2010.

Here they are performing “A Nation of Two.”

Watch Quiet Company: A Nation Of Two on PBS. See more from ACL presents Satellite Sets.

New Spanish language & music web series on PBSKIDSGO.org

Spanish language and music learning come to PBS KIDS GO! through two new animated children’s web series, NOAH COMPRENDE and CHUCK VANDERCHUCK’S “SOMETHING SOMETHING” EXPLOSION. Both properties are designed for children ages 6-9 years old and will roll out new webisodes monthly on PBSKIDSGO.org. Each webisode integrates original games and activities into the narrative, allowing kids to interact with the characters.

Noah Comprende logoNOAH COMPRENDE, a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, is a web-original series about a 9-year-old boy visiting his grandmother in a community where no one speaks English.  Noah is trying to learn Spanish, but sometimes gets it wrong. In each animated video, a misunderstanding launches a comic adventure for Noah and his pet mouse Pequeno.  With Pequeno’s help, Noah always manages to solve the problems he’s created, learning Spanish in the process.

Although kids — like Noah — may not understand the Spanish dialogue, they can comprehend the story told through rich visual storytelling.  Each video features opportunities for kids to roll their cursor over objects on the screen to hear the Spanish translation. Three different vocabulary-driven, arcade-style games also reinforce learning, as leveling and racing against the clock encourage multiple plays and repeated exposure to vocabulary.  Another game, “How Do You Say??,” helps kids learn common expressions in Spanish, such as greetings and phrases to say in a restaurant. Focused on Spanish language acquisition, NOAH COMPRENDE is based on the educational concept that kids learn language most effectively when they can put it into meaningful context.

Chuck and Ramona in their music practice roomCHUCK VANDERCHUCK’S “SOMETHING SOMETHING” EXPLOSION, produced by Scholastic Media and Soup2Nuts, is an interactive online web series  aimed at  helping kids understand music and music composition through online episodes and integrated games and activities on the web.

In each webisode, kids get to be a member of the band, interacting with Chuck, the lead singer and main creative force behind the band who dreams BIG, and Ramona, Chuck’s band mate who helps make his big ideas into reality.  Chuck and Ramona present five different musical genres:  Salsa, Jazz, Rock, Country, and Reggae.  Children will learn about different instruments used for each musical style, and play games through which they will have the chance to identify instruments, write lyrics, compose melodies, create costumes, and play in a virtual concert with Chuck and Ramona.  The site contains additional content such as videos, printable posters, MP3’s, maps and facts that allow children to further explore each genre.  Specific areas explored include basic rhythmic and melodic patterns, as well as geography and cultural lessons related to music genres.