WATERTOWN, NY; June 1, 2023 – WPBS viewers often share how much they enjoy the station’s selection of special programming, which invites audiences to take front-row seats to world-class performances through television and online content. WPBS is pleased to offer a week-long and unbelievably varied array of music concert specials from Friday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 11th 2023.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND
Best of the 60’s: Ready, Steady, Go! (10:00 pm) Relive the Swinging Sixties with the iconic UK rock and pop music TV series, Ready, Steady, Go! featuring the biggest acts of the decade, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, The Who, Marvin Gaye and more.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD
From the Heart: A Tribute to Lawrence Welk & the American Dream (6:00 pm) A performance special that looks back at the long and illustrious career of bandleader Lawrence Welk. Includes a reunion concert of Welk stars at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and a segment about the restored Welk homestead in Strasburg, North Dakota.
Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song (8:00pm) A unique concert staged at the Royal Festival Hall celebrating the music of the legendary songwriter and performer Burt Bacharach, who passed away earlier this year.
Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour (9:30 pm) A sensory explosion of eye-popping theatrics and infectious pop tracks that secured Perry’s place as one of the most captivating performers working today.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH
Mavis Staples at Symphony Center, Chicago (2:30 pm) Civil rights icon and living legend Mavis Staples returned home to Chicago and Symphony Center for one night only on February 4, 2023 for a scintillating evening of soul, gospel and her signature brand of R&B.
Reba McEntire: My Chains are Gone (5:30 pm) Two-time Grammy-winning country music superstar Reba McEntire shines in concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, singing selections from her debut gospel album “My Chains Are Gone.”
Marvin Gaye: Greatest Hits (7:00 pm) Recorded on Marvin Gaye’s first European Tour in 1976, this show captures the legendary soul singer at his unparalleled best.
MONDAY, JUNE 5TH
Elvis Presley: ’68 Comeback Special (9:00 pm) An Elvis Presley concert special that originally aired in 1968 and marked Presley’s return to live performance after a seven-year period during which he focused on his film appearances.
TUESDAY, JUNE 6TH
Bob Dylan: Live in Newport 1963 (8:00 pm) Chronicles of the iconic musician’s appearances at the Newport Folk Festival with full-length song performances, including his controversial electric set from 1965.
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (9:30 pm) A long-lost live recording of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1970 London show, featuring previously unseen video and the only concert footage of the group’s original lineup to be released in its entirety.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7TH
On Broadway (2:30 pm) Join an all-star cast and go behind the scenes of some of Broadway’s beloved shows.
Country Pop Legends (7:00 pm) County music legend Roy Clark hosts this emotional trip down three decades of memory lane where country pop legends unite to perform their biggest and best-loved hit recordings from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Kenny Rogers Farewell Concert (9:00pm) Celebrate Kenny Rogers’ farewell to Nashville with Dolly Parton and other special guests.
FRIDAY, JUNE 9TH
Roy Orbison & Friends: Black & White Night (7:00 pm) Filmed in Los Angeles, Roy Orbison performs some of his greatest hits with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, T Bone Burnett and Tom Waits.
Bob Dylan: Shadow Kingdom (8:30 pm) Filmed in 2021, this concert film showcases Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan in an intimate setting as he performs songs from his extensive body of work.
Molly Tuttle & the Golden Highway Live in Nashville (10:30 pm) Molly Tuttle rose from playing in her father’s bluegrass band to becoming one of the leading lights of modern folk, bluegrass, and Americana before she reached her mid-twenties.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH
Daniel O’Donnell & Special Guests (5:00 pm) Join the Irish crooner at the Millennium Forum in Derry, Northern Ireland, as he performs his best-known songs and duets with guests.
Carole King: Home Again – Live in Central Park (8:00pm) The complete multi-camera 16mm footage of musical icon Carole King’s triumphant 1973 homecoming concert on The Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park.
Foreigner: Double Vision – Then & Now (9:30) With over 80 million albums sold, iconic, multi-platinum-selling band Foreigner reunites with its original members for the first time in its 40-year history.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH
Les Mis the Staged Concert (2:30 pm) Les Miserables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. With a cast and orchestra of over 65 performers, this sensational staged concert was filmed live at the Gielgud Theatre in 2019.
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