WGBH News and Media Relations


June 25, 2014

Get the best seat in the house from Front Row Boston

New program brings a live, local concert experience to viewers, Saturdays on WGBH 2

Series premieres July 5 with Dropkick Murphys

BOSTON, Mass. (June 25, 2014) This summer, WGBH will premiere a new series that puts viewers in the best seats at Boston’s top music venues. Front Row Boston presents a raw, immersive concert experience with energetic performances by local legends and emerging talents, behind-the-scenes access with the artists and candid fan interviews.

The series will premiere on Saturday, July 5 at 11pm featuring the Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in Boston. Seven one-hour episodes will follow throughout July and August on WGBH 2 and WGBX 44. Videos from the series will be uploaded to the WGBH Music YouTube channel following the television premiere.

To capture the most authentic, first-person experience of a live show, Front Row Boston is primarily shot with handheld cameras, no sound stages, no second takes. Directed and produced by WGBH’s Greg Shea, the new digital and broadcast initiative is produced by WGBH Music and Crossroads Presents in association with NPR Music, and presented by Shock Top Belgian Style Wheat Ale.

“With Front Row Boston, WGBH Music is opening the doors to Boston’s best music venues for local fans,” said WGBH General Manager for Television Liz Cheng. “The personal moments with the artists and audience make this a fresh and dynamic production that I’m proud to have come out of WGBH.”

“In my line of work I am lucky enough to witness many of the special moments that make for such a vibrant music scene in Boston,” said Crossroads Presents Talent Buyer Kegan Harrington. “It is these special moments that I look forward to sharing with the viewers of Front Row Boston.”

Front Row Boston will also take viewers into the green room with the artists, which include local celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys, indie rockers Typhoon and retro crooner Nick Waterhouse for their perspective on performing live for a Boston audience. Interviews take place backstage, in coffee shops or sitting in the open doors to the tour van.

“I’m excited to take Boston music fans behind the scenes with talented and passionate artists at local venues,” said Front Row Boston director and executive producer Greg Shea. “Each show will transport viewers right into the crowd and bring Boston’s best venues into living rooms across New England.”

Front Row Boston Lineup:

·            Dropkick Murphys: Live at House of Blues: premieres July 5 at 11pm on WGBH 2 and July 6 at 11pm on WGBX 44

·            Typhoon: Live at Brighton Music Hall: premieres July 12 at 11pm on WGBH 2 and July 13 at 11pm on WGBX 44

·            The Lone Bellow: Live at The Paradise: premieres July 19 at 11pm on WGBH 2 and July 20 at 11pm on WGBX 44

·            Nick Waterhouse/San Fermin: Live at Brighton Music Hall: premieres July 26, 2014 at 11pm on WGBH 2 and July 27 at 11pm on WGBX 44

·            Lily & Madeleine/Greensky Bluegrass: Live at Café 939/The Paradise: premieres August 2 at 11pm on WGBH 2 and August 3 at 11pm on WGBX 44

·            James Vincent McMorrow/Chet Faker: Live at The Paradise: premieres August 9 at 11pm on WGBH 2 and August 10 at 11pm on WGBX 44.

·            The Jezabels: Live at Brighton Music Hall: premieres August 16 at 11pm on WGBH 2 and re-airs August 14 at 11pm on WGBX 44.

·            TBD: August 23 at 11pm on WGBH 2 and August 24 at 11pm on WGBX 44.

               For more information visit frontrowboston.wgbh.org and follow Front Row Boston on Twitter.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org.

About Crossroads Presents

Crossroads Presents is a locally owned and operated Boston based concert promoter that works to develop bands into tomorrow’s headliners with a wide range of venues from 476 cap to 2700.



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