Updated Mon, Jul 2, 2012 1:27 pm
INFINITY HALL LIVE
The 13-part concert series INFINITY HALL LIVE celebrates the music and energy of groundbreaking American artists. The acoustically perfect Infinity Music Hall, a historic 130-year-old venue in Norfolk, Conn., provides an intimate setting for engaging, authentic and heartfelt performances by an eclectic group of musicians. This season's line-up includes: pop trio Wilson Phillips, "folk soul" singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo', soulful singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne, alternative rockers Rusted Root, The Wailin' Jennys folk group, folk troubadour Jonathan Edwards, rockers The Smithereens and guitar virtuoso Tim Reynolds. Candid interviews with band members provide a window into their motivations, their inspirations and their unique styles. Cameras also eavesdrop on backstage preparations, providing a glimpse into the creative process, as well as a sense of the behind-the-scenes anticipation and nervous energy at the heart of any live concert.
Wilson Phillips, one of the biggest selling all-female groups in music history hits the Infinity Hall stage for an unforgettable night of nostalgia and chart-topping songs. The group, made up of Chynna Phillips, Wendy Wilson and Carnie Wilson, first reached the top of the Billboard charts in 1991 and have seen a resurgence in the past year with their appearance in the hit film Bridesmaids and their new reality series, Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On. Their new CD, Dedicated, – which has topped the Amazon contemporary pop vocal charts – is a tribute to the music of their iconic parents; Chynna is the daughter of Michelle and John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas and Wendy and Carnie are the daughters of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Displaying the same tight, lush harmonies their parents were known for in their music, Wilson Phillips gives these beloved songs a new appeal in this intimate concert.
The group opens the INFINITY HALL LIVE concert with their #1 chart-topping ballad “Release Me,” much to the delight of the crowd, but soon they kick off their high heels and get comfortable singing the nostalgic harmony-rich songs of their extended musical families.
From the Mamas and the Papas repertoire, Wilson Phillips performs “12:30”, “Monday, Monday” and the song that inspired the Dedicated CD, “California Dreamin’”. Carnie Wilson explained, “Last year we were at a private party and decided just for the party to sing ‘California Dreamin’’. After we sang that together, our manager asked ‘What do you think about doing a cover album of the Mamas and the Papas and the Beach Boys?’ I said ‘When do we start?’”
Fans of the Beach Boys won’t be disappointed either as the group covers some of their most best-loved songs. From “God Only Knows” and “In My Room” to “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” Wilson Phillips’ performance of these tunes full of intricate, gorgeous harmonies gives them a fresh new tenderness. And it’s a true family affair with Carnie’s husband Rob Bonfiglio on guitar and Matt Jardine, the son of Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine, singing back-up vocals.
Though the ladies of Wilson Phillips have grown up, married and now have nine children between them, they can still bring the house down with their most iconic hit song “Hold On,” which serves as their INFINITY HALL LIVE finale.
“You’re In Love”
“You Won’t See Me Cry”
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
“God Only Knows”
“In My Room”
Contemporary blues musician and three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ takes the stage alongside his band of top musicians. With Les Falconer III on drums, Vail Johnson on bass, Michael Hicks on keyboards, Kevin So on keyboards and guitar and Jeff Paris on guitar, mandolin and harmonica, the band’s full sound and Mo’s incomparable blues style engulf the elated audience.
Keb’ Mo’ – formerly known as Kevin Moore – was born in South Los Angeles to parents from the Deep South. Often described as a living link to the seminal Delta blues of the past, he describes his style as a combination of the music he grew up listening to: blues, country, soul and folk. “I’m kind of a hybrid version of all those things thrown together,” he says. His multi-faceted career includes portraying one of his blues influences, Robert Johnson, in the 1998 documentary Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl?
Mo’ and his band open the show at Infinity Hall with “Inside Outside,” a song from his most recent album, Reflection. Mo’ describes the album as the “culmination of all of my influences throughout my career.” He also treats the crowd to his slow groove single “The Whole Enchilada,” which he describes as a song that “reminds us men that when you are out there courting and falling in love that there's just a few things to keep in mind." Television fans will recognize his tune “I See Love,” the theme song from the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Plus, the band doesn’t disappoint with “Life is Beautiful” from his 2006 release Suitcase, and several other songs from his Grammy award-winning albums.
INFINITY HALL LIVE captures the energy of the crowd during Mo’s rousing performance. The band closes the show on a high note with the inspirational “A Better Man,” a song created for the charity organization “Playing for Change” which inspires peace in the world through music.
“The Whole Enchilada”
“I See Love”
“We Don't Need It”
“Life Is Beautiful”
“Shave Yo Legs”
“She Just Wants To Dance”
“A Better Man”
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Tim Reynolds & TR3 bring killer guitar riffs and rock and roll funk to the hallowed walls of Infinity Hall. Reynolds, best known for his collaborations with the Dave Matthews Band, is widely regarded as underrated master, highly skilled at guitar, bass, piano, sitar, mandolin, violin and various instruments of ethnic percussion. Amazing audiences all over the world for more than 35 years, Reynolds has perfected a unique performance style that he brings to this extraordinary INFINITY HALL LIVE set.
Born in Germany, Reynolds began playing music at a young age in his parents’ church. Following high school graduation, Reynolds left home and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where he began playing at local bars. Away from his parents’ strict moral and behavioral instruction, Reynolds was able to experiment, developing his own sound.
After forming the original TR3 in the early ‘90s, Reynolds began touring. Simultaneously, he collaborated with a young Dave Matthews on his early performances and albums. Today, Reynolds continues to tour with the Dave Matthews Band lending his unmatched guitar skill to the group.
Reynolds is accomplished at nearly 30 musical instruments. When his musical mastery is combined with his flawless improvisation and complex riffs, the result is an unforgettable rock performance.
“Torch of Uncertainty”
“Put the Gas Mask On”
“Do You Wanna”
“See You in Your Dreams”
“Test of Time”
The New Jersey-based rock band The Smithereens brings down the house with their unique driving guitar sound. The group performs a number of their hit songs, including “Blood and Roses” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep.”
From their humble beginnings in 1980 in Carteret, New Jersey, The Smithereens have become an enduring facet of alternative rock and acquired a cult following. Initially formed following the members’ graduation from Carteret High School, the group became popular with catchy, power pop hits. Drawing on inspiration from The Beatles and Kurt Cobain, The Smithereens have honed a style all their own.
With a sound described as a blend of American garage-band rock and British pop, The Smithereens have had an impressive 30-year career. Partnering with artists like The Kinks and Graham Parker, the group has produced over 10 studio albums and 4 live albums. With an
extensive touring schedule, the group continues to excite devoted fans across the country.
Combining the musical talents of Pat DiNizio, Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Severo Jornacion, The Smithereens offer something not seen everyday: a lively, fun, and entertaining performance. A true pillar in the underground music scene, The Smithereens are a great addition to INFINITY HALL LIVE.
“Behind the Wall of Sleep”
“Room Without a View”
“Only a Memory”
“Drown in My Own Tears”
“House We Used to Live In/Sparks”
“Time and Time Again”
“Blood and Roses”
“A Girl Like You”