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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

“Sun’s Gonna Shine” Live Performance

“Sun’s Gonna Shine” is a collaboration between Steve Martin and Edie Brickell on the album, “Love Has Come For You” (2013). The evening of Martin’s unique blend of comedy and bluegrass took place at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California in the fall of 2013. The program comes to PBS in March […]

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

Michael McDonald Live: “I Keep Forgettin’”

Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” (1982), is a hit from his debut solo album If That’s What It Takes, released the same year The Doobie Brothers disbanded. Joining him on stage in this concert performance is Donald Fagan (piano) and Boz Scaggs (guitar). Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes […]

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

Funny Banjo Players: Five Plucky Pairings of Comedy and Music

Great Performances takes a look at performers for whom comedy is not enough: more five-string banjo, please. 1. Steve Martin Switches Up His Talents Steve Martin used to bring his banjo to stand-up comedy gigs to fill the time allotment. Now he tells jokes between songs at his concerts. Martin’s first two Grammys in the […]

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

“The Crow” Performed Live

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform  “The Crow,” the title of song of his album The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo that won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010. Great Performances: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert premieres on PBS in March […]

Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

Preview

Great Performances presents a special encore of highlights from the star-studded concert tribute to Bob Dylan in 1992. An amazing Who’s Who of performers celebrated the 30th anniversary of the enigmatic singer-songwriter’s groundbreaking debut album from 1962, “Bob Dylan.” Check local listings for air dates in March 2014. Taking viewers from front row center to […]

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September

About the Program

Rock & roll royalty Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs join forces as their own new super group The Dukes of September, paying tribute to the R&B and soul music that inspired them along with fresh, exciting performances of some of their greatest hits. The concert, taped at New […]

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell in Concert

“Love Has Come For You,” the Grammy-Winning Best American Roots Song

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s song “Love Has Come For You” won a Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014. Watch them perform the title song from their 2013 bluegrass album, live with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Great Performances: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring […]

Sting: The Last Ship

Sting’s Live Performance: “Shipyard”

Sting and his band and Jimmy Nail perform “Shipyard” from his album and upcoming musical, The Last Ship, live at the Public Theater in New York City. Watch Sting Live: “Shipyard” The song introduces various characters in the shipbuilding community. In this excerpt from the performances, Sting sings the part of a shop steward. “Ah, […]

GP at The Met: The Nose

Cathedral Scene in Act I

This excerpt from Shostakovich’s “The Nose” at the Metropolitan Opera features Kovalyov (Paulo Szot) discovering his missing nose (Alexander Lewis) in the cathedral. Watch The Nose on Great Performances at the Met on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). Watch Excerpt from The Nose, Act I

Sting: The Last Ship

Sting Interview on Creative Process

Sting talks to Paula Zahn of NYC-ARTS about his creative process for The Last Ship, which took place after a near decade-long hiatus from songwriting. His Broadway-bound musical is based on the shipbuilding history of his home town. Watch Sting Interview