Beginning September 27, Colorado music lovers can get a listen and look at some of the state's best musicians as they come through Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir Studios via a new television show, OpenAir Live & Local. A collaboration with the team behind local television station CPT12's Sounds on 29th, this new Saturday night program has thirteen episodes loaded up and ready to go, featuring sets from the likes of Nathaniel Rateliff, Esme Patterson, You, Me & Apollo and more.
Each episode will be hosted by one of OpenAir's hosts, Alisha Sweeney, Mike Flanagan and Jessi Whitten, and the series is produced by CPT12's Heather Dalton. As longtime active members of the Colorado music scene themselves, Sweeney says it was Dalton who approached her and OpenAir about the possibility of turning the radio performances into TV-ready episodes.
"Heather and CPT12 came to us -- they were like, you guys work so hard in the performance studio and these performances just end up living on the web. They asked if we were interested in making a TV show out of it and we thought that would be an awesome collaboration," says Sweeney. From there, the two entities sat down and brainstormed about which artists to feature for this first season of shows. Each episode will consist of the live performance component as the centerpiece, with introductions and commentary from the hosts running throughout.
Sweeney shares that if these thirteen episodes are well-received, they are hoping to expand the show with future seasons. Though nothing is concrete, the host says ideas like taking cameras out to local venues and places where local music can be seen and heard regularly is a possibility on the table. She says that they have also thought about expanding beyond local acts, but for now, the Colorado music community is really vibrant and has plenty to share.
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"Our talent is so crazy good here -- why not give them the airplay?," says Sweeney. "Our hope is that if folks like what they see, they can go check out more bands in person." SHEL, Paper Bird, In The Whale, Shady Elders and more will be a part of this initial season. The first episode of OpenAir Live & Local airs Saturday, September 27 at 9:30 p.m. on CPT12. For more information on the series and the artists featured this season, visit CPR's website. After initial airings, the shows will also be available on OpenAir's Youtube channel.
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