Give your weekend a musical start this AETN Arts Friday with specials featuring the work of original songwriters. At 6:30 p.m., Kevin Kerby + Battery entertains with energetic rock n roll performances of the bands original songs, written by lead singer Kevin Kerby. At 9 p.m., Out of My Dreams explores the life and legendary career of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.
AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Kevin Kerby + Battery, features central Arkansas folk-rock icon Kevin Kerby and a top-notch backing cast, including Geoff Curran, along with Marcus Lowe and Joshua Bentley of Il Libretina. With bright, honest songwriting and solid musical talent, Kerby + Batterys wit and humor keep audiences on their toes with an expert balance of colorful insights and poeticism.
With over 40 years in the theater, Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the lyrics for more than 1,000 songs and the books for 45 operettas and musicals. Celebrate them all at 9 p.m., with host Matthew Morrison (Glee, and Broadways The Light in Piazza, Hairspray, Footloose, and South Pacific), in Out of My Dreams. The PBS Special explores the life and works of one of the 20th centurys most acclaimed lyricists and librettists. In addition to over 20 years of incredible independent work, Oscar Hammersteins collaboration with Richard Rogers changed the American theater forever. Transforming musicals from lighthearted entertainment to real-life stories told by believable characters, Hammerstein helped create scores of legendary musicals, including Rose Marie, Show Boat, Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.
Friday, June 8, with "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Kevin Kerby + Battery" at 6:30 p.m. PBS Special "Oscar Hammerstein II: Out of My Dreams" at 9 p.m.