AETN Arts Fridays brings you "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" with The Boondogs at 6:30 and Michael Feinstein's American Songbooks Saloon Singer at 9 p.m. The Boondogs Roots Pop sound comes from Little Rock-based band of Indy Grotto, Jason Weinheimer, Chris Michaels, Jess Aycock, Isaac Alexander and Dylan Turner.
Saloon Singers examines the allure of musical nightlife, from Mississippi juke joints (where Michael dazzles the crowd with some impromptu boogie-woogie blues) to the neon of Las Vegas, where he gets a private tour of the now-closed Liberace Museum, and plays one of the rhinestone encrusted pianos. While keeping up his own busy schedule of live performances at his New York nightclub, and the brand new performing arts center in Carmel, IN, Michael delves into the history of nightclub entertainment, from the Cotton Club in Harlem to Sinatras Rat Pack. He goes through the archives of composer Jimmy McHughwhose career spans Vaudeville to Vegasand visits with nightclub pioneers Rose Marie (she literally opened Las Vegas in the 1940s) and the poet and author Maya Angelou, who used to make her living doing a calypso club act in San Francisco.
TUNE IN: Friday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. for AETN Presents: On the Front Row with The Boondogs and at 9 p.m. for Michael Feinsteins American Songbooks Saloon Singer.