"AETN Presents," the Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) arts and culture series, returns for its 11th season Friday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. and continues as part of AETN Arts Fridays through Nov. 28. The episodes repeat Sundays at 1:30 a.m. immediately following "Austin City Limits."
"AETN Presents: On the Front Row" highlights Arkansas talent from an eclectic mix of genres and backgrounds. Artists featured in the 2014 season include:
Adam Faucett and The Tall Grass, Nov. 7. Repeats Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1:30 a.m. and Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Hailing from Little Rock, Adam Faucett has drawn comparisons from Tim Buckley to Cat Power to Otis Redding. Faucett's music is described as "part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler" (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette). Playing with him is The Tall Grass, which includes Jonny D on bass and Will Boyd on drums. Faucett began performing solo in 2006 and now tours nationally and internationally. He has performed with Jason Isbell, Damien Jurado, Chuck Ragan and Lucero. For the past two years, Faucett has toured in support of his third acclaimed release, "More Like A Temple," which received praise from outlets including American Songwriter, Paste Magazine, No Depression and Uprooted Music Review.
Amasa Hines, Nov. 14. Repeats Sunday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 a.m. and Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Amasa Hines, a seven-piece band formed in 2010, released their debut album, "All the World There Is," in January 2014. Members include: Joshua Asante, vocals and guitar; Judson Spillyards, guitar; Joshua Spillyards, drums; Ryan Hitt, bass; Norman Williamson, saxophone; Stephen Colby, saxophone; and Matt Rice, keyboards. Hailing from Little Rock, the band's style encompasses soul, afro-beat, psychedelic, blues, dub and indie rock. Self-described influences include John Coltrane, My Morning Jacket and The Electric Company, as well as "love, loss, spirituality, [and] answering the phone on off days." Amasa Hines was named one of the "12 Arkansas Bands You Should Be Listening to Now" by Paste Magazine and one of the "10 Southern Rock Bands to Listen to Now" by Southern Living Magazine.
Amy Garland & Friends, Nov. 21. Repeats Sunday, Nov. 23, at 1:30 a.m. and Thursday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The Amy Garland Band, a six-member group formed in 2000, released its most recent album, "Hang a Light," in June 2013. Hailing from Little Rock, the band's style blends folk, R&B, bluegrass, pop and country for a unique sound. Members include: Amy Garland, vocals and guitar; Nick Devlin, guitar; Mike Nelson, bass; Bart Angel, drums; Jeff Coleman, keyboard; and Brad Williams, mandolin, guitar and harmonica. Garland, who started playing guitar at the age of 9 and began songwriting at 10, moved to Arkansas in 1995. During her years in the Natural State, Garland has become a regular host of KUAR's "Arkansas Flyer" and began hosting the weekly "Backroads" radio show on Little Rock's KABF. Joining Garland for this performance are Bonnie Montgomery and Mandy McBryde.
Giovanni Antipolo, Nov. 28. Giovanni Antipolo is a Little Rock native with an extensive background in piano performance. He graduated from Central High School and went on to graduate from Rice University with a degree in architecture and the University of Houston with a degree in piano performance. In addition to his job as an accountant at Central Construction Group in Little Rock, Antipolo teaches piano, as well as volunteering to play piano at schools, nursing homes, churches and hospitals in an effort to generate interest in classical music. He supports local nonprofit organizations by providing musical entertainment for various fundraising events, and his collaboration with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has solidified his place as an in-demand musician in the state of Arkansas.
"AETN Presents" features a variety of arts and cultural subjects. Previously included in the series have been the Arkansas Acoustic Festival; performances by Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer (Nickel Creek), Pam Tillis, Cate Brothers, Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, Wayland Holyfield and friends, Trout Fishing in America, Dale Hawkins, Shannon Boshears Band, The Salty Dogs and Epiphany; and "On the Same Page" with authors Buzz Bissinger, Billy Collins, John T. Edge and Kenneth L. Smith.
AETN Arts Fridays provides Arkansans with world-class arts and culture programming, including the locally produced series "AETN Presents" at 6:30 p.m. and the PBS Arts Fall Festival at 9 p.m. More information about "AETN Presents" and episode clips are available at aetn.org/aetnpresents.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).