Join us on Friday, September 8th for an intimate Speakeasy conversation with Blues/Rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and long-time friend, legendary guitarist Jimmie Vaughan. The event will be filmed for a broadcast on Public Television.
Speakeasy is produced by Front and Center Entertainment, LLC; presented by WTTW National Productions, and distributed by American Public Television.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame recipients, Grammy Award winners, and legendary iconic musicians are featured on the all-new public television interview series Speakeasy. The premiere season, created by the producers of the critically acclaimed public television concert series Front and Center, debuts this month (check local listings), and will feature iconic musician/producer and co-founder of CHIC, Nile Rodgers; acclaimed composer and rock musician Roger Waters; Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp; iconic guitarist and social activist Carlos Santana; and legendary Rush front-man and bassist Geddy Lee.
Each hour-long episode gives audiences revealing insights into the lives and careers of some of the music industry’s most revered figures, facilitated by each episode’s host — an interviewer personally selected by the principals. The five-episode premiere season, taped before a live audience on a 1930’s-era set in New York’s historic McKittrick Hotel, features Nile Rodgers sitting down with Valerie Simpson, Roger Waters talking with television journalist Bill Weir, John Mellencamp with Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, Carlos Santana being interviewed by Harry Belafonte, and Geddy Lee conversing with Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Michael Chabon.
“Artists of this caliber have doubtless done thousands of interviews throughout their careers, answering the same questions over and over again,” said Speakeasy creator and Front and Center Entertainment founder, Don Maggi. “The beauty of the Speakeasy format is that it affords these artists a level of comfort, which in turn stimulates a unique, compelling, and topical conversation that we would otherwise not have an opportunity to hear.”
As a result, Speakeasy topics run the gamut from Nile Rodgers’ reminiscence of forming CHIC, and then going on to produce some of the biggest hits of our time, to Roger Waters’ insights into how to make the world a more peaceful place. Songwriting, politics, and his encounters with musical heroes Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson highlight John Mellencamp’s hour; Carlos Santana shares his spiritual beliefs and positions on social activism; and Rush bassist Geddy Lee opens up about how he maintains the strength of his voice after 40 years, as well as his Jewish upbringing by parents who met in a concentration camp during World War II.