Something for Everyone on LPB’s Summerfest

LPB’s Summerfest kicks off on Thursday, August 16 at 7PM with the much-anticipated season finale of Father Brown. Then at 8PM, celebrate the greatest hits from the best-selling album Rumours in an intimate Fleetwood Mac concert recorded in 1997. During the program, learn how you can be the lucky winner of a pair of tickets to see Fleetwood Mac in concert when they come to Louisiana next February.

On Saturday, August 18, enjoy Dionne Warwick: Then Came You, a new music documentary about this great talent who has achieved legendary status worldwide with an unparalleled string of hits from the 1960s through the 1980s that remain popular today. Next at 8:30PM, explore the historical context of Johnny Cash’s seminal concert album, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. The program weaves compelling interviews with archival photography to evoke the spirit of that momentous day on Jan. 13, 1968 when Johnny Cash appeared on stage at Folsom Prison. Participants include his daughter Rosanne Cash and band member Marty Stuart. During this program, find out how you can receive a pair of tickets to see Cash’s long-time friend Kris Kristofferson at his sold-out show at Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge this November.

On Sunday, August 19, don’t miss Zoltán Mága: Live from Budapest with David Foster, a musical extravaganza featuring Hungarian violin virtuoso, Zoltán Mága; legendary songwriter and producer David Foster and singers, Katharine McPhee; Shelea, and Aida.

Antiques Roadshow: Our 50 States airs Monday, August 20 (Part 1) and August 27 (Part 2) at 7PM. Celebrate hidden treasures from all 50 states and see why it is one of the most popular programs on LPB. Plus, learn how you can be on your way to explore Natchitoches or take in the music scene in Austin.

On Tuesday, August 21 at 7PM, on Betty White: First Lady of Television, join us for a warm look at the life and career of this beloved television and film legend, who celebrates 80 years in show business this year. The program is packed with hilarious clips from her long career and comments from friends and co-stars.

Wednesday, August 22 at 8PMMister Rogers: It’s You I Like celebrates Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the PBS series that premiered nationally 50 years ago and became a landmark in children’s television.

Join us for the 10th anniversary of Atchafalaya HouseboatThursday, August 23 at 7PM. This journey back in time goes deep into Louisiana’s million-acre Atchafalaya Swamp for an adventure with writer Gwen Roland, who decades ago built a houseboat by hand and lived as her forebears had generations earlier. Roland’s heritage provides an unusual backdrop for a universal story of self-discovery and the embrace of youthful idealism and a simpler life. Roland will be in the studio to share her personal recollections with viewers. Then keep watching at 8PM as LPB presents John Kennedy Toole: The Omega PointExplore the life of Toole, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces. Photography, rare historical films, newsreels, and traditional New Orleans music peel back the layers of the riddle that is New Orleans, the mystery that lies at the center of the author’s life.

On Saturday, August 25 at 5:30PM, enjoy the music of Mannheim Steamroller: 30/40 Live. Celebrate 30 years of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking “Fresh Aire” compositions with this milestone special from the American group known for blending classical music and rock. LPB viewers will have the opportunity to receive Mannheim Steamroller tickets when they tour here in December. That’s followed by The Tenors: Fan Favorites at 7PM, who are back with a selection of timeless hit songs. At 8:30PMNathan Carter: Celtic Country features Nathan singing country and Irish classics recorded live from Dublin.

On Sunday, August 26 at 2PMNew Orleans: The First 300 Years traces the history of New Orleans, and spotlights the early days of Carnival, along with the city’s music and political history. The program is narrated by actor John Goodman. At 5:30PM, enjoy An Evening with Lucia Micarelli, and be dazzled by the violin virtuoso in a concert ranging from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana, and learn how you can meet Lucia at her concert event at Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge in September. Next at 7PMGreat Performances: The Chris Botti Band in Concert puts the spotlight on Botti and his band, capturing one of today’s leading jazz trumpeters at his peak. At 9PM, join host Tom Hanks for a celebration of filmmaker Ken Burns: American Storyteller.

On Monday, August 27 at 8:30PMFats Domino: Walkin’ Back to New Orleans chronicles the music legend ‘s triumphant return to the stage after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation to his New Orleans hometown. This special also includes rare interviews with Domino as well as singers Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Robert Plant and Randy Newman.

Make Room for Pie, airing Tuesday, August 28 at 7PM, is the story of Arkansas, told through a diverse and eclectic batch of pie bakers, from the Delta to the Ozark Mountains. Tour old time diners and off-the-beaten-path cafes, where pies are created with love and sweet perfection. Stay hungry for Cajun Food Traditions at 8:30PM. This documentary by James Beard Award finalist Kevin McCaffrey surveys the complexity, color and varied ingredients of Cajun food from prairie to coast all over South Louisiana.

What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family, and a band of enthusiastic helpers are about to find out on Nature: Giraffes – Africa’s Gentle GiantsWednesday, August 29 at 7PM.

On Thursday, August 30 at 7PMOne Thousand Homes: The Legacy of A. Hays Town Architect, pays tribute to the Baton Rouge architect whose homes have reconnected Southerners with their past. Literally 1,000 residences can attest to the legendary skill of this man who at his most prolific, produced, one set of residential drawings per week.

Friday, August 31 at 8PM, join “The Prince of Spanish Guitar” for a romantic and exotic journey of music and dance that is celebrated with fire, passion and spirit on Benise Fuego: Spirit of Spain.

There’s something for everyone during Summerfest on LPB.

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