Thursday, October 12, 2006

Rod Piazza on PBS

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers will appear on national television as part of the "Sierra Center Stage" series on PBS-TV. The series, modeled somewhat on the popular "Austin City Limits" program, incorporates live performances, interviews, and conversations with and about each featured artist. The shows were filmed at the "Big Room," a state-of-the-art performance theater in the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California.

"Sierra Center Stage" will be broadcast on most of the 350 PBS stations in the U.S. Each station sets its own broadcast times, but the series is scheduled to begin in many markets in the next week or two. The Rod Piazza episode is scheduled to be the second program in the series, so it should be aired in the next few weeks. About half the stations will pick up the series in thirteen weeks, when "Austin City Limits" completes its current season. The "Sierra Center Stage" series will then take over the time slots formerly occupied by "Austin City Limits." For a complete list of broadcast times by station, please consult the website for "Sierra Center Stage" by clicking here. This website will be updated as each station announces scheduling. Most stations will air the show multiple times, and will have broadcast rights for three years, so it's likely the show will be seen many times over that period of time.

Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, three-time winners of the W.C. Handy "Best Blues Band" Award, are one of the most entertaining, tightly-knit blues bands on the scene. Their power-packed performances showcase Rod's searing harmonica, impassioned vocals, and impeccable showmanship, punctuated by the two-fisted piano of Honey Piazza.

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