JACKSON, Miss —Amped & Wired – a Mississippi Public Broadcasting program showcasing various up-and-coming bands and musicians – is branching out in season four with new local venues and even an episode at the Grammy Museum Mississippi. Season four premieres at 10:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, on MPB Television. An encore presentation airs at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 22.
Typically, episodes are filmed at Duling Hall in Jackson’s Fondren District. Additional local venues for season four include CS’s, OffBeat and Martin’s. One episode was filmed at the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Mississippi. The change of venues was a result of collaborations with Jackson Indie Music Week and the Grammy Museum Mississippi.
Season four promises viewers a different mix of artists’ live performances before super stardom hits. “Our first three shows are radically different,” said MPB Producer Corey Hart. Those acts will present music in the country-western, rock ‘n’ roll and rap genres.
Singer and guitarist Eilen Jewell is featured in the Amped & Wired season premiere. Jewell taps into the rich roots of country-western music with thoughtful lyrics and an ear for the nostalgic.
Artists on subsequent episodes include Spacewolf, a Jackson band with a post-grunge rock sound; 7evenThirty, the stage name for hip-hop artist Marques Phillips; and Bark, the husband and wife duo of Tim and Susan Bauer Lee who plays a “swampedelic” remix of blues and rock. During the episode filmed at the Grammy Museum Mississippi, Jontavious Willis, Marquise Knox and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram showcase different blues styles.
Other MPB producers for Amped & Wired are Taiwo Gaynor and Scott Bradfield.
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