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NA MELE
Natalie Ai Kamauu and Family

 

Natalie Ai Kamauu’s voice fills the PBS Hawaii studio.  Natalie performs with a passion that comes from the origins of the songs she sings, and the love she has for her family. She is joined by her husband, Iolani Kamauu, on guitar and vocals, and their daughter, Sha-Lei Kamauu, who accompanies the music with hula.

 

Among the songs featured are “Pili Aloha,” which connects Natalie to her mother, kumu hula Olana Ai, and “Shower Tree,” which was written for Natalie and Iolaniʻs son, Chaz. Sha-Lei joins Natalie and Iolani with hula, including the playful “Hula Tease,” and a graceful accompaniment to Natalie and Iolaniʻs performance on “Uhiwai.”

 

Tony Bennett:
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

 

Tony Bennett is this year’s recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. PBS will co-host an exclusive live taping of Tony Bennett receiving this award. Get “Lost in the Stars” during this evening that features performances from the recipient, as well as other musical guests. The night will be filled with iconic pop and jazz show tunes that will leave your guests “Dancing in the Dark.”

 

David Letterman
The Mark Twain Prize

 

Emmy award-winning comedian David Letterman receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. This special features tributes from Letterman’s friends and colleagues including Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Amy Schumer and Martin Short.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

 

Inspired by their sensational duet in Great Performances “Tony Bennett: Duets II,” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have teamed up to record Cheek to Cheek, an album of standards from the Great American Songbook. Reuniting for this very special and intimate concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City, the duo performs swinging selections from the album, including “Anything Goes” and “Nature Boy.”

 

 

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
The Hawaiian Room

 

The Hawaiian Room, located in the famed Lexington Hotel, was an oasis of Hawaiian culture and entertainment in the heart of New York City. Between 1937 and 1966, hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians from Hawai‘i were recruited to perform at the entertainment venue. In this documentary, filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk shares interviews with over 20 former performers who speak candidly and fondly of their experience at the historic nightclub, and the culture shock of going from Hawai‘i to New York City.

 

NA MELE
Nina Kealiʻiwahamana & Bill Kaiwa

Nina Keali‘iwahamana & Bill Kaiwa

 

The magic of Hawaii Calls is revived when Nina Keali’iwahamana joins Bill Kaiwa for some traditional Hawaiian classics in this special encore of a classic NA MELE. Nina and Bill are joined for this journey down memory lane by Martin Pahinui on bass, and Steven Hall and George Kuo on guitar.

 

NA MELE
Waipuna

 

Kale Hannahs, David Kamakahi and Matt Sproat of the acclaimed Hawaiian music group Waipuna present their interpretation of Hawaiian music, accompanied by hula dancer Jaimie Kennedy. From “Malama Mau Hawaii,” a selection from Waipuna’s first album, to “E Mau Ke Aloha,” composed by David’s father, Dennis Kamakahi, Waipuna will take you through a joyful musical cycle.

 

NA MELE
Melveen Leed

NA MELE: Melveen Leed

 

Singer Melveen Leed is joined by her hula dancer daughter Kaaikaula Naluai at the PBS Hawai‘i studios. Best known for contemporary Hawaiian, jazz and country, Moloka‘i girl Melveen also has deep roots in traditional Hawaiian song.

 

70s Soul Superstars

 

Patti LaBelle hosts an historic reunion featuring The Commodores, The Chi-Lites, The Stylistics, Heatwave, The Trammps, The Emotions, The Manhattans and Yvonne Ellian.

 



AMERICAN MASTERS
Patsy Cline

 

Celebrate the life and legacy of the singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, this documentary features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D’Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others.

 

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