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FRONT AND CENTER
Gary Clark Jr.

 

Grammy and Blues Music Award-winner Gary Clark Jr. performs material from his new album “This Land,” including the album’s title track and “The Guitar Man.” Dubbed “The Chosen One” by music critics, Clark Jr. created his personal trademark sound that features distorted guitar and heavy use of improvisation, paired with a soulful voice.

 

 

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Bob Hope

 

During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope (1903-2003) was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment: vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, popular song and personal appearances, including his annual USO Christmas military tours and hosting the Academy Awards more times than anyone else.

 

A comedy innovator, Hope invented the topical monologue that later became a late-night TV staple and comedy tropes like talking while backing up. He refined a spontaneous, conversational, improvisational style of comedy as a vaudeville master of ceremonies that created a blueprint for acerbic standup comics.