Rhode Island Live from the Met, a program
developed by Jonathan Flynn and Rudy Cheeks, and produced in
conjunction with Rhode Island PBS, features local, regional and national live music
performances from the MET in Pawtucket and begin airing its
second season in October, 2014. The show showcases the best
Rhode Island music from the past 40 years. It consists of live musical
performances and interviews recorded at the MET in
The artists represent a wide variety of genres,
popularity, and experience, including some of today's most popular
local artists, lesser known artists trying to make a name for
themselves, and some of Rhode Island's better known musical
veterans. See artists page for first
The show will feature live musical performances from the Met
and interviews with musicians and band members.
The series airs on
Thursday nights at 10 through December on Rhode Island PBS (over
the air on digital 36.1; Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 /
508HD, and Full Channel 08; DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network
7776; in MA, Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD). Each
episode will rebroadcast on the following Saturday at 2:30 a.m.
and Sunday at 11 p.m.
"What we are trying to accomplish is to capture and
unleash the energy and excitement of live musical performances in
front of an enthusiastic audience," said Rudy Cheeks, co-founder.
"Through this experience, we hope viewers will feel an appreciation
for the creative community in Rhode Island and maybe help build the
careers of local and regional musical artists," he said. "The arts
have already proven to be a powerful economic engine and we'd like
to add to that," Cheeks said.
“We are delighted to premiere ’Meet Me at THE MET’
on Rhode Island PBS," said Dave Piccerelli, President & CEO at
Rhode Island PBS “THE MET is a great local stage for live performances,
and Rhode Island PBS is the bigger stage that amplifies those local
voices. It’s that local connection that differentiates us from other
TV stations, and how we engage and serve our community," Piccerelli
added. " We’re collectively building an innovative experience, not
just for Rhode Island PBS viewers, but one that will carry the Rhode
Island music scene across the country,” Piccerelli said.
In addition to the television program, Meet Me
at THE MET will
develop other programs and initiatives aimed at promoting local
music artists, professionals, and music programs, including artists
that are not part of the television show.
"I feel happy to have my memories of all the music
in the 70’s and all the musical changes and events and the evolution
of it. It’s tragic there is no documentation of it. We had these
bands in the 70s that were a mixture of blues, rhythm and blues, and
rock. Music goes in and out of style. Many of the groups around now,
Deer Tick, Joe Fletcher and the Silks are similar to the groups from
the 70s. If someone documents these bands, it will be a history of
music." Rich Lupo
Rhode Island Live from the Met is currently seeking underwriters
for the project, offering a number of options. Initial funders
include the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Washington
Trust, with additional contributions from the Providence Phoenix, Imaj Associates, the Met, WSBE, Litho Print, RIPTA, Michael Duffy
and Mojo Photography.