The Lowertown Line certainly made quite a distinctive splash in its first season. Twin Cities Public Television's live music series recorded five pilot episodes that all featured local bands performing in their intimate St. Paul studio, eventually broadcasting them on public television for music fans all over the state to enjoy.
Now, tpt has partnered with Rewire for The Lowertown Line's second season, and they are switching up the format just a bit. While the tpt building in Lowertown St. Paul undergoes a remodel, future episodes will take place at notable music venues throughout the Twin Cities. Lineups, dates, and locations for the fall episodes have just been announced.
The fall lineup features:
August 26 -- The 4onthefloor at Icehouse
September 25 -- The Blind Shake and Kitten Forever at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
October -- Mayda location TBD
November 19 -- Black Diet at Bedlam Lowertown
In addition to the location and exact date of Mayda's October performance, The Lowertown Line will be revealing three more bands, dates, and locations over the coming months.
"The Lowertown Line is all about showcasing the best, brightest, and most diverse acts playing right now in the Twin Cities," says series producer David Roth. "We're excited to bring that experience into the venues that foster this rich local talent."
And partnering with Rewire, tpt's programming and engagement initiative, will bring a more immediate and immersive digital experience for fans. The content loaded website will provide a live-stream of the concerts, advance video clips of each performance, and full episodes before they air, as well as archival footage of all the previous episodes in the series.
"We care about creating compelling video content that celebrates and shows off the Twin Cities music scene," says Rewire director Andi McDaniel. "Whether our audience is watching it on-air, on their phones, or at the events is less important."
The Lowertown Line has also decided to do away with the on-air host for each episode, and will instead focus on a more informal, quotidian interaction with members of the bands.
Tickets for the 4onthefloor show at Icehouse on August 26 are only $5, and are on sale now.
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