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'AETN Presents: On the Front Row' premieres new season Nov. 6

Posted 05 Jan 2017

'AETN Presents: On the Front Row,' the Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) arts and culture series, returns for its 12th season Friday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. and continues as part of AETN Arts Fridays through Nov. 27. The four new episodes this season feature the Oxford American Concert Series at South on Main in Little Rock.

'I'm thrilled in our 12th year to take 'On the Front Row' viewers right into the heart of the music scene in Arkansas with Oxford American and South on Main,' AETN Producer Casey Sanders said. 'We are truly putting our audience on the front row – and AETN right in the middle of an active restaurant and venue – bringing a higher level of excitement to our production.

'The musicians and live audience seem to forget we are there, giving us an undeniably live feel.'

'AETN Presents: On the Front Row' gives viewers the best seat for performances by local and nationally acclaimed artists.

Artists featured in the 2015 season include:

'I'm grateful for the opportunity the Oxford American gives me to empower these creative musicians,' Oxford American Program Director Ryan Harris said. 'Their performances are helping enhance the cultural fabric of Central Arkansas.

'It's especially gratifying that AETN has been on hand to capture several of these shows and can share them statewide.'

Oxford American is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization and national magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing, while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. The Oxford American is committed to the development of young individuals aspiring to work in the publishing industry and to the production and presentation of multidisciplinary arts events in and around Little Rock, Arkansas. Billed as 'A Magazine of the South,' it has won three National Magazine Awards and other high honors since it began publication in 1992. The Oxford American is published from the University of Central Arkansas. Additional information is available at OxfordAmerican.org.

South on Main is a restaurant and performance venue featuring Southern cuisine and culture. With a kitchen helmed by Chef Matthew Bell, the restaurant offers a sophisticated but unpretentious atmosphere and a creative and accessible menu. South on Main also presents programming related to the content of Oxford American magazine, including musical performances, literary readings, film screenings and more. South on Main is located at 1304 Main Street, Little Rock.

'AETN Presents' features a variety of arts and cultural subjects. Previously included in the series have been Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, Amasa Hines, Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass, Amy Garland & Friends, the Arkansas Acoustic Festival, performances by Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer (Nickel Creek), Pam Tillis, Cate Brothers, Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, Wayland Holyfield and friends, Trout Fishing in America, Dale Hawkins, Shannon Boshears Band, The Salty Dogs and Epiphany.

AETN Arts Fridays provides Arkansans with world-class arts and culture programming, including the locally produced series 'AETN Presents' at 6:30 p.m. and the PBS Arts Fall Festival at 8 p.m. More information about 'AETN Presents' and episode clips are available at aetn.org/aetnpresents.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).