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Tenth season of 'AETN Presents' kicks off Nov. 1

"AETN Presents," the Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) arts and culture series, returns for its 10th anniversary season featuring jazz luminaries, singer-song writers, dance party favorites and talented newcomers. "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" debuts Friday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and continues as part of AETN Arts Fridays through Nov. 29. The episodes repeat Sundays at 1 a.m. following Austin City Limits.

"We have amazing musicians in Arkansas, and as a public television network, we feel we should provide a platform to showcase and share their music with all Arkansans," Casey Sanders, "AETN Presents" producer for the past decade, said. "We have been scratching the surface for 10 years, kicking off with an acoustic festival that brought in singers and songwriters and evolving into a music showcase that embraces many genres including jazz, rock 'n' roll, hip hop, classical and more."

The Kat Hood Trio was the first solo act to perform on the program, with Rodney Block and the True Music Lovers as the headliner this season. Block first appeared on the series in 2006, and the show was nominated for a regional Emmy Award. "AETN Presents" welcomes up and coming bands, as well as established acts.

"AETN Presents: On the Front Row" highlights Arkansas talent from an eclectic mix of genres and backgrounds. Artists featured in the 2013 season include:

"AETN Presents" features a variety of arts and cultural subjects. Previously included in the series have been 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; and "On the Same Page" with authors Buzz Bissinger, Billy Collins, John T. Edge and Kenneth L. Smith.

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 9 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).

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