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JOHN SEBASTIAN PRESENTS: FOLK REWIND (MY MUSIC) AIRING ON WQED-TV
The greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era are featured in FOLK REWIND, produced by TJL Productions and taped at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh in May 2010.

PITTSBURGH IS THE SHOWCASE FOR LATEST FOLK MUSIC SPECIAL - JOHN SEBASTIAN PRESENTS: FOLK REWIND (MY MUSIC) AIRING ON WQED-TV

National Pledge Special Part of TJL Productions’ My Music Series for PBS


PITTSBURGH – The greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era are featured in FOLK REWIND, produced by Pittsburgh-based TJL Productions and taped at the Benedum Center in May. FOLK REWIND airs Saturday, December 4 at 8pm on WQED-TV.

Presented by John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful (Do You Believe in Magic), FOLK REWIND features a treasure trove of historical footage that has not been seen in more than four decades plus new performances by artists who still appear in concert today.


Pittsburgh’s stunning Benedum Center for the Performing Arts was the venue in May for the three-day taping of legendary performers with stirring renditions of old favorites. The live concert was a partnership between TJL Productions and WQED to bring these folk artists and 50 other legends together for three new national PBS specials that are scheduled to air in March and December 2011.

Captured for posterity at the Benedum and airing during this national pledge special were the original Chad Mitchell Trio, who reunited for Bob Dylan’s anthem Blowin’ in the Wind and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds with an encore of Turn, Turn, Turn. Barry McGuire captured the audience with his 1965 chart-topper Eve Of Destruction and Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods performed the generation-defining hit Get Together. These performances will be seen in segment four of the pledge special. The first three segments of the special feature archival footage of many folk groups singing their hits.

Gibsonia’s T. J. Lubinsky, creator and executive producer of the My Music PBS series and his team were able to bring the live portion of the program to Pittsburgh for the taping at the Benedum Center.

“This was an opportunity for us to bring the live concert portion of our shows back home,” said Lubinsky.

“Having ‘McGuinn and McGuire’ come back to Pittsburgh to connect through WQED was an important part of our efforts to keep Pittsburgh front and center as a source for many of our upcoming programs in the years ahead. Having The Chad Mitchell Trio and Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods getting together in Pittsburgh has been our goal and biggest accomplishment in many years. We’re really preserving history right at the Benedum Center.”

The MY MUSIC series is dedicated to the preservation of American music and is produced exclusively for PBS by TJL Enterprises of Pittsburgh.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.


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