Soundstage presents Counting Crows: Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings

Mon, 01/12/2009 (All day)

Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz

WTTW Chicago/Bill Richert

The new season of Soundstage premieres with the Counting Crows performing the majority of their fifth studio release, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, a tightly crafted concept album that’s the perfect combination of high and low. The Saturday Nights songs are upbeat, pairing subtle but expressive lyrics with fast-paced, brazen electric guitar; the Sunday Mornings selections have a more reflective, subdued tone. Soundstage presents Counting Crows: Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings, airing Sunday, January 11 at 12 midnight on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1).

An energized Adam Duritz starts the night off right with a raucous version of the CD opener 1492. He sings of loss in the moody Washington Square, accompanied by piano and acoustic guitar. His no-holds-barred emotion also resonates in slower songs like Le Ballet d'Or and When I Dream of Michelangelo. Other must-sees include Los Angeles and Cowboys.

The winter season of Soundstage features an exciting and diverse musical line-up including performances by Idina Menzel with Josh Groban and Ravi Coltrane, Foreigner, B.B. King, Umphrey’s McGee and Seal.

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