WTTW’s legendary and groundbreaking music series Soundstage returns in 2015-2016 with a new season of star-studded concerts. Filmed in WTTW’s intimate Grainger Studio, Soundstage presents spectacular performances that make you feel like you’re in the front row.

From 1974-1985, this innovative music program featured so many artists that defined the era, including Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, the Doobie Brothers, and Harry Chapin. Soundstage was reborn in 2001 to enhance the one-hour musical performances of the original show with high definition video and Dolby 5.1 audio. A wide variety of musical artists representing the pop, rock, country, soul, bluegrass, and folk genres appeared on the series, including Tom Petty, Jon Bon Jovi, Trisha Yearwood, Chicago, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Cyndi Lauper, and many more.

Check here throughout winter 2015-2016 for exclusive opportunities to learn about Soundstage concert tapings at WTTW’s Grainger Studio. 


Soundstage: Blondie in Concert

WTTW's Grainger Studio, Chicago
December 10, 2015 (taping)

This iconic and multi-platinum selling band from New York City, co-founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, defined the punk and new wave era in the mid-late 1970s, and is just as edgy and trendsetting today. Blondie’s influence shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion, and art. They helped push punk onto the dance floor at the dawn of the new age era and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalog of enduring pop hits along the way. Hear all of this, and much more, in this exclusive Soundstage appearance.

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Jason Isbell. Photo: David McClister.

Soundstage: Jason Isbell in Concert

WTTW’s Grainger Studio, Chicago
Taped on October 7, 2015

Award winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell graces WTTW’s Grainger Studios for his Soundstage debut.  A native of Green Hill, Alabama, Isbell will perform songs off his recently released album, Something More Than Free, as well as his critically acclaimed Southeastern.  Isbell and his band The 400 Unit promise to provide an unforgettable evening at this once-in-a-lifetime Soundstage event taped in front of a live studio audience.  

Toby Keith

Soundstage: Toby Keith in Concert

WTTW’s Grainger Studio, Chicago
Taped on September 3, 2015

Country music superstar Toby Keith pays a visit to WTTW’s Grainger Studio as Soundstage returns to the entertainment venue where it all began 40 years ago. Grainger’s intimate setting is the perfect showcase for Keith, one of the country’s most successful songwriter/artists of all time, and his tight-knit band. In this electrifying performance taped in front of a live audience of some of his biggest fans, Keith performs a variety of popular hits spanning his storied career, as well as selections from his latest soon-to-be released album, 35 MPH Town.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson and Friends: A Soundstage Special Event

Palazzo Theatre at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas
Taped on December 11, 2014

Soundstage returned to public television nationwide in spring 2015 with this star-studded concert taped at the beautiful Palazzo Theatre at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Legendary Beach Boys co-founder and iconic songwriter Brian Wilson performs with his 12-piece band along with special guests Nate Ruess from Fun.; Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and renowned guitarist Blondie Chaplin; singer/songwriter actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (She & Him); Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian; Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves; and jazz trumpeter/composer Mark Isham. These talented artists all perform with Wilson on his new album release – No Pier Pressure – which features new arrangements of Beach Boys classics as well as exciting new material.