National Memorial Day Concert

Teens soaring -- Scotty and Auli'i found dizzyig route to the top


Each year, on the eve of Memorial Day, PBS delivers a terrific blend of music and emotion. Sunday's concert happens to include two people who found teen stardom -- Scotty McCreery an d Auli'i Cravalho; here's the story I sent to papers.

By Mike Hughes

In the swirl of
show-business, this keeps happening:

A talented teen from
nowhere (or nearby) is suddenly everywhere. It's dizzying and fun and
scary.

Beach Boys, TV and D.C.: A monumental combination


Each year, PBS' Memorial Day eve concert brings some talented -- and far-ranging -- people. The two stories I sent to papers involve people separated by a half-century: One (see previous blog) is Trent Harmon, 25; this one meets Mike Love, 75, and the Beach Boys:

By Mike Hughes

National Anthem time for "Idol" winner: Stay calm and sing pretty


Each summer, two of the classiest TV events are the PBS concerts on Memorial Day eve and on the 4th of July. Now the former will be Sunday, ranging from country (Trace Adkins) to classical (Renee Fleming). This story is one of two I'm sending to papers, previewingSunday's concert. Coming up is a Beach Boys story; here's one on Trent Harmon, the 15th and final "American Idol" champion.

By Mike Hughes

Music and memories will soar Sunday with Estefan


Each year, on the eve of Memorial Day, PBS offers a passionate blend of music and memroes. This year's concert (Sunday, May 24) will add extra moment, when Gloria Estefan -- whose dad fought in Vietnam and the Bay of Pigs -- sings "Coming Out of the Dark." Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

For Gloria Estefan,
these two things – music and the military – have entwined.

It's a 25-year-old concert with (among others) a 17-year-old star


Each summer, two of TV's best music events are big and outdoors and don't need to hand out any awards. Those are concerts on the Capitol lawn on the 4th of July and on the eve of Memorial Day. Now the latter has its 25th concert ... which makes it eight years older than one of its stars, Danielle Bradbery. Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES

Jenkins soars beyond her comfort zone


This is a week for great voices on PBS. Friday has Audra McDonald; see previous blog. And Sunday has Katherine Jenkins and more, on the Capitol lawn. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Katherine Jenkins has strayed so far
from her comfort zone that she's probably fogotten where it is.