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City Drive Films Join Forces With Brad Paisley To Produce A Live Concert Television Special And DVD From West Virginia University.

Friday, Sep 02, 2016

NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- City Drive Films has announced it has made a deal with Country Superstar Brad Paisley to produce a live concert at West Virginia University on September 9, 2016.  The show will be aired as part of the new inventive live concert & travel series entitled "Landmarks Live In Concert" and will also be released on DVD with a live CD component this Christmas.  Production on the Series has already commenced. The inaugural season is scheduled to premiere this Fall. Chad Smith, the drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers will serve as host for the Series and will conduct one-on-one interviews with the Artists, exploring their favorite locations around each Landmark.  Matt Pinfield and Gabby Epstein will serve as co-hosts and will do special segments in each city with the fans.

The Brad Paisley show will feature over 15,000 fans and will take place onsite at WVU.  Paisley is currently embarking on his "Country Nation College Tour presented by Frontier Communications," produced by IMG and ESP.  The tour will visit several college campuses this fall – additional tour stops to be announced. The City Drive Films and Landmarks Live in Concert teams are bringing the show free of charge to WVU as a separate one off of this tour specifically for purposes of capturing his show for television and a DVD/ CD release.

"I am so pleased to be partnering with Brad on the WVU show.  Being an alumnus of WVU this show is very special for me.  To be able to bring WVU to the world stage is something I am proud to do and I couldn't think of a better artist to do it with than Brad, who has similar feelings of WVU, having grown up not too far from the campus.   It has been a dream of mine to go back to WVU and put on a huge show, free for the students," says series Creator and Executive Producer Daniel E Catullo III, who is also the CEO of City Drive Films.

"We are delighted to have Brad Paisley come to campus as part of his tour and are honored that Daniel and his team have chosen our University as one of the places they are filming for their television series," says WVU President E Gordon Gee. "Both Daniel and Brad are tremendous supporters of West Virginia University, as well as the state of West Virginia."

"Working on Landmarks with Dan and the City Drive team to create a new Series which focuses on the stories, not just the performances is something that I'm truly excited about.  Landmarks is a real collaboration between a unique creative team and artists that will certainly change how music shows are approached," says Smith about hosting the new series.

City Drive is currently scheduling the initial productions.  The final roster of artists to appear on Landmarks Live In Concert Season One and the broadcast partners will be announced shortly. 

About City Drive Films

City Drive Films, LLC is a subsidiary of The City Drive Group, LLC, a finance, production and distribution company with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Stockholm, Morocco and New York.  City Drive specializes in documentaries and live concert specials.  Recent projects include Alicia Keys (multiple projects), 2013 Academy Award Nominee & 3 Time Emmy Winner The Square , "2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner Alive Inside, Mariah Carey Live In Central Park; THE SQUARE; TED x Hollywood; Rage Against The Machine-Live From London, Shiprocked, Total Slaughter (A co-production with Electus and Shady Films) and Alter Bridge Live From Milan. The Company currently has a number of productions in the works including four new documentaries and several high profile music projects. For more information please visit


Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 hits.  His Life Amplified World Tour kicked off on May 19 and will travel across the US and Canada this summer, with more dates to be added. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. He will return in 2016 for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. Connect with Brad at, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at


LANDMARKS LIVE IN CONCERT is a new Music & Lifestyle show that features well known artists performing at landmark locations all over the world, with a travel and lifestyle twist where the artist explains their connection to the landmark.  The show is being shot in locations around the world, including Paris, NYC, Havana, London, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Jamaica, West Virginia and many more.  The travel component of the show, which will feature lifestyle segments with each artist in each City at their favorite locations. The travel and lifestyle segments will create a tie-in to each city with each particular artist, and show how the city has influenced their careers and shaped their music.  The series will be a mixture of large-scale productions boasting serious production value and more intimate shows at locations in which concerts normally do not take place, adding a unique element to the show.  "We aim to capture each band's live essence—in a fashion unlike you have ever seen them in—as well as give the viewers a rich, pleasurable experience.  We do this by developing truly unique shows unlike ever seen before in consultation with each artist," says Daniel E Catullo III, Landmarks Live in Concert Creator and Executive Producer.

The first show shot for the Series was " and Friends" at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London this past April.  Special guests included "The Black Eyed Peas" and "Pia Mia".  Additional confirmed artists scheduled to appear on Season One include: Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys and others.


Six-time Grammy award-winning Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee takes on the role of Host for Landmarks Live in Concert.  

In addition to being a member one of the most successful bands of all time, Smith is one of the most highly sought after session drummers whose credits include Johnny Cash, George Clinton, The Avett Brothers, Kid Rock, Dixie Chicks, among others.   

In 2014 Smith was honored to be appointed by President Barack Obama to the Turnaround Arts Committee which brings arts education programs to the lowest-performing schools in the country.  

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