South Florida bands looking for their big break have another outlet that puts the spotlight on them.
WPBT-Ch. 2's new program, "The Gig," focuses on local musicians, where they rehearse and perform and how they create their music. It will air 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as a special edition of the broadcaster's "Art Loft'' series, which highlights local artists.
"There is so much talent out there,'' said Rob Reep, a producer at WPBT. "It would be great for us to be a local new media home for those artists, and to have that music diversity in our community and showcase that."
The program — like a local version of VH1's "Behind the Music" docu-series but without the drama — began as a four-minute web episode last spring and has evolved into a 30-minute TV program. WPBT is looking to make "The Gig'' a full-fledged series next year.
The debut episode features Vespers Nine, a five-member classic rock cover group from Broward County that also writes and performs its own music. Cameras capture band members laying tracks in a North Miami recording studio, where they explain how Heart, Metallica and Toto became their musical influences. (If you're wondering about the band's name, members explain that it came from a poem by S.T. Coleridge.)
"Our hope is that one day, we find a local artist and this can help them out and really help their career and, who knows, you may see them on Top 40,'' Reep said.
Music groups that want to be on the show can go to thegigshow.com.
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What: "The Gig"
Airs: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on WPBT-Ch. 2