The 101 is one of the most interesting and useful features of the DIRECTV satellite TV service. This channel has been included in the service since 2000 and has consistently introduced new artists to the public. Back then, The 101 was a continual showing of various concerts, and is a part of every package on DIRECTV. While several original shows have been added since 2005, The 101 still features a good number of free concerts for subscribers to enjoy.
One of the more interesting things about the free concerts on The 101 has to be the lesser-known acts. Take, for example, the Automatic Automatic concert. Automatic Automatic is a four-piece Welsh band that has an eclectic “electro-disco-metal-rock” sound. They are known for energetic live shows, and The 101 allows you to watch them from the comfort of your own home. Another example of this is Mando Diao. This Indie band from Sweden can also be seen in concert on The 101. If neither of these types of music is your thing, you might like The Oohlas, a psychedelic/alternative trio, also shown in concert, for free on The 101. Other unique and hard to find artists include a pianist and songwriter from America’s heartland, Jon McLaughlin.
There are also several big name headliners to be found featured in the free concerts on The 101. While these fall into many different genres, you can always count on a good Country Music concert like Sawyer Brown, Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson, and Gary Allan. If you’re not into Country Music, don’t worry. There is plenty of rock and pop lined up on the free channel as well. The ever so popular power pop band that put Stillwater on the map, the All-American Rejects, is featured. Heart, one of the legendary rock bands, can be seen for free in concert, as well. The 101 has even featured the legendary alternative band REM in concert, performing in Dublin, Ireland.
Other free concerts on The 101 have included, or will include, Earl Thomas Conley, Bowling for Soup, Ian Moore, Ozomatli, Rocco Deluca, The Bravery, nad Marc Broussard. Truly, This free channel is the best place to find concerts for free. Whether you want to experience your favorite band or artist in concert from the comfort of your own living room, or whether you want to explore some different sorts of music, the free concerts on The 101 are the best way to do it.