Rob Thomas Shows His 'Smooth' Side in Performance for New Series of 'Front and Center': Exclusive Premiere

Rob Thomas performs at Iridium in New York City.
Harry Sandler

Rob Thomas during his Front and Center concert series performance at Iridium in New York City.

Rob Thomas turns on the charm and charisma for his “Smooth” performance at the historic Iridium jazz club in NYC. `

The arena-filling Matchbox Twenty singer switches gears for the show, which was shot for the upcoming nine-part Front and Center series. And he’s in fine company. The likes of Kenny Garrett, Jacky Terrasson, Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron and Benny Carter have enchanted audiences at the intimate Iridium venue. 

“I’m telling stories and stories are better shared when it’s a smaller group of people, then when you do it in a room like this, where all these legendary people have played,” the three-time Grammy winner tells Billboard. “There’s just a funk in this room that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s pretty cool.”

The Front and Center series, now in its seventh season, features legends from across many genres. The nine new episodes include performances by Shawn Mendes, Cheap Trick, Southside Johnny, Steve Vai, Kaleo, Dawes and others. 

Thomas kicks off the new season with a session in which he delivers some of his biggest hits, including “Lonely No More,” “3am,” his new song “We Are One” and, of course, “Smooth,” his global hit collaboration with Santana

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