In the heart of the revitalized Downtown Los Angeles district, fans packed into the breathtaking former Archdiocese cathedral Vibiana for a rare intimate set by Aimee Mann in a stripped-down, trio line-up. Built in 1876, the historic building’s Baroque white hall provided a stately setting for this special benefit concert, as Aimee treated Artists Den guests to favorites such as “Save Me” and “Goodbye Caroline” – and a first look at her forthcoming album, Smilers.
After originally breaking onto the music scene during the 80’s leading the post-new wave pop group ’Til Tuesday, Aimee Mann has gone on to establish herself as one of the most prominent singer-songwriters of her generation. Her successful solo career has spanned across several critically acclaimed albums, including the massively popular soundtrack for the film Magnolia, which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Song in 2000. Time magazine has said of her, “Mann has the same skill that great tunesmiths like McCartney and Neil Young have: the knack for writing simple, beautiful, instantly engaging songs.” Aimee’s new album, Smilers (SuperEgo Records) was released in 2008.
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This former Archdiocese cathedral in downtown Los Angeles offers all of the grandeur and opulence that was intended when it was built in 1876. After undergoing a multi-million-dollar restoration, St. Vibiana’s Cathedral now lives on as an events venue known simply as Vibiana. A gilded foyer leads into the main hall where the Baroque columns that frame the room reach 45 feet upward to the ornate arched ceilings. Layers of century-old marble line the grand stage. The former choral mezzanine sits perched above. During the day, the space is illuminated with sunlight that pours in from grand windows offering up the skyline of the city, and at night the space is transformed – the white walls can be splashed in every imaginable color of light, somber or spectacular.