Artists Den Seasons
Season 11 Episodes
Season 10 Episodes
Grammy-nominated musician Hozier brings his soulful blues, rock, and folk sounds to the historic stage at The Theater at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Hozier, along with six accompanying band members, offers a poignant 15-song set to. He performs mostly songs off his self-titled album, as well as a rhythmic, stripped down reimagining of Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird.” Hozier punctuates the performance with an evocative rendition of his hit single “Take Me To Church” before unfurling a three-song encore that includes emotional standout “Cherry Wine.”
U.K. rockers alt-J perform an intense, moody set at Los Angeles’s Hollywood American Legion. The group offered up 18 songs veering between the band’s eclectic Grammy-nominated album, This Is All Yours, and their 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave. The surging, boisterous set included hit singles “Hunger of the Pine,” “Fitzpleasure” and “Left Hand Free,” as well as a re-imagined cover of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day.” The Hollywood American Legion, with its grand vaulted ceilings, made for a historic and dramatic setting that lent itself well to alt-J’s edgy, dynamic rock songs.
Marina Diamandis, known as her stage name Marina And The Diamonds, puts on an electric performance of 15 songs in the famous Great Hall in the New York Hall of Science in Corona, NY. Just 350 fans were able to see this intimate performance which included a selection of songs from her album FROOT as well as such hits as “How to be a Heartbreaker,” “Primadonna,” “Hollywood” and more.
Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr. plays an emotional homecoming in the club he legitimately calls “home” – Austin’s legendary “Home Of The Blues,” Antone’s Nightclub. His 20-song set features songs from his 2012 breakthrough Blak And Blu as well as the genre-bending The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim. His set is filled with fiery, jaw-dropping guitar heroism and soulful tenor with bright flashes of a gorgeous falsetto, a loud, muscular take on “Bright Lights” and a supremely funky meditation on the impact of music, “The Healing.”
Season 9 Episodes
On a warm summer evening, the Grammy award-winning Zac Brown Band brought music back to the historic Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, NY with a hit-filled performance for the sold out stadium crowd under the stars. Zac Brown Band, one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed acts of its generation, incorporated a mix of country, bluegrass, reggae, Southern rock, and jam music into its performance which included such fan favorites as the Caribbean-inspired “Jump Right In,” lush ballad “Colder Weather,” and free spirited anthem “Free.”
Damien Rice delivered an unforgettable performance at the Greenpoint Loft for his episode of Live from the Artists Den. The Irish singer-songwriter concentrated largely on material from his acclaimed album, My Favorite Faded Fantasy. While the concert — in an intimate, in-the-round setting on the top floor of a 19th century warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront, with a dazzling view of the Manhattan skyline — was mostly played solo, Rice thrilled the fans with a surprise full choir backing him on “Trusty and True.”
Cage the Elephant brought their funky, soulfully psychedelic sound to the stage at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry for its episode of Live from the Artists Den. Thriving off the energy of the crowd, frontman Matt Shultz delivered an epic performance in an intimate setting, hurling himself around the small space like a man possessed, while the rest of the band equaled his intensity. The set, drawn mostly from the band’s Grammy-nominated album, Melophobia, ended with a shirtless Shultz held aloft by the cheering crowd, a triumphant exclamation point to an unforgettable night.
Alabama Shakes delivered a crushingly electric set at the rustic-chic Loveless Barn outside of Nashville, behind the famous Loveless Cafe. The six-piece band dashed through blistering rockabilly boogies, eruptive country-soul ballads, and plenty else from both their breakout debut album, Boys & Girls, and their Album of the Year-nominated sophomore effort, Sound & Color. Front woman Brittany Howard testified to the deeply felt truths of the songs with ferocious flamboyance, and her bandmates were with her all the way—gutsy, dynamic, and altogether riveting.
Season 8 Episodes
Historic Los Angeles theater Royce Hall, located on the UCLA campus, provided a spectacular backdrop for Jason Mraz’s taping of Live from the Artists Den. Accompanied by the four members of Raining Jane, Mraz breathed new life into old favorites like “I Won’t Give Up” and performed material from his collaborations with the LA folk-rock group, from the album Yes!. The set was punctuated by classic Mraz hit, “I’m Yours,” which earned a full-throated singalong from the rapt crowd.
Country superstar Tim McGraw performed for an intimate audience at The Corinthian in downtown Houston for his episode of Live from the Artists Den, tearing through a dozen songs, including hits “Southern Girl,” “One of Those Nights,” and “Lookin’ For That Girl.” Set among the neo-classical columns of the century-old former bank building, McGraw also performed a number of songs from his album Sundown Heaven Town for the first time. Over the course of his career, McGraw has garnered 35 Number One songs, over 40 million album sales as well as multiple GRAMMY, CMA and ACM awards.
On the eve of the release of their album, 9 Dead Alive, the incomparable Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performed at Upper Manhattan’s Hispanic Society of America for their episode of Live from the Artists Den. The virtuoso musicians played a dazzling set in the century-old museum’s Bancaja Gallery, surrounded by the fourteen paintings that make up Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida’s masterwork “Vision of Spain.” It was a breathtaking setting for Rodrigo y Gabriela’s unique fusion of genres, a mix of melodic beauty and percussive fury which drove the crowd into clapping, stomping glee.
On a stormy New York City night, the always-cheeky, always-entertaining Lily Allen thrilled the crowd at the Manhattan Center’s stunning Grand Ballroom with a typically irresistible spectacle featuring multiple costume changes and a battery of back-up dancers. The set focused on Sheezus — her return to recording after a five-year hiatus—and included the singles, “Hard Out Here” and “Air Balloon,” which were simultaneous Top Ten hits in the UK. She closed the night with two of her signature smashes, “The Fear” and “Not Fair.”
Season 7 Episodes
It was a sensation both familiar and brand new when Fitz & The Tantrums filmed their episode of Live from the Artists Den. The show marked a return to their home base for the beloved Los Angeles band, in a truly incredible venue—the breathtaking Spanish Gothic-style Theatre at Ace Hotel, formerly the United Artists movie palace, built in downtown LA in the 1920s under the hands-on direction of Mary Pickford. Fitz & The Tantrums played its signature dance grooves — blending classic soul and ’80s pop on such songs – and, as always, refused to let the audience even think about sitting down.
Vampire Weekend hit the ground running, opening their performance at New York’s General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen with “Diane Young,” the first single from the Grammy-winning album Modern Vampires of the City. The set featured such hits as “Cousins,” “A-Punk,” and (especially fitting on a snowy winter’s eve) “Holiday.” With an audience of just 400 guests, this triumphant return to the city where the band was formed was the most intimate show Vampire Weekend has played in years.
Los Angeles’ historic Orpheum Theatre hosted a dynamic performance from musician Sara Bareilles one late October evening. One-thousand guests filled the downtown theater, built in 1926, to witness the singer-songwriter’s soaring set. Bareilles performed several songs off The Blessed Unrest, her Album of the Year-nominated fourth studio album, including the hit single “Brave,” a song that champions gay rights. The singer showcased her powerful, evocative vocals on fan favorites like “Love Song” and “King of Anything,” ending the set with an emotionally compelling rendition of her breakout song “Gravity.”
It was a school night to remember when international superstars Phoenix performed a spectacular show in the gym at L.C. Anderson High School in Austin, TX. Following a main-stage set at the Austin City Limits Festival the day before, the French band played for 800 invited guests – including several hundred students – for their episode Live from the Artists Den. They blasted through such hits as “Lisztomania” and “If I Ever Feel Better” and selections from Bankrupt!, before singer Thomas Mars invited the audience to join them on stage at the home of the Trojans for thrilling, chaotic renditions of “1901” and “Rome.”
On the eve of the release of her album, Feels Like Home, nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow delivered a powerhouse performance in the ornate Grand Ballroom of The Plaza. In a taping for an episode of Live from the Artists Den, Crow tore through eighteen songs at the New York City landmark, leading her six-piece band in a career-spanning including her breakthrough hit, “All I Wanna Do.” Whether seated for a three-song acoustic set or blowing an electrifying, rocked-up harmonica solo, Crow thrilled the invited audience of 600.
Season 6 Episodes
The historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles hosted an explosive performance by Imagine Dragons for an explosive episode of Live from the Artists Den. Powered by the intense and athletic stage presence of lead singer Dan Reynolds, the Las Vegas-based band tore through a set full of its dance-inflected, percussion-heavy rock anthems, including the smash singles “It’s Time” and “Radioactive.”
The soaring, majestic Drill Hall in New York’s historic Park Avenue Armory provided an awe-inspiring setting for the National’s taping for Live from the Artists Den. The massive space, designed to resemble a classic European train station, hosted 900 invited guests, who witnessed the debut of numerous songs from the Brooklyn-based band’s album, Trouble Will Find Me, along with blistering versions of such favorites as “Fake Empire,” “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” and “Terrible Love.”
At the historic meeting house of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Ed Sheeran needed little more than his voice and a guitar to whip a crowd of 700 fervent fans into a frenzy of mass sing-a-longs or hush them into enraptured silence. The British superstar bounded effortlessly from the hip-hop infused pop of “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”, to the traditional folk of the Irish traditional “The Parting Glass” and Grammy-nominated hit single, “The A Team.”
The Killers played an unforgettable show in New York City at an iconic old bank in the heart of Chinatown for a taping of Live from the Artists Den. Opening with the propulsive single, “Runaways,” the Las Vegas-based band drew on material from across their multi-platinum catalogue, including such smash hits as “Mr. Brightside,” “When You Were Young,” and “Human.” The performance took place in front of 600 invited guests at the magnificent Chinatown landmark Capitale, designed in the 19th Century by influential architect Stanford White as the home of the Bowery Savings Bank.
On a warm February night in Los Angeles, the legendary Seattle rock band Soundgarden concluded a sold-out winter tour in support of King Animal, their first studio album in over 16 years. The Artists Den was there to document this unforgettable night within the historic art deco setting of The Wiltern. In front of a rapturous crowd, Soundgarden interwove brand new songs with classics, radio hits with rarities never before performed for a live audience. Over a varied set, they showcased their history, dazzled with their musicianship, and captured the imaginations of everyone in the room.
The 1920s glamor of the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles provided a stunning setting for a triumphant performance by Mumford & Sons for an episode of Live from the Artists Den. The band delivered songs from its Number One album, Babel, along with such hits as “Little Lion Man” and “I Will Wait,” before closing the evening with a blistering rendition of “The Cave” from the classic, multi-platinum debut Sigh No More.
Season 5 Episodes
Brooklyn resident Norah Jones didn’t have to travel far from home to film her episode of Live from the Artists Den. The rough-hewn beauty of the the historic Green Building, a former brass foundry in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood, was a spectacular backdrop the 20-song retrospective, including her breakthrough hit “Don’t Know Why,” and concluding with an encore that saw her and her band gathered around an old-time microphone, offering sweet harmonies to send a delighted audience into the night.
The Wallflowers were back in full force during their performance at Bimbo’s 365 Club, a Bay Area institution for more than 80 years. Surrounded by the club’s Art Deco glamour, frontman Jakob Dylan led the Wallflowers through a riveting 12-song set, including classics such as “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache.”
“Candles” is the closing song on Rufus Wainwright’s Out of the Game, but it was the perfect opener at his performance at the magnificent Church of the Ascension, on Manhattan’s lower Fifth Ave. The church was a breathtaking backdrop for his tale of searching for a place to light a memorial for his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle. Resplendent in tails and gold sequined pants, Wainwright paid additional tribute to McGarrigle with an emotional, solo rendition of her “On My Way to Town” before bringing out super-producer Mark Ronson and closing the evening with the rousing, disco-flavored “Bitter Tears.”
“This is a secret show, right?” said Mayer Hawthorne at the start of his performance at the opulent Grand Ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. “Well, tonight, the secret word is fun.” He kept his word as he and his nimble band, The County, blazed through two dozen songs in his updated classic soul style, infused with everything from doo-wop to hip-hop. Over the course of the evening, Hawthorne and his band thrilled the crowd with a set featuring selections from Hawthorne’s acclaimed album, How Do You Do, plus such fan favorites as “Green Eyed Love.”
Season 4 Episodes
Just days after the release of her record-breaking sophomore album, 21, British sensation Adele performed for a small group of lucky fans at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club in Santa Monica, CA. Her powerful voice filled the elegant ballroom with hits like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” from 21 and “Chasing Pavements” from her Grammy-winning debut album, 19, as well as a cover of the soul classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
The Kid met The King on a snowy night in Memphis, when Kid Rock delivered an epic performance at Graceland. Following a historic, acoustic jam session with his band, Twisted Brown Trucker, in the Jungle Room at Elvis Presley’s mansion, Rock performed in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. From breakthrough hits like “Cowboy” and “Bawitdaba” to his anthems “Born Free” and “Care” (tossing in a bit of Elvis’s “Burning Love” for good measure), the Detroit rocker gave the audience a definitive look at a remarkable career – from inside the walls of rock and roll’s greatest landmark.
Amos Lee made a triumphant return to Tucson on a sweltering night in the desert with an epic performance at the historic Fox Theatre. The acclaimed singer-songwriter came back to the city where he recorded his Mission Bell album and invited a number of his friends to join the show, including local heroes Calexico. The set ranged from solo showcases to arrangements for a dozen musicians, and featured some of the finest songs from his catalogue.
On a chilly fall night, Atlanta’s historic Buckhead Theatre hosted an unforgettable, marathon performance by Iron & Wine. The show was a sort of homecoming for frontman Sam Beam, who grew up a few hours from Atlanta, and he delivered a two-hour, 24-song set for the crowd. The eleven-piece band played virtually all of Iron & Wine’s fourth album, Kiss Each Other Clean, plus favorites like “Naked as We Came” and “Boy with a Coin,” before Beam closed the remarkable night with a luminous solo version of “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” from the Twilight: Breaking Dawn soundtrack.
Season 3 Episodes
On the day he released his album National Ransom Elvis Costello gave a private concert for lucky fans within the ornate and awe-inspiring Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Costello – along with The Sugarcanes and Pete Thomas on drums – performed songs from the album as well as hits spanning his three-decades-and-counting career.
The historic Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas provided a fitting setting for folk troubadour Ray LaMontagne and his band, the Pariah Dogs, on a cool autumn night. Culminating the tour celebrating their album, God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, the group performed in the ranch’s beautiful Kendall Creek Barn before a crowd of four-hundred fans who came from all corners of the country to attend.
As one of the last days of summer winded down in New York’s Bryant Park, Vermont rockers Grace Potter and The Nocturnals sent the season out in style with a night of funk, rock, and soul. The band treated fans to stand-outs from their self-titled album including “Paris (Ooh La La),” “Medicine,” and of course, “Hot Summer Night.”
A rare snowy day in Nashville, Tennessee, set the stage for an even rarer event – an intimate concert by rock icon Robert Plant, at the War Memorial Auditorium. Performing with his Grammy-nominated group – aptly titled the Band of Joy – Plant played both Led Zeppelin classics and new songs that continue to have an impact on the music scene today.
Bryant Park provided a picturesque setting for a secret performance by UK pop legends Squeeze on a warm summer night. The groundbreaking band played hits spanning their career, including “Is That Love,” “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)”, and “Tempted” in celebration of their album, Spot the Difference, which features new recordings of Squeeze classics.
This compilation episode features three standout emerging artists performing in three remarkable locations: R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Merriweather at the famed art auction house Sotheby’s in New York City; folk singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Montclair, New Jersey; and alternative pop songstress A Fine Frenzy at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in the Hamptons.