Mayer Hawthorne

Park Plaza Hotel

“This is a secret show, right?,” said Mayer Hawthorne at the start of his Live from the Artists Den taping. “Well, tonight, the secret word is fun.” He kept his word for the next 90 minutes, as he blazed through two dozen songs in his updated classic soul style, infused with everything from doo-wop to hip-hop. The setting was the opulent Grand Ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, where Hawthorne and his nimble band, The County, thrilled an invitation-only crowd of 400. Filmed for a future episode of the public television series, the set featured selections from Hawthorne’s acclaimed new album, How Do You Do, plus such fan favorites as “Green Eyed Love.”

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