LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN is an innovative new music series featuring extraordinary artists performing in extraordinary settings. Each episode of the weekly series features an intimate, invitation-only concert by cutting-edge, contemporary musicians, along with artist interviews and insights about the unusual venues chosen. Season one opens with a hits-filled performance by seven-time Grammy Award-winning, pop singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, recorded at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Future episodes feature iconic feminist singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest art museum in the United States; singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan, lead singer of platinum-selling band The Wallflowers and the son of Bob Dylan, at Desmond Tutu Cultural Center in New York City; recent indie-pop sensation Ingrid Michaelson ("The Way I Am") at Cape Cinema, a 1930s movie theater in Cape Cod; classic rock-inspired indie band The Hold Steady at a former bank cum designated NYC landmark; and soul singer/producer Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Tone!; Lucy Pearl) at the Harvard Club in Boston. Other featured artists this season include Aimee Mann, Patty Griffin, Ben Harper, The Swell Season, Crowded House, KT Tunstall and Josh Ritter. The Artists Den has been presenting emerging and established musicians in unique settings around the world since its inception in 2004. Initially a series of private living room concerts, the Artists Den has expanded to include unforgettable performances across North America and Europe by some of today's most significant names in music - in some of the most interesting, off-the-beaten-path locations imaginable. LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN gives public television audiences a front row seat and behind-the-scenes look at these once-in-a-lifetime events.
"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 played a 15-song set in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. From breakthrough hits like "Cowboy" and "Bawitdaba" to his recent anthems "Born Free" and "Rock n Roll Jesus" (tossing in a bit of Elvis's "Burning Love" for good measure), the Detroit rocker gave the invitation-only audience of 300 a definitive look at a remarkable career -- from inside the walls of rock-and-roll's greatest landmark. Recorded November 28, 2011, Elvis Presley's Automobile Museum at Graceland, Memphis, TN.
Sunday, April 07, 2013 Length : 56 min MPT
Amos Lee with Special Guests Calexico Episode # 405
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 19-song concert ranged from solo showcases to arrangements for a dozen musicians, and featured highlights from Lee's latest album, as well as some of the finest songs from his catalogue. Recorded August 23, 2011, The Fox Theatre, Tucson, AZ.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 Length : 56 min MPT
Iron and Wine Episode # 406
On a chilly fall night, Atlanta's historic Buckhead Theatre hosted an unforgettable, marathon performance by Iron and 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 invitation-only audience of 500. The 11-piece band played virtually all of Iron and Wine's most recent 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 the brand-new "Flightless Bird, American Mouth," from the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" soundtrack. Recorded November 10, 2011, The Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, GA.
Sunday, April 28, 2013 Length : 56 min MPT
The Wallflowers Episode # 502
It's been seven years since their last album, but 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 and 600 invited guests, frontman Jakob Dylan led the Wallflowers through a riveting 18-song set, featuring new songs from their forthcoming album on Columbia Records and classics such as "One Headlight" and "6th Avenue Heartache."