“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.”
New York, NY (September 20, 2012)—On October 5th, the fifth season of the innovative music series Live from the Artists Den will premiere nationally on public television with an episode featuring nine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones (check local listings). The New York Emmy-nominated show—about which the New York Times said, “on this show, the setting is a headliner, too”—connects music fans with a remarkable line-up of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues. The exciting new season features Norah Jones, The Wallflowers, Rufus Wainwright, and Mayer Hawthorne. Viewers can preview clips from the episodes on the Artists Den website at www.artistsden.com. The series is a production of Artists Den Entertainment presented by WLIW21 in association with WNET New York Public Media, and is distributed by American Public Television.
“People are always asking me what place I love to play the most,” said Jones at her taping of Live from the Artists Den at the Green Building in Brooklyn. “I always say it’s really not about the country as much as it is the venue. It’s so nice to play in a place that has a good vibe.”
The season will air nationally on public television in many of the country’s top markets, beginning this October. In the New York metro area, Live from the Artists Den will premiere Fridays at 10pm beginning October 5th on THIRTEEN and Saturdays at 10pm beginning October 6th on WLIW21. In the Greater Los Angeles area, the series will premiere Sundays at 8pm beginning October 28th on PBS OC; in Washington, D.C., Sundays at 11pm beginning October 7th on WHUT; in Dallas, Thursdays at 11pm beginning October 11th on KERA; in San Francisco, Tuesdays at 11pm beginning October 9th on KQED; in Philadelphia, Sundays at 10pm beginning October 7 on NJTV; and in Minneapolis, Saturday, October 6th at 10pm and Tuesdays at 11pm beginning October 9th on TPT. For premiere dates and air times in other markets, visit http://www.artistsden.com.
Live from the Artists Den is filmed in high-definition.
October 5 – Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones at the Green Building in Brooklyn, NY.
October 12 – Multiplatinum rockers The Wallflowers at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco.
October 19 – Vocal virtuoso Rufus Wainwright at the Church of the Ascension on New York.
October 26 – Soul phenomenon Mayer Hawthorne at the historic Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.