The PBS concert series Live From the Artists Den is brilliant in its simplicity — matching compelling musicians with equally captivating performance spaces that give fans a sense of jewel-box intimacy all too rare in today's arena- and festival-based pop-music marketplace.
The concept originated in the San Francisco living room of executive producer Mark Lieberman, who went on to mount concerts in neglected warehouses and venerable old churches, discovering what he calls an "exciting alchemy between artist and place." Since then, Artists Den has featured such inspired pairings as Kid Rock at Graceland, Robert Plant at Nashville's War Memorial and Elvis Costello at the New York Public Library. "Every day, we all walk by some of the greatest treasures in our cities," Lieberman says, "and we never go in."read more
“Tonight, the secret word is fun,” said Mayer Hawthorne at the start of his Live from the Artists Den taping at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. He kept his word, mixing everything from doo-wop to hip-hop throughout his energetic set. watch
The Church of the Ascension in Manhattan was a breathtaking backdrop for Rufus Wainwright's episode of Live from the Artists Den, including an emotional tribute to his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle, and an appearance by super-producer Mark Ronson. watch