Kicking off April 2016, the tenth season of Live from the Artists Den premieres nationwide on public television. The critically acclaimed concert series connects fans with a stunning roster of breaking artists, performing in unique and historic venues throughout the United States. The new season features high-definition episodes from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Hozier at the historic Theater at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, electro-pop performer Marina And The Diamonds, chart-topping alternative rock band alt-J, and Grammy-winning rock, soul and blues musician Gary Clark Jr. Together, these four artists have sold over 5 million albums worldwide, and compiled more than 250 million YouTube views, 3 million Facebook fans, and 3 million Twitter followers. Live from the Artists Den Season 10 premieres on THIRTEEN in New York starting Saturday, April 9th at 11:00 PM, Sunday, April 10th at 8:00 PM on KCAL in Los Angeles, and on public television stations nationwide throughout April (please check local listings at artistsden.com).
This is a particularly special season for the Artists Den as it celebrates its 10th anniversary as a series. Live from the Artists Den has featured the best in breaking artists from around the world, making extraordinary contributions in music today. To name a few luminaries who have appeared on the series: Adele currently has the best selling album in the world, rock band Alabama Shakes won four Grammys this year, including Best Rock Song, Zac Brown Band has released their third consecutive number one album, and Ed Sheeran’s hit “Thinking Out Loud” is the first single to ever spend a full year inside the UK top 40.
Season 10 continues the tradition of showcasing groundbreaking artists in places they wouldn’t typically find themselves. For Hozier, the opportunity to play at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, gave him a unique palette to reimagine his live set in a more intimate, spiritual setting away from the festival stages he is used to. “Theaters kind of tend to take with them a lot of what’s gone on in them in the last hundred years, and you can kind of feel a little bit of that here,” he says.
Marina And The Diamonds, an artist who is known for songs that rely on biological and psychological influence, was thrilled to play at the New York Hall of Science, which is the last remaining building from the 1964 World’s Fair. The venue’s eccentricity was a perfect match for her vibrant set and stage outfits. “It’s epic,” she says, “definitely the best venue I’ve ever performed in.”
For alt-J, playing in a room like the Hollywood American Legion, which was more glamorous than they expected, turned out to be an exciting performance in a more intimate setting. “There’s a different kind of rapport with the crowd. You can feel that it’s more personal,” says keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton.
The final episode closes with guitar phenomenon Gary Clark Jr. returning to his hometown of Austin, TX to perform a show at Antone’s, the very venue where he was discovered as a young teenager. In contrast to his celebrated Grammy appearance and sold out tour of large venues, Gary treated a captivated crowd of 300 fans to an intimate performance in the place where it all began. “It goes back to Cliff giving me a chance,” he says of Clifford Antone, the man who discovered him. “I don’t know if it would have worked out the way that it did if it weren’t for him. So, if I can do anything, it’s like, people always say ‘Don’t forget where you come from.’ So it’s basically as simple as that.”
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SEASON 10 EPISODES
Hozier at the Theater at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
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 a crowd of 1,000 invited guests. 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.”
alt-J at the Hollywood American Legion in Los Angeles, CA
U.K. rockers alt-J perform an intense, moody set at Los Angeles’s Hollywood American Legion. The group offered up 18 songs to a crowd of 550 invited guests, veering between the band’s eclectic new 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 and the Diamonds at the New York Hall of Science in New York, NY
Marina Diamandis, known as her stage name Marina And The Diamonds, puts on an eclectic performance of 15 songs with a two-song encore in the famous Great Hall in the New York Hall of Science in Corona, NY. Just 350 fans got to see this intimate performance where she performed a selection of songs from her new album FROOT as well as such hits as “How to be a Heartbreaker,” “Primadonna,” “Hollywood” and more.
Gary Clark Jr. at Antone’s Nightclub in Austin, TX
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 for a rare and intimate club setting for 350 invited guests features songs from his 2012 breakthrough Blak And Blu and last year’s genre-bending album, 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.”