Saturday, September 6, 2014
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."
Sunday, September 7, 2014
5th Anniversary Special
The new season of Live from the Artists Den marks the series' fifth year on public television and over 50 filmed television episodes. In celebration of these milestone achievements, a "5th Anniversary Special" closes the season, featuring highlights from throughout the series' history - from Ringo Starr's star-studded concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Adele's intimate acoustic performance in Santa Monica just days after the release of her record-breaking album, 21. Two-time Artists Den alumna Patty Griffin (who performed during the series' first season and again as a member of Robert Plant's "Band of Joy") hosts the episode.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
"Candles" is the closing song on Rufus Wainwright's acclaimed new album, Out of the Game, but it was the perfect opener at his performance at the magnificent Church of the Ascension, on Manhattan's lower Fifth Avenue. The historic church was a breathtaking backdrop for the gorgeous tale of searching for a place to light a memorial for his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle. Resplendent in tails and gold sequined pants, Wainwright paid additional tribute to McGarrigle during the 22-song set with an emotional, solo rendition of her "On My Way to Town" before bringing out super-producer Mark Ronson, who helmed the new album, and closing the evening with the rousing, disco-flavored "Bitter Tears."
Saturday, September 20, 2014
"This is a secret show, right?" said Mayer Hawthorne at the start of his performance at the opulent Grand Ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. "Well, tonight, the secret word is fun." He kept his word for the next 90 minutes, as he and his nimble band, The County, blazed through two dozen songs in his updated classic soul style, infused with everything from doo-wop to hip-hop. Over the course of the evening, Hawthorne and his band thrilled an invitation-only crowd of 400 with a set featuring selections from Hawthorne's acclaimed new album, How Do You Do, plus such fan favorites as "Green Eyed Love."
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Mumford & Sons
The 1920s glamour of the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles provided a stunning setting for a triumphant performance by Mumford & Sons. The band delivered songs from its recent Number One album, Babel, along with such hits as "Little Lion Man" and "I Will Wait." Mumford & Sons thrilled the invitation-only crowd of 800 throughout its rousing set, closing the evening with a blistering rendition of "The Cave" from the classic, multi-platinum debut Sigh No More.