What is an artists den? Is it a place where painters in the '70s gathered to watch the Brady Bunch? Is it a dusty cellar somewhere where musicians play under the watchful eye of an cruel conductor? Nope, not even a little. It's part of the title of the public television program featuring some of the best musical minds of our time performing live in atypical places.
Live from the Artists Den
premieres this Saturday, October 6 at 10 p.m. on WLRN, channel 17, with a Norah Jones episode. Jones said from the live taping at the Green Building in Brooklyn: "People are always asking me what place I love to play the most. 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." And when she's playing from your tele in South Florida on that sweet autumn eve, there'll be good vibes aplenty.
Upcoming episodes will feature the Wallflowers, Rufus Wainwright, and Mayer Hawthorne. Executive Producer Mark Lieberman says, "For our fifth season, we had the privilege of working with some of music's finest stars. Two notable episodes include Norah Jones's performance in an old brass foundry in Brooklyn and Rufus Wainwright's electrifying songs, backed by a 9-piece band in a famous church on lower Fifth Avenue in New York."
He added, "Our goal is to create a rare moment with each artist in an awe-inspiring space. I think we've achieved that with our new season, and I hope viewers enjoy the episodes as much as we do!"