“LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN” MARKS 5TH ANNIVERSARY AND 50 EPISODES WITH SEVENTH SEASON
NEW SEASON PREMIERES JANUARY 29, WILL FEATURE PHOENIX, SHERYL CROW, SARA BAREILLES, VAMPIRE WEEKEND AND MORE
Beginning January 29, 2014, the seventh season of Live from the Artists Den will premiere nationally on public television (check local listings), marking the innovative music series’ fifth anniversary on public television and more than 50 television episodes. The critically acclaimed program has grown from a living room concert series into one of the most sought-after performances by the world’s biggest recording artists.
The new season will kick off with an explosive episode from French rock band Phoenix, performing in a high school gym in Austin, Texas and continue with episodes from Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles, Vampire Weekend, and more. Sara Bareilles and Vampire Weekend recently received Grammy nominations for their latest albums, Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest for Album of the Year and Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City for Best Alternative Music Album.
Live from the Artists Den creatively connects music fans with a remarkable line-up of icons and emerging stars performing in non-traditional, often historic venues. Together, the artists in this season’s lineup have sold over 58 million albums worldwide and compiled more than 185 million YouTube views and 6 million Facebook fans. Live from the Artists Den is supported in part by Citi, Barnes & Noble, Lucky Brand and RAYMOND WEIL. These partners enable fans to enjoy free secret shows from the Artists Den all over North America.
Performing at a high school was particularly meaningful for Phoenix. “When you tour in the United States, a lot of the shows are for [people] 21 and over,” frontman Thomas Mars said, explaining the band’s decision. “We, as teenagers, wouldn’t have started a band if we hadn’t seen a show when we were 10 or 12.”
Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow was equally moved by the unique setting of her episode. “It’s just so inspiring to be in that room,” Crow said of performing in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. “When you come into a place like The Plaza, you’re reminded that there is such a great wealth of history here and beautiful architecture. I love the legacy of this place. ”
The series is a production of Artists Den Entertainment presented by WLIW21 in association with WNET, and is distributed by American Public Television. The local TV broadcast schedule, exclusive content releases, and additional lineup announcements will be forthcoming at artistsden.com.
Season 7 Episodes
* Phoenix at Anderson High School in Austin, TX
* Sheryl Crow at The Plaza in New York, NY
* Sara Bareilles at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
* Vampire Weekend at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen in New York
* And more to come
About the Artists Den
Live from the Artists Den is a three-time New York Emmy®-nominated music television series that features popular recording artists performing in non-traditional settings throughout North America. Live from the Artists Den broadcasts nationally on public television and internationally in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel and Latin America.
Featured artists have included Adele, Mumford & Sons, Norah Jones, Kid Rock, Robert Plant, The National, Elvis Costello, Ray LaMontagne, Ringo Starr, Death Cab for Cutie, and Tori Amos. Featured venues have included Graceland, the first art museum in America, a Masonic temple, a former Archdiocese cathedral, a 1930s silent movie theater, the world’s oldest merchant sailing vessel, the New York Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A full listing of previously featured artists, TV episodes, and venues can be viewed at artistsden.com.
In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mike Schneider and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.
American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. For nearly 10 years, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including Rick Steves’ Europe, Moyers & Company, Doc Martin, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Nightly Business Report, Globe Trekker, BBC World News, Lidia’s Italy, Rosemary & Thyme, NHK Newsline, Simply Ming, Midsomer Murders, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home and The Best of Soul Train. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create® TV – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in WORLD™, public television’s premier news and documentary channel.
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