ELEVENTH SEASON OF LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN PREMIERES ON PUBLIC TELEVISION BEGINNING OCTOBER 2016
NEW SEASON FEATURES: PANIC! AT THE DISCO, YOUNG THE GIANT, STURGILL SIMPSON, AND THE LUMINEERS.
New York, NY (September 13, 2016)—Kicking off October 2016, the eleventh season of Live from the Artists Den premieres nationwide on public television (check local listings). The critically acclaimed concert series provides fans an intimate music experience, showcasing ground-breaking and inspiring artists in places they wouldn’t typically find themselves. The new season features high-definition episodes from some of the music industry’s finest acts, which include performances from arena touring internationally acclaimed award winning alternative rock band Panic! At The Disco at the historic Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, chart-topping indie rockers Young the Giant, boundary-pushing musical visionary Sturgill Simpson, and Grammy-nominated Americana group The Lumineers. Together, these four artists have sold over 5 million albums worldwide, generated more than 2 billion Spotify streams, and have a collective audience of over 9 million Facebook fans and 2 million Twitter followers. Live from the Artists Den Season 11 premieres in New York Saturday, October 8th at 11 PM on WLIW21, and on public television stations nationwide throughout the Fall (please check local listings or artistsden.com).
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For superstar Brendon Urie, frontman of Panic! At The Disco, the opportunity to perform in a new space is what excited him the most. “There’s something about playing a new venue that’s more exciting for me, a place that we’ve never played before…I just want to learn [about] the venue and see how people react in that room,” he says of his first performance at The Mayan. Currently on a cross-country arena tour, the experience of a small crowd created an intimate vibe for a larger-than- life band.
Young the Giant had the opportunity to showcase brand new music – the band’s latest album Home of the Strange had not yet been released at the time of the taping – for just 550 fans at Los Angeles’ legendary El Rey. Hailing from Southern California, all of the members of Young the Giant had a special connection with the venue. “It’s actually great to come back here. We haven’t played here for a long time, and I think it enriches the experience for us,” says lead singer Sameer Gadhia, who fondly recalls seeing some of his favorite bands on the same stage in his youth.
Grammy-nominated Sturgill Simpson found himself in a room well-suited to his chart-topping album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. The universally acclaimed, boundary-pushing concept album was penned as a sailor’s poignant letter home to the wife and child he left behind. The Broad Street Ballroom, which features wall-to-wall murals of ships, made for an incredible performance space. “That was a selling point for me just in terms of the theme of the record,” he says, “I thought the songs could tie the room together.”
The season closes with superstar indie group The Lumineers at the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Though they are now based in Denver, The Lumineers have a unique connection to New York, since the city inspired much of their songwriting. “I wrote the bulk of ‘Ho Hey’ in an apartment in Brooklyn,” says frontman Wesley Schultz of their number-one breakthrough hit. “We were known, too, in Denver as the band from New York City, which I think had its little allure,” added Jeremiah Fraites of their reception back home. The band’s love for the city resonated deeply to the theatre of 1400 passionate fans.
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SEASON 11 EPISODES
Panic! At The Disco at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Mayan Theater provided a spectacular backdrop for Panic! At The Disco’s taping of Live from the Artists Den. The LA-based band, led by frontman Brendon Urie, offered a boisterous performance highlighting material from their critically acclaimed new album Death of a Bachelor, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Urie and crew revisited favorites like “Time To Dance” and “Nine In The Afternoon” as well as new tracks like “Victorious” and “Hallelujah” Panic! At The Disco also recreated Queen’s epic “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Urie’s falsetto taking center stage. Five hundred of the band’s fans filled the ornate theater, which was originally built in 1927, and lent their voices to the night’s closing song and fan favorite “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Panic! At the Disco is the first episode of Live from the Artists Den shot in 4K video.
Young the Giant at the El Rey in Los Angeles, CA
The celebrated El Rey Theatre in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles hosted an intimate hometown show by alt-rockers Young the Giant. Five hundred and fifty of the band’s lucky fans filled the former movie theater turned music venue originally built in 1936. The band opened their delightful 15-song set with their exhilarating new single “Something to Believe In,” currently ascending to the Top 10 at Alternative radio. Fans were thrilled to hear older favorites such as “My Body,” “Cough Syrup,” and “Mind Over Matter.” The crowd was also treated to two more songs, “Jungle Youth” and “Titus Was Born”- both being played for the first time live- from Young the Giant’s new album Home of the Strange, which debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart upon its release last month.
Sturgill Simpson at the Broad Street Ballroom in New York, NY
The Broad Street Ballroom, an architectural landmark in New York City’s financial district, provided the perfect backdrop for a riveting performance by country music visionary Sturgill Simpson. A massive mural depicting the history of seafaring wraps around the entire room, echoing the central concept of Simpson’s acclaimed new album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which he played in full for an ecstatic crowd of 400 contest winners and invited guests. Backed by a powerful horn section, Simpson reconfigured the arrangements for songs from his breakthrough Grammy-nominated album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, and even delivered an emotional version of the soul classic “You Don’t Miss Your Water” to round out an unforgettable night.
The Lumineers at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY
Americana superstars The Lumineers returned to their former neighborhood of Brooklyn for an unforgettable taping of Live from the Artists Den at the majestic Kings Theatre. The band performed an 18-song set for contest winners and invited guests, split evenly between songs from their Grammy-nominated 2012 debut and their No. 1- charting follow-up, Cleopatra (plus a riveting unreleased song, “Long Way From Home,” played solo by lead singer Wesley Schultz). The ornate, magnificent theater—built in 1929 and recently restored to its initial glory—provided a breathtaking setting for a night full of great moments, from an unamplified version of “Darlene” to a rousing rendition of The Lumineers’ breakthrough smash “Ho Hey.”
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