Live from the Artists Den
This innovative music series featuring extraordinary artists performing in extraordinary settings. Each episode features an intimate, invitation-only concert by cutting-edge, contemporary musicians, along with artist interviews and insights about the unusual venues chosen.
Live from the Artists Den Previous Broadcasts
The Lumineers (Episode #1104H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
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 ticket winners and guests, split evenly between songs from their Grammy-nominated 2012 debut and its Number One-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."
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Sturgill Simpson (Episode #1103H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 8, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
The Broad Street Ballroom, an architectural landmark in New York's Wall Street district, provided the perfect backdrop for a riveting performance by musical 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 winners and invited guests. Backed by a powerful horn section, Sturgill reconfigured the arrangements for songs from his breakthrough 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.
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 9, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Young The Giant (Episode #1102H)
KQED Life: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
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.
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 2, 2017 -- 3:00 AM