The fourth season of the innovative music series Live from the Artists Den will return to national public television on February 3. The Emmy-nominated show connects music fans with an interesting array of artists and emerging musicians in historic and unusual settings. This year’s series will premiere with a performance by multi-platinum Grammy nominee Adele at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club followed by performances by the following:
The Fray on February 10 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York’s Lower East Side
Death Cab for Cutie on February 17 at the Beaux-Arts Court of New York’s Brooklyn Museum
Kid Rock on February 24 at Elvis Presley’s Automobile Museum at Graceland in Memphis
Amos Lee with special guests Calexico on March 2 at The Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson
Iron and Wine on March 9 at Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta
The Adele concert was filmed back on February 25, 2010 at the in Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club in front of a packed house; and Adele, herself, shared how much she likes the closeness of small venues, making the Woman’s Club the ideal setting for this intimate performance.
Alternately accompanied by only her piano player, Miles Robertson, and guitarist, Ben Thomas, Adele belted out songs from both of her albums “19” and “21” while seated atop a cushioned high stool, including her hit singles “Turning Tables”, “Chasing Pavements”, “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep” as well as the covers to “Love Song” and “Make You Feel My Love” (among others).
Interspersed with her performance were backstage interviews with Adele where she shared that:
• It took her six weeks to write her first album “19” and three months to write her second album “21”;
• That she didn’t have a record deal when she began writing the songs for her first album, but rather she wrote the songs for herself; and that as long as “one person (was) helped by my pathetic loneliness then it was worth it;
• That her first concert experience was when her mother smuggled her into a concert by The Cure when she was only 3½ years old; and,
• That the first time she sang “Someone Like You” for her mum, it moved her to tears.
Whether you are a fan of Adele, enjoy live performances or just like good music with honest and heartfelt lyrics, you owe it to yourself to watch this Live from the Artists Den performance by Adele on February 3. It is the personification of what a live, acoustic concert should be: great lighting, great sound, great camera angles and, most of all, a stripped-down, heart-stopping performance by one of the world’s most talented singer-songwriters of our times.
You can learn more about the Artists Den by visiting their official site here. You can also join their Facebook page to get news and exclusive content here and for the latest and live tweets during shows you can follow the Artists Den at Twitter here.
Make sure to check your local listings for the public television provider in your area for Adele’s performance on February 3 as well as the performances by the other, previously mentioned gifted musicians.