As a way to breathe life into historic landmarks acoss the country, PBS' "Live from the Artists Den" pairs today's top music acts with what would typically be odd venue choices, and the result is something truly intimate and unique.
Since its first season in 2009, the series has brought the likes of Ringo Starr, Death Cab for Cutie, and Tori Amos have put on rare performances in some of America's most architectural wonders, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Graceland, and the New York Public Library. The show's most recent efforts include sets from Mumford & Sons, Soundgarden and current episode The Killers. Later episodes will feature Ed Sheeran (July 27), The National (Aug. 3) and Imagine Dragons (Aug. 10). Local listings and more details here.
Ed Sheeran gave his performance uptown in Manhattan's Upper West Side at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where the Brit gave a crowd of 700 a set of hits from his Grammy-nominated debut album, "+". The venue has been the starting line for many significant organizations, such as the NAACP, ACLU, and is responsible for organizing the first free kindergarten in the U.S.
Watch the premiere of his performance of "You Need Me, I Don't Need You":
Brooklyn indie rock quintet The National brought on a set that was accompanied by horn and string sections at Drill Hall in the massive Park Avenue Armory. The space, which held 900 people, was so large that co-guitarist Bryce Dessner said, "We've played at arenas that felt smaller than this." The venue's large space can be attributed to its intentions to look like a European train station. Built at the height of New York's "Gilded Age," the armory hosted numerous symphonies and balls in its long and illustrious history.