Thursday, June 21, 2018

Joe’s Pub Block Party

Joe’s Pub Block Party
At Astor Place Plaza from 12:00-6:00 PM

In the spirit of inclusiveness, this summer’s Joe’s Pub Block Party is dedicated to voices from within the NYC immigrant and international population, featuring six world cultures add to our city’s vibrancy.

Jose Conde
Conde is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and producer based in Brooklyn who leads the genre bending Latin band Ola Fresca and his own solo project. His Ola Fresca album, ELIXIR, was dubbed “one of the best albums of the year” by Songlines UK.


Fumi Tanakadate & The Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center Ensemble
A native of Japan, Fumi Tanakadate is a Taiko artist and pianist.  With a unique combination of an extensive musical expertise in European Classical music and a background in traditional folk dancing, drumming and flute playing from her local festival in Japan, she quickly became an active member of Néo, Watanabe’s ensemble that aims to blend the nostalgic sound of Japanese traditional festival and theater and the interplay of complex jazz improvisations.


Emerging onto the world stage is Hervé, a Haitian born singer, songwriter, and social activist whose voice and style pleasantly surprise the most astute as well as jaded musical ear. A sophisticated mélange of English, French, and Creole blend seamlessly with influences of French Chanson, 90’s American alt-rock and 60’s Motown and soul. Combine all this with the likes of Jacque Brel, and Josephine Baker and voila! The audience experiences an exciting exotic blend of culture, voice and style.


Svetlana & The Delancey Five
Russian-by-birth and American-by-music, Svetlana is “Astrid Gilberto via Moscow” (Guy Eckstine, Producer) and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s served at the 21st century Speakeasy” (Alan Young, Lucid Culture). Born and raised in Moscow, she grew up listening to American records on her hissing “made in USSR” Melodia turntable before moving to the East Village in the late 90s without family or friends, drawn by the freedom of personal and artistic expression opportunities that NYC had to offer.


Vuyo Sotashe
Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the jazz scene and internationally. He is the recipient of many awards, including a South African Music Award (equivalent to a Grammy), and was the first male finalist in the history of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competition 2015. His music is deeply influenced by South African Xhosa, gospel music and the vast jazz tradition.


Batalá New York is an all-female, female-led banda de percussao (percussion-based band) with a mission to promote and share Afro-Brazilian culture and women’s empowerment through the high-energy, visually stimulating performance of samba-reggae drumming. The banda is part of Batalá Mundo, a global arts project of over 35 bands around the world with a common repertoire of music, costumes, and choreography originating in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. They have maintained a presence in NYC since 2012 and continue to inspire and train women of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.
Presented in partnership with Joe’s Pub and The Village Alliance


Presented in partnership with Joe’s Pub and the Village Alliance