Thursday, June 21, 2018

Joe’s Pub Block Party

Joe’s Pub Block Party
Astor Place Plaza from 1-7pm

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


2pm Treya Lam
Treya Lam is a classically trained singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose cinematic songs and ethereal vocals are built on Nina Simone-inspired piano, meditative guitar and lush chamber arrangements. Treya’s debut album, Good News, just released on June 8 via Kaki King’s label, Short Stuff Records. Produced by Kaki, mastered by Sarah Register and featuring an array of talented female musicians, the album is an instant classic, full of the kind of songwriting and raw talent that has never gone out of style, as well as a message of love and longing.

3pm Migguel Anggelo
Migguel Anggelo is a Venezuelan-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, dancer and actor who is breaking barriers on the American stage, creating unique works that are reflective of the multicultural, multi-lingual, changing demographics of our country and times. He “exhilaratingly recalls the showmanship of Desi Arnaz and the performance art of Klaus Nomi,” says Theater Scene while Stage Buddy professes, “He has an indescribable, hypnotic power over the audience.”

4pm Yemen Blues Duo featuring Ravid Kahalani & Omer Avital
Conceived from vocalist Ravid Kahalani’s vision, Yemen Blues’s original music mixes Yemen and West Africa influences with contemporary grooves from funk to mambo and the deep soul of old chants. Conjuring up a rich and diverse aural palette with the use of percussion, oud, horns and strings, Yemen Blues coexists in both the past and present, at once timeless and modern.  He joined forces with internationally renowned bass player and composer Omer Avital, and together they created a music vision that attracted media and promoters with their intense showcases.

5pm Mohsen Namjoo Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian singer/songwriter, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in NYC. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for the youth in Iran. Seamlessly blending the Classical Persian setar with electric guitar, and rock and blues vocal techniques with Persian avaz (singing), he fuses the ancient with the current.  His ensemble consists of Iranian percussion and drum set player, Yahya; Anders Nilsson, a Swedish New York-based guitarist, composer, improviser and teacher; and bassist and composer Sean Conly.

6pm M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
M.A.K.U., based in NYC, have played in many cities and countries sharing their immigrant beat, a unique sound that encompasses their immigrant experience. On stage, M.A.K.U juxtaposes traditional Colombian percussion, drum-set, electric bass, guitar and vocals to create an explosive performance filled with unshakable grooves.  The band WILL release their new EP, 5 Fuegos, this summer.