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Make Music New York @ Astor Place!

Joe's Pub

June 21


Stephanie McKay
Stephanie McKay is a singer, songwriter, musician, and collaborator, hailing from the Bronx, New York City. Her career has spanned over 20 years, during which time she has collaborated with artists including Anthony Hamilton, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Talib Kweli, DJ Spinna, Toshi Reagon and Big lovely, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Katalyst, Tricky, Carl Hancock-Rux, Kelis, and numerous others.  After a multi-year hiatus, Stephanie returns with a new collaboration with New York based band Light Blue Movers with a track entitled "Vahana". Stephanie is presently an artist in residence at the Public theatre as part of Joe's pub PUBCLUB 2106. She is in the studio recording her new solo album which will be released fall of 2016.

Celisse Henderson
From songs of love and blues on the piano and guitar, to songs of joy on the ukulele, with some spoken word on the side, Celisse shares her gifts on multiple instruments and pairs it with her soulful vocals to create an evening of musical magic.  She recently returned from an acclaimed tour Live from the Heartland with Matt Alber.  She is also known for her work in the Broadway Revival of GODSPELL at Circle in The Square Theater and her work on The Electric Company.  Celisse recently released a live EP entitled "Celisse LIVE @ Rockwood Music Hall" which is available on iTunes.

A virtual United Nations of women, Cocomama is an international group of musicians from such diverse places as  Cuba, Israel, France, Argentina, Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin. Based in New York City, the group is heavily influenced by the musical traditions of Cuba, Brazil, South and North America. Their music is a dynamic fusion of these styles giving them an original and exciting sound that is all their own

Shrive Alive
Featuring Fred Cash (bass), Alex Nolan (guitar), and Greg Gonzalez (drums).  Shrive's original inspiration as a guitarist was Jimi Hendrix, but he has since invoked other classic rock guitar greats along with blues and be-bop musicians to develop his style.  A master time-waster, Shrive spent valuable time in Mississippi with Fat Possum Records, working with greats like R.L Burnside and T-Model Ford.  His talents span beyond the stage and into the studio where he has produced for Nas, and was featured on guitar in the Michael Mann/Will Smith movie "Ali". Shrive has also worked as an engineer with many Hip Hop and R&B legends including Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Jodeci, and Wu-Tang Clan.

Francesca Blanchard
A singer from infancy and a songwriter since childhood, Blanchard’s musical influences are as eclectic as her upbringing. Her family’s soundtrack included folk, rock, jazz, French chanson and pop, classical, soul, world music and musical theater — a diverse playlist that reflected the open-minded aesthetic of her multicultural household. Captivated at age 10 by her mother’s performance of “Blackbird,” she taught herself acoustic guitar by imitating Paul McCartney’s finger-picking technique. Born and raised in France, Francesca traveled the globe with her family before settling in the small town of Charlotte in beautiful rural Vermont. Her intimate music, sung in French and English, reflects on her travels, both physical and emotional, and reflects influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Francoise Hardy.

Ocho Ocho Ocho
Ocho Ocho Ocho, a 5-piece band from New York City, is set to release their first EP Marcela’s Quinceanera on June 3rd, 2016. The musical ensemble has created an eclectic mix of sounds best described as “neo-latin thunderfunk”. The 4-track album, recorded and mixed by Myles Rodenhouse at Douglass Recordings, contains songs about the confusion of becoming an adult, finding your way through the world, and trying to figure out what love is.

Sandra Lilia Velásquez and Sean Dixon, the Brooklyn-based duo behind SLV, embody a collision of worlds. Velásquez serves as frontwoman of lauded Latin outfit Pistolera, while Dixon plays drums in experimental electronic ensemble Zammuto; but together, they’ve carved out an exciting new path for themselves. SLV first emerged from the studio in 2013 with a debut EP, Dig Deeper, produced by heavyweight bassist Meshell Ndegeocello. Their full length debut, This Kind, is a down-tempo confection of 80s-inspired synthpop and new wave, with Velásquez showcasing her continued growth as a songwriter and dreamy vocals that recall Sade’s smoky sensuality.

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