Now entering its 13th year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making.
Celebrate with Joe's Pub on Astor Place from 1PM to 7PM!
In the spirit of inclusiveness, this summer’s Joe’s Pub Block Party remains dedicated to voices from within the NYC artistic community who represent indigenous, immigrant, and international voices, and will feature six artists that contribute to our city’s vibrancy.
1PM - Martha Redbone
2PM - Trio 4-5-6
3PM - Lauren Henderson
4PM - Gabe Schnider
5PM - The Edge of Heaven featuring Gary Lucas, Feifei Yang & Jason Candler
6PM - AJOYO
Martha Redbone – 1PM
Martha Redbone is one of today’s most vital voices in American Roots music. A multi award-winning musician, the charismatic songstress is celebrated for her tasty gumbo of roots music embodying the folk and mountain blues sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. With the power of her gospel singing African-American father’s voice and the determined spirit of her Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw mother, Redbone broadens all boundaries of Americana.
Trio 4-5-6 – 2PM
Trio 4-5-6 features Ljova’s globe-trotting music, in a unique trio featuring Meg Okura (violin), Jennifer Vincent (five-string cello) and Ljova (on the six string “fadolín”). The music he writes joyfully evades genre while inducing laughs and tears by turn. Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) was born in 1978 in Moscow, Russia, and moved to New York with his parents, composer Alexander Zhurbin and writer Irena Ginzburg, in 1990. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, and a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & musical arranger.
Lauren Henderson – 3PM
Jazz and Latin Jazz vocalist, Lauren Henderson, paints reflective and impassioned stories with her instrument. Described as "somewhere between a comforting whisper and a cogent declaration" by The New York Times, Henderson's eclectic vocal influences spread across genres producing a distinct yet versatile sound. Henderson's compositions navigate journeys imposed through the African Diaspora in connection to her Panamanian, Montserratian, and vast Caribbean roots as they interplay with her North American upbringing.
Gabe Schnider – 4PM
After falling in love with the guitar at age 10, Gabe Schnider has since performed/recorded with a variety of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Joshua Bell, Damian Woetzel, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Arturo O’Farrill, Jane Monheit, Wycliffe Gordon, Julian Lage, Jorge Glem, Bill T. Jones, Lil' Buck and Esperanza Spalding, among others. A graduate of The Juilliard School, as a recipient of the Jerome Green Fellowship, Gabe was recently featured in Wynton Marsalis' "Future of Jazz Orchestra" and was also a member of Wynton Marsalis' acclaimed band, "The Young Stars of Jazz”.
The Edge of Heaven featuring Gary Lucas, Feifei Yang & Jason Candler – 5PM
Dreamy 30's Shanghai Pop-Jazz inspired by Gary Lucas’ celebrated album The Edge of Heaven, which rose to #1 on the World Music Charts. An intriguing fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles mingles with new Mandarin versions of classics by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Buckley. Grammy-nominated guitar legend Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley) has been called “one of the best and most original guitarists in America” by Rolling Stone. Vocalist and erhu virtuoso Feifei Yang is a dual 2017 Global Music Award winner and was recently praised by Indie Nation as “an extremely talented pop star in the making." Multi-instrumentalist Jason Candler has worked closely with Gary Lucas for years and is also music director of the Hungry March Band.
AJOYO – 6PM
AJOYO is the vision of multi-reed player (and member of the 2019 Joe’s Pub Working Group) Yacine Boularès. It is a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul. More than music, it's a joyful ceremony, a fuller experience bringing musicians and audience close together. AJOYO chants in the name of Tony Allen, Oum Khalsoum, Charlie Parker and Donnie Hathaway. Stomping towards you in the eye of the dancer, arms open, horns, bell and bass interwoven like the fabric of a ceremonial dress, AJOYO speaks the language of the talking drum with a New York accent.