Amber Martin performs the music of three rock queens who have left a powerful legacy on the world as we know it.
Friday, July 26
with Paul Leschen, Jesse Krakow, Mike Fornatale, David Berger and Nath Ann Carrera
Amber belts out her favorite and most poignant songs of the late-great queen of acid-rock, Janis Joplin. Amber and Janis have one major thing in common. They are both born in and moved away from the SE Texas town of Port Arthur. Both were raised in the small bible belt county where there was no shortage of refineries, swamps and bowling alleys. Janis lived for several years at The Chelsea Hotel in NYC, where she crossed paths and shared stories with many of the luminary history makers of our time. Her imprint on the world is still unwavering. This is a celebration of her wild spirit.
Saturday, Aug 10
with Drew Brody, Patrick Johnson, Jesse Krakow and dancers!
This performance focuses on the early 70's era of Bette Midler during her hungry show-pony days as the resident firecracker chanteuse singing at the legendary Continental Baths uptown (now a parking lot under The Ansonia). She got her start singing in the hot steamy bathhouse to men in towels, still wet from the pool and other dark spaces. Her as yet unknown accompanist was Barry Manilow (Drew Brody). As per the fashion of Bette... copious amounts of singing, stories and dancing ensue!
Stoned Soul: In Love with Laura Nyro
Saturday, Sept 7
With Ray Rizzo, Mike Fornatale, Megan X and Patrick Johnson and Xavier Smith & Asa Lovechild
Amber Martin will be belting out a collection of the best songs ever written by Laura Nyro in her compelling live tribute to the great Laura Nyro. Amber will be joined onstage by famed pianist and Nyro-loving musical director, Matt Ray, along with musicians Ray Rizzo, Mike Fornatale, Megan X and Patrick Johnson. With a very special appearance by Xavier Smith and Asa Lovechild for some Labelle-ishments!!!
Lovers of Laura Nyro will have an evening of their life, hearing many of Laura's most beloved hits and some obscure deep cuts performed live like they've never heard them. Those who do not yet know the work of Ms. Nyro, simply cannot afford to miss this advanced level of Nyro education and entertainment! Treat your longing soul!
Please don't miss this intimate revelation of one of the most poignant composer/songwriters of our living time. The beautiful and haunting Laura Nyro.
Amber Martin is a celebrated NYC/International Vocalist, Performing Artist and Comedic Monologist. Greatly inspired onstage in the traditions of Janis Joplin, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton to name a few, Amber has been named one of the Top Performers of the Year by The New Yorker. Onstage, Amber is a powerful vocalist with a deep love for all genres of classic American pop music, which also inspires her own original songs. Ms. Martin brings a sense of cabaret and comedy to her live, raw, genre-hopping musical performances, setting her apart from most of her contemporaries and bringing a diverse range of entertainment to her equally diverse audiences.
Just on the heels of her critically acclaimed smash solo premiere at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Amber was the featured special guest in John Cameron Mitchell's Australian and Korean tour of The Origin of Love, where she performed her original, Bermuda and other classics at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Center, QPAC in Brisbane and at John's sold out run at The Sejong Center in Seoul. Ms. Martin made her Broadway debut in Tales of the City at The Music Box Theater. Some of her stand out performances include appearing with Joan Rivers on Celebrity Apprentice and opening for Joan’s live NYC shows. During a Mayoral Benefit performance, Amber brought NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to his feet as her popular character portrayal of Reba McEntire. You can hear her belting out featured vocals on The Scissor Sisters single “Inevitable” from their album Magic Hour (co-produced with Pharrell). Ms. Martin appeared and sang with Kylie Minogue at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library benefit. She has collaborated with comedienne, Bridget Everett on numerous duet shows. She was a featured vocalist with Sandra Bernhard at Town Hall in New York City and with Justin Vivian Bond at The Royal Music Hall in San Francisco. Amber has appeared at P.S.122’s Annual NYC Gala with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, and as musical collaborator for designer Rachel Comey's NYC Fashion Week show. She was a featured onstage vocalist with Pink Martini at Forest Hills Stadium. Amber has also performed at Irving Plaza, Joe's Pub, La Mama, The Boom Boom Room, 54 Below, The Wild Project, Abrons Art Center, The Cutting Room, Soho Grand and The Ace Hotel.
Amber also continues to evolve as writer, curator and star of her own performances, The Days of My Lives (Solo Artist Residency at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, NYC), Amber Alert!, Hi! (Best Solo Performance Drammy Award), Wigshop, Stoned Soul: In Love with Laura Nyro (Residency at Feinstein's/54 Below) and Janis:Undead (a continuing tour). She is currently touring her first original studio album, A. M. GOLD, co-written with award-winning Australian songwriter, Brett Every. A.M. GOLD was an immediate critical success, including 2 songs that will be featured in John Cameron Mitchell’s new film, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.