What: Natalie Gelman with special guest Imani Jade
When: July 15, 2016
Cost: $10 suggested donation
A modern day troubadour, Natalie performs across the country tirelessly and just released a new album with producers Charlie Midnight (James Brown) and Mark Needham (The Killers) titled Streetlamp Musician after a song she wrote about street performing and watching New York City change over time.
Raised in the old West Village, NYC stomping ground of songwriting greats, Natalie Gelman grew up amidst artists and true bohemians. She borrowed a friends guitar at 16 and started writing songs on it immediately and began busking on subway platforms soon afterwards when she grew tired of pretending to be 21 to play clubs in the city.
Captivating tourists and straphangers alike in the subway, Natalie stopped even the most hurried commuters in their tracks with her powerful voice. She continues to play what she calls her favorite stage while also performing at the House of Blues, Webster Hall and festivals across the country.
Compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie’s music is contemporary and timeless. She writes honest, heartfelt songs – responding to current affairs and revealing parts of her inner self with the world. “Not too much about her, but somehow about me & everyone in the audience as well.”
“Simply Terrific” 4/4 stars – The New York Post
Imani Jade (Boswell) is a teenage singer who moved to Viroqua WI the last few years to immerse herself in nature, good food and a slower pace of living, where she attended the artsy Youth Initiative High School and developed her artistic crafts, walking barefoot while serenading friends and neighbors with her guitar and sultry, soulful vocals. She is a lover of people, art, poetry and self-expression — recently performing at various local venues and now greeting the open road to share her voice with the world.
She grew up in New York City and Brooklyn, attending the Professional Performing Arts High School for singing & acting. In the heart of NYC she was exposed to multicultural African drum circles and rock fusion summer performances in the park, broadway musicals, Funkadelic & Afro Punk shows all her life, influenced by jazz, the pulsing rhythm of loud Caribbean parades and city hip hop… singing and music has always been her passion. With her other-worldly mystical voice she channels jazzy funk, old dirty blues, rootsy rock and melodic runs. Her sound follows the vein of Erika Badu and Alicia Keys, influenced by India Irie with a twist of Lauren Hill.