An Evening with Janita and Blak Emoji

An Evening with Janita and Blak Emoji

Jun 07 Thu

7:00 pm (event ends at 8:59 pm)


This event is 21 and over

“Janita mesmerizes.” ––Paste Magazine
“This woman’s got the goods. Stardom awaits.” ––Billboard Magazine
“An artist capable of producing music of great beauty and unsettling power.” ––Baeble Music
“She sings with such passion and conviction that it’s hard to take your eyes off her.” ––The Telegraph (UK)

On the heels of nearly 50,000 miles of touring over the past 18 months, the buzz and anticipation surrounding New York-based artist Janita (pronounced YA-nee-tuh) is as unsurprising as it is palpable. Standing-room-only concerts and sold-out headlining dates in both the United States and Europe have cemented her reputation as an electrifying artist and performer whose breakthrough moment has arrived.

Now, in addition to her ongoing tour schedule, she’s launched her own artist-in-residence concert series in New York, at famed Lower East Side music haunt Arlene’s Grocery. In this new series, Janita will be debuting new songs as well as new collaborations with special guests––a veritable who’s who of the New York music scene––while also performing fan favorites from her albums Seasons of Life, Haunted, and Didn’t You, My Dear?

Critical acclaim fused with commercial success may be rare in the music world, but this happy combination remains Janita’s norm: “Janita mesmerizes…her distinctive vocals are her stand-out asset, ranging between an edgier Feist and a softer Florence Welch,” declares Paste Magazine. Baeble Music adds, “Combining the vocal intensity of Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan with the turbulent rock edge of St. Vincent, Janita continues to mark herself as an artist capable of producing music of great beauty and unsettling power.”

Janita continues to promote the Deluxe Edition release of her recent breakthrough album, Didn’t You, My Dear?, having just returned from a second major tour of the United Kingdom, and her first headlining tour of the East Coast of the US in December of 2017.
Blak Emoji
Kelsey Warren has been around the block, having fronted a long-running and successful rock band based on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. But Blak Emoji, the current face of Kelsey Warren, is something entirely different and new––both for Warren himself––and for the listener, weary of monotonous music trends.

Warren is capable of plenty. He studied jazz guitar, classical voice and music theory at the University of Miami, and has played and sung in every possible context: as leader, sideman and hired gun around New York City. Blak Emoji is where he puts it all together for himself––mixing his tendencies as a brainy, substantive and complex writer, with a fixation on synth sounds. Blak Emoji songs are rarely simple and compact, but neither are they droning and repetitive like so much of contemporary electronic music.

One might fit in at the club, another as a morning pump-up song in your earbuds on the way to work or class, another as a bedroom jam, but as a rule they pack complexity without forcing it. The common denominator is Warren’s effortless vocals, which might closest recall Seal. Whether over electroboogie-inspired dance music, or a sweet ballad, Warren’s smooth voice makes every track pop perfection.

Joined by bass/synth player Bryan Percivall, drummer Max Tholenaar-Maples, and keyboardist Sylvana Joyce, Warren has made Blak Emoji his focus as a musician––tying together his longtime interest in alt-rock (think Nine Inch Nails, Bjork) with a more recently kindled romance with dance beats.

Blak Emoji, which Warren began in late 2015, released its debut EP, INTRO on January 20, 2017. It’s likely to be music, the likes of which you haven’t heard in some time, if ever -- and that’s precisely how Blak Emoji wants it.
Venue Information:
Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton St.
New York, NY, 10002