Our first open mic at Caravan that has gone from being a physical space at THE GREGORY HOTEL where we would have over 200+ content creators visit us a month for different events sometimes upward to 500 guests a month has now found ourselves pivoting to be able to bring community together online.
We now have created a #virtualclub or #virtualsocialclub with live entertainment nights once a week to start.
With a background in entertainment, fashion show production and nightlife it is a goal to use that experience and create an interesting space online during the time we are staying at home.
We are providing entertainment to our community.
An opportunity to learn about new artists during our mic programs.
Opportunity to support organizations and small businesses.
Hopefully everyone leaves a bit inspired with a smile.
In a few days we organized over a dozen open mic talent participants and over 75 viewers throughout the event. Below photos are bios of all the amazing participants from musicians to comedians.
We raised money for a great organization and helped with our motto :
TALENT HELPING TALENT.
We want to make these bigger – we would love to support the artists more- we would love to raise money for other organizations & small businesses and we are looking to get creative with how to bring our experiential marketing backgrounds virtually to incorporate some of the ideas we have but online during our open mic sessions.
Our host !
Amy DePaola is a producer, director and writer. She creates scripted and docu-style content that has been featured on networks such as Netflix, Amazon, The CW, Comedy Central, Showtime, Bloomberg and others. She is the founder of the production company and creative label, Pink Among Men, where she also hosts a podcast of the same name that features conversations with creators and leaders about what motivates them and their work. Follow her work @amydepaolafilms on Instagram
Special thanks to DJ OREON who you might have seen djing some of the top celebrities’ fashion shows at STYLE 360
Hadley Hornig (JJ’s Hubby) Singing – A little tribute to Bill Withers with a rendition of “Lean on Me”
OLD_SPORT is an indie rock band formed in LA but now based in NYC, our hometown. We recently released our first EP on Spotify: The Midnite Vibeline Session produced by Steve Kille of Dead Meadow. We also have several singles available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.. We are NYC/NJ actor/musicians who formed when frontman Nick Vergara needed musicians to help record the soundtrack to his award winning indie film about an indie band ELSEWHERE – the band clicked and OLD_SPORT was born. Influences include Arcade Fire, Spoon and The E Street Band. We are currently releasing live performances filmed in our apartment called “quarantine sessions
Gianmarco Soresi a stand up comic recently in the movie Hustlers and on Netflix’s Bonding
Ariana & the Rose An artist who embraces an audio-visual approach to creativity, Ariana and the Rose (Ariana DiLorenzo) writes, sings and performs a coming of age story. Her honest synth driven songs have accumulated over 7 million streams, her vivid experiential music videos have been viewed over 3 million times and she has toured extensively in both the US and the UK, bringing a unique brand of performance that transcends the traditional boundaries of a concert.
Alyce Chan is a comedian who performs all over North America and is based in New York City. You can catch her performances at clubs all over NYC, including the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s, Broadway Comedy Club, The Stand, Q.E. D (Queens) and the Knitting Factory (Brooklyn). She also produces a monthly BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) Comedy show for parents and caregivers. Alyce produces highly curated events that benefit charities she is passionate about, such as Women In Need, an organization that provides shelter for single and homeless mothers and their children and Fountain House, an organization that supports people struggling with mental illness. Alyce has also created numerous women empowerment events such as Nothing Taboo, Mamas on the Move, Motherhood Gone Funny, where she emcees and performs. Alyce has been a guest on many renowned podcasts such as Pat Dixon’s New York City Crime Report, Fake Outrage Report, Funny People Talking and Neurotic Nourishment . Alyce has also been the resident comedian for a remarkable all-women retreat, Renew Breakup Bootcamp which has been featured in Vogue, New York Times and Good Morning America. MomCom Nyc is the brainchild of Alyce. It is a virtual platform that connects parents through satirical humor. MomCom NYC is one of the fastest growing mom channels on Instagram, providing new moms and seasoned moms a much needed break from the daily parenting norms and challenges. Alyce has a way of connecting with moms and dads through honesty and raw humor. She is the co-founder of a significant community, Mamas On the Move, which meets up once a year. Her mission is to provide a safe and nourishing platform to empower mothers and women of all backgrounds without judgement and to always ensure to sprinkle in a lot of fun and laughter.
Meli Murfyy is a singer songwriter who was born & raised in NYC. She loves collaborating with different artists & exploring her style through diverse genres of music. Her first EP is set to come out later this year.
Marye Lobb – The joy of discovery and the pain of loss – hanging on and letting go – wandering abroad and going home – these are just some of the themes that Marye Lobb explores with piercing honesty and a beautiful, soaring voice that invites you to make her journey yours, too. Equally at home in the musical traditions of both American folk and Latin American idioms, Marye sings in English and in Spanish.
Rachel Shur is a broadway performer currently in Chicago on broadway. Past credits include: Jersey Boys, A Chorus alone, FAME!, Cabaret, and Mozart In the Jungle. I love my dog, my fiance, and my friends and family
Rebecca Kaplan @rebeccatkaplan one of our comedians – does stand up and sketch comedy. She hosts a weekly show on Instagram Live Tuesdays at 7:30
Miche is a New York-based recording artist and dancer. Her artistic training in all mediums has been very diverse, leading to her unique musical sound that pushes the boundaries of any one genre. As a musical artist, she has performed at the legendary Bitter End and as a dancer, she has performed with Sharaya J and the Urban Dance League.
N’Kenge is an International award winning songstress NY Post called “Electrifying” in the role of Mary Wells that she originated in Broadway’s MOTOWN:The Musical. N’Kenge performs from Pop to Opera and sings in 11 languages. She will be re-creating the role of “The Moon” in Broadway’s revival of “Caroline, or Change” this Fall at the Roundabout Theatre Studio 54 and performs as a soloist with symphonies globally.
Kaylyn Marie‘s is a multi-genre music maker and performer. Her path as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and actress her has led to performance opportunities that include becoming be an alumna of Joe’s Pub’s Working Group, an Amish Witch on lifetime TV, a Protest singer in Steven Spielberg’s “The Post”, and a finalist on American Idol. Her band project “The Wildlings” possess a vintage pop feel with bits of blues, jabs of jazz, and snippets of swing. Her solo work has been described as “Soulful Americana” echoing traits of Sara Bareilles and Laura Marling.
Rex Deanis currently in the studio recording a new album, and is also finishing up a feature film SPACE BABY.He has performed at numerous charity events including Wildlife SOS annual Tusk After Dusk, and The Man/Kind Project’s HERO: SUGIHARA event at The Saban Theatre, among many others.
Betty Jane Walsh is an actress and singer, she trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She recently moved back from the UK. Betty has been sewing masks for Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. Sean McCann is a gigging musician and teacher. He plays bass in the avant- pop group Dianna Lopez, as well as other bands across New York. He also accompanies host of Sirius XM Broadway channel and cabaret star, Christine Pedi. This is the first time Sean and Betty have gone live! Special thanks to nurse Erwin Pèrez at Methodist hospital.
Hollye from RAZORBIRDS “With emotion-soaked songs written from a distinctly feminine perspective on heartbreak and finding strength in the aftermath, toxic friendships, the complexity of loneliness, little moments of joy ala great sex and cannabis clouds, and confronting the patriarchy, Razor Braids’ sound is as eclectic as the group of women comprising the band. Razor Braids draw influence from a variety of genres, decades, and the power they admire in one another. Their music is injected with elements of punk, 90’s grunge, and deep, dark, and heavy singer-songwriter stylings with an alternative ethos. Dripping with electric energy, Razor Braids’ songs roll around in your head, ignite your body, and jolt your heart. It’s rock, baby. Razor Braids released their debut single ‘Nashville’, recorded by Emmy award winning Sound Engineer Mark Leombruni and Jeremy Given, on March 31. RB made a name for themselves in 2019 by playing over 30 shows at venues such as Rough Trade, Brooklyn Bowl, Mercury Lounge, Home Sweet Home and more as well as played their first music festival, Punk Island on Randall’s Island. Razor Braids is lead vocalist, bass-wielding, on-her-back-floor-dancing, Hollye Bynum, Janie Peacock ripping and riffing on lead guitar as well as illustrating and designing all of Razor Braids’ visual content, rhythm guitar and the sweetest backing vocals you’ll ever hear carried by Jilly Karande, and her majesty, the ultimate badass, Hannah Nichols who took her seat at the drum throne.”
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