Since 2014, Greenwich House Music School has been home to a pop music series called Uncharted, which gives local artists the chance to explore new ideas in front of a live audience. The result is sometimes unpolished but always enervating. The participants’ sharp musicianship and first-time jitters combined with an enthusiastic crowd often leads to synergistic one-time-only performances—the kind you can’t believe you get to be a part of.
This year’s lineup is a pick-and-mix of genre, ethnicity, nationality, and subject matter held together by a topical thread in these #MeToo times: All the headliners are women. These are the Greenwich House concerts you need to be a part of:
Molly Pope – Polly Mope
Thursday, March 22; 8 p.m.; $15
This downtown alt-cabaret diva confronts the demons of depression and mental illness in her first self-written solo musical, with a little help from guest songwriters Lance Horne and Erato Kremmyda.
Thursday, April 5; 8 p.m.; $15
This talented singer-saxophonist has won the hearts of relatively niche jazz audiences and is poised to break out into the mainstream. Catch her now so you can say you knew her when.
Ani Cordero – A Benefit for PRIMA
Thursday, April 19; 8 p.m.; $15
The founding member of the Latina-pop combo Pistolera‘s 2017 solo work, Querido Mundo, was a well-received Spanish-language protest album. At this fundraiser for the Puerto Rican Independent Musicians and Artist Fund, Cordero will play music from throughout her career, with an emphasis on songs from her soon-to-be-released album.
Marika Hughes and the New String Quartet
Thursday, May 3; 8 p.m.; $15
Cellist and songwriter Marika Hughes is a jazz master, but she’s also equally adept at funk and pop when she’s with her band, Bottom Heavy. Tonight’s performance focuses on songs from her newest ensemble, the New String Quartet.
Why You Should Go: To see phenomenal artists in an intimate, communal setting before they move on to larger venues.
Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street (between Bedford and Bleecker Streets), West Village
Thursdays, March 22–May 10