Jul 24 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Melanie was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan where she began singing and expressing her love for music at the age of seven. By age ten, she had performed in the musical Sweeney Todd with Tony Award Winner, George Hearn and Pamela Meyer. Melanie graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. She has studied opera in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte and trained at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia. Since moving to New York City she has sung at Birdland, The Algonquin, The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel, The Carlton as well as various venues throughout the city. Her influences are Stacey Kent, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Nat King Cole.
Jul 24 9:00pm - 12:00am
One part pop music and one part hip-hop... all blended together and spiked with some rock'n'roll. That's how HELLO BROOKLYN was formed in January 2011 right here in the city that never sleeps, NYC.
HELLO BROOKLYN's creativity and unique lineup transforms their live shows into your favorite concert, dance party, rock event and singing-along-in-the-shower all mashed up into a high energy performance. From the latest pop songs to the hottest hip-hop and dance hits, the band strives to keep people singing and dancing along all night long.
HELLO BROOKLYN is led by the unique duo of Liz Regan and Ray Ramos. Liz brings a girl-next-door vibe infused with a big rock'n'roll voice and uplifting charisma while Ray's intensity, authenticity and skills as a MC have earned him fans throughout the East Coast having previously fronted successful bands in Philadelphia and Washington DC for over a decade.
Depending on who you ask, our band's name came from a variety of origins. Some say it's because three of the band's original five members lived in Brooklyn, while others say it is an homage to the "Hello Brooklyn" records by the Beastie Boys and JayZ. Or is it because when you leave one of our rowdy shows in Greenwich Village you see the sunrise and say hello to the BK. All of these theories hold some merit, but as long as it's synonymous with having a good time and singing at the top of your lungs, we're good.
Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse raison d'être is to produce rapture…moments of rapture for all those who come…moments where you’re happy to be alive and wanting to live forever. Sounds crazy. We know. It’s what we want to do.
Guests coming to Toshi’s should experience coming to Toshi’s home: good food, good cheer, understated yet sublime where, when we’re doing our job, for those moments, you’re truly happy and content and enjoying. Whatever happened at work or at home, whatever else is going on in your life, that’s all left at the door, the moment, Ponzu, greets you with a wag of a tail and atwinkle in his eye. You enter comforted by the assurance that, Ponzu, our door Morkie, senses niceness and barks at meanies. We have a no meaniesdoor policy and Ponzu's very strict in protecting of our home.
Performers at Toshi’s can expect unconditional love. When performers are given unconditional love; like children, they flourish. Toshi’s mantra to all his “children” is for them to soar. We want to see performers debut at Toshi’sand go on to catapult onto the world stage…beyond Toshi’s. Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse is owned by a performer (toshi), who can also count beans, but visualizes that inspired performers = inspired guests = inspiredbean counting.
No PR. No advertisment. No hype. If you know about us, that’s because a friend told you. Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse wants to remain simple, real and kick-ass. That’s our mission. That’s our duty. That’s our promise to you, guest and performer alike. That’s what makes us happy to be alive and wanting to live forever.
Toshi & Ponzu will buy you a complimentary bottle of house champagne here at Toshi's Living Room with reservation guaranteed by credit card.