Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
Information About this Event
Doors: 7:00PM / Show:8:00PM *
*Showtime is subject to change
Special Offers: Preferred Access Ticket
- Includes Front of the Line Access, a Guaranteed Seat, and a Show Poster
Age Restriction: 16+ Unless Accompanied by a Guardian
General Admission Only
Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event.
Just a few blocks from Madison Square Park, Gramercy Theatre’s intimate live experience remains unmatched by any other Manhattan venue. Get up close and personal with the performers in the general admission section, or enjoy a full view of the unforgettable environment in our authentic theatre seating. Grab a cold drink from one of the many bars located in the venue, including the downstairs lounge.
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mxmtoon (pronounced em-ex-em-toon) is the moniker of 18-year-old Maia, an Oakland-based singer, songwriter, and ukulele player. Maia is like any other teenager, playing sad songs from her bedroom and making goofy youtube videos. But her videos have reached a global audience that have helped rack up over 75 million aggregate streams across all platforms.
Growing up in Oakland, music was a constant for this rising star as she took lessons in violin, cello, trumpet, and guitar before being introduced to the ukulele in middle school. "i picked it up by learning four really basic chords and playing 'riptide' by vance joy (a quintessential ukulele song) over and over again cuz i thought it was really cool," Maia explains.
After trying her hand at writing comedy songs, Maia decided to share something a little different - genuine, vulnerable feelings. When she uploaded a demo called 'something', which later became 'feelings are fatal', Maia realized she could do whatever she wanted. "I've gone through all types of things," she says. "I can be as ridiculous as i want but I can also be an emo teenager and people like both sides."
The main aim of mxmtoon’s work is, she says, to make people feel less alone and realize others feel the same as they do - something that has also helped her feel less alone, in turn. "There's few things that can reach people the way music does. There's a veil placed over everyone walking in the world where you can't see what they're going through. What's cool about my music is, just by seeing the likes or the comments, you automatically know, 'ok, i am obviously not the only person that's trying to cope with this.'"
On her debut EP, 'plum blossom' (due out later this year), Maia will come good on that royal title and share even more of her perspective with the community of fans and friends she's built around her. A big focus for this time around is body confidence, with one track detailing her own experience with the issue, written when she was "in a really dark place with my physical appearance." "it's such a universal thing but i don't know a whole lot of songs that just flat out say, 'here's what's happening and i'm not happy, what can i do about it?'" she says of one of her motivations behind writing the song.
Of the whole ep, she assures, "it's still sad but it was definitely more thought about and thoughtfully put together," teasing "new elements" that show more range and exploration than just her trusty uke. The days of her creating percussion tracks with her hair straighteners might be gone but she's not forgotten her roots yet - the ep was still recorded in her parents' guest room, just like everything else. Its title, meanwhile, symbolizes both the emotional themes of her new tracks and connects to Maia's cultural background.
Ask Maia what she wants to achieve with her music and she won't give you a list of glitzy awards, astronomical headline shows, and mansions. Instead, her answer is fittingly more selfless. "I get really sweet messages from people about how my music has helped them and i think my end goal in everything that i do is to have a positive impact," she says. "to get those messages and to know what i'm doing is [helping] is super powerful."