Amber Martin in Amber Alert!
“Like watching Ruth Draper after she’s come back from an acid trip during which she thought she was Janis Joplin” - Willamette Week
Amber Martin returns to New Orleans and The Allways Lounge with her hit NYC cabaret series, Amber Alert!
Amber Alert! takes you on an intimately twisted, charming and sometimes psychedelic musical journey through the mind of Amber Martin, an only child growing up in the 70s and 80s in a small Texas refinery town called Nederland, near the bayous of Louisiana. You are introduced to her peculiar toy box of eccentric characters, hearing stories of her swampy, 8-track, dirt road, pre-internet, vhs tape beginnings that lead Amber to her whirlwind, late-night NYC life of smut and glamour! No 2 shows are the same, including a rotation of her very special guests and dear friends from New Orleans, Texas and New York City. So… you can see ALL shows!!!
Rotating special guests each night by alphabetical order, include:
Bella Blue (NOLA)
Peter Canavello (NOLA)
Claudia Chopek (NYC)
Angela DiCarlo (NYC)
Brett Every (NYC/Sydney)
Tzarina Hellfire (NOLA)
Kitten and Lou (NOLA/NYC)
Chris Lee (NOLA)
Harry Mayronne (NOLA)
Rob Roth (NYC)
Kyle Supley (NYC)
Adrienne Truscott (NYC)
& Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters)
Amber Martin is a celebrated NYC Vocalist, Downtown Performing Artist and Comedic Monologist. Greatly inspired onstage in the traditions of Janis Joplin, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton to name a few. Amber has been named one of the Top Performers of the Year by The New Yorker. Onstage, Amber is a powerful vocalist with a deep love for all genres of classic American pop music, which also inspires her own original songs. Martin brings a combination of cabaret, belting vocals, comedy and first-hand true stories to her live, raw, genre-hopping musical performances, casting light on Amber's uniqueness from her downtown contemporaries and bringing a diverse range of entertainment to her equally diverse audiences.
Ms. Martin recently made her Sydney Opera House debut, appearing as special guest in John Cameron Mitchell's Origin of Love Tour. She performed in Melbourne, Brisbane, Seoul, and is thrilled to join John on his US, Mexico & Japan Tour as well! She previously made her Broadway debut in Tales of the City at The Music Box Theater. Some of her performance projects include appearing with Joan Rivers on Celebrity Apprentice and opening for Joan’s live NYC shows. Martin was twice featured in NYC Mayor Bill Di Blasio's benefit gala. You can hear her belting out featured vocals on The Scissor Sisters single “Inevitable” from their album Magic Hour (co-produced with Pharrell). Ms. Martin appeared with pop star, Kylie Minogue at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Benefit. She was a featured vocalist with comedian, Sandra Bernhard at Town Hall in New York City and has twice been a featured guest on Sandra's Sirius XM radio show, Sandyland. She has been musical collaborator for couture fashion designer, Rachel Comey's NYC Fashion Week show. She was a featured onstage vocalist with Pink Martini at Forest Hills Stadium. Amber has performed solo in New Orleans at The Allways Lounge as well as The TBA Festival in Portland, OR, Treefort Festival in Boise, Outsider Festival in Austin, Jazz and Blues Festival in Altomonte, Italy, and in NYC's Club Cumming, Town Hall, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, Irving Plaza, La Mama, Boom Boom Room, Wild Project, Abrons Art Center and The Cutting Room.
Amber continues to evolve as writer, curator, choreographer and star of her own performances, The Days of My Lives (Solo Artist Residency at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, NYC), Hi! (Best Solo Performance Drammy Award), Wigshop, Stoned Soul: In Love with Laura Nyro (Residency at Feinstein's/54 Below) and Janis:Undead (a continuing U.S. tour). She is currently touring her original album, A.M. Gold, including 2 songs featured in John Cameron Mitchell’s recent film, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman. Following her annual New Orleans solo residency,Amber Alert!, she will begin her new summer residence at Joe's Pub in NYC with her 3-part tribute series, Three Women: Bette, Laura & Janis.
“The pitch-perfect, multi-talented Martin seamlessly floats between multiple costumes, personae and skits, never once leaving the stage, and carrying the calm of a seasoned performer”. – The New York Times
“Big, moving Bessie Smith-like sound”
“A powerful woman whose heightened sense of the ridiculous goes head to head with her distinctly American voice”
“Her fullness of voice and spot-on characterizations put the show in another dimension.” – The New Yorker
“I haven't laughed like that in I don't know when. Amber is the real deal, a fucking scream, like I Love Lucy on acid beyond the pale! I think she is brilliant!” – Sandra Bernhard
"A chameleonic performer with a mind-blowing voice, Amber Martin dissolves completely into her original characters (and a spot-on Reba McEntire)" “Martin's blend of brash (sometimes bizarre) comedy and beautiful music fit perfectly in her tough-yet-sentimental adopted home, New York City—and has earned her a devoted following.” - Time Out New York