Nublu is a music collective with a pair of East Village world Jazz clubs. It has spawned a label with a number of bands and its own unique Nublu sound.
It is a late night club. Performances usually start around midnight.
The open door policy is cool. If you don’t get in, the club is full.
Latin Music at Nublu
Moroccan gnawa sacred singer Samir LanGus and New York Iraqi DJ Omar Aena play North African and Iraqi healing dance music (Global Music Afrobeats) for the World Music Institute at Nublu 151 in Manhattan’s East Village, on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $20. 🇲🇦
Puerto Rican Panamanian DJ Bembona and Dominican Latin Fusion band Afrodominicano play the Urban and Tropical sounds of the Caribbean street, for the World Music Institute at Nublu 151 in Manhattan’s East Village on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $20. worldmusicinstitute.org 🇩🇴 🇵🇦 🇵🇷
Congolese Canadian singer Pierre Kwenders and DJ Uproot Andy of the Moonshine Collective play Electronic Congolese Rumba dance music (Global Music Afrobeats) for the World Music Institute at Nublu 151 in Manhattan’s East Village on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $20. 🇨🇩
Locobeach, and its own Cheo Pardo (DJ Afro), play Psychedelic Cumbia with Underground System (Afrobeat) for the World Music Institute at Nublu 151 in Manhattan’s East Village on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $20. 🇻🇪
The Nublu Jazz Festival is at Nublu 151 in Manhattan’s East Village, from October 1-31, 2022. nublu.net
Brasil Summerfest presents Baile do Brasil with Mulú, Gaspar Muniz and Luciane Dom on Sat, Apr 2, 2022 at 9pm. 🇧🇷
Antonio Sánchez & Bad Hombre play Mexican Jazz on Thu, Mar 10 at 8pm & 11pm. $20. 🇲🇽
Bebel Gilberto, Guilherme Monteiro and DJ Gaspar Muniz play Bossa Nova and Brazilian Jazz on Sun, Feb 13 at 8pm & 10pm. $40. 🇧🇷
Omulu, DJ Moniki and Gaspar Muniz spin a Baile Do Brasil dance party for Brasil Summerfest on Sat, Dec 4. 10pm doors. From $20. 🇧🇷
Home of the “Nublu Sound”
Ilhan is a saxophone player and composer originally from Turkey. His wife is Brazilian. Ilhan originally created a jamming space in 2002. It became a music collective and a nightclub. It has now expanded into two spaces.
It’s in the far East of the East Village so the vibe is funky. The marquee of Nublu Classic is a blue lightbulb. The door policy is that you get in unless the club is full. The stage is at floor level so the audience has a great connection with whoever is playing. You can stand or dance right in front of them.
Bands that developed at Nublu include Brazilian Girls, Forró in the Dark, Love Trio, and Wax Poetic. It’s a place where Norah Jones played a lot when she was coming up. DJ Moby used to spin there a lot. You never know what famous musician you might be rocking out next to at Nublu.
Wednesday nights used to be Brazilian nights.
Nublu is a nightclub, but it feels like a washing machine of creativity. Music, art, fashion, and poetry are all in this machine spinning around, mixing together, getting cleaned up.