Beat Music Series

Join us for music, poetry, food and drink at the next Beat Music Series on Tuesday, March 13, 8PM-1oPM at Silvana, 300 W. 116th Street, New York. Admission is free. Tips are encouraged!

Melissa Czarnik (Poet/Emcee)
Ben Grace (Americana)
Lissa D. (Indie Soul/R&B)

The Beat Music Series is a monthly poetry and live music event held at Silvana every second Tuesday of the month, 8PM-10PM. The two-hour set promises to feature an eclectic mix of hip hop, jazz, soul, poetry, folk, and spoken word artists. The event is hosted by composer/producer Eric Joseph Meyer and poet/emcee Melissa Czarnik. The Beat Music Series is presented by Hyperdrive Motivator Productions, an engaged media company whose mission is to promote diversity, equality and empowerment through music and film.



MELISSA CZARNIK (Zar-nik) defies category with her genre blending approach to hip hop and spoken word. Her soulful and melodic flow captivates listeners with intricate lyricism and heartfelt storytelling. She performs with a live band made up of Eric Joseph Meyer (keys), Ryan Ramirez (drums), Sam Neufeld (trumpet), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass) and Ali Carter (backing vocals). Her latest album Rainbow Skies (HMP, 2017) is available on iTunes, Spotify and BandCamp.


BEN GRACE is an Australian singer songwriter based in Brooklyn NY. Persistent and prolific Ben has had more than 50 songs released and has written with many artists in a range of genres from power pop to country. Ben has a passion for local craft beer, good stories, messy community, and better questions. He plans to release a single every month on Spotify throughout 2018.



LISSA D.  grew up in Florida where she was raised in the church and has been singing all her life. She attended Florida A&M University for Theatre and Voice and began to learn the guitar on and off as a hobby from YouTube. After graduating in 2013 she moved to NY to pursue musical theatre and after many auditions, working full time, and not booking she became unmotivated. She picked up the guitar consistently and began songwriting in 2016. Today Lissa D has found her calling and continues to write and sing at different venues in NYC she wants to share her journey through music. She is currently working to release her EP “Journey” this summer.


Beat Music Series co-host, ERIC JOSEPH MEYER is a New York City based composer, producer and pianist who recently completed his Masters in Music Composition at NYU. Meyer’s compositions are authentic and unaffected with a lively, soulful and jazz infused depth of expression. Without apology, Meyer remains true to his musical core while combining elements of hip hop, improvisation and the downtown school of composition into his distinctive musical voice. Meyer is also the producer and composer behind poet/emcee, Melissa Czarnik.

Check out the video playlist below for a sneak peek at past performers!


To be considered as a future performer, please submit your band name, genre of music, short bio, and links to your music, YouTube and website to with “Beat Music Series” in the subject line.


Already veteran bookers of world-class musical acts from their experience at Shrine World Music Venue, Silvana’s music schedule is filled with musical talent from New York City and all over the globe. On any given night you can enjoy the soothing music of a jazz quartet, a master conguera from Cuba, a reggae band and then, if you’re lucky an impromptu jam session. After, dance the night away with our DJs who spin everything from funk to hip-hop to house to reggae to African music.

Silvana, 300 West 116th Street (SW Corner of Fredrick Douglass BLVD./8th Ave). Off the C,B at 116th and Fredrick Douglass or 2,3 Trains at 116th and Malcolm X Blvd.