Morrisania Band Project (also known as MBP) is an award-winning R&B soul collective founded in September 2016. Their mission is to add vibrancy to NYC through music, community engagement, and social initiatives. Founder, Elissa Carmona is a singer, Air Force veteran, and winner of the 2019 Arts Fund and 2018 Artist for Community awards. With creative energy and loads of talent, MBP delivers the sounds of legendary soul, rock, and funk artists, while promoting awareness for issues like gun violence and sickle cell disease.
MBP presented the 2018 Unity Park Concert Series, a five-concert series at Rev. Lena Irons Unity Park from June 30th through October 6th. Throughout 2018-2019, they’ve performed at numerous corporate and community events hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Council Member Vanessa Gibson, and Assemblymember Michael Blake. In 2019, MBP headlined at Summer on the Hudson’s Mamapalooza on May 26th, Queens Night Market on June 15th, and Lehman College on June 21st.
Currently, MBP is touring "Natural Woman", a tribute to the iconic Aretha Franklin, made possible through commissions from Bronx Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Their next scheduled concerts are August 3rd at Rockwood Music Hall (NYC) and August 10th at Mullaly Park (Bronx). For details, follow MBP on Instagram @MorrisaniaBand.