Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Lea Delaria, Marcia Ball and More Set for Joe's Pub, Jan 7-13
THE HOT SARDINES
January 9 & 11 at 7:30 PM
The collective - founded by vocalist "Miz" Elizabeth Bougerol and pianist Evan "Bibs" Palazzo - makes music evoking wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around: hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. (literally - the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section). In just under three years, the Hot Sardines went from their first gig - at a cozy coffeeshop on the last Q train stop in Queens - to headlining before a crowd 6000 strong at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, opening for the Bad Plus and French gypsy-jazz artist Zaz, and gracing events at the Superbowl and Universal Studios' 100th Anniversary bash.
FOLK WANDERING IN CONCERT
January 9 at 9:30 PM
After sold-out shows at Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayGround Festival and Ars Nova's ANT Fest, the youthful powerhouse ensemble of Folk Wandering returns to the New York stage for a special concert performance at Joe's Pub. Tales from tenement Manhattan, Depression-era Utah, and rural 1950s Indiana are woven together in this wistful new folk musical. With a book by up-and-coming playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and a score developed and performed by a group of New York's emerging singer/songwriters, Folk Wandering is an American celebration of the untold grief that moves us forward.
NO PLACE TO GO IN CONCERT: Ethan Lipton & HIS ORCHESTRA
***2012 Obie Award Winner***
January 10 at 7:00 PM
January 11 9:30 PM
The company where he's worked for the past ten years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn't want to go. Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, NO PLACE TO GO delivers a hilarious, irreverent and personal musical ode to the unemployed. Tonight's show is a concert version of the hit show that The New York Times calls,"immensely appealing"; Ethan Lipton "is expert at keeping music, jokes, and personal narrative tightly knitted together into one consistent human package."
With Special Guest Sunny Jain of Red Baraat
January 10 at 9:30 PM
Composer and vocal artist Samita Sinha creates bold new forms, drawing from a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, contemporary jazz and electronics, folk/ritual music, and songs and texts in multiple languages. In this evening at Joe's Pub, Sinha, joined by sound artist/engineer Dave Sharma and dhol player Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, will perform a series of songs that bring together the subtlety and precision of Indian classical vocal music with a raw and visceral exploration of voice and emotion to create an otherworldly sonic landscape. The program will merge Sinha's "band of boxes"-rough-hewn analog/digital electronic tabla (drum) and tanpura (drone) from India-with her practice of body-sound-a way of singing that unites voice, language, gesture and space. Sinha led the Indo-jazz collective Kaash, and collaborated with composer/pianist Marc Cary in two ensembles-FOCUS Trio and Anatomy-appearing with these groups at major venues including The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, BAM Cafe, The Kitchen, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival. Her solo projects have been presented at Center for Performance Research, Chocolate Factory, Issue Project Room, Roulette and The Stone (NYC); at Watermill Center (NY), Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (PA), Macalaster College (MN), and UC Berkeley; and in Delhi and Assam, India.
CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES
January 11 at Midnight
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies brand of high-energy swing music has for years had the unique ability to bring generations together. It's the only band around where high school aged Psychobilly scenesters and their grandparents can come together dancing in the same audience. As a result, the Daddies have an impressive range of popularity that makes them a hit with colleges, festivals, casinos and fairs. Onstage, the Daddies have enough of an edge to not come off as bland or plastic, and more than enough chops, class and style to satisfy any orthodox jazz fanatic. The band emerged in the late 80's with a style that wed the energy of contemporary rock and roll with influences from the golden age of the American songbook- the 30's and 40's. Prime compositional influences include: Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, and Louis Jordan. In addition to a main course of very hip influences, the Daddies don't hesitate to garnish the plate with touches of more exotic fare: Jamaican Ska, Flamenco, Samba, Rockabilly, Soca, and even Glam Rock!
THOMAS DOLBY: THE INVISIBLE LIGHT HOUSE
January 12 at 7:00 PM
A new documentary film from musician / composer, Thomas Dolby, explores the imminent closure of a lighthouse on a mysterious ex-military island near his home in East Anglia, UK. At this unique solo performance Thomas will debut scenes from the film along with live narration and a synth soundtrack spanning his musical career. Please note THE INVISIBLE LIGHTHOUSE is a work in progress.
January 12 at 9:30 PM
R&B legend Bettye Lavette is set to mark her 50th anniversary in the music world with the upcoming release of her mesmerizing album, THANKFUL N' THOUGHTFUL, on September 25 on ANTI- Records, as well as her breathtaking and no holds barred autobiography co-written with David Ritz out on Blue Rider Press through Penguin on September 27. Produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, Joe Henry, k.d. lang, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Legend, Charlie Sexton, etc.), TN'T is a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley and others, which Bettye consumes whole, rearranges deep within her soul and exorcises as her own through her voice filled with longing, rage, desire, despair, survival and victory. Bettye's voice - rough, tender, sensuous - is her instrument of inspiration and her dynamic power seethes throughout each song, wringing out the pathos, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story throughout these tales of her reinvention.
January 12 at 11:30 PM
Montreal's own Nomadic Massive has firmly established itself as a group of premier performers and skilled musicians in a genre that has evolved from its early days of two turntables and a microphone. These musical nomads represent an open-minded Hip-Hop which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past; combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles.
BOOM BOOM'S BOW BY Lea DeLaria AND Janette Mason
January 13 at 12:00 PM
$10 for Children 12 and under / $20 Adult
BOOM BOOM'S BOW is a totally interactive Jazz musical romp for the whole family. Where did Boom Boom leave his bow? You and your little ones will help him find it. On the way you will make up a blues song, shake your groove thing and discover that anything can swing. Mostly,though, you and your little ones will scream with laughter at the antics of the characters they will meet along the way: Jazz (DeLaria), Boom Boom, Crash and Mrs. Tinkle (DeLaria's fantastic trio of musicians). Kids and their parents will throw their worries away during this afternoon of fun. Ages 3 to 10.
JVB, DELARIA, HOFFMAN & NJJ
January 13 at 7:00 PM
Justin VivIan Bond: "The greatest cabaret artist of (v's) generation" - New Yorker
Lea DeLaria: "Every inch a star!" - NY Times
Jackie Hoffman: "Savagely funny!" -NY Times
Natalie Joy Johnson: "One of the top 10 Downtown Divas" -TimeOut NY
January 13 at 9:30 PM
Performances on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, World Café and Whad'Ya Know?, as well as Public Radio International's Studio 360 and the nationally syndicated Mitch Albom Show. Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition into a sound No Depression described as "a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues."
ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC: Joe's Pub is one of New York City's most celebrated venues for emerging and legendary performing artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting new artists while providing established artists with a safe, intimate space to develop new work. Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home. Open seven days a week, dinner and drink service is available during every performance.
ABOUT The Public Theater AT ASTOR PLACE: Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.publictheater.org
Pictured: Marcia Ball