Hamilton Leithauser, Spottiswoode & His Enemies and More to Perform at Joe's Pub, Now thru 4/27
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced an exciting lineup of performances now through April 27. Check out the full schedule and details below!
Hamilton Leithauser will perform tonight at 7:30 and 9:30 PM and Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Tonight's performance is sold out, and tickets to tomorrow night's performances are $25.
Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music in North America on June 3, internationally on June 2. Inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career for The Walkmen's front man, the album brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely mid-winter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a loud rock band and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most passionate, personal and free. His live show includes Maroon (guitar), Henderson (bass) and Nick Stumpf (drums) plus a string quartet.
Spottiswoode & His Enemies will have their English Dream CD Release at Joe's Pub Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15
Spottiswoode is the son of an American singer and an English clergyman. Drawing comparisons to everyone from Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and The National to Ray Davies and Nick Cave, Spottiswoode & His Enemies have been profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition, World Cafe and Soundcheck and toured worldwide from SXSW to Lille, France to Lincoln Center.
English Dream, their sixth studio recording, is a haunting departure for the septet. It is an English record, written and sung by an Englishman but recorded in Brooklyn by a New York band. His Enemies are John Young (bass), Tim Vaill (drums), Candace DeBartolo (saxophone), Kevin Cordt (trumpet), Riley McMahon (guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel), and Tony Lauria (piano, accordion, keyboards).
The Hot Sardines will perform at Joe's Pub Thursday, April 17 at 9:30 PM. This performance is sold out.
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have The Hot Sardines. This NYC-based outfit, which includes a tap dancer, has been called "consistently electrifying live" by Popmatters. The Sardine sound - wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around - is strongly influenced by the straight-up, foot-stomping jazz Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make. Reflecting a philosophy that hot jazz, Dixieland and Tin Pan Alley tunes are all pop music (and not delicate historical artifacts), pianist-bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and Paris-born singer Miz Elizabeth describe their band as "born in the 1920s, but raised in the '00s." The Sardines continue their monthly residency at Joe's Pub through July.
Somi's NightSPRING Residency will be at Joe's Pub Thursdays April 17, 24 and May 1 at 11:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Acclaimed East African vocalist and songwriter Somi returns to Joe's Pub for a three week late night residency. She and her band will preview music from her forthcoming album and major label debut The Lagos Music Salon (Sony/Okeh) which will be released this summer. Her NightSPRING residency is inspired by the unfolding season and the magic of the night. Somi's band is Otis Brown III (drums),Toru Dodo (piano/keyboard), Nir Felder (guitar), Michael Olatuja (bass) and Alicia Olatuja (additional vocals).
The Greyhounds' Accumulator CD Release will be at Joe's Pub Friday, April 18 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15.
The Greyhounds are guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell, who have been making and playing music for 15 years together. With long-time ties to Memphis, their sound can be described as "Hall & Oates meets ZZ Top." The duo, who recently signed with legendary Memphis label Ardent Music, will release new album 'Accumulator' on 4/8. The album will combine cream-of-the-crop tunes the band's devoted followers pass along to the uninitiated with new, previously-unreleased tracks.
Jonah Smith will be at Joe's Pub Friday, April 18 at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $12.
For over a decade after releasing his debut record in 2001, award-winning singer-songwriter Jonah Smith was a staple on the New York music scene, leading a band that could play for hours. In 2012, Smith wrote, produced and released two albums, one of which was nominated for Rock Album of the year by the IMA's. At the end of 2012, he moved to Los Angeles, where he continues to record and perform. This show is a homecoming for Smith, who will reunite with his longtime band for the CD release show for his new acoustic EP, which was produced by Andy Stack and himself. The band will be joined by a few special guests for this performance.
Nickel & Dime Ops will perform Friday, April 18 at 11:30 PM. Tickets are $12.
Nickel and Dime OPS is a jazz-fused hip-hop band based out of New York City. The group is led by Queens lyricist Nickel Killsmicsand features vocalist Victoria Cave alongside a septet of jazz musicians playing hip-hop beats. The combination of thought-provoking lyrics and soulful grooves headed by their powerful 3 piece horn section has been getting crowd approval at many New York venues. Since 2010, the band has also been holding down a weekly Thursday night residency at the world renowned SMOKE Jazz Club. Their sophomore release, The Soulygamist, is now available.
Steve: A Docu-musical will run Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $14.
Steve: A Docu-Musical is a hilarious and touching new take on musical theater, combining documentary styling with distinctively original songs co-written by Colin and Steve. Colin is a twenty-something musician living in Brooklyn. Steve is a retired railway clerk from Australia and prolific author of books, lyrics, and emails to Colin. Colin and Steve have never met. Over the last five years, they have written over 100 songs together and exchanged almost 7,000 emails.
Horse Feathers' 10th Anniversary Acoustic Tour will stop at Joe's Pub Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $15.
Horse Feathers features Justin Ringle's unique vocals wrapped with sparkling guitars, dancing fiddles, and smoky banjo woven through the foundation of the lower strings. New elements are everywhere: horn, woodwind and brass appear and fade, and drums drive the beat in places, providing new texture and heft. The lyrics traverse familiar themes from natural disaster to the deeply personal, each through Ringle's uniquely American linguistic lens. The latest album Cynics New Year does not fail to deliver something beautiful and new. It navigates a thoughtful, thought-provoking expedition from the wide sky and rolling ocean to the most private corners of the human heart.
Joining Ringle is Nathan Crockett and a cadre of Northwest musicians: Dustin Dybvig, Victor Nash, Justin Power, Catherine Odell, Jedadiah Bernards, Cory Goldman, Jenn Rawling, Adam Thompson, Scott Magee, Brandon Johnson and sound engineer Skyler Norwood.
K'naan will perform at Joe's Pub Saturdays April 19 and 26 at 11:30 PM. Both performances are sold out
Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist and philanthropist K'naan continues month-long residency at Joe's Pub in April. You know him from his collaborations with music greats Nas, Bono, Mos Def and will.I.am from his 2012 LP release Country, God Or The Girl. The grandson of Haji Mohamed, one of Somalia's most famous poets, and nephew of famed Somali singer Magool, the emcee is forging his own musical path through reggae, funk, pop, soul and, above all, hip-hop. Each week at Joe's Pub (April 19 and 26), he will play intimate acoustic sets of new and old music.
The Meeting, hosted by Justin Sayre, will be at Joe's Pub Sunday, April 20 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $20.
The Meeting hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, continues its three month engagement with a celebration of the lauded actor, writer and director John Cameron Mitchell, just in time for the Broadway debut of his celebrated musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The April show will feature special guests Justin Vivian Bond (Tony Award nominated entertainer), Angela DiCarlo (Mad World of Miss Hathaway), Scott Matthew (Shortbus), Marty Thomas (Xanadu), Sven Ratzke (Hedwig in Berlin), Paul Dawson & PJ DeBoy (Shortbus), Shane Shane (La MaMa) and Derek Smith (Dixon Place). Tracy Stark serves as Music Director.
Justin Sayre, the show's creator, writer and host, serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as "Letters to the Chairman" and "New Rulings from the Board."
Arias & Ratzke will be at Joe's Pub Sunday, April 20 at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $25.
New York City icon Joey Arias and Dutch/German cabaret star Sven Ratzke premiere their new collaborative show Arias & Ratzke. Arias recently guest starred with Ratzke in Amsterdam, and the chemistry between these two world class performers inspired them to create a show together. With music directed by Ratzke's long-time collaborator, jazz pianist Charly Zastrau, Arias & Ratzke covers musical terrain ranging from Brecht and Weill to Lou Reed and The Beatles, with a dash of Shirley Bassey and Billie Holiday for good measure. Expect the unexpected as these peerless improvisers and vocalists engage the audience and each other with a mix of comedy, song and audience interaction.
Imani Uzuri's GIRL Shakes Loose Her Skin will run Monday, April 21 at 9:30PM. Tickets are $15.
Imani Uzuri's GIRL Shakes Loose Her Skin is a new musical and theatrical exploration of one girl's journey to womanhood. GIRL, by Uzuri (composer, lyrics, musical director) and Zakiyyah Alexander (book and lyrics), is inspired by and featuring the poetry of Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez.
A one-night only concert presentation of GIRL, this show features a powerhouse ensemble of musical theater and downtown artists: Rebecca Naomi Jones (singing the lead role of GIRL), de'Adre Aziza, Christina Acosta Robinson, McKenzie Frye, Karma Mayet Johnson and Peter Jay Fernandez with piano accompaniment and music co-arrangement by Toru Dodo and full band including Marika Hughes (cello), Swiss Chris and more.
Alexia Bomtempo will perform at Joe's Pub Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15.
Brazilian-American singer Alexia Bomtempo's 2013 release I Just Happen to Be Here is a beautifully stirring personal tribute to the music of the legendary singer/songwriter Caetano Veloso. Bomtempo's live set combines creative interpretations of Caetano's early 70's English language exile-era classics with colorful arrangements of modern Brazilian repertoire. She has performed throughout South America, Europe, Japan, and the United States, attracting attention from media outlets ranging from NBC, NPR, The New York Daily News, and Globo TV.
RadhaMUSprime's The 40-Year-Old Version (A Mixtape) with DJ Jamedicine, will run Tuesday, April 22 at 9:30PM. Tickets are $15.
What would happen if Wu Tang's Ghostface Killah and comedy legend Mom's Mabley had a child? You'd get RadhaMUSprime, the alter-ego of New York native and award-winning playwright Radha Blank. Her forthcoming mix tape The 40-Year-Old Version is an original, self?produced Hip-Hop/Comedy mash?up of dope beats, catchy hooks and thought?provoking rhymes that beg the question: where is the single, overweight, undersexed, 40?Year?Old Black Woman's voice in Hip Hop? RIGHT CHERE YO! RadhaMUSprime speaks unapologetically on everything from sex, dating, aging, race, immigration, body acceptance and being a creative in New York. Her frequent cohort DJ Jahmedicine joins her.
Judith Sloan presents Yo Miss! on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00PM. Tickets are $12.
YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide is an original play written and performed by Judith Sloan and a live band. Sloan, known for her solo performances and her collaboration with Warren Lehrer on the multi-media project Crossing the BLVD, spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails where she encountered and reported on immigration stories, cultural clashes and generation gaps. Fusing the art of theater and music, YO MISS! is a first-person account of an artist navigating a maze of miscommunications and memories, while breaking down the assumptions that divide residents of the same city. Collaborating with rapper Immortal Technique, Sloan remixes her own experiences with those of her students, transforming into a multitude of characters, in this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking show. Directed by Bob Berky, Sloan's live band includes Frank London (trumpet), Deep Singh (table), Lynn Ligammari (sax), Joell Jackson (beatbox), and Miwi LaLupa (bass).
Nova Social will perform Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30PM. Tickets are $12.
Nova Social is led by singer/multi-instrumentalistDavid Nagler and guitarist/programmer Thom Soriano. The band also features vocalist Xavier (Scissor Sisters, Bright Light Bright Light), pianist Dan Lipton (Sting, Burt Bacharach), a string trio comprised of Tom Chiu, Dana Lyn, and Clara Kennedy, and a rhythm section of Pier Paolo Pappalardo and Konrad Meissner. The NYC-based band comes to Joe's Pub to celebrate the April 22 release ofThe Patience & Pleasure EP, which features production by David Frank (The System, Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera), in addition to the long-awaited release of their lost album Sports Motel on cassette tape.
Ryan Montbleau will perform Thursday, April 24 at 7:30PM. Tickets are $18.
Ryan Montbleau's songs typically need to simmer. In his decade-long career, the gifted singer and his limber band have built their catalog the old-fashioned way, by introducing new songs to their live set, then bending and shaping them over dozens of performances before committing a definitive version to the hard drive. Montbleau's next album, For Higher, is quite literally a departure from those methods. Well-established out of his Northeast roots, the singer threw himself into New Orleans, where everything tends to be slow-cooked, for a few fast-moving days working with Galactic's Ben Ellman.
Comprised of originals like the playful stomp of "Deadset" or "Head Above Water," freshly peppered with horns and a few handpicked cover tunes (Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, the late Muscle Shoals guitarist Eddie Hinton), the album came together spontaneously. This same intuitive spark is evident on stage.
Mads Langer will perform Thursday, April 24 at 9:30PM. Tickets are $12.
Both grounded and ambitious, Mads Langer worked with not only leading pop producers like Swedish team SeventyEight but also his childhood friends on his new album. That touch of level-headed humanity also finds its ways to Langer's songwriting which center on issues of love, loss, life and death. You sense all along that Langer has become a beloved songwriter because he entered the fray for the best reason - to simply write and play. He explains, "If I was not allowed to play music, I would be desperate beyond my imagination. So, I enjoy every morning I get up and realise I live of my music. Holding the humility and the gratefulness in my hands is very important to me. And as long as I do not compromise with who I am, I feel invulnerable."
Dancenow: Clare Porter's Portables will be performed Friday, April 25 at 7:00PM. Tickets are $15.
Claire Porter is on the move with her new work Portables, a collection of funny and poignant character sketches that leave a lasting, laugh-out-loud impression on audiences across the U.S. and around the globe. PORTABLES is composed by Mary Ellen Childs, performed by Matt Buffalo, Dana Crowe, Misaki Karachi, Claire Porter, Susan Thomasson, Sabatino Verlezza, Soprano Marla Berg and other guests. This presentation is supported by Live Music for Dance, Jody and John Arnhold and The Guggenheim Foundation.
Hauschka will perform Friday, April 25 at 9:30 PM. This performance is sold out.
Volker Bertelmann, the man behind Hauschka, is a Dusseldorf-based pianist and composer from Kreuztal Nordrheinwestfalen, Germany. The story behind Hauschka is not necessarily what you would expect. Although Bertelmann is one of the most recognizable 21st Century proponents of what is known as prepared piano - sound altered by the insertion of alien objects between or upon its strings, hammers and dampers - he was barely aware of the champions of such a practice when he first began his experiments. Even John Cage was a largely unfamiliar name that fateful day when he sat in the studio of his friend Adam Fuest and, frustrated by the sounds he was making, starting placing random objects into
Bright Light Bright Light will perform Friday, April 25 at 11:00PM. This performance is sold out.
Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Welsh-born Rod Thomas, a singer, writer, producer and DJ. Drawing influence from the late 80s and early 90s, Rod has crafted a brand of shimmering electro-pop that nods to Depeche Mode, Bjork, Yazoo and Ace of Base. Rod mixes a love of classic songwriting with a love of the dance floor. On this night at Joe's Pub, Bright Light Bright Light offers a special preview of his forthcoming solo piano album Life Is Easy.
Gowanus Music Club will be featured on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00AM. Tickets are $10.
Gowanus Music Club and Joe's Pub present an all-ages show as the culmination of the rock school's Spring 2014 12-Week Jam (Kids). Seven bands, ages eight through sixteen, will play fifteen minute sets to showcase their talents. The PS140 Contemporary Choir will also perform works from their repertoire. The event promises to be a diverse and fun afternoon for kids and adults alike.
Sharon Katz & The Peace Train will perform Saturday, April 26 at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $18.
Nelson Mandela's spirit lives on through the Afro-Pop-Jazz music and message of South Africa's Grammy Award-nominated band, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train. The band returns to Joe's Pub on the 20th anniversary of Mandela's election as President. Katz contributed to Mandela's historic efforts to break through the barriers of Apartheid in the early 1990s by taking 150 musicians onboard The Peace Train for a cross-country tour in support of a peaceful transition to democracy. Two decades later, they are still going strong. In fact, a documentary film entitled When Voices Meet is being made about their role in the struggle; a preview will be shown before the concert.Singer-songwriter Kierstin Gray will play an opening set to kick off the night!
Visit joespub.com for a complete list of shows.
Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. In 2013, Joe's Pub celebrates 15 years of the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. It received a top-to-bottom renovation in 2011, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.
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. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.