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Joe's Pub Makes Brooklyn Debut at Great GoogaMooga Festival Today

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Joe's Pub at The Public will make its debut in Brooklyn as a co-presenter at the second annual Great GoogaMooga Festival in Prospect Park. The three-day outdoor food, drink and music festival is produced by Superfly Presents and will take place today, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, 2013. The Joe's Pub Stage will host eight performances on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

The lineup for the Joe's Pub Stage includes Brooklyn Bhangra party band RED BARAAT; melodic folk trio PEARL AND THE BEARD; high-energy 8-piece Afro-Colombian outfit M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM; sizzling Parisian-style jazz band THE HOT SARDINES, iconic New Orleans artist JONATHAN BATISTE; cabaret superstar and comedienne LADY RIZO, gospel and roots vocalist MARCELLE DAVIES LASHLEY and Mexican brass band BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS. These artists join a list of over twenty bands confirmed for GoogaMooga including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, The Darkness, Matt & Kim, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Father John Misty, De La Soul, Cults, Sharon Van Etten and more.

The leading showcase venue in New York, Joe's Pub continues to set the standard for music programming that highlights diversity, excellence and accessibility. In addition to GoogaMooga, Joe's Pub has programmed several events outside of its downtown home at Astor Place including Make Music New York, Joe's Pub in the Park at the Delacorte Theater and The Cooper Hotel Summer Salon series. Through its partnership with GoogaMooga, Joe's Pub will strengthen its commitment to community engagement in all five boroughs, an essential piece of Public Theater founder Joe Papp's mission.

Since celebrated restaurateurs Luke Ostrom and Chef Andrew Carmellini joined the ranks in 2012, Joe's Pub at The Public has become one of the city's top destinations for music and food. GoogaMooga also celebrates the intersection of food and music by pairing 85 of New York's top restaurants with 75 brews and 100 wines.

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS A few years ago while eating a taco Jacob Garchik first heard the magnificent sound of brass band music from the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He immediately bought a bunch of CDs and videos, exploring the genre. Living on the edge of the Mexican part of Sunset Park, he was sure that he could find some of this music performed live, just like it is in Chicago and LA. He searched the colorful night club posters up and down Fifth Avenue, and despite understanding no Spanish, he knew that one thing was clear: none of the bands pictured had enough players to form a genuine acoustic Banda-14! He called his friend Oscar and a dozen of their other friends, and Banda de los Muertos was born. Featuring his arrangements of classic Banda tunes of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries along with their own unique twist, Banda de los Muertos takes the traditional sound of Mexico and mixes it with the lens of Brooklyn to create a truly astounding sound. http://www.bandadelosmuertos.com/

THE HOT SARDINES Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose vocals have been compared to Anita O'Day's, and you have the Hot Sardines. In a short time, the Hot Sardines have gone from their first gig - at a coffee shop on the last Q train stop in Queens - to selling out Joe's Pub three times in three months, headlining at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing. The Sardine sound - wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around - is steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. http://hotsardines.com/

JONATHAN BATISTE Jonathan Batiste is an iconic artist, unique in this generation. With his voice on piano and dapper sense of style, he has ignited the NYC music scene. He is from a celebrated lineage of musicians. He has performed in over 40 countries, has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Concertgebouw, has released several CD's, among them "Times In New Orleans", "Live In New York: At The Rubin Museum Of Art", and "MY N.Y.", and EP's "The Amazing Jon Batiste EP" and "In The Night EP". On T.V. he has been featured in the NBA All-Star Game Half-Time Show 2008, the HBO series "Treme", and BET. He has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, Prince, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Hargrove and Cassandra Wilson. Jonathan Batiste is the founder and leader of The Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit. http://jonathanbatiste.com/

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