John Cameron Mitchell and Holly Hunter, Benji Hughes, Mates of State and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 3/30
Looking ahead at Joe's Pub at The Public, performances running today, March 18, through March 30 include: A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN - JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL & HOLLY HUNTER - PAUL LOREN - FIRST ANNUAL FEMINIST BALL - FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2014: SONIA OLLA's TIEMPO AL AIRE - MOBY DICK, PART III: THE BALLAD OF PIP - ARBOREA W/ CASSANDRA JENKINS - THE HOT SARDINES - BENJI HUGHES - FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2014: SILVIA PEREZ CRUZ & RAUL FERNANDEZ REFREE's CRUZ MIRO - FUEL FANDANGO - OUR LADY J - VINCENT D'ONOFRIO & DANA LYN - TRANS FORMATIVE: AN EVENING OF SONGS THAT PROPEL US - PT WALKLEY - UBU SINGS UBU - CHARLES YANG - COMPANY FREAK - JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND - BRIDGET EVERETT - NEVER SLEEP ALONE - MATES OF STATE - JESUS ON THE MAINLINE / NATALIE CRESSMAN - CARMEN SOUZA. Details below!
Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM
A Winged Victory for the Sullen is a collaboration between Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and L.A. composer Dustin O'Halloran. Using an array of rare nine foot grand pianos that could deliver extreme sonic low end, the duo developed the recordings in large acoustic spaces around the world. They also used traditional instrumentation including string quartet, French horn and bassoon, but always juxtaposed is the sound of drifting guitar-washed melodies. The artists pushed themselves to dangerous territory, resulting is seven works - landscapes of harmonic ingemination. Notable guest musicians include Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir, as well as Erased Tapes label comrade Peter Broderick on violin.
Wednesday & Sunday, March 19 & 23 at 7:00 PM
This evening is the first installment, or volume, of A Good Read, a no-frills reading series of classic works of prose and poetry presented by performers from all walks of the verbal arts curated by John Cameron Mitchell. Holly Hunter joins Mitchell for Volume 1, entitled Large and Startling Figures, which celebrates the classic Southern American short story.
Wednesday, March 19 at 9:30PM
Leading the new generation of soul crooners, Paul Loren sings songs that will make you move. Raised on the rich legacy of soul music, Loren is a talented songwriter and producer, who takes elements from classic R&B, Pop and Jazz, and makes them truly his own. With a dynamic and powerful stage show, Loren evokes the great Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding at their prime.
Thursday, March 20 at 7:00PM
The Feminist Press celebrates Women's History Month with the First Annual Feminist Ball featuring emcee Michaela Angela Davis and performances by Justin Vivian Bond, Brown Girls Burlesque, and more to be announced! Founded in 1970, The Feminist Press promotes voices on the margins of dominant culture and publishes feminist works from around the world. They believe that books have the power to shift culture, and create a society free of violence, sexism, homophobia, racism, cis-supremacy, classism, sizeism, ableism and other forms of dehumanization. The Feminist Press's books and programs engage, educate and entertain.
Thursday, March 20 at 9:30 PM
Dancer Sonia Olla has danced with all the big flamenco companies in Spain (Maria Pagés, Canales). Now established in New York, she will present her new show at Joe's Pub. Tiempo al Aire is a soulful performance that captures the emotion and passion of both traditional and innovative Flamenco. The piece explores new concepts while maintaining the essence and integrity of Flamenco.
Thursday, March 20 at 11:30PM
The Ballad of Pip is the middle section of a forthcoming, large-form communal theater event based on Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Scored for piano and voice, this through-composed, ambient song cycle tells the story of Pip, a young boy aboard the Pequod, who goes insane after a harrowing encounter with the indifferent infinity of the ocean. Pulling musical influence from early American folk ballads, Indian raga, and the solo piano concerts of Keith Jarrett, The Ballad of Pip is a hypnotic meditation on madness, smallness and awe.
Dave Malloy is a Brooklyn-based composer, performer and sound designer. He is the winner of two OBIE Awards, a Richard Rodgers Award and a Jonathan Larson Grant. His shows include Black Wizard / Blue Wizard; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; All Hands; Three Pianos; Beardo; Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage; The Sewers; Sandwich; Clown Bible; and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon.
ARBOREA W/ CASSANDRA JENKINS
Friday, March 21 at 7:00PM
Since 2005, Maine-based wife and husband avant-folk duo Arborea, Shanti and Buck Curran, have released five albums, curated two various artist compilations and performed around the world including sessions on the BBC, NPR, WNYC, and WXPN. Arborea's fourth album Red Planet (2011) received critical praise, making Rolling Stone's Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011, Guitar Player Magazine's Editors Top Pick, Mojo Magazine's Top Vinyl Pick, Uncut Magazine's Top 100 Albums of 2011, and Portland Phoenix's Top Ten Albums of 2011. Their last release Fortress of the Sun (April 29th, 2013) made AllMusic's 'Favorite Folk Albums of 2013', AllMusic 'Favorite Singer/Songwriter Albums of 2013', Acoustic Guitar Magazine's 'Best Acoustic Albums of 2013', textura's 'Top Ten Albums of 2013', and Best Of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll.
Friday, March 21 at 9:30 PM
Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22 at 11:30 PM
Originally from North Carolina, singer/songwriter Benji Hughes is known for his critically-acclaimed and widely loved 25-track album A Love Extreme (2009). Of the album, Chuck Klosterman, then of Esquire, said, "The moment I saw the cover, I knew: I was going to love this music. I instinctively understood what it was supposed to do and how it was supposed to make me feel. And I was right." Since then, Hughes has spent considerable time working on film and television like How I Met Your Mother, Eastbound & Down, Chuck and Beverly Hills 90210. He has also worked with fellow artists like Jenny Lewis, Priscilla Ahn, Rilo Kiley and Kimbra on their albums. Hughes is currently working on several of his own albums, to be released in 2014. He will debut some of his new material during his shows at Joe's Pub.
Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 22 at 9:30 PM
Fuel Fandango is a duo formed by Flamenco singer Nita and DJ/producer Ale Acosta (formerly of Mojo Project). Their latest album Trece Lunas, mastered by Simon Daveys (Depeche Mode, Bjork, Chemical Brothers), is 13 songs combining funk, rock, electronic music and touches of Flamenco. Nita's vocals go from English to Spanish seamlessly, the same way she shifts from a soul-inflected sound to flamenco, because as they say, "flamenco does not know about languages." Trece Lunas was recorded in just 15 days to maintain the freshness and personality of each of the songs. On stage, Nita and Acosta, with Carlos Sosa on drums, bring those elements to life in an infectious way.
Sunday, March 23 at 9:30 PM
New York ex-pat Our Lady J paints the church pink with Gospel for the Godless, an exhilarating musical celebration of original songs penned by the Lady herself and accompanied by the Train-to-Kill Gospel Choir. Inspired by conventional Gospel music, this show is anything BUT traditional, promising to deliver you from your woes, sans the usual dogmatic baggage.
Monday March 24 at 7:30 PM
Vincent D'Onofrio started sharing his exquisitely written journal entries about a year ago. In these sharp, scary, funny, inviting, original prose poems, presented with live music by Dana Lyn's Slim Bone Head Volt, we meet both Manchester and Pilot Wolf. We can no longer look at nature, the body (human or animal, it matters not), or ballet the same way. D'Onofrio says, "My private journals read by me in a private way in order to change the world and stuff. When I read them to myself, my mind--the mind in my head--fills with music, yet I can't find the source of the music because I refuse to look around me. It is below me to look around. Around, below. Yet the music plays for you on stage, for you. I refuse it while you listen. I refuse to look around. You."
Mondays, March 24 9:30 PM
TRANS Formative is an evening of song by Downtown's most illustrious performers honoring their beloved vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern. Performers (subject to change) include:
Justin Vivian Bond, Michael Cavadias, Eisa Davis, Earl Dax, Angela Di Carlo, Miguel Gutierrez, Nicholas Gorham, Soozee Hwang and the Relastics, Mai Hisaishi, Our Lady J, Carol Lipnik, Heather Litteer, Amber Martin, Nancy Magarill, Carlos Ponton, Lady Rizo, Viva Ruiz, Chris Rael, Tammy Faye Starlite, Sofia Tosello, Roseanna Vitro, Natti Vogel, Sanda Weigl, Geo Wyeth, and Pinky Weitzman with Not Waving Not Drowning.
There will be a second TRANS Formative evening on April 28, featuring performances by Penny Arcade, Louisa Bradshaw, Seth Bedford, Machine Dazzle Flower, Miss Guy, Heather Greene, Kathleen Hanna and the Julie Ruin, Benjamin Ickes, John Kelly, Taylor Mac, Julie Atlas Muz, Sofia Rei, Rob Roth, David Sloane, Esq., Vlada Tomova & her Bulgarian trio.
Proceeds will benefit New York Voices, Joe's Pub's artist commissioning program, and the Ali Forney Center.
Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 PM
PT Walkley's record release party at Joe's Pub will feature the entire ensemble from the his latest album Shoulders and promises to pack a wallop. PopMatters said, "Walkley's songs emerge as fully-formed catchy pop nuggets with hooks galore. Power pop-rock and classic R&B combine in the songs from Shoulders, releasing February 18th. Shoulders plays very much as a song cycle, one based around an emotional year in which Walkley's son was born and his best friend passed away. This is classic stuff, easy to love from the first few notes...honestly, you had me the second those Stax-esque horns first appeared."
Proceeds from this evening will benefit New York's oldest preschool, Little Missionary's Day Nursery, and the school's plans for expansion.
Tuesday, March 25 at 9:30 PM
Ubu Sings Ubu is a tribute band playing the obscenely classic songs of cult band Pere Ubu, as sung by the classically obscene character of Pere Ubu from Ubu Roi. The band includes Tony Torn (Ubu/Vocals), Julie Atlas Muz (Ma Ubu), Vera Beren (Queen of Poland/Keys/Theremin), Emmitt Joe George (Captain Edge, Bass, Backing Vocals), Matt Butterfield (Bougrelas, Guitar, backing vocals), Patrick "Paddymyke" Conlon (King Of Poland, Drums) and Dan Safer (Co-Director/Bear). Stew is slated to sit in as special guest.
Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 PM
Described by The Boston Globe as one who "plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star," Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, TX, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Not only confined to classical violin, Yang's improvisational abilities as a violinist, electric violinist and vocalist have allowed him to crossover and perform with artists like CDZA, Steve Miller, Jake Shimabukuro, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Ray Benson, Marcelo Gomes, Misty Copeland and Jonathan Batiste. He has performed everywhere from the Metropolitan Opera House to The Forbidden City in Beijing. Most recently, Yang completed a week at Lincoln Center as the solo violinist with American Ballet Theatre's revival of Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita.
Wednesday, March 26 at 9:30 PM
International dance music super band Company Freak is masterminded by recognized producer-DJ-journalist Jason King. Their deep-pocket, sophisticated dance pop is a throwback to 1970s and 80s orchestral disco, soul and funk when groups like Chic, Change, Kool and the Gang, Boney M, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and Midnight Star ruled the airwaves. Company Freak is above all else a concept: a revolving, multi-generational affiliation of awe-inspiring vocalists and musicians, anchored by King's original dance tracks, recorded in international cities like New York, Istanbul, Addis Ababa and Paris. Engineered and mixed by Eric Broucek and Alex Nizich (LCD Soundsystem, Hercules and Love Affair), Company Freak's effervescent debut LP, Le Disco Social, features fiery vocalists Shayna Steele (Rihanna, NBC's Smash), Matia Washington (Clark Sisters, John Legend), Melissa Musique (Jessie J., Florence and the Machine) and King himself. Storied session musicians from bands like D-Train and Chic, plus a return-to-form from R&B and theater legend Vivian Reed are featured as well.