Stephanie McKay, Greg Proops, Murray Hill's Oscar Party and More Set for Joe's Pub thru 3/5
This week at Joe's Pub at The Public, February 24-March 5, will feature: Fly: A Musical Tribute to Damon Intrabartolo, The Return of Radiant Baby, Stephanie McKay, Bridget Everett, Dom La Nena & Piers Faccini, Dawn Landes, Greg Laswell, Henry Wagons, The Hot Sardines, Ramya Ramana, The Greg Proops Chat Show, Schoolhouse Rock, Murray Hill Oscars Party, Kelly Joe Phelps, Shirve Alive, Queen of the Beatniks, Gia Mora & Einstein's Girl, Juan Perro and the Employee of the Month Show. Details below!
FLY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO DAMON INTRABARTOLO Monday, February 24 at 7:00 PM
BroadwayWorld.com will continue its 2014 concert series at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, hosting an all-star tribute concert and benefit, celebrating the music of bare composer Damon Intrabartolo, at Joe's Pub in New York City, directed by his longtime collaborator, friend and Tony-nominee Kristin Hanggi. Damon Intrabartolo was a gifted composer who passed away this year on August 13th, 2013. He was 39 years old. Damon studied at USC's School of Music, where he was a beloved member of the USC marching band, and went on to orchestrate and conduct many film scores for composer Jon Ottman, including The Usual Suspects, Halloween H2O, Lake Placid, X2: X-Men United, Fantastic Four, and Superman Returns. He also orchestrated and conducted In Good Company, and the movie Dreamgirls. Intrbartolo is most known for his beautiful musical bare which won him the Los Angeles Ovation Award, the Backstage Garland Award, the LA Drama Critics Award, and the LA Weekly Award for best Original Score & Best Musical. bareis loved internationally by musical theater fans, and has over 100 productions, including London, Toronto, Sydney Australia, and the Philippines.
THE RETURN OF RADIANT BABY: A Benefit Concert for Theatre C Monday, February 24 at 9:30 PM
$150 VIP / $85 Reserved Seating / $50 Bar Area
To celebrate the continuing work of the company that brought William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray's Echoes of Etta to Joe's Pub, this electric joyride into the life of famed artist Keith Haring returns to the Public Theater as a concert of songs to benefit Theatre C. Theatre C, in consultation with Two River Theater, is developing the acclaimed musical into an exhilarating 360-degree immersive experience, complete with supercharged choreography, surround-sound and video. In the full production, the audience members will be the guests to the grand Party of Life in 1990, celebrating Haring's body of work. The event abruptly transforms into an unexpected joyride through his existence, as we face the joys, obsessions, inspirations, and addictions that defined Haring's short, yet unparalleled life, from unassuming misfit artist to superstar maestro and activist.
STEPHANIE MCKAY Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM
Stephanie Mckay is a soul revivalist with all the tent revival intensity of Lyn Collins and the neo soul groove-ease of Jill Scott. Her work includes touchstones past and present reflecting classic funk and soul. Her first album was produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead fame. Her second album was released in 2008 entitled Tell It Like It Is.
BRIDGET EVERETT & THE TENDER MOMENTS Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 PM
**SOLD OUT** Every month Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments bring their funny yet gut-wrenching and outrageous performance to Joe's Pub at The Public. Led by the singing tour de force Bridget Everett, "a mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler" (New York Times), the band has sold-out venues nationally and instantly developed a cult-like following with their edgy, sexed-up, punk rock cabaret. Each performance is as explosive as it is unpredictable, welcoming special guests as varied as Fred Armisen, Patti LuPone, Flea, Dan Finnerty (The Dan Band), Tonya Pinkins, Marc Shaiman, Erin Markey, Peaches, Neal Medlyn and Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) while fans such as Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Andy Cohen and Lily Taylor can be seen laughing hysterically in the audience. Imagine Freddy Mercury, Richard Pryor and Sophie Tucker had a baby, and then you might be getting close ... maybe. Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments are poised to release their debut album of original music in October 2013 featuring the singles "Titties," "What I Gotta Do," and "Fuck Shit Up."
DOM LA NENA & PIERS FACCINI Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM
Brazilian born cellist and vocalist Dom La Nena released her debut album, Ela, on Six Degrees Records in January, 2013. Ela is a stunningly intricate and understated collection of thirteen original compositions, sung in Portuguese and Spanish. Dom's delicate vocals and multi-tracked cello on the album are supported by spare, minimal arrangements by co-producer and label mate Piers Faccini. Melodies and words are in Faccini's bones and his finely crafted songs resonate with traces of his ancestry. If his songs were maps they would stretch from the English moors to the Saharan dunes via the parched plains of the Mediterrannean before spanning the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Mississippi Delta.
DAWN LANDES: Bluebird CD Release Wednesday, February 26 at 9:30 PM
$12 in Advance / $15 at Door
Based in Brooklyn, but raised in Louisville, singer-songwriter Dawn Landes has been writing songs for most of her life, and already has more than a decade of experience as a professional producer and engineer. After leaving NYU where she studied psychology and literature, Landes began honing her production and engineering skills, working at Stratosphere Sound (owned by James Iha, Adam Schlesinger, and Andy Chase), and at Philip Glass' personal recording studio, before launching Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn with partners Steve Salett and Gary Maurer.
Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 PM AND 9:30PM
**BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT** It's been seven years now since Greg Laswell released his debut album; since then, his phrasing and tempo became more and more improvised in songs like "What a Day" and "Embrace Me." Other songs changed from simply wanting to give the fans something new; "Comes and Goes In Waves" and "How the Day Sounds" were completely deconstructed and played on acoustic guitar with a cello. Laswell also re-recorded a few of the more popular songs off each record. About midway through these recordings, Laswell says he felt as if he were producing an episode of Where Are They Now? with his songs as the subjects. Musically, he imposed two rules: no drums, and less than four tracks per song (allowing himself to comp string sections onto one track). He also mixed in two newcomers to the gang: "December," which he reluctantly had to cut from his first record, Through Toledo, and the Sparklehorse cover "It's a Wonderful Life."
Friday, February 28 at 7:30 PM
$12 in Advance / $15 at Door
Henry Wagons is unanimously lauded as one of Australia's greatest and most entertaining performers. Along with his rare charisma, he offers heavy doses of stomping outlaw rock and irresistible crooning. Having been described "like the lovechild of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash" by Rolling Stone his live show is a performance like no other."
HOT SARDINES Friday, February 28 at 9:30 PM
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, an NYC outfit (with a tap dancer) that's been called "consistently electrifying live" (Popmatters). The Sardine sound - wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around - is steeped in the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. Pianist-bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and Paris-born singer Miz Elizabeth (who owe their collaboration to meeting via Craigslist) describe their band as "born in the 1920s, but raised in the '00s," reflecting a philosophy that hot jazz, dixieland and Tin Pan Alley tunes are all pop music, not historical artifact to be handled with kid gloves. In 2013 The Sardines headlined the TCM Classic Cruise, played Great GoogaMooga Festival, the Spiegeltent and the Blue Note Jazz festival, and continue to turn regular haunt The Standard Hotel into a "saloon in the sky" (The Wall Street Journal).
RAMYA RAMANA Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 PM
18-year-old Ramya Ramana is a youth activist, poet, writer, and most of all, believer of God. She is the current Youth Poet Laureate of New York City. Recently, she won the New York Knicks Poetry Slam that awarded her with a full scholarship to St. John's University, where she is studying Philosophy. As the Youth Poet Laureate, Ramya will travel the five boroughs to speak to her peers about voting and civic engagement and also publish her first body of work with Penmanship Books. Ramya has performed at venues such as the Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, Nuyorican Poets Café, Richie Rich's Palace for the Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz and City Hall for the inauguration of Mayor Bill De Blasio. Ramya is currently in pursuit of being a better lover, friend and servant of God and hopes to pursue a career as a full-time artist.
THE GREG PROOPS CHAT SHOW
Saturday, March 1 at 9:00 PM
In a city where "here today" so often anticipates "gone tomorrow," The Greg Proops Chat Show has established itself as an institution: comedy, conversation, music with the oh so dapper Mr. Proops running the show. What's more, because Greg's guests have nothing under their arm, there are no plugs and no agenda. The conversation is real, freewheeling, intelligent, offbeat, frequently hilarious and always open to the unexpected. Where else would the unstoppable force that is Jack Black explain "altered snowboarding," comedian Drew Carey channel Reese Witherspoon, everyman actor John C. Reilly spin a heartwarming tale of a crazed Jack Nicholson, Sarah Silverman croon "Ol' Man River" or Eagle Joe Walsh jam with musical mad hatter Jon Brion? The answer is, in all likelihood, nowhere.
BOB DOROUGH: SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK
Sunday, March 2 at Noon
Bob Dorough, the 90-year-old jazz legend, wrote "Three is a Magic Number" and dozens of other memorable songs for ABC TV's Schoolhouse Rock. His fans have included Miles Davis, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Jamie Cullum, Blossom Dearie, Diana Krall, and many, many more. Join the legendary Bob Dorough for an intimate set celebrating his many different forays into entertainment that have brought so much joy over the years. "
MURRAY HILL OSCAR PARTY with Oscar Ballots, Trivia, Prizes, and Audience Best & Worst Dressed Awards Sunday, March 2 at 8:00 PM(Pre-show Red Carpet begins at 7:30 PM)
Celebrate Hollywood's most glamorous night downtown with comedian Murray Hill, "the hardest working middle-aged man in show business," as he hosts his Annual Oscars Party at Joe's Pub with Molly Pope, Lauren Adams, Matt Dennie, Abby Holland and more. The evening will feature impromptu performances, impersonations of the nominated stars, movie spoofs, interviews from the fake red carpet, movie trivia games and lots of prizes. In what has become a downtown Oscars tradition, Murray provides his infamous running commentary during commercial breaks and leaves no star behind with his barbed wit and one-liners. A Grand Prize goes to the Winner of the Oscar Ballot! Ballots will be handed out before the show. The audience will also compete for Best and Worst Dressed as well as the coveted "Three Sheets To The Wind" award for the audience member who is the most intoxicated. The audience is encouraged to dress like their favorite celebrity for the chance to win fabulous silly prizes.
KELLY JOE PHELPS Monday, March 3 at 7:00 PM
Kelly Joe Phelps fills his music with poignancy, passion and spirituality to create what has been called "Some of the most emotionally thrilling blues music ever" (Dirty Linen). A brilliant improviser, Phelps is known for his ability to put a new spin on a song every time he plays with subtle finger-picking and slide guitar and soulful, haunting vocals. His latest album, Slingshot Professionals (Rykodisc), produced by Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell, John Scofield), explores bittersweet themes in character studies full of shadow and mystery and light.
Monday, March 3 at 9:30 PM
Shrive Alive is back and plugging it all in for this show. This trio will feature Shrive along with Fred Cash on bass and Greg Gonzalez on drums. Shrive's original inspiration as a guitarist was Jimi Hendrix, but he has since invoked other classic rock guitar greats along with blues and be-bop musicians to develop his style. He has spent valuable time in Mississippi with Fat Possum Records, working with greats like R.L Burnside and T-Model Ford. His talents span beyond the stage and into the studio where he has produced for Nas, and was featured on guitar in the Michael Mann/Will Smith movie Ali. Shrive has also worked as an engineer with many Hip Hop and R&B legends including Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Jodeci, and Wu-Tang Clan.
QUEEN OF THE BEATNIKS
Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 PM
The legendary Judy Henske is the best singer you've never heard of: from 1963 when she confounded audiences with her performance of "God Bless the Child" on the Judy Garland show, to 1966 when she riffed about whores on her Jack Nietzche-produced live album The Death Defying Judy Henske, even after her psychedelic folk classic "Farewell Aldebaran", recorded for Frank Zappa's label in 1969. Standing six feet tall with a voice like a midwestern mash up of Etta James and Ethel Merman, she predated deep-throated alto rock divas like Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and Cher. Vocalist Meredith DiMenna performs an overview of Henske's recorded material, featuring songs like "Danny Boy," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "I Know You, Rider," "Til the Real Thing Comes Along," and "High Flyin' Bird."
GIA MORA AND EINSTEIN'S GIRL Tuesday, March 4 at 9:30 PM
$20 Smart, sexy, and sassy actor/vocalist Gia Mora, a.k.a. Einstein's Girl, unleashes her signature blend of intellectual prowess and animal instinct on an unlikely pair of human languages: love and theoretical physics. Combining beloved jazz standards with standup comedy and original music, Mora uses cutting edge mathematics as a metaphor for 21st century interpersonal relations. Einstein's Girl takes her audiences on a journey to the edges of the universe and the interiors of their hearts. Featuring Charlie Barnett on piano.
JUAN PERRO: Casa en el Aire Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 PM
Few artists in the Spanish rock arena truly deserve the title of living legend. One of them is Santiago Auserón, better known as Juan Perro. The former leader of one of Spain's greatest rock bands of all time, Radio Futura, Juan Perro is widely regarded as a genre pioneer, both sides of the Atlantic. With a background as a philosophy student, and a side career as a music history writer, curator and scholar, it's expected from Juan Perro not to take things lightly when it comes to evoking those rich musical traditions. He digs deep into those roots in search of connections and reinvigorates them in his respectful while innovative interpretations, adding his own flavor and personality to the mix.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SHOW: CATIE LAZARUS interviews ANDREW RANNELLS, DANNY BURSTEIN, SETH GODIN and ESTHER PEREL
Wednesday, March 5 at 9:30 PM
Ever wonder what it's like to have a dreamy job? Comedian Catie Lazarus did too, so she created an utterly addictive, candid, fun talk show about work. Alumni include: Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lewis Black, Robert Smigel and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Grover (the Muppet NOT the former U.S. President.). Come see why The New York Times calls Employee of the Month"beloved" and Blackbook calls it comedian Catie Lazarus's "hilarious podcast talk show" and The New Yorker calls, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox." Lazarus honors and interviews March's Employees of the Month: Grammy winner Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon & Girls); Broadway's Danny Burstein (Cabaret); Entrepreneuer & author Seth Godin (Tribes & Linchpin); and, sex therapist and author Esther Perel (Mating in Captivity). Plus music from Beyondo, comedy and more. This show could change your life, I mean depending on your life.