Susanna, The Losers Lounge, K'Naan and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 4/13
Joe's Pub has announced its performance lineup, March 31- April 13. Details below!
Featuring: SUSANNA - KYRA MILLER - THE STRAY BIRDS - ROY NATHANSON & SOTTO VOCE - STORM LARGE - THE LOSERS LOUNGE - CHAMPAGNE JERRY - ISLE OF KLEZBOS - EARL DAX & FRIENDS - PUBLIC FORUM SOLO: SARAH LEWIS - CLAY VS. LEVI - PETER MULVEY W/ CAITLIN CANTY - BLACK ROCK COALITION ORCHESTRA - CINDERELLA: THE REAL TRUE STORY - ETHAN LIPTON & HIS ORCHESTRA - EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND - TAYLOR DAVIS - OSEKRE - HASSAN HAKMOUN - SCREAM ALONG W/BILLY - K'NAAN - FISHTANK ENSEMBLE and THE UNIVERSAL THUMP.
Monday, March 31 at 7:30 PM
Susanna is a Norwegian singer and founder of the duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. Active for more than a decade, she has nine albums in her various iterations. The Oslo-based artist has recently been taking great steps towards greater independence and autonomy, while increasing the range of her considerable talents as a songwriter, vocal interpreter and producer. Susanna is known for both her own songwriting, with songs such as "Believer" and her highly personal interpretations of other people's songs. She is an intensely arresting performer; holding audiences captive with her hypnotizing vocal timbre and the powerful, all-consuming sound of her band, her concerts are truly magical.
Monday, March 31 at 9:30 PM
Kyra Miller - actress, singer, hometown girl - sings from the American songbook to illustrate the classic New York story about blind ambition, fairy tales, Rabbis, baseball and electrolysis. Miller performs with Matt Ray on piano.
Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 PM
When The Stray Birds are onstage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. Their sound is drawn from the richness of American folk music, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their shows speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. Raised within miles of each other in rural Pennsylvania, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first collaborated during a snowy winter in 2010, spawning their first EP, Borderland. Two years later, Charles Muench, who played upright bass on Borderland, joined as the third voice. The trio, true to form, recorded their debut full-length album by packing instruments into a station wagon and setting out to sing for an endless road of towns. The self-titled album was lauded by radio stations and listeners and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR.
Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 PM
Complicated Day is the new album from Roy Nathanson and Sotto Voce (Enja/Yellowbirds Records). The consummate multi-tasker, Nathanson balances an exhausting schedule as a musician and bandleader, composer and poet, educator and actor. Nathanson is always looking to expand his artistic reach and on Complicated Day, he's done it again, augmenting Sotto Voce's spoken word format with a greater emphasis on sung lyrics. Nathanson and Sotto Voce conjure an innovative compositional mix of songs, going where free jazz meets the far reaches of the human voice while remaining within classic arrangements that emulate stories of romance, reflection and hope. Complicated Day features Nathanson (alto, soprano and baritone saxophones), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Tim Kiah (bass), Jerome Harris (guitar and banjolin), Napoleon Maddox (beatbox) and Sam Bardfeld (violin).
Wednesday, April 2 at 9:30 PM
Storm Large is a singer, actor, author and playwright with unique charms and remarkable voice. Storm spent the 90s singing in various bands in and around the Bay Area, and moved to Portland, where she quickly gained a cult following. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where she lost the competition but came away with a fiercely loyal fan base. Storm debuted as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform/tour with the band and will be featured on their upcoming album. Storm has also sung with John Doe, Rufus Wainwright, George Clinton, and the Oregon and Detroit Symphonies.
THE LOSERS LOUNGE: LINDA RONSTADT vs. CARLY SIMON
Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 PM (SOLD OUT)
Friday, April 4 at 7:00 (SOLD OUT) & 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 5 at 1:00, 6:00 (SOLD OUT) & 9:00 PM (SOLD OUT)
The Losers Lounge is back at Joe's Pub with another residency of powerhouse shows dedicated to legendary musicians and artists. This installment showcases a showdown between Linda Ronstadt and Carly Simon. And of course, they will have all of the incredible songs, great performances, irreverent antics and special guests that you can only find at The Losers Lounge.
Thursday, April 3 at 9:30 PM
Champagne Jerry continues to roll out the hits every month! Real beats, real rapping, real champagne, real realness. As Champagne Jerry releases singles monthly from his forthcoming album For Real, You Guys, the rapper pairs each to a show themed to that single at the legendary Joe's Pub. Champagne Jerry, also known as Neal Medlyn, is a rapper and performance artist who, along with his main producer, Max Tannone and his onstage entourage, the Champagne Club, seek to transform the world every single time they hit the stage.
Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 PM
Isle of Klezbos, a powerhouse group that has toured from Vienna to Vancouver, celebrates the release of their new album, Isle of Klezbos: Live From Brooklyn, in their hometown of New York City. This soulful, fun-loving all-women's klezmer sextet approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. Their music features neo-traditional repertoire from rambunctious to entrancing: re-grooved rollicks, mystical melodies, hard-charging Yiddish swing, ravishing retro tango, overlooked underscore gems, late Soviet-Jewish drinking songs, and genre-defying originals. Formed by drummer/leader Eve Sicular, the band includes alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music as well as Harvard and even Japan's new music scene. Broadcast credits range from PBS to CBS Sunday Morning to The L Word, with commissions from artists such as Kiki Smith and Scissor Sisters, and musical theater projects including J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files.
Sunday, April 6 at 9:30 PM
Join downtown impresario Earl Dax as he celebrates his birthday at Joe's Pub with a cavalcade of friends and performers including Joey Arias, Phoebe Legere, Amber Martin, Nick Hallett, Max Steele and Justin Sayre.
Monday, April 7 at 7:00 PM
In this Public Forum Solo event, cultural historian, curator and author of acclaimed new book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, Sarah Lewis will deliver a talk about Frederick Douglass's seminal lecture "Pictures and Progress." Douglass's lecture argued that before any social progress is possible, we must be able to imagine what a better world could look like. Two of America's most celebrated and insightful creative talents, playwright/screenwriter José Rivera and photographer/visual artist Carrie Mae Weems-whose retrospective exhibition is currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum-will join her to discuss what lessons contemporary artists should take from Douglass's lecture, and what a better world looks like to them.
CLAY VS. LEVI: Sing in the Ring
Monday, April 7 at 9:30 PM
CLAY VS. LEVI: The Sing in the Ring is a one-night only heavyweight musician match between Clay Cook and Levi Lowrey. The Georgia natives are set to square off with 90 minutes of knockout hits featuring new music and special collaborative material.
Lowrey's following was built on strong musicianship and earnest songwriting, earning him industry honors and multiple cuts on artists' records including the Zac Brown Band's #1 hit "Colder Weather." He has toured with ZBB, Alabama, The Mavericks and Blackberry Smoke and formerly fronted alt-bluegrass outfit, Cadillac Sky, which opened on Mumford & Sons' sold-out 2010 tour.
Cook's latest album North Star debuted at #3 on iTunes singer/songwriter albums chart. He attended Berklee School of Music, where he and roommate John Mayer wrote many songs together, including the hit "Neon" from Mayer's first platinum album Room for Squares. Returning to the South, Cook became a part-time member of bands like Sugarland, Shawn Mullins and Marshall Tucker Band before making his eventual home with the Zac Brown Band.
Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 PM
Silver Ladder is an auditory shot in the arm from veteran touring songwriter Peter Mulvey. Produced by the indomitable Chuck Prophet, the album is a lean, muscular collection of tightly constructed songs, leavening Mulvey's tendency toward ruminative and yearning acoustic songs with a dose of sharp-witted, punchy rock and roll. After a turbulent stretch in his personal life left him at sea, Mulvey decided to write his way out of it. The songs came flooding out over the weeks and months, and within a year he had more than enough for a new record.
Singer/songwriter Caitlin Canty contributes her pure, nuanced singing to her work with several bands (Darlingside, Down Like Silver, etc) in addition to maintaining an active tour schedule of her own. Her most recent album Golden Hour (Oct 2012) is a fan-funded album blending Canty's folk roots with a Western tone, while her Brooklyn-based, Nashville-bred band lends an alt-country flavor to her songs.
BLACK ROCK COALITION ORCHESTRA: SANTANA RETROSPECTIVE REDUX
Tuesday, April 8 at 9:30 PM
The Black Rock Coalition (BRC) presents the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra in residency at Joe's Pub. Under the creative supervision of BRC co-founder and Living Colour founder Vernon Reid, BRCO will perform three shows throughout 2014, each celebrating Black rock pioneers and movements of the American pop canon. The first show will be Santana Retrospective Redux, Vol. 1, an exploration of the Grammy Award-winning guitar legend's expansive musical career.
In varied iterations, BRCO has performed in some of the world's most respected venues and festivals, honoring Nina Simone, James Brown, WAR, Curtis Mayfield, Betty Davis, Black Women Songwriters, Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott-Heron & more. BRC is the nation's only non-profit, member-supported organization founded to facilitate the maximum empowerment, exposure and expression of Black alternative artists.
Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM
This presentation is a concert version of new musical theater piece, CINDERELLA: The Real True Story. In this gender-bent version of the fairytale classic, Cinderella goes to the Ball disguised as a man, the Princess falls in love with her, and complications ensue. This Cinderella story delivers a rather timely message - all Lovers deserve to have their Happily Ever Afters - a way that is both subversive and accessible. Directed by Darren Katz, the music and lyrics are by Holly Gewandter and book is by Cheryl Moch and Gewandter.
Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00 PM
Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra play an edgy combination of jazz, folk and alternative music with a singer-songwriter core. With melancholy wit and a cockeyed worldview, sepia-toned frontman Lipton and band mates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax) deliver songs steeped in mixed-message sincerity and soul. NPR's Weekend Edition has hailed Lipton's work as "Hilarious, twisted, sophisticated, schleppy and sad all at once...songs that take the mundane of life and twist it." New York Magazine declared the group the Best Lounge Act of 2009.
Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 PM
Ever wonder what it's like to have a dreamy job? Comedian Catie Lazarus did too, so she created an utterly addictive, candid and fun talk show about work. Come see why The New York Times calls Employee of the Month "beloved." April's Employees of the Month are actor/choreographer/writer Rosie Perez, who will also be signing copies of her new memoir after the show, and actor/playwright/performance artist Taylor Mac. The show will also feature music from Beyondo. Alumni include: Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Rannells, Lewis Black, Robert Smigel, Esther Perel, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Grover the Muppet.
Thursday & Friday, April 10 & 11 at 9:30 PM
Longtime Joe's Pub favorite Justin Vivian Bond returns to the acclaimed downtown venue for a new long-form show based on the work of Tennessee Williams. In The Drift, JVB creates a new, free associative, collage of spoken word and song inspired by Williams' novella The Roman Spring of Karen Stone about a retired actress who drifts from one space to another through couture, bed, or her own mind. Performances run on select dates through mid-April.
Friday, April 11 at 7:30 PM
Taylor Davis is a classically trained American violinist, arranger and composer. Her passion for video game and film music launched her wildly popular YouTube channel ViolinTay in 2011. She is in high demand as a soloist, having performed on countless video game and film soundtracks as well as live events like the global launch of the game Titanic II (in New York & London). She is also part of the video game rock band Critical Hit, led by Blizzard Entertainment composer Jason Hayes. Davis recently began releasing her own original music starting with her first single "Nebulous" in July 2013, and plans to release a full album of original music in 2014.
Friday, April 11 at Midnight (11:59 PM)
After arriving in New York City to attend college, with only 30 dollars and change in his pocket, Osekre has not looked back. His sound is a combination of lyricism, wit, insight and flow delivered with sweet melodic African hooks. While Afro-Indie describes his style, Jama is the Ghanaian name for his groove; exciting African hooks are immersed in beats that draw from playing soccer barefooted and selling cold water in plastic bags on the streets of Accra. Osekre is the protégé of Kiki Djan, formerly of Osibisa fame. That mentorship has helped him unlock a musical vibe that has a unique local sound regardless of place and space. He performs with his band The Lucky Bastards.
Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM
Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music, schooled in the traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh. Hakmoun is regarded as a trailblazer for many young Gnawa musicians who have sought out connections with the world beyond their traditional heritage and milieu. Since moving to the U.S. in 1987, his music has absorbed elements of popular styles, from jazz and world music to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop, resulting in a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work. It has been 23 years since the talented vocalist and sintir player released his first album Gift of the Gnawa, but the time has been spent well. Hakmoun's latest album, Unity, is the finest example of ritual music combined with the heart of American rock, soul and blues ever recorded.
Hassan Hakmoun's 6-piece ensemble includes the sintir plus vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, flute/sax, and karkaba, the metal double castenets of the Gnawa.
Saturday, April 12 at 9:30 PM
Billy Hough, Susan Goldberg and their usual motley crew devote their next installment of Scream Along With Billy to the films of Underground impresario John Waters. After all, what says Easter like a trailer full of filthy fame-whores? An old woman in a baby crib? Sex with chickens? The answer to these questions and many more will be answered musically, in the nude and via puppets. The show will include the band GarageDogs and more.
Saturday, April 12 at 11:30 PM
Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist and philanthropist K'naan is embarking on a 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, he will play intimate acoustic sets of new and old music.
Sunday, April 13 at 7:30 PM
Formed in 2005, Fishtank Ensemble is a gypsy jazz band that has played everywhere from the hip LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades and even on the street. The band includes two explosive violins, the world's best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. Tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco and oddball originals, the band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers. LA Weekly called them "cross pollinated gypsy music....one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet."
Sunday, April 13 at 9:30PM
The Universal Thump is led by sweet-voiced Australian ex-pat singer-songwriter, Greta Gertler Gold and producer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist Adam D. Gold. Known for elaborate, sweeping orchestral pop approach to recordings and live shows, their debut album was described by NPR as "A psychedelic journey of multiple identities as told by Gertler in her transporting, angelic soprano, backed by layers of organs, girl-group harmonies, strings, brass, percussion and what can only be described as futuristic whale noises."
For one night only, they have gathered an exceptional line-up of musical friends - NYC's finest singer-songwriters - to create a brand new Tower of Song (and artisanal matzo): The Seder-Songwriter Project. An all-inclusive, secular, humanist celebration, the project will feature new songs based on the Seder story and rituals, culminating in a modern re-telling and re-interpretation of the Jewish holiday - a one-off "Musical Seder."
Featuring: Benjamin Cartel, Carol Lipnik, Pete Galub, Rozz Nash-Coulon, Serena Jost, Jesse Krakow, Alec Spiegelman, Noam Weinstein, Alice Bierhorst, Rebecca Pronsky, Byron Isaacs, Basya Schechter, Anna Copa Cobanna (as 'Moses') and more artists TBA.
ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC 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.
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. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.