Pam Ann, Allison Moorer & More Among Joe's Pub's Leading Ladies for May-June
Joe's Pub at The Public is known for the most eclectic and diverse programming in New York City. Coming up at the Pub is a slate of extraordinary women performers and artists that span the gambit of genre and style - from the irreverent and explosive alt-cabaret star Bridget Everett to the visionary jazz vocalist and composer Kavita Shah to the prolific and singular singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. See below for a full list of their leading ladies through June 2014.
TAMMY FAYE STARLITE AS MARIANNE FAITHFULL IN BROKEN ENGLISH
Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 PM
Tammy Faye Starlite, critically acclaimed for her performance piece Nico: Chelsea Mädchen, now celebrates the music of another 1960's icon, performing Marianne Faithfull's groundbreaking album Broken English in its entirety. Broken English shattered Faithfull's image as Mick Jagger's pop waif girlfriend, and allowed her to re-emerge as an uncompromising artist, strong, fierce, honest and self-aware to the most painfully human degree. Backed by Kevin Salem and the Redlands Quintet, Starlite's performance of Broken English captures Faithfull remarkable transformation, inhabiting her character and voice.
BRIDGET EVERETT & THE TENDER MOMENTS
Tuesdays, May 13 & June 24 at 9:30 PM
Every month, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments bring their funny yet gut-wrenching and outrageous performance to Joe's Pub. Led by the singing tour-de-force Everett, "a mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler" (The New York Times), the group 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, Tonya Pinkins, Marc Shaiman, Erin Markey, Peaches, Neal Medlyn and Jake Shears while fans such as Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Andy Cohen and Lily Taylor can be seen laughing hysterically in the audience.
PAM ANN'S FLY
Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17 at 11:30 PM
PAM ANN, the iconic international air hostess to the stars (and alter-ego of Australian writer and comedian Caroline Reid), is BACK with her new improv-based show FLY. Her most un-PC, filthiest, topical, funniest and most explosive show to date, FLY will take passengers on the flight of their lives from check-in to security, boarding and (hopefully) landing with filthy material guaranteed to make your toes curl and have you gagging for more.
With enough chutzpah and insider knowledge to rival a Qantas CEO, no one does airline satire quite like Pam Ann. First, Business or 'Cattle,' there is no part of air travel that Pam can't negotiate. She has an air hanger filled with airborne commentary on the quirks of some of the biggest international airlines, as well as stereotypes commonly held about flight attendants everywhere. Pam's genius mix of camp, culture, humor and Pucci-clad fabulousness has seen her crew Elton John's private jet, share a stage on a UK stadium tour with Cher, and count Madonna in her worldwide legion of cult-like fans.?
Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 PM
Natalie Imani is a music industry jewel who is at the turning point of her musical career. With performances at The White House, Beyonce's recent Chime For Change concert, background vocals for John Legend, Neyo, Shaggy, Jennifer Hudson and more under her belt, Natalie is prepared to take Europe by storm this summer. Never one to shy away from performing, Natalie is excited to display her gift at her Single Release Performance to fans, family and friends with her first performance of the year! Special invited celebrity guests and surprises.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE THEATRE PROGRAM PRESENTS
A WORK-IN-PROGRESS READING OF THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO
Monday, May 19 at 7:00 PM
Sandra Tsing Loh is developing a solo show based on her new memoir The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones (May 2014, W.W. Norton). Inspired by her darkly hilarious 2012 Atlantic Monthly Best American Essay The Bitch Is Back, The Madwoman in the Volvo charts Loh's roller-coaster ride into menopause while battling the pressures of the Sandwich Generation. The Madwoman in the Volvo was developed at the 2014 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA with continuing Post-Lab Support through its initiative with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Loh is a veteran public radio commentator who has previously starred in two original off-Broadway solo shows. Her last memoir was The New York Times Notable book Mother on Fire.
ALLISON MOORER BLUES FOR DIXIE: SONGS FOR THE SOUTH
Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 PM
Allison Moorer celebrates her roots with this show, performing new and old songs about the South. In the past three years, the Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter has welcomed a son, recorded and toured as part of Steve Earle & The Dukes and Duchesses, and also wrote the song "Oklahoma Sky," which closed Miranda Lambert's 2011 hit album Four The Record. Moorer's seventh and latest studio album, Crows (2010), the follow up to her much-celebrated Buddy Miller-produced Mockingbird (2008), received worldwide critical acclaim. The Huffington Post proclaimed that she is "blessed with one of the best voices of her generation." Moorer has been featured on releases by Joan Baez, Kid Rock, Steve Earle, The Chieftains and Los Straightjackets. Moorer was also featured in The People Speak, a beautiful and moving documentary inspired by Howard Zinn's popular text A People's History of the United States. The film, presented by The History Channel, also featured Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Matt Damon and more.
Thursday, May 22 at 9:30 PM
The incomparable "cabaret star" (New York Magazine) Lady Rizo is back for an un-chaperoned evening of song and decadence. A Joe's Pub favorite, she has performed with her "glam bottom-baring dance troupe the Assettes" (Village Voice) in the monthly series Our Hit Parade, and in midtown at the gothic Night Hotel, co-hosting the weekly transnational lounge Foreign Affairs. But THIS is your chance to have her all to yourself.
Her seamless mix of bawdy humor and elegance has been likened to Mae West. Her vocal chops are what have garnered the most recent attention: collaborating with both Yo-Yo Ma and Moby on albums this year; singing selections of the American Songbook, fronting the internationally acclaimed 36-piece orchestra The Knights; and a sold out cabaret for the Kirchner Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Her lashes will beguile you as she interprets an irresistible mix of popular songs from all eras backed by some of New York City's finest musicians. Don't be surprised if special guests pop up!
RICKIE LEE JONES
Friday, May 23 at 9:30 PM
Two-time Grammy Award-winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone Magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Jones is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances. Her second album Pirates is one of the seminal, most heralded recordings of pop music, with each song a cinematic journey through her breakdown and rise. Jones' live performances have reached a pinnacle of honesty and excellence. Her latest album The Devil You Know is produced by Ben Harper and reimagines the music of Jagger / Richards, Neil Young and more, and is planning to release an album of new music in 2014.
Saturday, May 24 at 9:30 PM
Dream-pop artist Nasimiyu brings her composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist zing to her forthcoming EP dirt. Her genre falls somewhere on the earthier, dirtier, brassier side of the indie pop spectrum. Think Talking Heads plus Etta James -- on a safari.
Nasimiyu came up in a half-Kenyan, half-Scandinavian household in Minneapolis. She rounded out her sound studying under street performers, voodoo practitioners and marching band musicians for four years in New Orleans. She now moves and shakes in eclectic artist circles in Brooklyn. Nasimiyu worked on dirt across several time zones with co-producers Andreas Gustafsson in Sweden and Ben Lorio in New Orleans. dirt features guest players Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, Mike Bass of Trombone Shorty and the New Orleans bass band, Naughty Professor. Although she played most of the instruments on the new album herself, Nasimiyu performs (and plays keyboards) live with a four-piece NYC-based band.
Sunday, May 25 at 7:30 PM
Billie Williams celebrates the release of her new original single Lonely Night in Harlem, which is inspired by life in her long-time Harlem neighborhood. Her rich repertoire of Blues and contemporary music - specifically, her 2012 show Fade to Blues at the Metropolitan Room - earned her the nomination for Best Female Debut Artist in the BroadwayWorld.com Cabaret Awards. This show will feature her exciting new original music as she debuts her new release and encores classic blues favorites.
KAVITA SHAH W/ LIONEL LOUEKE: VISIONS ALBUM RELEASE
Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 PM
Kavita Shah, a visionary young singer and composer from New York, celebrates the release of her album Visions. Co-produced by renowned African guitarist Lionel Loueke, Visions (available May 27 on Inner Circle Music) heralds the arrival of a strinkingly original, globally minded new voice. A self-portrait in mosaic form, Visions interweaves Shah's multicultural background with her wide-ranging musical influences, combining the Indian tablas and West African kora with a traditional jazz quintet. Shah will be joined by Loueke, saxophonist Greg Osby, guitarist Michael Valeanu, pianist Guy Mintus, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Guilhem Flouzat, tabla player Stephen Cellucci, kora master Yacouba Sissoko and percussionist Rogerio Boccato.