Company Freak, Jesus on the Mainline, Storm Large and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 4/6
Looking ahead at Joe's Pub at The Public, now, March 24, through April 6, performances will feature: 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 - SUSANNA - KYRA MILLER - THE STRAY BIRDS - BEN WATT W/ BERNARD BUTLER - ROY NATHANSON & SOTTO VOCE - STORM LARGE - THE LOSERS LOUNGE - CHAMPAGNE JERRY - ISLE OF KLEZBOS and EARL DAX & FRIENDS. Details below!
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 showcasing Downtown's most illustrious performers, produced by vocal coach and teacher Barbara Maier Gustern with Downtown producer/performer Eric L. Schmalenberger. Proceeds will benefit New York Voices, Joe's Pub's artist commissioning program, and the Ali Forney Center. 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.
On April 28, TRANS Formative features 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.
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 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.
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.
Thursday & Friday, March 27 & 28 at 7:00 PM