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Erin Markey, Reverend Billy, Mara Wilson, Villalobos Bros and More to Play Joe's Pub, Now thru 5/11

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Erin Markey, Reverend Billy, Mara Wilson, Villalobos Bros and More to Play Joe's Pub, Now thru 5/11

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming performances, April 30 - May 11, 2014. Details below!


Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 PM


In an evening of poetry and smart rock, the Wayside Shrines play songs with lyrics by Paul Muldoon, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. The Princeton-based music collective is Muldoon, Ila Couch, Chris Harford, Ray Kubian, Norika Manabe and Nigel Smith. They will be reprising some numbers from The Word on the Street (2013), described by Princeton Magazine as "a life-saving album," as well as new songs from their album in progress.


Wednesday, April 30 at 9:30 PM


Lily & Madeleine is a pair of teenaged sisters who, at a pivotal moment in their lives, wrote an album called The Weight of the Globe. With Madeleine at college and Lily following soon after, both sisters find themselves pulled in two directions-between love for the hometown they'll be leaving and their burgeoning wanderlust. When the sisters began writing together just over a year ago, nobody expected their first song, "In the Middle," a bittersweet and understated melody, to rack up a quarter of a million YouTube views. But the gimmick-free, black & white video grabbed the hearts of a notoriously fast-moving Internet audience.


Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 PM


Powerhouse recording artist Valerie Ghent brings her deep NYC blues-soul groove and intimate piano ballads to celebrate the release of her latest album, Muse, and her birthday! Ghent's powerful voice, piano chop and "soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy" make every concert unforgettable. An outstanding live performer with a 3 ½ octave vocal range and funky piano style, it is no surprise that she has toured with music legends Ashford & Simpson and Debbie Harry, and shared the stage with artists Dr. Maya Angelou, Defunkt and Billy Preston. Ghent brings an all-star groovalicious band to Joe's Pub and very special surprise guests.


Thursday, May 1 at 9:30 PM


Brooklyn-based Ani Cordero is a beloved alternative world music singer and drummer, who set out to re-make an important group of Latin American classic love and protest songs to tell the stories behind their heroic writers from 1930s-1970s. Called Recordar, her latest album is co-produced by the legendary Sergio Dias of Brazil's Os Mutantes, and brings old traditions to new audiences with music from the Nueva Canción movement (Latin American and Iberian folk-inspired and socially-committed music). This special May Day concert will be the world premiere of the album. Cordero introduces these beautiful, historically momentous songs to a newer generation, as well as raising awareness about the significance of political art in social change.


Thursdays, May 1 at 11:30 PM

$15 in Advance / $20 at Door

Acclaimed East African vocalist and songwriter Somi returns to Joe's Pub for a three week late night residency. She and her band will preview music from her forthcoming album and major label debut The Lagos Music Salon (Sony/Okeh) which will be released this summer. Her NightSPRING residency is inspired by the unfolding season and the magic of the night. Somi's band is Otis Brown III (drums), Toru Dodo (piano/keyboard), Nir Felder (guitar), Michael Olatuja (bass) and Alicia Olatuja (additional vocals).


Friday, May 2 at 7:00 PM


Amanda Martinez is a Canadian-based singer-songwriter whose music blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with Flamenco soul. Her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections, including Latin Dreamland and Cafe Latino. Martinez has headlined concerts at the 2011 PanAmerican Games in Guadalajara and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Her newest album Mañana (released April 22, CEN/Red via Sony Music) is produced by Grammy Award-winner Javier Limón (Buika, Mariza), who praises Martinez as "one of the greatest voices in the world."


Friday, May 2 at 9:00 PM


The Life & Death of Kenyon Phillips is a 90-minute rock opera that tells the story of the colorful New Yorker's life (and death, since he's executed at the end). In addition to Phillips and The Ladies In Waiting, his all-girl backing band, the cast includes pop culture commentator Michael Musto, Daphne Rubin-Vega, David Cale, Flotilla DeBarge and Chaske Spencer (of The Twilight Saga). Heavily influenced by Max Ophül's Lola Montes, Fellini's 8 1/2, and John Waters's entire film canon, The Life & Death of Kenyon Phillips is a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking examination of identity, responsibility and truth.

Dubbed "the love child of Luther Vandross and Steven Tyler" by Musto, Phillips is a wildly theatrical singer, songwriter, actor, writer, model, dancer and DJ.


Friday, May 2 at 11:30 PM


Broadway Battles Bullying is a concert to benefit the newly-founded Michael Morones Foundation, which was started to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying. Scheduled to appear are: Chondra Profit (Disney's The Lion King), Heather Parcells (A Chorus Line Revival, Wonderland), Brian Craft (Avenue Q, Revival of Let My People Come), Anthony Crouchelli (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer National Tour, Step Up 3), Rachel Lorin (E! and Oxygen's The Next Big Thing, Recording Artist), John Ryan Del Bosque (Revival of Let My People Come), Matthew Pritchard (The Spazmatics, Bald Diva) and Alex Bennett (Cabaret). Dougie Meyer and Greg Hoagland will emcee for the evening. Music direction is by Michael James Roy. The band features Max Yassky on drums and Isam Rum on guitar among others.

The Michael Morones Foundation was created following the attempted suicide of 11-year-old North Carolina student Michael Morones. The young boy was severely bullied by his fellow classmates for his love of the My Little Pony TV series. Morones, who attempted to hang himself, was found in time to save his life, but is currently undergoing intensive rehab due to the severity of the brain damage he sustained. He will need ongoing managed care for the rest of his life.


Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 PM


Belter and bad decision expert Tori Scott, a Garland for the Grindr era, returns for another evening of brassy songs and slurred autobiographical stories. As a singer, she's graced the stages of 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman, the Metropolitan Room, and every gay bar on the Eastern Seaboard. As an actress, she's counted to 20 as a singing garbage woman on Sesame Street and dubbed the vocals of a singing hooker on HBO's Cathouse: The Musical. As a woman, she strives every day to be a consummate lady and sometimes wonders if she actually still has a liver or not. If you missed her previous packed shows at the Pub, all is forgiven; just get a ticket, get a drink, and let Scott belt your troubles away.

The show is written by Scott and Adam Hetrick, and directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn, with musical direction by Jesse Kissel.


Saturday, May 3 at 9:00 PM


Known for her dark, absurdist humor and "magnetic diva aggression" (The New York Times), Erin Markey creates a riotous and unexpectedly moving performance about figuring out who you might be. Pop covers and original music score Markey's tales of Midwestern family life and her salvation by Bible-Belt Christians, birthday presents and Ypsilanti strippers. Erin Markey at Joe's Pub is directed by Ben Rimalower (Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches) with musical direction by Tony-nominated Kenny Mellman (The Julie Ruin, Kiki and Herb, Our Hit Parade).

Markey creates comedic performances and original music for stage and video. Major works include Puppy Love: A Stripper's Tail (P.S. 122), The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim (San Francisco Film Society) and Looking for Limbo (Lincoln Center Director's Lab). She was a featured artist in the critically acclaimed Our Hit Parade show.


Saturday, May 3 at 11:30 PM


Blending intimate vocal performance with the obscure synthetic textures of alt-R&B producer Toulouse, Kiah Victoria emerges from the great city of New York. Having garnered the attention of NYC's Broadway stages (starring in The Lion King as young Nala at age ten), MTV and the world renowned Tisch School of Performing Arts, the powerhouse songstress is steadily building on her young career. After singing her way into a feature in JAY Z's video for "Picasso Baby", Victoria released her second EP Gravitate, which is now available on Spotify and iTunes.


Sundays, May 4 - June 22 at 2:00 PM


Reverend Billy & the Stop-Shopping Choir return to Joe's Pub for a two-month residency. What time is this? Time to party before the plague? Or is it more like the 20's between world wars? In 2014, stepping on stage in fire and drought, freak storms and extinction... we feel a strange joy in these first days of apocalypse. We need to rededicate ourselves to the politicizing of survival, pitting our freedom against the financiers of climate change.

The singing-activists return to Joe's after last year's performances in Chase Bank lobbies, and New York jails and courts. In 2013 we were inspired by the extinction and resurrection of the Golden Toad. This year, the Honey Bee is the hero. The presence of the pesticides of "Big Ag" and the struggle by bees to survive, is inspiration for new songs, songs with lots of Bee-atitude, hard-working and sticky sweet. Honeybeelujah!


Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 PM


Julia Haltigan's upbringing in NYC's Lower East Side gave her an edgy perspective that has shaped her songwriting and dynamic character today. Growing up in a musically inclined family, she picked up on melodies with a natural ability, nurtured by her father's record collection, which included Lou Reed and Tom Waits. Not only is she merciless like rockers Joan Jet & Wanda Jackson but her sultry voice can melt your heart. Haltigan is able to captivate an audience with stories of her travels around the country and leave you wanting more of her seductive and flirtatious music. Her critically acclaimed album My Green Heart and EP Magneto gained her national recognition. She has shared stages with many amazing singer-songwriters including Judy Collins, The Waterboys, Cory Chisel, Norah Jones and Justin Townes Earle.

Arum Rae, formerly known as White Dress, is a modern day siren. Her ability to transcend style and genre allows her music to complement country, resurrect the soul, feel the blues, and ruin then reinvent rock, through her deeply rooted foundation as a singer-songwriter. When she plays, the room falls silent except for her sultry voice and electric guitar. Often compared to PJ Harvey and Patti Smith, Arum Rae accomplishes a wider range of sound and feel with minimal accompaniment - at most, a drummer and bassist - often playing alone. Rae has worked with everyone from The Black Keys, Peter Bjorn & John, Gary Clark Jr., and The Civil Wars, but she is now primed to take command of her own destiny.


Sunday, May 4 at 9:30 PM


Mara Wilson's What Are You Afraid Of? is about fears, anxieties, phobias, dealing with them, getting through them, and laughing at them. Death, commitment, sock puppets - everyone's afraid of something. Laugh at your fears as host Wilson takes you through the anxieties of performers, comedians and a few of her own. Her guests: Kevin Allison, host of storytelling show and podcast RISK! and member of The State; Joseph Fink, creator of hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale; and Chris Gethard, comedian and host of The Chris Gethard Show.

Wilson is a recovering former child actor who writes plays, fiction and nonfiction. Her writing has been featured on, Jezebel,, Yahoo News, BUST, The Huffington Post, and her own site She has told stories for ASSSSCAT 3000, RISK!, Showgasm, The Story Collider, The Jukebox Show, Tell It: Brooklyn, Funny Story and more. She is currently working on a novel and trying to stop telling everyone about it.


Monday, May 5 at 7:00 PM


Emerging artists from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and the Department of Drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts come together for Private in Public, an evening of music and stories. Drawing from personal experiences, current events, and a combination of favorite and original songs, they will give voice to the hopes, dreams, and fears we all notice, but can so easily ignore in the chaos of the city.

Private in Public is directed by Joe's Pub favorite Nora York with her collaborator pianist/composer Jamie Lawrence and choreographer Barbara Allen.

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