Hauschka, Arias & Ratzke, Lily & Madeleine, Reverend Billy, Julia Haltigan and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 5/4
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming performances, running tomorrow, April 23 through May 4, 2014. Details below!
Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00PM
YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide is an original play written and performed by Judith Sloan and a live band. Sloan, known for her solo performances and her collaboration with Warren Lehrer on the multi-media project Crossing the BLVD, spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails where she encountered and reported on immigration stories, cultural clashes and generation gaps. Fusing the art of theater and music, YO MISS! is a first-person account of an artist navigating a maze of miscommunications and memories, while breaking down the assumptions that divide residents of the same city. Collaborating with rapper Immortal Technique, Sloan remixes her own experiences with those of her students, transforming into a multitude of characters, in this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking show. Directed by Bob Berky, Sloan's live band includes Frank London (trumpet), Deep Singh (table), Lynn Ligammari (sax), Joell Jackson (beatbox), and Miwi LaLupa (bass).
Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30PM
Nova Social, called "dark, witty and highly danceable synth poppers," by New York Magazine, is led by singer/multi-instrumentalist David Nagler and guitarist/programmer Thom Soriano. The band also features vocalist Xavier (Scissor Sisters, Bright Light Bright Light), pianist Dan Lipton (Sting, Burt Bacharach), a string trio comprised of Tom Chiu, Dana Lyn, and Clara Kennedy, and a rhythm section of Pier Paolo Pappalardo and Konrad Meissner. The NYC-based band comes to Joe's Pub to celebrate the April 22 release of The Patience & Pleasure EP, which features production by David Frank (The System, Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera), in addition to the long-awaited release of their lost album Sports Motel on cassette tape.
Thursday, April 24 at 7:30PM
Ryan Montbleau's songs typically need to simmer. In his decade-long career, the gifted singer and his limber band have built their catalog the old-fashioned way, by introducing new songs to their live set, then bending and shaping them over dozens of performances before committing a definitive version to the hard drive. Montbleau's next album, For Higher, is quite literally a departure from those methods. Well-established out of his Northeast roots, the singer threw himself into New Orleans, where everything tends to be slow-cooked, for a few fast-moving days working with Galactic's Ben Ellman. Comprised of originals like the playful stomp of "Deadset" or "Head Above Water," peppered with horns and a few handpicked cover tunes (Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, the late Muscle Shoals guitarist Eddie Hinton), the album came together spontaneously. This same intuitive spark is evident on stage.
Thursday, April 24 at 9:30PM
Both grounded and ambitious, Mads Langer worked with not only leading pop producers like Swedish team SeventyEight but also his childhood friends on his new album. That touch of level-headed humanity also finds its ways to Langer's songwriting which center on issues of love, loss, life and death. You sense all along that Langer has become a beloved songwriter because he entered the fray for the best reason - to simply write and play. He explains, "If I was not allowed to play music, I would be desperate beyond my imagination. So, I enjoy every morning I get up and realise I live of my music. Holding the humility and the gratefulness in my hands is very important to me. And as long as I do not compromise with who I am, I feel invulnerable."
Thursdays, April 24 & 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 & Saturday, April 25 & 26 at 7:00PM
Claire Porter is on the move with her new work PORTABLES, a collection of funny and poignant character sketches that leave a lasting, laugh-out-loud impression on audiences across the U.S. and around the globe. PORTABLES is composed by Mary Ellen Childs, performed by Matt Buffalo, Dana Crowe, Misaki Karachi, Claire Porter, Susan Thomasson, Sabatino Verlezza, Soprano Marla Berg and other guests. This presentation is supported by Live Music for Dance, Jody and John Arnhold and The Guggenheim Foundation.
Friday, April 25 at 9:30 PM
Volker Bertelmann, the man behind Hauschka, is a Dusseldorf-based pianist and composer from Kreuztal Nordrheinwestfalen, Germany. The story behind Hauschka is not necessarily what you would expect. Although Bertelmann is one of the most recognizable 21st Century proponents of what is known as prepared piano - sound altered by the insertion of alien objects between or upon its strings, hammers and dampers - he was barely aware of the champions of such a practice when he first began his experiments. Even John Cage was a largely unfamiliar name that fateful day when he sat in the studio of his friend Adam Fuest and, frustrated by the sounds he was making, starting placing random objects into
Friday, April 25 at 11:00PM
Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Welsh-born Rod Thomas, a singer, writer, producer and DJ that NME has called "the boy Robyn in all but name." Drawing influence from the late 80s and early 90s, Rod has crafted a brand of shimmering electro-pop that nods to Depeche Mode, Bjork, Yazoo and Ace of Base. Mixing a love of classic songwriting with a love of the dance floor, Attitude Magazine describes him as "Creator of emotional disco moments that only Kylie or Robyn can normally provide." On this night at Joe's Pub, Bright Light Bright Light offers a special preview of his forthcoming solo piano album Life Is Easy.
Saturday, April 26 at 11:00AM
Gowanus Music Club and Joe's Pub present an all-ages show as the culmination of the rock school's Spring 2014 12-Week Jam (Kids). Seven bands, ages eight through sixteen, will play fifteen minute sets to showcase their talents. The PS140 Contemporary Choir will also perform works from their repertoire. The event promises to be a diverse and fun afternoon for kids and adults alike.
Saturday, April 26 at 9:30 PM
Nelson Mandela's spirit lives on through the Afro-Pop-Jazz music and message of South Africa's Grammy Award-nominated band, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train. The band returns to Joe's Pub on the 20th anniversary of Mandela's election as President. Katz contributed to Mandela's historic efforts to break through the barriers of Apartheid in the early 1990s by taking 150 musicians onboard The Peace Train for a cross-country tour in support of a peaceful transition to democracy. Two decades later, they are still going strong. In fact, a documentary film entitled When Voices Meet is being made about their role in the struggle; a preview will be shown before the concert. Singer-songwriter Kierstin Gray will play an opening set to kick off the night!
Saturday, April 26 at 11:30 PM
Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist and philanthropist K'naan wraps up his month-long residency at Joe's Pub. 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.
Sunday, April 27 at 7:00 PM
An accomplished playwright and singer-songwriter, Shontina Vernon (known to many in the music world as "Tina") is a dynamic and imaginative storyteller, fusing music, media and poetic narrative in ways that continue to push the hybrid form. Here she presents an evening of live original music, and excerpts from her critically acclaimed solo project, WANTED, a coming of age tale about forgery, fear, and the struggle to belong. "[There is] an undeniable power that pours through her voice and through her movements, an unmistakable passion that-at least on the surface-belies her youth," said SoulTrain.com.
Sunday, April 27 at 9:30 PM
New York City icon Joey Arias and Dutch/German cabaret star Sven Ratzke premiere their new collaborative show Arias & Ratzke. Arias recently guest starred with Ratzke in Amsterdam, and the chemistry between these two world class performers inspired them to create a show together. With music directed by Ratzke's long-time collaborator, jazz pianist Charly Zastrau, Arias & Ratzke covers musical terrain ranging from Brecht and Weill to Lou Reed and The Beatles, with a dash of Shirley Bassey and Billie Holiday for good measure. Expect the unexpected as these peerless improvisers and vocalists engage the audience and each other with a mix of comedy, song and audience interaction.
Monday, April 28 at 9:30 PM
TRANS Formative is two evenings of song showcasing Downtown's most illustrious performers, produced by vocal coach and teacher Barbara Maier Gustern with Downtown producer and performer Eric L. Schmalenberger. Proceeds will benefit New York Voices, Joe's Pub's artist commissioning program, and the Ali Forney Center.
This second installment will include Penny Arcade, Danny Bacher, Louisa Bradshaw, Seth Bedford,Machine Dazzle Flower, Miss Guy, Benjamin Ickies, John Kelly, Taylor Mac, Nancy Magarill, Julie Atlas Muz, Sofia Rei, Rob Roth, David Sloane, Esq., Sofia Tosello, Vlada Tomova & her Bulgarian Trio. Tammy Faye Starlite and Schmalenberger will serve as emcees.
Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 PM
Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band) to DreamWorks Records in 2002. Since then, Peter has released four solo records as well as an EP with his side project, "Down Like Silver". He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. "Adams is fast developing as a songwriter who both inspires and questions," said Nic Harcourt of The Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Tuesdays, April 29, 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 Bridget Everett, "a mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler" (The 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, 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.