Joe's Pub Announces Feb 20-26 Performances
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Joe's Pub has announced its lineup for February 20-26. Performers include MISHKA, JEFF LEBLANC, DION, MARIKA HUGHES, ASHLEY DAVIS, SAM BISBEE, JIMMY DESTRI and more. Check out the lineup below.
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, reopened October 4th, 2011 from a top to bottom renovation, debuted in October 1998 and became one of New York City's most celebrated and in-demand showcase venues for live music and performance. With its genre-blind booking and vast diversity of interests, the stage at Joe's Pub gives voice to a world of varied and stellar artists. Joe’s Pub is open seven days a week, regularly hosting as many as three shows a day. Dinner and drink service is available during every performance. In addition to its reputation of presenting internationally known stars, Joe’s Pub has also developed into a premier showcase stage for up-and-coming musicians and emerging artists from a variety of disciplines. www.joespub.com
February 20 at 7:30pm
Internationally renowned roots reggae artist Mishka, the face of surf-clothing giant O’Neill’s new eco-friendly apparel line ECO’Neill, is set to tour this February with full band, in support of current jk livin release Talk About. The highly prolific singer-songwriter last toured solo and acoustic, including Hard Rock pre-party performance dates attached to Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal Tour 2011” last summer. Talk About, which was co-produced by Butch Walker (Pink, Fall Out Boy) and label head Matthew McConaughey, debuted #1 on the iTunes Reggae Chart and is outside-the-box of traditional Roots-Reggae, adding a mainstream Rock influence. It marks Mishka’s fourth album to date and his second for jk livin. He is currently working on his next studio album. The Maui-based artist, who spent most of his early life on a boat in the Caribbean sailing the islands with his seafaring parents and older sisters, is widely noted for his spiritually conscious music and powerful yet genuine performance. It was inevitable that he’d be drawn to Reggae, Rastafari, and the natural mystic that inhabit his music and soul.
February 20 at 9:30pm
$15 Advance / $18 Door
Jeff LeBlanc is using his college degree a little differently than he first envisioned. His immediately familiar-sounding blend of pop and acoustic rock quickly took him from dorm room concerts at Sacred Heart University to a 60-date tour of colleges across the country, where he was praised as everything from "the new John Mayer" to an artist "perfectly in tune with his audience." His new album, "Worth Holding On To", was self-released on August 23rd, 2011 and quickly rose to #3 on the iTunes Top 200 Singer/Songwriter Chart. He's become a staple on the Sirius/XM Coffee House channel, even grabbing a nomination for their "Singer/Songwriter Discovery of 2011". Jeff's recently toured with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Nathanson, Brett Dennen, David Archuleta and many more.
February 21 at 7:30pm
$30 Reserved / $35 Premium
Celebrate the release of his latest album Tank Full of Blues with the legendary rock ‘n’ roller Dion (DiMucci). A street poet and singer of extraordinary versatility, range and resonance, Dion defined rock ‘n’ roll for a generation. Furthermore, music critics say he is the only first-generation rock and roll artist who has remained creative and relevant through the decades. Now the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee has returned to his deepest roots and influences to release his first blues album composed almost entirely of original, newly written songs. Tank Full of Blues is the third album in trilogy of recordings that Dion began in 2006 with the release of the critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Bronx in Blue. It is this latest album, however, that Dion considers the crown of his career. Tank Full of Blues showcases his inexhaustible creativity and sheer exuberance, qualities that have made his music and legend endure.
February 21 at 9:30pm
Marika Hughes and Bottom Heavy grab tradition by its head, reshaping the landscape of genre and sound. Marika fronts the band with such ease and so naturally it makes one wonder why cellos haven’t always fronted bands. Her are stylings reminiscent of her classical upbringing yet defying expectation as she moves us with her supple vocals through jazz, funk, rock, and back again, surprising us along the way. Rooted in groove—with Kyle Sanna on guitar, Fred Cash on bass, Charlie Burnham on violin, and Tony Mason on drums—Bottom Heavy instantly establishes itself as a strong new sound; flowing freely between funky instrumentals, dreamy lullaby, free improv, and killer songs. As you are charmed by her cello, her voice, and her band, you will be charmed by Marika herself: fiercely authentic, her audience an old friend invited along for the fabulous ride.
February 22 at 7:00pm
Marketa Irglova, Academy Award winner and one half of The Swell Season will be performing two intimate shows in support of her recent debut solo record, Anar (ANTI). The setting at Joe's Pub should be the perfect backdrop for the classically trained pianist to perform songs from her catalog which includes songs from the movie and off-Broadway show, Once. She will be joined by a small band for these shows. Irglová collaborates with Glen Hansard of the Irish rock band The Frames, whom she met when he was visiting Valašské Mezi?í?í, and performs with him as The Swell Season. In 2007, she co-starred with Hansard in the indie movie, “Once” written and directed by John Carney. Hansard and Irglová wrote all but one of the songs featured in the film. The movie won the World Cinema Audience Award for a dramatic film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Among the songs Irglová wrote with Hansard for Once was “Falling Slowly” which received an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Irglová became the first Czech woman to win an Oscar, and at age 19 she was the youngest person to win an Oscar in a musical category.
February 22 at 9:30pm
$15 Reserved / $20 Premium
Theo Bleckmann is jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, Grammy nominated and ECHO award recipient Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as “from another planet” (New York Times), as “magical, futuristic,” (All About Jazz), “limitless” (Citypaper, Philadelphia) “transcendent” (Village Voice) and “brilliant” (New York Magazine). Bleckmann has released a series of gorgeous and irreverent albums on Winter & Winter, including his latest project: "Hello Earth - the music of Kate Bush." Bleckmann’s meeting with Germany’s piano wunderkind Michael Wollny at Jazz Baltica Festival in 2011 was hailed as the highlight of the festival by Germany’s most prominent newspaper F.A.Z. In their duo, Bleckmann and Wollny perform music across the genres from their own compositions to Portishead, Kraftwerk, jazz standards and Bernard Herman and infuse them with their strong musicality, generous irreverence and captivating playfulness.
February 23 at 7:30pm
In the tradition of Celtic mavens such as Loreena McKennitt and Moya Brennan, Ashley Davis takes the best of the old and molds it into something uniquely beautiful, yet aesthetically familiar. Through colorful stories and luminous songs, Ashley guides her audience back to a time when songs and stories were the center stone of the wintry night. "If traditional music in the U.S. is to become anything other than a museum piece, it needs people like Ashley Davis." The Irish Voice, NYC "Ashley Davis is a young woman with a beautiful voice and as much musicality as anyone could wish for. She writes and sings with a confidence way beyond her years." -Philip Glass
February 23 at 9:30pm
Julia Haltigan grew up in New York City off the Bowery in the 1980s. Julia's songs have an antique, Americana-pop feel. Her lyrics create a collage of imagery that relates heartache, yearning and lust, to motorcycles, fake tattoos and viruses. At times her powerful, sultry voice booms above her six-piece band while at other times she showcases her soft and sexy side melting your heart. Julia's music arouses nostalgia for the classics, evoking the likes of Tom Waits, Nancy Sinatra, and Betty Boop. She puts you out like a Lucky cigarette in an ice cream cone. Her self-released, self-titled second album was released in May 2009. The album is a refreshing addition to the current music scene, combining old-time music influences with Julia’s own whimsical style. Now in his fourth year in New York City, Alfonso Velez has just released his 10th album available on Orbital Records. Recorded in a dance hall in Manhattan's Flatiron District, the mercurial and multilingual Velez has remained elusive and surprising throughout his strong performances, approaching his work as a painter does the canvas; in movements. Analogizing his latest works with Paul Simon's and Elliott Smith's, reviewer David G Robbins wrote, "songwriting doesn't get much stronger than that," while New York's Deli Magazine named him one of their top ten emerging artists.