Joe's Pub Announces Upcoming Singers
Joe's Pub has announced the following upcoming events:
January 25 at 7:30pm
With the ability to seamlessly fuse opera, electronic music, pop and indie into an intoxicating and infectious hybrid, there's never been artist quite like Elizaveta. You haven't ever heard pop take flight on classical pipes like these. The New York city born and Russian raised musical alchemist nods to everyone from Bach and Bjork to another former opera singer Freddy Mercury, and her multi-instrumental talents are nothing short of dazzling. Elizaveta's digital EP has already gotten tastemakers buzzing. Marie Claire enthusiastically writes, "Elizaveta stole my heart, and it’s only a matter of time before she steals yours. What are you waiting for? Drop everything and download Elizaveta’s EP now!", while The Insider proclaimed that she's "exciting and enthralling". The critical fervor hasn't stopped there as Fashion Week Daily called her song "Meant" a "piano masterpiece". However, the EP simply set the stage for the full-length. Produced by reputable multi-Grammy award winner Greg Wells [Adele, Rufus Wainwright, Katy Perry, Elton John], the album breaks ground and establishes Elizaveta as a 21st century presence with an old soul.
Cover Me With Love: Toshi Plays BIGLovely Hits and Covers - January 26 at 9:00pm
Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Rocks The House – January 27 at 9:00pm
Toshi Reagon with Special Guest Michael Arthur Draws Live – January 28 at 9:00pm
Toshi Reagon Sacred Music Show with Bernice Johnson Reagon – January 29 at 7:00pm
Toshi Reagon has been described as "a talented, versatile singer, songwriter and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana--from folk to funk, from blues to rock" by critic/blogger Eva Yaa Asantewaa (InfiniteBody). "She masters each of these genres with vocal strategies that easily spiral and swoop from the expressively sinuous to the hard-charging, a combination of warmth and mischief." Toshi has had the pleasure of working with Lenny Kravitz, Lizz Wright, Ani DiFranco, Carl Hancock Rux, Nona Hendryx, Pete Seeger, Chocolate Genius and many other amazing artists, including her favorite collaborator, her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon. Yaa Asantewaa writes, "Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you've been lucky enough to be in Toshi's presence, you know you can't walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less." Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women's History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic's Heritage Award.
January 30 at 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Singer-songwriter Diane Birch took half her lifetime, and traveled across the globe, to get to America, where she literally found her voice and made her remarkable debut, Bible Belt. Though only in her mid-twenties, Birch likes to think of herself as an “old soul,” and indeed there is a startling maturity in her singing and a veteran’s self-assurance in her writing. Now working on her follow-up album, which is due out in Spring 2012, Birch mixes piano-playing virtuosity with easy-going soul, and she can strike an uplifting groove on even the most melancholy tune. Her work bears hints of Laura Nyro (when she was hanging out with LaBelle) and early 70’s Karen Carpenter (when she was ruling the charts), while effortlessly incorporating New Orleans second-line rhythms, gospel fervor, doo-wop harmonies, country-blues guitar and classic AM radio-style melodies.
January 31 at 9:30pm
Paul Brill’s compositions for numerous award-winning films, TV series, and several acclaimed CDs of original and innovative songwriting prove that youthful adventures as an herbal smokes salesman, street performer, valet, corporate errand boy, and a marine biology instructor can serve the creative spirit well. He has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards for his film work and recently collaborated with Rock legends U2, composing and producing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic hit, “Walk On,” which will be featured in the upcoming HBO film, Burma Soldier. He recently won the Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association (IDA) for his score for the film, “Better This World,” which also won Best Documentary at this year’s Gotham Awards. Brill brings his 10-piece band (whose members have performed and recorded with Radiohead, Wilco, David Bowie, St. Vincent, Jens Lekman and others) back to Joe’s Pub to celebrate the release of his new recording, “Breezy” (Scarlet Shame Records).
February 1 at 9:00pm
For Gabe Dixon, one is quite possibly the most liberating number. On his debut solo album, One Spark, Dixon flexes a newfound muscularity in tone and texture - delivering the most personal and rewarding music of his young career. For a decade, Dixon helmed the critically acclaimed The Gabe Dixon Band; originally formed as a quintet at the University of Miami and last heard on record as a trio on their 2008 self-titled release for Fantasy Records / Concord Music Group.Hot off the heels of an incredibly successful run of West Coast shows, the soulful indie/pop songstress Lelia Broussard is about to hit it big after claiming her spot in the top two of Rolling Stone’s ‘So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star’ contest. Hand-picked as one of the best unsigned artists in the nation by the editors of Rolling Stone and Atlantic Records, Lelia performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon shortly afterwards. Harry Nilsson famously sang, “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.”
February 6 at 9:30pm
Jeremy Schonfeld will be bringing his exciting hybrid brand of rock/theatrical pianoman storytelling to the Pub for one night only! Featuring music from his just-released, highly-acclaimed new concept album "Iron & Coal", plus additional new arrangements of favorites from "Drift", "37 Notebooks", and "Blue Skies and All", this will be a night you won't want to miss! The evening will feature special guests tba, and an All-Star 'Spiderman' band featuring Jon Clancy (drums), Richard Hammond (bass), Matt Beck (guitars, keyboard), and Ben Butler (guitar). Joining Schonfeld at the 9:30 PM concert are Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening), Adam Kantor (Rent) and Morgan James (Godspell) with John Clancy on drums, Richard Hammond on bass, Matt Beck on guitars and keyboard and Ben Butler on guitar.
February 8 at 9:30pm
Adam Levy is best known for his tenure as the featured guitarist in Norah Jones' Handsome Band. He played on her breakout 2002 disk Come Away with Me, her '04 follow-up Feels Like Home, and her latest CD Not Too Late. In his downtime between steady gigs with Jones, Levy has been onstage and/or in the studio with Rosanne Cash, Amos Lee, M. Ward, and up-and-coming Aussie artist Eran James.
In addition to Levy's skills as a player, he is a gifted songwriter. He penned "In the Morning" for Jones' Feels Like Home, and other artists have recorded his songs as well. There's no doubt, though, that the best way to hear Levy's folk/pop/blues gems is straight from the source.
The Mastersons formed in 2006 but have collectively spent more than a lifetime (six decades) making and performing music. Both children of musical families in Texas, they were handed instruments before they could walk. Eleanor, a cracker-jack violin. Chris, a guitar. The universe so picking their fates that 20 odd years later, backstage at a festival, lighting would strike. They were fans of each other's music before they were anything else. For two youngsters, the list of artists they’ve performed with is staggering: Steve Earle, Son Volt, Diana Ross, Regina Spector, Angus and Julia Stone, Allison Moorer, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Shooter Jennings, Hank Williams III, Bobby Bare Jr. and Jack Ingram. That’s just getting started.
February 9 at 7:00pm
$15 Advance / $18 Door
Much of the commentary about Darrell Scott’s career has focused on the songs he’s written that have been recorded by famous names and voices – those known in music industry parlance as “artists.” But then there’s the actual word artist, whose definition has nothing to do with radio hits and red carpets. We refer of course to those who create artifacts of aesthetic and intellectual contemplation and wonder, built from experience, skill, reflection and emotional intent. That’s an artist. And that, at the end of the day, is Darrell Scott.
"Lucinda Williams once called her "a folk Nina Simone." But Ana Egge is more country than that. Raised by hippies who grew wheat in North Dakota, the Brooklyn singer–songwriter crafts homespun hymns on her sixth disc to sing with your bare feet on the dashboard. "Bully of New York" recounts a sad late–night conversation between Egge and a park ranger whose hours broke up his marriage (best part: She met him while hitchhiking). Egge's rootsy pedal–steel pop recalls singers like Shawn Colvin, but her sharply observed tales of the overlooked and underpaid feel utterly of the moment." - Melissa Maerz
February 11 at 9:30pm
$20 Advance / $25 Door
For Pat McGee, there is no wrong way to make music as long as you’re making it. This Virginia native has found his niche making this his most personal record yet. ‘No Wrong Way to Make a Right” from its inception, has not been without struggle and sums up a lot of issues McGee had previously shied away from. However, he stays true to the melody and lyrics that seem to come so naturally to him. With this album McGee’s has seem to find the genre he is most comfortable in, creating a record that is the most genuine and heartfelt record that strips McGee to the core and brings to light where his heart lies, in the music.
February 14 at 7:30pm
After walking away from a major label courtship, Alyssa Graham recalls, “It really was a moment of clarity for me and thus, my ‘big break.’ I realized then that I had to make a choice between being the artist I wanted to be or being the creation that the industry could make of me.” Peeling back the layers on a quest for her truest voice, Lock, Stock & Soul, is Alyssa’s new, full length album, produced by Grammy winner Craig Street. Maybe it’s the earthy bass lines (courtesy of Meshell Ndegeocello), the plush sonic detail or the dulcet and pure vocal but this album is undeniably alluring. While Echo, Alyssa’s 2008 debut, was focused on travel – indeed, it functioned as a musical travelogue – Lock, Stock & Soul represents coming home. The record is a full circle return to Graham’s longtime musical loves: Neil Young, Nick Drake, Francoise Hardy and others capable of delivering heartfelt emotion in the simplest of packages.
February 18 at 7:00pm
Beth Arentsen, Mark Anthony Lee, and Lindsey Wilson return to Joe's Pub for an unforgettable evening of song to benefit The Family Center, a NYC-based organization that works to create a more secure present and future for children whose parents have a life-threatening illness by providing comprehensive legal and social services, education, and research. Their work is fueled by the belief that every child deserves an answer to the question: Who Will Take Care of Me? Three of Hearts uses music as a catalyst for raising awareness about socio-cultural concerns in our community while entertaining audiences with some of the best independent musicians and vocalists from different corners of the NYC music scene. Known as the vivacious lead singer of the funk-jazz collective P-1, Beth Arentsen brings her intricate, piano-based stories of love and loss from her critically acclaimed albums, Sap and Nicer, to the Joe's Pub stage while Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Lindsey Wilson enchants with a set of her mellifluous "electrified folk-jazz" melodies. Bridging the two sensibilities is Mark Anthony Lee, who interprets and illuminates hidden gems from icons of folk, pop, and R&B through his singularly soulful and sophisticated voice.
February 20 at 9:30pm