Julian Fleisher, Russel Taylor and More Set For Joe's Pub, 5/14-25
Joe's Pub has announced their lineup of events for May 14-25. There is sure to be some thing for everyone - check out all the details below!
JULIAN FLEISHER: CD RELEASE
Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM
Julian Fleisher's wide embrace of all corners of the pop songbook, his barn-burning Rather Big Band and a fresh and irreverent performance style garnered him rave reviews and comparisons to predecessors as diverse as Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Torme and Lenny Bruce. He is continually intersecting with other creative types as a producer, curator, and bringer-together of makers-of-things. As a young man in NYC, his love of singing unencumbered by the demands of a role led him out of the theater and into the nightclub.
Fleisher pulls focus on the art of songwriting on his latest album Finally, an understated selection of carefully curated songs. The album takes listeners on a more intimate and personal journey.
Wednesday, May 14 at 9:30PM
Multi-faceted soul singer Russell Taylor unlocks a masterpiece in his latest (and third) album War of Hearts, set to release on his own Indigo Blue label. War of Hearts includes collaborations with Grammy Award-winning producer Needlz (Lil' Wayne, Bruno Mars, Drake, Lupe Fiasco), Tim Kvanosky of Tiny Hearts and Salakida Kali. In early 2014, Russell Taylor became the first to win VH1's coveted "You Oughta Know" distinction after beating over four hundred competitors in the network's first-ever crowd-sourced contest on Artists.VH1.com.
The self-professed nomad has poured out his heart and soul on the world stages, from London, Amsterdam and Paris to NYC and LA. He has performed with the likes of from Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Isaac Hayes and Patti LaBelle. Russell made his Broadway directorial debut in Gems for one night only in 2012. He has also directed plays including Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls at The New School as well as mentoring urban youths of color in the arts.
ADISACRA is an Afro-Soul Hip hop duo that has an emphasis on bringing back classic sounds. Their music is heavily influenced by the iconic sounds of the 90s into the 2000s. Comprised of two powerful talents, singer/songwriter Ria Boss and producer Abel Shifferaw, ADISACRA is bringing the classics back.
Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Colorado-based five-piece Elephant Revival has a deep commitment to certain ideals: community, recognizing one's place in the flow of the natural world, harmony. Holding on to these ideals, they have weathered storms with aplomb, and in doing so, have produced their best album to date: These Changing Skies.?The group's shared values matched with the synergy of their disparate musical influences have created a cohesive tapestry, enhanced the more they play together, of music and lyrics. "It really is a natural confluence of our elemental influences," says bassist/multi-instrumentalist Dango Rose. Elephant Revival's worldview is connecting with fans; the band is a favorite at festivals such as Telluride Bluegrass, Vancouver Folk Festival and Old Settlers; and venues like Joe's Pub in NYC, The Ark in Ann Arbor and The Tractor Tavern in Seattle.
Friday, May 16 at 7:30 PM
Walter Martin, of The Walkmen, found out his wife was pregnant with their first child just as the New York band was finishing their 2012 album Heaven. With fatherhood on the horizon, Martin felt it was time for a challenge. He had co-written songs for the band since they had formed in 2000, but now he just wanted to write something for himself. Standing in his kitchen the summer of 2012, surrounded by his young family and listening to their collection of 1950s rock 'n' roll records, he realized what that meant exactly. We're All Young Together is a sweet, funny, rough-around-the-edges family record, as he likens it, that is intended to entertain the little ones, while getting a laugh out of their parents. Inspired by early rock & roll, it is filled with the kind of innocent yet mischievous music that has long struck a chord with Martin. "I'm calling it family music because I want families to enjoy it together," explains Martin. "But to me it's just rock 'n' roll done the old-fashioned way."
THE HOT SARDINES
May 16 at 9:30 PM
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have The Hot Sardines. This NYC-based outfit, which includes a tap dancer, has been called "consistently electrifying live" by Popmatters. The Sardine sound - wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around - is strongly influenced by the straight-up, foot-stomping jazz Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make. Reflecting a philosophy that hot jazz, Dixieland and Tin Pan Alley tunes are all pop music (and not delicate historical artifacts), pianist-bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and Paris-born singer Miz Elizabeth describe their band as "born in the 1920s, but raised in the '00s." The Sardines continue their monthly residency at Joe's Pub through July.
PAM ANN'S FLY
Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17 at 11:30 PM
PAM ANN, the iconic international air hostess to the stars (and alter-ego of Australian writer and comedian Caroline Reid),is BACK with her new improv-based show FLY. Her most un-PC, filthiest, topical, funniest and most explosive show to date,FLY will take passengers on the flight of their lives from check-in to security, boarding and (hopefully) landing with filthy material guaranteed to make your toes curl and have you gagging for more.
With enough chutzpah and insider knowledge to rival a Qantas CEO, no one does airline satire quite like Pam Ann. First, Business or 'Cattle,' there is no part of air travel that Pam can't negotiate. She has an air hanger filled with airborne commentary on the quirks of some of the biggest international airlines, as well as stereotypes commonly held about flight attendants everywhere. Pam's genius mix of camp, culture, humor and Pucci-clad fabulousness has seen her crew Elton John's private jet, share a stage on a UK stadium tour with Cher, and count Madonna in her worldwide legion of cult-like fans.
THE CIVILIANS: LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU: F*CKING & DYING
Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 PM
The Civilians, New York's award-winning investigative theater company, is back with Let Me Ascertain You: F*cking & Dying. Anyone familiar with The Civilians knows that they are a bit obsessed with sex and death. This one-night event will explore what happens when those fixations collide. Drawing inspiration from their past investigations into the porn industry, sexual deviancy, and dying and the afterlife, The Civilians dig even deeper to get people to open up about life's most carnal yet taboo topics.
This unique cabaret of original songs and monologues looks at the duality of human nature and our competing sex and death drives, or to get Freudian, Eros vs. Thanatos. The Civilians present real-life stories about our instinct for life, love and reproduction against our instinct toward death, aggression, and repulsion. Some of New York's hottest downtown performers and musicians will reveal tales of morbid curiosities and dirty secrets on the path to nirvana.
Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 PM
Natalie Imani is a music industry jewel who is at the turning point of her musical career. With performances at The White House, Beyonce's recent Chime For Change concert, background vocals for John Legend, Neyo, Shaggy, Jennifer Hudson and more under her belt, Natalie is prepared to take Europe by storm this summer. Never one to shy away from performing, Natalie is excited to display her gift at her Single Release Performance to fans, family and friends with her first performance of the year! Special invited celebrity guests and surprises.
REVEREND BILLY & THE STOP-STOPPING CHOIR: THE HONEYBEELUJAH! SHOW
Sundays, May 18 - June 22 at 2:00 PM
Reverend Billy & the Stop-Shopping Choir return to Joe's Pub for a two-month residency after last year's performances in Chase Bank lobbies, and New York jails and courts. In 2013, they 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 work and sticky sweetness. Honeybeelujah!
Reverend Billy and his singing-activists ask: 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 amidst fire and drought, freak storms and extinction, there seems to be a strange joy in these first days of apocalypse. They seek to rededicate themselves and others to the politicizing of survival, pitting our freedom against the financiers of climate change.
PUBLIC FORUM: DRAMA CLUB - THE PEOPLE
Sunday, May 18 at 7:00 PM
Can radical writers change the world? In Glaspell's timely but little-known 1917 play, the editor of a struggling magazine has to decide whether to keep up the fight - with plenty of not-always-helpful input from his staff and his readers. The evening's special cast will be comprised entirely of our leading political journalists, including David Brooks (The New York Times), Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic), Michelle Goldberg (The Nation), Christopher Hayes (MSNBC), Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker), Maria Hinojosa (NPR), Reihan Salam (National Review), Ben Smith (BuzzFeed), Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin), and more.
THE MEETING* HOSTED BY JUSTIN SAYRE
Sunday, May 18 at 9:30 PM
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, closes out its three month engagement with a celebration of pop superstar Janet Jackson. The Meeting* has been called "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post, and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice. Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight."
Justin Sayre, the show's creator, writer and host, serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as "Letters to the Chairman" and "New Rulings from the Board."
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE THEATRE PROGRAM PRESENTS
A WORK-IN-PROGRESS READING OF THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO
Monday, May 19 at 7:00 PM
Sandra Tsing Loh is developing a solo show based on her new memoir The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones (May 2014, W.W. Norton). Inspired by her darkly hilarious 2012 Atlantic Monthly Best American Essay The Bitch Is Back, The Madwoman in the Volvo charts Loh's roller-coaster ride into menopause while battling the pressures of the Sandwich Generation. The Madwoman in the Volvo was developed at the 2014 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA with continuing Post-Lab Support through its initiative with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Loh is a veteran public radio commentator who has previously starred in two original off-Broadway solo shows. Her last memoir was The New York Times Notable book Mother on Fire.
WILHELM BROS & CO
Monday, May 19 at 9:30 PM
Wilhelm Bros. & Co. is a Minneapolis-based theater/music collaboration between brothers - theater artist Jeremy Wilhelm and composer/multi-instrumentalist David Wilhelm. They are currently performing in the critically acclaimed production Red-Eye to Havre de Grace from through June 1st at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Together, they perform original music and eclectic covers in the Twin Cities and sometimes in wigs and flannel shirts for a Gordon Lightfoot cover band - Lightfoot Comes Alive! The duo received a MAP Fund grant in 2012 for Clandestino, their multi-lingual examination of immigration policy set against the ICE raid of Agriprocessors, a Kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa.
David has toured internationally with Stephen Scott's Bowed Piano Ensemble, including the Visual Music Festival in Lanzarote, Spain. A recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, he studied flamenco guitar in Cádiz, Spain and performed with flamenco singers Juan Silva and José Millán. Jeremy directs and designs for Workhaus Collective and the Guthrie's BFA Actor Training program. He has directed, designed and developed plays for Carson Kreitzer, Victoria Stewart, Cory Hinkle, Deborah Stein, Jacquelyn Reingold, Bronwen Bittetti, Sylvan Oswald and Trista Baldwin, and worked with choreographers Karen Sherman and Morgan Thorson. He has worked with Thaddeus Phillips since 1992.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH PARSONS DANCE: BENEFIT EVENT
Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 PM
Join us for an intimate evening celebrating the launch of Parsons Dance Generation NOW Fellowship! Help raise funds for this exciting program while partying with the stunning Parsons dancers, David Parsons and Generation NOW's first choreographer Natalie Lomonte. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, interactive performances and more! Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to see one of most entertaining modern dance companies in NYC from a different perspective-up close and personal.