Mikky Ekko, Our Lady J, Karsh Kale, Mara Wilson and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 8/24
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its performances, now through August 24, 2014. Scroll down for details!
Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 PM
Sam Javitch has been impressing audiences with his unique brand of jazz, from fresh spins on standards to exciting original compositions. He is said to be a talent beyond his years, already forging a path to becoming a unique voice on the piano. Javitch has performed to full houses from Rockwood Music Hall to Café on Broadway and Latin Jazz at William Paterson's Jazz Room series. His show at the Pub will feature original compositions from his newest release Train to Nowhere. Javitch's personal, intimate playing is something you have to experience live to fully appreciate.
Wednesday, August 13 at 9:30 PM
Mikky Ekko has been one of the music industry's best-kept secrets until recently when "Stay," a stark piano ballad he co-wrote and is featured on, became Rihanna's latest blockbuster single. Now the rest of the world is catching on to what the tastemaker blogosphere has known for some time: that Ekko is a talent who demands attention. The FADER recently called the Louisiana-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter's sound "massive." Spin put it even more emphatically, "Unsurprisingly, the music walks a line between soul-powered pop and indie-flavored rock while Ekko shows off his voice -- a flexible thing that can handle crisp notes as well and raw emotion."
Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 PM
Mike Daisey takes on Herman Melville's masterpiece of revenge, fate and whaling terminology in a hilarious and breathtaking 90 minutes. He achieves this by weaving Melville's epic saga together with the greatest and most perfect film of the twentieth century -- STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan. Ornate nautical slipknots, space worms that crawl into your ears, tattooed harpooners and Ricardo Montalban's rich Corinthian leather chest all combine with Melville's gorgeous language to tell a sweeping story of revenge and what temperature that dish is best served at. Spoiler alert: the answer is "cold". Also, the whale wins.
Thursday, August 14 at 9:30 PM
$20 Adv / $25 Door
Art can take many forms and has an undeniable ability to invoke the human spirit. Join the Vaude Villainettes as they house The Arts under one Big Top to help children in need. A dozen performers take the stage at Joe's Pub to present an evening aimed to raise your spirits and to raise funds for Keep a Child Alive, so that they continue to make our world a better place. The Big Tops Variety Show has reimagined the classic Vaudeville model for a fun-packed evening of entertainment that includes singing, dancing, sultry burlesque and dazzling drag performances. Before and after the show, guests are invited to get their photograph taken in the Vintage Vanga Photo Booth and place bids on the exhibiting fine art works in the Art Auction.
Friday, August 15 at 7:30 PM
Marty Stuart is country music's Renaissance man -- a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan and archivist. The turn of the century saw Stuart looking inward to make deeply felt records paying homage to his love of vintage gospel, his Native American passions, and as always, his core -- foot-stompin', tail-shakin', honky tonkin', rockin' hillbilly music. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville -- his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives: guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and bassist Paul Martin.
Friday, August 15 at 9:30 PM
Prompted to "ask big questions", emerging musical theater writers showcase new songs to be interpreted by Broadway performers in the 4th annual Broadway Sings for PKD to raise awareness of Polycystic Kidney Disease. All proceeds benefit the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. Performers are TBA.
Saturday, August 16 at 7:00 PM
This balls-to-the-wall drag cabaret is hosted by Martha Graham Cracker, who is, perhaps, the world's tallest and hairiest drag queen. Backed by a four-piece live band, Martha Graham Cracker, hailed as "The Drag Queen King" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, performs new arrangements and mashups of songs by artists ranging from Prince and Crowded House to Motley Crue and Nina Simone, and a bit of everything in between. Martha Graham Cracker is played by Dito van Reigersberg, co-founding co-artistic director of Philadelphia's Obie-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. The character was born in van Reigersberg's East Village kitchen when he was attending the Martha Graham School of Dance.
Saturday, August 16 at 9:30 PM
$15 Adv / $20 Doors
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.
Sunday, August 17 at 7:00 PM
Kaye is the fifth solo album from UK-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter, Edward Rogers. Inspired and dedicated to the late English singer-songwriter and psychedelic legend Kevin Ayers, Kaye features 11 new original songs plus a version of Ayers' "After The Show." Popdose.com said, "New York-bred Edward Rogers delivers a grand slam of a release with this offering, Kaye. Dedicated to the late, great Kevin Ayers (of Soft Machine fame), and filled with intense, image-laden and melodic songs - this is as good as an album can get. It isn't often that a musician can bring a "complete" work to realization - Edward Rogers has unquestionably done so with Kaye. A must."
Nick Garrie is renowned in psychedelic collectors' circles for his 1970 debut, The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas, a Baroque pop masterpiece effectively buried by nonexistent distribution and promotion. Born June 22, 1949, in Yorkshire, England, to a Russian father and Scottish mother, Garrie spent the majority of his adolescence at a French boarding school. He began writing songs while attending Warwick University, but his interests primarily lay in surrealist literature and poetry and he did't mount a performing career until 1968, playing bars and restaurants while backpacking through the south of France.
Sunday, August 17 at 9:30 PM
New York ex-pat Our Lady J paints the church pink with Trouble, an exhilarating musical celebration of original songs penned by the Lady herself and accompanied by the Train-to-Kill Gospel Choir. Inspired by conventional Gospel music, this show is anything BUT traditional, promising to deliver you from your woes, sans the usual dogmatic baggage.
Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30pm
Balthrop, Alabama--a small town band from Brooklyn, New York--returns to Joe's Pub with their songbook of tunes about love, dead people and dead people in love. The Balthrop, Alabama show features live drawings projected behind the band by town Draw-er Toxey Goodwater (artist Michael Arthur), created in real time like a live cartoon show. Balthrop, Alabama's live show is a mesmerizing and darkly joyous musical and theatrical experience, anchored by the Americana indie songwriting of siblings Pascal and Lauren Balthrop and a stellar band of musical townsfolk.
Tuesday, August 19 at 9:30pm
Having never had a Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, or even Sweet Sixteen, for that matter, Ali Grieb is no stranger to sin. Growing up in South Jersey before moving to South Georgia with her Jewish mother from the Bronx, Ali has always had a knack for finding herself in...situations...Well, the buck stops here! Be a witness as she hilariously recounts all of the ridiculously awkward moments that have gotten her to this point. All set to big band sounds her creamy voice will take you on a trip back to a simpler time when the music was good, the drinks were strong, and the bad choices you made were just a vague memory from last night's binge!
Wednesday, August 20 at 7:30pm
A self-proclaimed "failed scholar and modern-day hobo," 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short-circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid (August 19th / Little Hi! Records) that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country and blues to capture her unique and personal vision. But first Rose tried embracing religion. Then her church busted up in a sex scandal, her parents stopped attending services and her attempt to join the last of the three remaining Shakers - a sect disappearing due to its strict belief in celibacy - well, didn't quite work out. And while she escaped the "heroin highway" that runs through her hometown via a scholarship to small liberal arts college, Rose failed as a scholar, barely scraping along to graduation. She bought a vintage sports car to travel the country, but it quickly broke down, followed by a stint stocking shelves and sweeping the floors of a grocery store for a boss who eventually fired her.
Wednesday, August 20 at 9:30pm
$12 adv / $15 door