Nona Hendryx, Kamara Thomas, Audra Isadora/Boyfriend and More Set for Joe's Pub This Week
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming performances this week, July 2-13, 2014. Details below!
Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00 PM
Such is the enigmatic message which ushers us into the kaleidoscopic new album by incomparable Berlin-based band OY, aka Swiss-Ghanaian vocalist & musician Joy Frempong and drummer & producer Lleluja-Ha. A collection of colourful songs weaving OY's own strains of electronica, whirling drums and captivating & humorous storytelling, laced with distinctly African musical and lyrical elements, "No Problem Saloon" is driven by Joy's soulful, melodic and arrestingly versatile voice. Joy and Lleluja-Ha then started exploring the songs on stage, injecting further ideas into the pieces before finalizing the production. This quasi-alchemical process worked wonders, and resulted in a mesmerizing and thoroughly engaging album, which OY have managed to masterfully transpose to the stage, as their exhilarating, dynamic live show has already electrified crowds at prestigious events such as Transmusicales, Les Eurockéennes, Sonar, SXSW, Montreux Jazz and more.
Wednesday, July 2 at 9:30 PM
Leading the new generation of soul crooners, Paul Loren sings songs that will make you move. A talented songwriter and producer, he takes elements from classic R&B, Pop and Jazz, and makes them truly his own. With a dynamic and powerful stage show, Paul Loren evokes the great Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding at their prime.
Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 PM
Grammy Award-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon and Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj present their collaborative works mixing genres of music native to their cultural upbringings; acoustic Hip-Hop, DC's Go-Go and Northern Indian classical music. Working for cultural acceptance and unification through music, Bacon is constantly pushing the envelope - from performances at the National Cathedral to becoming the first Hip-Hop artist to be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and composing and orchestrating an entire concert for a 12-piece orchestra commissioned by the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institute. Raj is an emerging fresh voice in creative and world music. Her recently self-released debut album, Exit 1, funded by the Sparkplug Foundation, has been described as "edgy, innovative, and clearly awe-inspiring...Indian fusion at its best" (Inside World Music).
Thursday, July 3 at 9:30 PM
Awarded the prestigious MAC Award for "2014 Show of the Year," William Blake (lead/co-creator) and Michael Thomas Murray (music director/arranger/co-creator) and the entire Echoes team are back to deliver this energetic, no-holds-barred performance that is sure to move you out of your seat. Blake, the Echoes band, and gorgeous back-up singers, "The Peaches," excel with stellar musicality led by Murray's rockin' authentic period arrangements with a contemporary twist. This combined with one of the greatest songbooks of all time is sure to have audiences jumping to their feet. Blake delivers palpable life to these long-loved classic songs in this musical testimonial to the legend who bridged the gap between Rock 'n' Roll and Rhythm and Blues. Fans can expect to hear many of their favorite Etta James tunes such as, A Sunday Kind of Love, At Last, Tell Mama, You Can Leave Your Hat On, I'd Rather Go Blind, Something's Got A Hold On Me and Purple Rain, just to name a few.
Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 PM
It's too hot outside. Come on in... In a Murakami world, the mundane and the fantastical live side by side in peaceful yet jarring harmony, and usually the world doesn't end! In that spirit, come for the air conditioning but enjoy the unexpected with Rob Schwimmer, master pianist, composer and thereminist. Now a leading exponent of the amazing Continuum, Schwimmer plays as if his life depended on it as he tries to escape the oppression of comedy... or perhaps not. A founding member of the legendary comedy music group Polygraph Lounge, curator of The NY Theremin Society and a well-known personality and solo artist on his own, Schwimmer will guide you through the narrows of his unique outlook on music and life. Playing in such diametrically opposed settings from Carnegie Hall to CBGB's, and for strippers at trucker conventions, somehow his continuity survives in this harsh Murakami-esque environment. Schwimmer's show is a place where deep artistry and a sense of humor can still be friends.
Saturday, July 5 at 9:30 PM
Miami-native turned Brooklyn resident Dylan Golden is a Hip-hop artist coming off a solid year. Having only released one video in 2013 for Humble Beginnings, Golden has been working diligently on creating one of the most anticipated albums of 2015. This show will be a special sneak peak at what he and his Golden State of mind crew have been cooking up.
Saturday, July 5 at 11:30 PM
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is collaboration between Brown Girls Burlesque and DJs to create a brilliantly fun and sonic burlesque show. The BGB Lovelies will save your life and make your night!
For each show, a different DJ creates mixes for each burlesque piece in collaboration with the dancer and spin to heaven with pre-show, intermission, and post-show sets. This evening will feature Renaissance woman DJ Rimarkable.
Monday, July 7 at 7:00 PM
Aziza Miller's unique fusion of jazz, soul, Latin, and spoken word is enlivened by the pulse and the energy of New York City. She spellbinds audiences with her original compositions, peerless musicianship, and soulful yet sophisticated melodies. A native New Yorker, Miller is proud to debut her new album What's On Your Mind? at Joe's Pub. This album, Miller's third, is the defining musical portrait of her career as both composer and musical artisan. Miller blazed a trail in the 1970s as one of the first female Musical Directors for Natalie Cole from 1975-80. Miller's many talents have flourished everywhere from Broadway to the Professional Performing Arts School where Alicia Keys was among her many talented students. In 1997, she received the Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award from President Bill Clinton. She played in the orchestra for Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple and was Musical Director for Rain Pryor's Fried Chicken & Latkes. She has also authored a book called The Divanary: A Dictionary for Divas, which was inspired by her interactive musical piece Divas Don't Apologize.
Monday, July 7 at 9:30 PM
The title says it all but for clarity...Songs stripped down to expose the lyrics, melodies and vocal harmonies, unplugged versions of songs from the Nona Hendryx Songbook. Voices, Stories, Acoustic & Stringed Instruments & Surprises! Songs and tales from behind the veil of Nona's three musical transformations; The Bluebelles, Labelle and solo; featuring the magical fingers of Etienne Stadwjck on keys, V. Jeffery Smith (the utility man), the fierce & fabulous poet Liza Jesse Peterson and three of the 'baddest', 'hardest' workin' SANGA'S, Kiki Hawkins, Asa Arnold and Keith Fluitt. Unhinged? Come and see!
Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 PM
Kamara Thomas is a song-speller and storyteller. Her newest work Tularosa is a song-cycle and musical theater work-in-development that explores the mythology of the American West and the cultural, economic, religious and environmental movements that have shaped the American Dream. Thomas performed, recorded and toured nationally and internationally for over ten years as singer-bassist in the rock band Earl Greyhound, and fronted Americana group Kamara Thomas & The Ghost Gamblers, who in 2013 released their debut album EARTH HERO. In 2005 Kamara returned to her roots in theater and began writing, developing and performing musical storytelling experiences. Her work BULGARIA, a dark fairy-tale examining rock-n-roll mythology and the feminine creative experience, has seen numerous workshop presentations in New York.
BRIDGET EVERETT: ROCK BOTTOM (special preview performances)
Wednesday & Thursday, July 9 & 10 at 9:30 PM
In Rock Bottom, Bridget Everett, who The New York Times has called "a pure id on the rampage," barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. Instead of succumbing to her chardonnay-induced stupor, Bridget embraces a series of revelations that lead this voice of an angel to redemption. Rock Bottom is what happens when you're too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. The show will feature new original songs plus a few old favorites from Everett's wildly popular monthly showcase at the Pub with her band the Tender Moments. These performances are special preview performances preceding the full theatrical run of Rock Bottom, which opens The Public Theater's 2014-2015 season.