Robert Kraft, Bridget Everett & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week
This week at Joe's Pub at the Public, Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, will feature performances by JOAQUIN POZO, ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT'S ASKING FOR IT, LEWIS WATSON, Julie Roberts, A NIGHT WITH Robert Kraft, Bridget Everett: ROCK BOTTOM, NATHAN SALSBURG, DISAPPEAR FEAR, TOM RUSH, GAUCHO, ONLY WE WHO GUARD THE MYSTERY, and LET ME TRY THAT AGAIN: A BENEFIT FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PROJECT.
October 28 at 7:30 PM
Direct from Cuba, master percussionist Joaquin Pozo brings his unique and unmistakable percussion style to New York City for the first time with full band, reminiscent of the popular, driving Cuban format that features hard-hitting brass and pulsating rhythm section. But make no mistake about it - in this band the conga is the musical epicenter. Known as "el pulpo", or the octopus (it is said his two handed drumming rivals the eight hands of four drummers), Joaquin Pozo is known for his singular style, a melodic approach to drumming that is neither unmatched nor unrivaled. Joaquin Pozo has descended from a long line of revered Cuban musicians. Having grown up in Havana in the barrio of La Victoria, Pozo was very early indoctrinated in the rich rumba tradition, a tradition that bears witness to much of his family's legacy. Over the past 35 years, Joaquin has honed his traditional and popular chops mastering both folkloric and modern forms and creating a style that melds both sacred and secular. Joaquin Pozo's inimitable approach to music allows the percussion to take center stage, drive the melody and create both an elegant and expansive sound. After hearing his instantly recognizable reverberations, one understands why Mr. Pozo's sound has been imitated yet never duplicated.
ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT'S ASKING FOR IT
October 28 at 9:30 PM
Adrienne Truscott, one-half of the internationally infamous Wau Wau Sisters, brings her multi-award winning show Adrienne Truscott's Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! to Joe's Pub for one night only! Dressed only from the waist up and the ankles down, she undoes and does-in the rules and rhetoric about rape and comedy and the brilliant, awful or awkward laughs when the two collide. With commentary and 'appearances' from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, she takes on polka-dots, pussy-puppets, mini-skirts, rape whistles, Daniel Tosh, Rick Ross and enough gin and tonics and bad behavior to get a girl in trouble. All decorated in give-it-to-me make-up this show is light on its feet and easy on the eyes. If she's really asking for it, then we know the 'finale' for this show. Can you make jokes about rape? She plans to, all night long! Even if you tell her to stop.
October 29 at 7:30 PM
Today's generation of aspiring young musicians often have just one choice in their pursuit of a career - to take the plunge and independently mastermind a digital cottage industry from which their songs can be discovered by a like-minded audience. That's precisely what Oxford's twenty-year-old singer-songwriter Lewis Watson did. After gradually building his own fan-base, his debut EP 'It's Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW' topped the iTunes singer-songwriter chart on the first day of release, outselling the likes of Adele, Madonna and Ed SHeeran in the process. It's a model that plenty of artists aspire to recreate, but few ever make any serious progress with. His latest EP 'Four More Songs' was released on July 1st was produced by Iain Archer (Jake Bugg) and Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys). Its lead track 'Calling' is full of positive, summer vibes and was named as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World. "This song is about just dropping everything, regardless of what it is, and gathering everybody to have a good time," says Lewis.
October 29 at 9:30 PM
Julie Roberts' first new full-length release in almost three years, "GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS" marks the acclaimed singer/songwriter's defining musical moment thus far. Just as significantly, the album represents Roberts' debut with the legendary Sun Records, world-renowned home to such icons as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison. The first new release on Sun in decades, "GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS" is a genuine milestone in the label's storied history, as well as Roberts' own incredible artistic and personal journey.
A NIGHT WITH Robert Kraft
October 30 at 7:00 PM
Join award-winning composer and musician Robert Kraft on October 30th for a performance celebrating the dual releases of both the "Robert Kraft Boxed Set", featuring the never-before-released "Robert Kraft Live at Town Hall NYC 1980" by Vivid Sounds Japan, plus a compilation album by Milan Records titled "Consensual Sets", featuring Robert Kraft's greatest hits, including "Who's Seducin' Who", "Beat Generation", and "Cafe Society". Thirty years ago, Robert Kraft was a mainstay of the New York nightclub scene, performing sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Town Hall and the Bottom Line, and recording 4 albums between 1979-1985. All 4 albums, plus a recorded live performance, will be re-released on October 23, 2013. In the '80s, Kraft moved to Los Angeles to score films and produce soundtracks, earning Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominations for his songwriting and producing. In the '90s, he put his career as an artist and songwriter on hold, becoming the President of Fox Music in Los Angeles for the next two decades, where he was responsible for the music from over 300 films, including The Little Mermaid, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, BLACK SWAN, Slumdog Millionaire, and Garden State. Reviewing a 1980 show at New York's legendary Bottom Line, the New York Times's reviewer, Stephen Holden, described Mr. Kraft as "an endearingly quirky cult figure who comes very close to embodying an archetype of pop elegance."
Bridget Everett: ROCK BOTTOM
October 30 at 9:30 PM
November 1 at 9:30 PM
November 2 at 9:30 PM
Bridget Everett's Rock Bottom is a brand new theatrical event commissioned as part of its New York Voices series on October 30, November 1 & 2 at 9:30 PM. Written by Everett with Tony-winning writing duo Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, Rock Bottom is the entertainer's first major show since 2007's At Least It's Pink and the first since her critically-acclaimed tour with Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. In Rock Bottom, "early Bette Midler" (NY Times) Bridget Everett 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 performance will feature familiar songs from Everett's monthly sold-out showcase at Joe's Pub with her band The Tender Moments (Bridget Everett, Vocals; Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Bass; Carmine Covelli, Drums; Mike Jackson, Guitar; Matt Ray, Piano) as well as new songs written with Shaiman, Wittman and Horovitz. "It has been a unique pleasure to watch Bridget's career develop over the years and to see her audience continue to grow," said Joe's Pub director Shanta Thake. "We are thrilled that yet another side of her ferocious talent will come to life through this commission." New York Voices lets musicians explore different ways of storytelling, narrative and songwriting while connecting them to The Public Theater's artistic staff and a wider theater audience. The goal of the program is to work closely with each artist to develop new works that are ultimately toured nationally and internationally. Previous artists commissioned for New York Voices include Ethan Lipton, Lady Rizo, Angelique Kidjo, Allen Toussaint, Abigail Washburn and Toshi Reagon.