Stephanie McKay, Greg Proops, Murray Hill's Oscar Party and More Set for Joe's Pub thru 3/5
This week at Joe's Pub at The Public, February 24-March 5, will feature: Fly: A Musical Tribute to Damon Intrabartolo, The Return of Radiant Baby, Stephanie McKay, Bridget Everett, Dom La Nena & Piers Faccini, Dawn Landes, Greg Laswell, Henry Wagons, The Hot Sardines, Ramya Ramana, The Greg Proops Chat Show, Schoolhouse Rock, Murray Hill Oscars Party, Kelly Joe Phelps, Shirve Alive, Queen of the Beatniks, Gia Mora & Einstein's Girl, Juan Perro and the Employee of the Month Show. Details below!
FLY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO DAMON INTRABARTOLO Monday, February 24 at 7:00 PM
BroadwayWorld.com will continue its 2014 concert series at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, hosting an all-star tribute concert and benefit, celebrating the music of bare composer Damon Intrabartolo, at Joe's Pub in New York City, directed by his longtime collaborator, friend and Tony-nominee Kristin Hanggi. Damon Intrabartolo was a gifted composer who passed away this year on August 13th, 2013. He was 39 years old. Damon studied at USC's School of Music, where he was a beloved member of the USC marching band, and went on to orchestrate and conduct many film scores for composer Jon Ottman, including The Usual Suspects, Halloween H2O, Lake Placid, X2: X-Men United, Fantastic Four, and Superman Returns. He also orchestrated and conducted In Good Company, and the movie Dreamgirls. Intrbartolo is most known for his beautiful musical bare which won him the Los Angeles Ovation Award, the Backstage Garland Award, the LA Drama Critics Award, and the LA Weekly Award for best Original Score & Best Musical. bareis loved internationally by musical theater fans, and has over 100 productions, including London, Toronto, Sydney Australia, and the Philippines.
THE RETURN OF RADIANT BABY: A Benefit Concert for Theatre C Monday, February 24 at 9:30 PM
$150 VIP / $85 Reserved Seating / $50 Bar Area
To celebrate the continuing work of the company that brought William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray's Echoes of Etta to Joe's Pub, this electric joyride into the life of famed artist Keith Haring returns to the Public Theater as a concert of songs to benefit Theatre C. Theatre C, in consultation with Two River Theater, is developing the acclaimed musical into an exhilarating 360-degree immersive experience, complete with supercharged choreography, surround-sound and video. In the full production, the audience members will be the guests to the grand Party of Life in 1990, celebrating Haring's body of work. The event abruptly transforms into an unexpected joyride through his existence, as we face the joys, obsessions, inspirations, and addictions that defined Haring's short, yet unparalleled life, from unassuming misfit artist to superstar maestro and activist.
STEPHANIE MCKAY Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM
Stephanie Mckay is a soul revivalist with all the tent revival intensity of Lyn Collins and the neo soul groove-ease of Jill Scott. Her work includes touchstones past and present reflecting classic funk and soul. Her first album was produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead fame. Her second album was released in 2008 entitled Tell It Like It Is.
BRIDGET EVERETT & THE TENDER MOMENTS Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 PM
**SOLD OUT** Every month Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments bring their funny yet gut-wrenching and outrageous performance to Joe's Pub at The Public. Led by the singing tour de force Bridget Everett, "a mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler" (New York Times), the band has sold-out venues nationally and instantly developed a cult-like following with their edgy, sexed-up, punk rock cabaret. Each performance is as explosive as it is unpredictable, welcoming special guests as varied as Fred Armisen, Patti LuPone, Flea, Dan Finnerty (The Dan Band), Tonya Pinkins, Marc Shaiman, Erin Markey, Peaches, Neal Medlyn and Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) while fans such as Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Andy Cohen and Lily Taylor can be seen laughing hysterically in the audience. Imagine Freddy Mercury, Richard Pryor and Sophie Tucker had a baby, and then you might be getting close ... maybe. Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments are poised to release their debut album of original music in October 2013 featuring the singles "Titties," "What I Gotta Do," and "Fuck Shit Up."
DOM LA NENA & PIERS FACCINI Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM
Brazilian born cellist and vocalist Dom La Nena released her debut album, Ela, on Six Degrees Records in January, 2013. Ela is a stunningly intricate and understated collection of thirteen original compositions, sung in Portuguese and Spanish. Dom's delicate vocals and multi-tracked cello on the album are supported by spare, minimal arrangements by co-producer and label mate Piers Faccini. Melodies and words are in Faccini's bones and his finely crafted songs resonate with traces of his ancestry. If his songs were maps they would stretch from the English moors to the Saharan dunes via the parched plains of the Mediterrannean before spanning the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Mississippi Delta.
DAWN LANDES: Bluebird CD Release Wednesday, February 26 at 9:30 PM
$12 in Advance / $15 at Door
Based in Brooklyn, but raised in Louisville, singer-songwriter Dawn Landes has been writing songs for most of her life, and already has more than a decade of experience as a professional producer and engineer. After leaving NYU where she studied psychology and literature, Landes began honing her production and engineering skills, working at Stratosphere Sound (owned by James Iha, Adam Schlesinger, and Andy Chase), and at Philip Glass' personal recording studio, before launching Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn with partners Steve Salett and Gary Maurer.
Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 PM AND 9:30PM
**BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT** It's been seven years now since Greg Laswell released his debut album; since then, his phrasing and tempo became more and more improvised in songs like "What a Day" and "Embrace Me." Other songs changed from simply wanting to give the fans something new; "Comes and Goes In Waves" and "How the Day Sounds" were completely deconstructed and played on acoustic guitar with a cello. Laswell also re-recorded a few of the more popular songs off each record. About midway through these recordings, Laswell says he felt as if he were producing an episode of Where Are They Now? with his songs as the subjects. Musically, he imposed two rules: no drums, and less than four tracks per song (allowing himself to comp string sections onto one track). He also mixed in two newcomers to the gang: "December," which he reluctantly had to cut from his first record, Through Toledo, and the Sparklehorse cover "It's a Wonderful Life."
Friday, February 28 at 7:30 PM
$12 in Advance / $15 at Door
Henry Wagons is unanimously lauded as one of Australia's greatest and most entertaining performers. Along with his rare charisma, he offers heavy doses of stomping outlaw rock and irresistible crooning. Having been described "like the lovechild of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash" by Rolling Stone his live show is a performance like no other."
HOT SARDINES Friday, February 28 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, an NYC outfit (with a tap dancer) that's been called "consistently electrifying live" (Popmatters). The Sardine sound - wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around - is steeped in the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. Pianist-bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and Paris-born singer Miz Elizabeth (who owe their collaboration to meeting via Craigslist) describe their band as "born in the 1920s, but raised in the '00s," reflecting a philosophy that hot jazz, dixieland and Tin Pan Alley tunes are all pop music, not historical artifact to be handled with kid gloves. In 2013 The Sardines headlined the TCM Classic Cruise, played Great GoogaMooga Festival, the Spiegeltent and the Blue Note Jazz festival, and continue to turn regular haunt The Standard Hotel into a "saloon in the sky" (The Wall Street Journal).
RAMYA RAMANA Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 PM
18-year-old Ramya Ramana is a youth activist, poet, writer, and most of all, believer of God. She is the current Youth Poet Laureate of New York City. Recently, she won the New York Knicks Poetry Slam that awarded her with a full scholarship to St. John's University, where she is studying Philosophy. As the Youth Poet Laureate, Ramya will travel the five boroughs to speak to her peers about voting and civic engagement and also publish her first body of work with Penmanship Books. Ramya has performed at venues such as the Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, Nuyorican Poets Café, Richie Rich's Palace for the Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz and City Hall for the inauguration of Mayor Bill De Blasio. Ramya is currently in pursuit of being a better lover, friend and servant of God and hopes to pursue a career as a full-time artist.
THE GREG PROOPS CHAT SHOW
Saturday, March 1 at 9:00 PM
In a city where "here today" so often anticipates "gone tomorrow," The Greg Proops Chat Show has established itself as an institution: comedy, conversation, music with the oh so dapper Mr. Proops running the show. What's more, because Greg's guests have nothing under their arm, there are no plugs and no agenda. The conversation is real, freewheeling, intelligent, offbeat, frequently hilarious and always open to the unexpected. Where else would the unstoppable force that is Jack Black explain "altered snowboarding," comedian Drew Carey channel Reese Witherspoon, everyman actor John C. Reilly spin a heartwarming tale of a crazed Jack Nicholson, Sarah Silverman croon "Ol' Man River" or Eagle Joe Walsh jam with musical mad hatter Jon Brion? The answer is, in all likelihood, nowhere.