Alfie Boe, Ariana DeBose & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week
Heather Christian & THE ARBORNAUTS
August 14 at 9:30 PM
Heather Christian is the daughter of a go-go dancer and a blues musician. A disgruntled classical pianist, she and her "orchestra", The Arbornauts (an eclectic assortment of multi-hyphenate musicians) turn Christian's dream-like hymns into a chamber punk collection of stories and meditations. She recently debuted her full length music/movement work North at LaMama ETC this year to much critical acclaim. "North manages to combine its poetic imagery and associative narrative into a surprisingly moving event. At the center of it all is the angelic Christian, who delivers a mesmerizing performance that is both intimate and powerful," said Backstage Magazine.
August 15 at 7:30 PM
$45 Reserved / $50 Premium
Alfie Boe has been described as "one of the U.K.'s most technically gifted talents" by All-Music and as "absolutely extraordinary" by award-winning director Baz Luhrmann, who cast Boe in his acclaimed 2002 Broadway production of Puccini's La Boheme in 2002. He has also been dubbed "opera's working-class hero" by Britain's Sunday Express - a declaration that sums up Boe's unique appeal. It's not just his thrilling voice that has captivated audiences, it's also his dramatic personal story: working-class singer goes from laboring in a factory to becoming a platinum-selling artist sharing stages with such artists as Queen and Alice Cooper, as well performing at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. His latest album, Storyteller, is a labor of love and a true reflection of who he is as a performer. Boe strips to the heart some of his favorite classic songs and brings their beauty to the surface while creating texture with both a band and a traditional orchestra. Released in the U.K. in November, Storyteller is already a hit, following on the heels of Boe's two BPI platinum-certified albums, 2010's Bring Him Home and 2012's Alfie - a collection of timeless pop songs and musical theater favorites from Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, among others. Boe has sold more than a million albums worldwide, no doubt thanks to his soaring, expressive tenor, which unifies the repertoire as he breathes life into each of the songs. His interpretations allow the listener to experience the tune as if they were hearing it for the first time. His performance as Jean Valjean in a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the musical at London's O2 Arena in 2010, later released around the world on DVD, instantly became the stuff of legend.
August 15 at 9:30 PM
$12 Advance / $15 at Door
Champagne Jerry also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming. Champagne Jerry was born when Neal Medlyn's friend Max Tannone who had success with a Jay-Z /Radiohead "Jaydiohead" mashup album some years back, wrote and asked if he would want to write raps. It quickly became an all-consuming new project with Neal writing original underground-y contemporary hip hop songs in a style all his own, using the name Champagne Jerry, a nickname Bridget Everett gave him one fateful night when he walked around drinking an entire bottle of champagne. This long rumored debut will be featuring original songs, created with producer and remix master Max Tannone.
August 16 at 7:30 PM
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based roots collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930's to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Growing steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast (hundreds shows in the last two years), DBR has blossomed into a traveling collective featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, accordion, tuba, pedal steel, drums, guitars, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. 2013 has a new album - Carry Me Home, on the way. Merging their vintage style with a hip, lose-your-troubles-and-start-moving vibe, the record perfectly encompasses the band's upbeat message.
THE HOT SARDINES
August 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, 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 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. The Sardines started 2013 headlining the TCM Classic Cruise, and continue to turn regular haunt The Standard Hotel into a "saloon in the sky" (The Wall Street Journal).
THE MARIO OPERA
August 17 at 7:30 PM
The princess has been kidnapped, the castle has been stormed by evil turtles, and the Kingdom of Mushrooms is in chaos. Who will save the day? Enter Mario Mario (yes, that's his full name), the iconic plumber and star of The Mario Opera, written by Song-A-Day artist Jonathan Mann with music performed by The Everymen. See what happens when your favorite pipe-travelling hero realizes there might be more to life than leaping in this hilarious and heartfelt musical parody.
August 17 at 9:30 PM
Nick Garrie is renowned in psychedelic collectors' circles for his 1970 debut, The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas, a Baroque pop masterpiece. Born in 1949 in Yorkshire, England, to a Russian father and Scottish mother, Garrie began writing songs while attending Warwick University. After recording the never-released single "Queen of Spades" with American-born producer Mickey Baker, he teamed with producer Eddie Vartan to begin work on The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas. Against Garrie's wishes, Vartan hired a 56-piece symphony for the sessions, and the artist (if not the record's admirers) later bemoaned the detrimental effects of such lush orchestration on his delicate, uncommonly literate songs. He released a second Nick Hamilton LP, 1994′s The Playing Fields, and in 2002, released Twelve Old Songs. Finally, in late 2005 the British reissue label Rev-Ola released The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas to much critical acclaim, adding the "Queen of Spades" single as well as several unreleased Belgian demos.
August 18 at 7:30 PM
A native of Portage, Michigan, Blake Whyte Sings For Hope. Inspiring, healing, soulful, and sexy are just a few adjectives that describe Blake's real and heartfelt sound. His band of Paul and Alex Wyatt, Curtis Stewart, Amanda Gookin, and Benjamin Gallina is a tribe of accomplished lights burning bright all over NYC. Blake has played all around NYC including Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, The Living Room, Ars Nova, Rockwood Music Hall, Sullivan Hall, Bowery Electric, and the NYSE Tree Lighting Ceremony. He is also an actor and has been on Broadway in Wicked and Mamma Mia!
A 50th Birthday Celebration for Tori Amos
August 18 at 9:30 PM
Enid Ellen presents, "Raisin Girl: A 50th Birthday Celebration for Tori Amos." With a lineup of special guests, Enid Ellen and Greg Potter want to pay tribute to the goddess, Tori Amos on the week of her 50th birthday. Channeling Mother Nature, David Mramor is Enid Ellen. Duetting with singer/songwriter Greg Potter on piano, they bring a raw intensity to their performance; mixing alternative ballads, acapella and glam. Enid's intense ceremonial performance has drawn support from a hearty helping of the downtown crowd, including John Cameron Mitchell and Starsky and Cox. "I think we speak from an honest place...not only a feminine voice, [but] we also speak from a gay male point of view." ***A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RAINN: The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.