Bill Kirchen, NYU Tisch Studio on Broadway, Rory O'Malley, Brown Girls Burlesque and More Set for Joe's Pub, 5/21-6/1
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming shows, May 21 through June 1, 2014. Details below!
Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 PM
Making his Joe's Pub debut, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born Migguel Anggelo
is a dynamic singer and dancer known for his electric stage performances. Cutting his teeth in the worlds of musical theater and opera, Anggelo brings the larger-than-life emotions of the stage to his more intimate shows. Backed by a string band, he performs works by Latin American greats like Agustin Lara and Astor Piazzolla, original compositions that explore topics like Frida Kahlo and dictatorship, and American pop, jazz, and opera standards that he recasts in his own signature style.
Anggelo is thrilled to welcome special guest and jazz great Claudia Acuña to this performance. The artist's most recent project, the forthcoming album LA CASA AZUL, produced by Mau Quiros and mixed by Grammy winner Felipe Tichauer, will be launched in 2014. The evening will also feature Musical Director Mau Quiros on piano.
Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 PM
Allison Moorer celebrates her roots with this show, performing new and old songs about the South. In the past three years, the Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter has welcomed a son, recorded and toured as part of Steve Earle & The Dukes and Duchesses, and also wrote the song "Oklahoma Sky," which closed Miranda Lambert's 2011 hit album Four The Record. Moorer's seventh and latest studio album, Crows (2010), the follow up to her much-celebrated Buddy Miller-produced Mockingbird (2008), received worldwide critical acclaim. The Huffington Post proclaimed that she is "blessed with one of the best voices of her generation." Moorer has been featured on releases by Joan Baez, Kid Rock, Steve Earle, The Chieftains and Los Straightjackets. Moorer was also featured in The People Speak, a beautiful and moving documentary inspired by Howard Zinn's popular text A People's History of the United States. The film, presented by The History Channel, also featured Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Matt Damon and more.
Thursday, May 22 at 9:30 PM
The incomparable "cabaret star" (NY Magazine) Lady Rizo is back for an unchaperoned evening of song and decadence. You may have seen her here at Joe's Pub with her "glam bottom baring dance troupe the Assettes " (Village Voice), celebrating the billboard top ten in the monthly series Our Hit Parade, or midtown at the gothic Night Hotel co-hosting the weekly transnational lounge Foreign Affairs.
But here is your chance to have her all to yourself. Her seamless mix of baudy humor and elegance has been likened to Mae West but its her vocal chops that have garnered recent attention: collaborating with both Yo-Yo Ma & Moby on albums this year, singing selections of the American Songbook in front of the internationally acclaimed 36 -piece orchestra The Knights, and at MOMA for a sold out cabaret for the Kirchner Exhibit.
Let her lashes beguile you as she interprets an irresistible mix of popular songs from all eras backed by some of the finest musicians in New York City. Even though she is venturing out solo, if you know Lady Rizo you won't be surprised if a couple special guests pop up.
Friday, May 23 at 7:30 PM
Grammy Award-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named "A Titan of the Telecaster" by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk.
Kirchen's latest, Seeds and Stems, takes a fresh approach to many of the songs that were planted at the beginning of an incredibly full career, songs that grew into classics and branched out across the variegated styles of Americana and roots rock 'n' roll.
Friday, May 23 at 9:30 PM
Two-time Grammy Award-winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone Magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Jones is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances. Her second album Pirates is one of the seminal, most heralded recordings of pop music, with each song a cinematic journey through her breakdown and rise. Jones' live performances have reached a pinnacle of honesty and excellence. Her latest album The Devil You Know is produced by Ben Harper and reimagines the music of Jagger / Richards, Neil Young and more, and is planning to release an album of new music in 2014.
Saturday, May 24 at 7:00 PM
This Memorial Day Weekend, treat yourself to a musical feast! In New Music, New Voices, New Studio on Broadway, the inaugural graduating class of NYU Tisch's New Studio on Broadway presents an evening of food, drink and song to celebrate the voices of our theater's future. Under the direction of Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor and director of Broadway's Inspirational Voices, Michael McElroy, NSB's 27 hot-off-the-press graduates combine forces with writers from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and other emerging composers. BFA's in hand and ready to add that distinctive NSB flavor to these writers' new materials, prepare for a performance reveling in all things new: new songs, new faces and new talent.
Saturday, May 24 at 9:30 PM
Dream-pop artist Nasimiyu brings her composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist zing to her forthcoming EP dirt. Her genre falls somewhere on the earthier, dirtier, brassier side of the indie pop spectrum. Think Talking Heads plus Etta James -- on a safari.
Nasimiyu came up in a half-Kenyan, half-Scandinavian household in Minneapolis. She rounded out her sound studying under street performers, voodoo practitioners and marching band musicians for four years in New Orleans. She now moves and shakes in eclectic artist circles in Brooklyn. Nasimiyu worked on dirt across several time zones with co-producers Andreas Gustafsson in Sweden and Ben Lorio in New Orleans. dirt features guest players Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, Mike Bass of Trombone Shorty and the New Orleans bass band, Naughty Professor. Though she played most of the instruments on dirt herself, Nasimiyu performs (and plays keyboards) live with a band.
Saturday, May 24 at 11:30 PM
Pluto is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, whose soulful rhythm & blues sound has a pinch of a new age hipster vibe. He is set to put a stamp in the pop/urban music scene. The Toronto native has clinched rave reviews during the soft release of his debut EP as well as burgeoning fan base. With smooth undertones, a strong falsetto and killer songwriting skills, Pluto's ability to captivate an audience is paramount.
Sundays, May 25 - June 22 at 2:00 PM
Reverend Billy & the Stop-Shopping Choir return to Joe's Pub for a two-month residency after last year's performances in Chase Bank lobbies, and New York jails and courts. In 2013, they were inspired by the extinction and resurrection of the Golden Toad. This year, the Honey Bee is the hero. The presence of the pesticides of "Big Ag" and the struggle by bees to survive, is inspiration for new songs, songs with lots of Bee-atitude, hard work and sticky sweetness. Honeybeelujah!
Reverend Billy and his singing-activists ask: What time is this? Time to party before the plague? Or is it more like the 20's between world wars? In 2014, stepping on stage amidst fire and drought, freak storms and extinction, there seems to be a strange joy in these first days of apocalypse. They seek to rededicate themselves and others to the politicizing of survival, pitting our freedom against the financiers of climate change.
Sunday, May 25 at 7:30 PM
Billie Williams is celebrating the release of her new original single Lonely Night in Harlem inspired by life in her long-time Harlem neighborhood. Her rich repertoire of Blues and contemporary music earned her the nomination for Best Female Debut Artist in the BroadwayWorld.com Cabaret Awards for her 2012 show Fade to Blues at the Metropolitan Room. Billie's upcoming concert at Joe's Pub on May 25 will feature her exciting new original music as she debuts her new release and encores classic blues favorites.
Sunday, May 25 at 9:30 PM
Composer and performer Eli Zoller and The O Pioneer Band bring you a musical yarn for the ages - a yarn spun right out of "the greatest campfire tale ever concocted" (The Village Voice). Rooted in folk-bluegrass melody and elemental storytelling, Zoller's rural-tinged orchestrations are a singular and beautiful artistic outpouring not to be missed.
Featuring: George Salazar (Here Lies Love), Brian Charles Johnson (American Idiot), Haven Burton (Legally Blonde),Libby Winters (American Idiot), Victoria Huston-Elem (Addams Family), Ben Clark (Circus in Winter), Molly McAdoo(Miko & the Musket) and Colin McAdoo (Soul Doctor).
Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 PM
Kavita Shah, a visionary young singer and composer from New York, celebrates the release of her album Visions. Co-produced by renowned African guitarist Lionel Loueke, Visions (available May 27 on Inner Circle Music) heralds the arrival of a strinkingly original, globally minded new voice. A self-portrait in mosaic form, Visions interweaves Shah's multicultural background with her wide-ranging musical influences, combining the Indian tablas and West African kora with a traditional jazz quintet. Shah will be joined by Loueke, saxophonist Greg Osby, guitarist Michael Valeanu, pianist Guy Mintus, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Guilhem Flouzat, tabla player Stephen Cellucci, kora master Yacouba Sissoko and percussionist Rogerio Boccato.
Tuesday, May 27 at 9:30 PM
Mike Daisey travels to a mysterious world located just 90 miles from America-the island nation of Cuba, a world frozen in the American imagination and burned from our memories by embargoes and blockades, where communism still rules and a ballet dancer is paid the same as a surgeon or a farmer. Daisey brings his shrewd and scathing outsider's eye to the gloriously decaying streets of Havana, using this changing landscape as a window to speak about the true legacies of American imperialism, and what it means for us to live today in a world that only recognizes capitalism and corporatism as a way of life. Both a ridiculous travelogue and a philosophical journey, Daisey's monologue unearths the human connections between neighbors who can live so close and still refuse to speak.
Daisey, hailed as "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" by The New York Times, is the preeminent monologist in the American theater today.
Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 PM
Come one, come all and partake of "the mystery of appearances, the deceptions of the heart, and the divine androgyny of the soul." Let YENTL, that most unorthodox of love stories surprise you...that most surprising of love triangles enchant you. It's YENTL for a new age. Rediscover this timeless, tender, gender-bending tale that surprises and enchants! Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule and members of all-female klezmer group Isle of Klezbos to perform!
Wednesday, May 28 at 9:30 PM
Hailing from one of the most famous lineages in American music would surely create challenges for most artists to create their own identity, but not for singer-songwriter Holly Williams. The granddaughter and daughter of Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. respectively, makes her independence evident on her third studio album - The Highway - released on her own imprint, Georgiana Records, earlier this year. Co-produced by Williams and Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars), The Highway contains 11 original tracks written or co-written by Williams and features guest vocals from Jackson Browne ("Gone Away From Me"), Jakob Dylan ("Without You"), Dierks Bentley ("'Til It Runs Dry") and Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow ("Waiting On June").
WITH SOFIA TOSELLO & JUANCHO HERRERA
Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 PM
Argentine vocalist, songwriter and arranger Sofia Rei's music draws from many sources, from South American folkloric styles to jazz, contemporary music and electronic. Building on the success of her second release Sube Azul (World Village-Harmonia Mundi), Rei returns with the spellbinding De Tierra y Oro ("Of Earth and Gold"), described as a series of "philosophical wanderings." The album won two 2013 Independent Music Awards in the World Beat category for Best Album and Best Song. Her work as a leader and as player with the likes of John Zorn, Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Frank London, Myra Melford and others has taken her all around the world and earned her critical acclaim. She continues to set herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene. Artists Sofia Tosello and Juancho Herrera will join her at this concert, which is presented in association with El Colectivo Sur.
Thursday, May 29 at 9:30PM
New York's klezmer-rock band Golem returns to the Pub to celebrate their newest album Tanz, released on Corasón Digital in May 2014. Founded by Annette Ezekial Kogan in 2000, the band has become the leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing the traditions into the 21st Century. Golem is known for their theatricality and fearless wild energy mixed with a boundless love of tradition. Jewish Week called the band, "not your father's klezmer band, unless of course, your father was Sid Vicious." The band also includes Aaron Diskin, Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman and Tim Monoghan.
Friday, May 30 at 7:00 & 9:30PM
After the sold-out premiere of his autobiographical show, PUB CRAWL, Tony Award-nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) is coming back for more! PUB CRAWL is O'Malley's own tale of being raised in an Irish pub in Cleveland by his single mom and the bar's eclectic patrons. O'Malley tells his hilarious coming of age story using classic Irish pub songs from The Wolftones, U2, Van Morrison and more with music direction from Tony and Grammy Award-winner, Stephen Oremus. Come see why raising an Irish kid doesn't take a village... it takes a pub.
Friday, May 30 at 11:30 PM
Jazz vocalist and bandleader Michael Mwenso offers a collection of shameless and explicit tunes from the 1920s and1930s that were banned from being broadcast in their era. The playful nature of these songs is timeless not simply because they are funny and over-the-top, but because they are a reminder that romance and sexuality are, and always have been, universal human experiences. This will be an exhilarating and rowdy night of jazz, wit and delight plus a few surprises.
A fixture of the Uptown jazz scene, Mwenso brings his signature style and vocal chops Downtown to the Pub. From a young age, the Sierra Leone-born singer and pianist has held his own with artists like James Brown in addition to playing in and leading his own bands around the world. In late 2010, Mwenso, personally invited by Wynton Marsalis, joined the programming team at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he now heads the After-Hours program at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. In his growing and remarkable career, Michael has performed with Jon Hendricks, Jamie Cullum, Reginald Veal, Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marsalis and more.
Saturday, May 31 at 7:00 PM
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling carnival of acoustic Americana, on tour in support of their aptly named albumCarnival (2013). The high energy, Nashville-based quintet performs Struthers's original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass and drums. "When you go to a carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story," says Struthers. "That's what I'm trying to do with this album - craft vignettes, and in some cases more developed narratives, about imaginary people's lives." The moving, perceptive and witty songs on Carnivalrepresent a quantum leap for Struthers, born of hard work and deep reflection. "Over the past three years, as I've been touring and performing, I realized that primarily I'm a storyteller," she says. "I've been working to hone my skills so I can do that better."
The Party Line, named after a Carnival track that refers to the early days of rural telephone calls, includes: Joe Overton (clawhammer banjo and harmony vocals), Jack Devereaux (fiddle), Nick DiSebastian (upright bass and guitar) and Drew Lawhorn (drums). Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she led her band to a Blue Ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Saturday, May 31at 9:00 PM
Bridget Barkan's The Love Junkie is the story of one woman's journey on the road to recovery from sex, love and codependency addiction. In this one-woman show, Barkan employs the voices in her head to act out the aches of her overworked heart. A roller coaster ride of original and cover songs, characters, comedy, spoken word, costumes, dancing and unapologetic truth, this soulful theatrical experiment travels through time from Barkan's recent battle with relationships to the root of the problem and back, finding some answers along the way.
Saturdays, May 31, July 5 & August 9 at 11:30PM
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is a new three-part series that showcases collaboration between Brown Girls Burlesque and DJs to create brilliantly fun and sonic burlesque shows. The May installment features the renowned and illustrious Manchild Black, who will create mixes for each burlesque piece in collaboration with the dancer in addition to spinning the pre-show, intermission, and post-show sets. The BGB Lovelies & Manchild Black will save your life and make your night!
Sunday, June 1 at 7:00 PM
Virtuoso violinist Rachel Lee Priday has been hailed for her "dazzling dexterity" and "irresistible panache" (The Chicago Tribune). She teams up with Argentinian bandoneonist/composer JP Jofre and pianist David Kaplan for an evening of duos that combine tickling the strings and dazzling on the ivories, including original compositions by JP Jofre and a surprise world premiere.
Sunday, June 1 at 9:30PM
Russian-American pianist and singer Sasha Papernik, Brazilian-American singer Nanny Assis, and African-American husband and wife duo Puma Sojola and Andrea Jones Sojola bring selections from their spring concert at Carnegie Hall's popular series, Musical Explorers, to Joe's Pub. Together they sing songs from three vibrant cultures of New York City. Join them for an exciting journey through different cultures coming together in music.
ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. In 2013, Joe's Pub celebrates 15 years of the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. It received a top-to-bottom renovation in 2011, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.
ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER AT ASTOR PLACE Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.