John Cameron Mitchell, Mary Gauthier, Cristin Milioti and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 6/11-22
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming performances, June 11 through the 22nd. Scroll down for the lineup!
Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00PM
A Good Read, a new ongoing no-frills reading series of classic works of prose and poetry curated by acclaimed writer and actor John Cameron Mitchell. Mitchell will be joined by brilliant actor Denis O'Hare for Volume 2: Luminous Nictitation - an Evening of Russian Metafictional Absurdity at Joe's Pub. The actors will perform two-hander adaptations of works by Vladimir Nabokov. Wallace Shawn was Mitchell's guest for the first installment of this volume on June 3.
Wednesday, June 11 at 9:30 PM
Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 PM
After 20 years in Everything But The Girl, and 10 years as a respected DJ and record label boss of Buzzin' Fly, Ben Watt stopped everything to complete two long-planned creative solo projects. The first is his second book, Romany and Tom (Bloomsbury, UK, February 2014; North America, June 2014), a dazzling portrait of his parents. The second is Hendra, his first solo album in over 30 years, released on his new imprint, Unmade Road on April 29th. It is, in Watt's words, "simply a folk-rock record in an electronic age."
The songs for Hendra came unexpectedly. Watt's sister passed suddenly as he was finishing Romany and Tom. He took to his basement nightly, retuning his guitars to unfamiliar tunings as a way of restarting and began singing. This resulted in 10 songs - unsentimental, impressionistic - about close family and strangers, resilience and hope. Recorded in London and Berlin, the music is a meeting of worlds: languid folk, distorted rock and fizzing electronics; in part a result of the album's two central collaborators, ex-Suede guitarist, Bernard Butler, and Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson.
Thursday & Saturday, June 12 & 14 at 9:30 PM
Legendary performance artist Penny Arcade returns to Joe's Pub after years of nonstop touring through Europe, just when the new tide of political correctness has started to threaten radical comedy under the weight of NYC's suburbanization. Penny, whose name has become globally synonymous with "Downtown New York Art" makes it safe to think and laugh at the same time! An evening of dangerous ideas and radical inquiry by the undisputed Queen of Underground Performance into what it means to be human, right now! Right here! "Penny Arcade is a wonder to behold; she manages to entertain, absorb and broaden the audience simultaneously. Beg, steal a ticket," said Newsweek.
Friday, June 13 at 7:00 PM
Just one year after the release of their critically acclaimed, brilliantly colored debut album - Amour, t'es la ?, Banda Magda returns to the Pub with their latest album Yerakina. A collection of re-imagined folksongs, the album is imbued with the deep flavors of a year of focused rehearsals, joyful performances, raucous gatherings and near-silent late-night van rides in distant lands. These songs' common theme is devotion, a word that well describes Banda Magda's multinational members' attitude to both music and each other. Led by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, this tight-knit family of 14 will sing in five different languages, accompanied by the seductive thunder of Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian grooves and imploring traditional Greek melodies.
Friday, June 13 at 9:30 PM
$25 Singles / $30 Voyeurs
Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and best-selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, music and socio-sensual interaction. Dr. Alex insists that her audience be filled with the sexy and seeking. During the show, Singles mix in the front and become active participants in the show while Voyeurs watch from the back. The provocative and irreverent Dr. Alex dispenses sex advice from her new book, Never Sleep Alone, and leads her audience through a wildly entertaining evening. Willing singles are invited to join Dr. Alex on stage for free champagne, blind dates and interactive demonstrations. The night continues at an exclusive after-party and the secret location is announced at curtain call.?
If you're interested in participating in a live, on-stage date or demonstration at the show, or would like to share your opinions on dating/sex (anonymous letters welcome) with the audience, please send your request to NSAshow@gmail.com.
Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 PM
Mary Gauthier speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash. And her songs are about as idiosyncratic as anything in the wide world of "popular music." The songs are painfully personal, especially on her new album, Trouble and Love, but they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different the paths they've followed through their lives.
Gauthier's six studio albums have received countless accolades: Jon Pareles, of The New York Times, picked Filth and Fire (2001) as the #1 Independent Release of the Year, Mercy Now (2005) earned her the Americana Music Association's New/Emerging Artist of the Year title and The Foundling (2011) was named the #3 Record of the Year by Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times. Gauthier's songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and recorded by Jimmy Buffet, Blake Shelton, Boy George, Tim McGraw, Mike Farris, Candi Staton and others.
Wisewater is an Americana pop duo comprised of Kate Lee (vocals, fiddle) and Forrest O'Connor (vocals, zouktar, and mandolin). The pair met through a mutual friend and producer in Nashville, and hit it off within minutes of their first jam in September 2013. They began co-writing shortly thereafter. In the last few months, they have performed around Nashville and have shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Bill Lloyd (of Foster & Lloyd), Mark Volman (of The Turtles), Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan and more.
Sundays, June 15 - 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.
Sundays, June 15-July 6 at 7:00 PM
JUNE 15 - SPECIAL GUEST: ETHAN LIPTON & HIS ORCHESTRA
Mother Falcon, the 18-piece orchestral indie band from Austin, returns to Joe's Pub for their second Symphonic Sundays residency, collaborating with a new set of artists. The ensemble's intensely beautiful live shows change people's perception of what great live music can be. Between the intricate arrangements, the wide array of instruments - several sets of strings, a vast horn section, a pedal steel guitar and even a bassoon - and the band's passionate stage presence, it's not surprising that the ensemble's music has enamored thousands across the country. Each show will feature a different special guest artist, including Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra (June 15), Bright Moments (June 22), Todd Reynolds (June 29) and TBD (July 6).
Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra play an edgy combination of jazz, folk and alternative music with a singer-songwriter core. With melancholy wit and a cockeyed worldview, sepia-toned frontman Lipton and band mates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax) deliver songs steeped in mixed-message sincerity and soul. NPR's Weekend Edition has hailed Lipton's work as "Hilarious, twisted, sophisticated, schleppy and sad all at once...songs that take the mundane of life and twist it." New York Magazine declared the group the Best Lounge Act of 2009.
Bright Moments is the solo project of Kelly Pratt, brass and wind player for bands such as Beirut, Arcade Fire and David Byrne/St.Vincent. Going solo, he formed Bright Moments and by winter 2010 began recording track-by-track himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He later recruited musician friends from Beirut, Akoya Afrobeat and Spoon to help flesh out the sound and assist with the production. The result was Natives, a sprawling record that synthesized the diversity of his musical résumé and arrived in February 2012 on Luaka Bop.
Sunday, June 15 at 9:30 PM
Lindsay Katt is a NYC-based recording artist, songwriter; and LGBTQ activist. Since the release of her debut album, Picking Out Boxes, Katt has been leaving her mark on the pop music scene, having her music featured on networks and ad campaigns including; MTV, ABC and Polaroid. A passionate member and supporter of the LGBTQ community, Katt performed at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the 2013 Capital Pride Festival. Her upcoming release, The Avant-Gardener will premiere in September along with a FilmTrack - 10 music videos that create a short narrative film - that is directed by Carl Byrd, Heather Matarazzo, Devin Gibson and more.
Monday, June 16 at 7:00 PM
BroadwayWorld.com continues its 2014 concert series at Joe's Pub, hosting a uniquely contemporary evening celebrating the music of the two most important and influential composers on Broadway in the modern age, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim, all to benefit the New York Public Library. Performing talent currently scheduled to appear includes (in alphabetical order): Jennifer Diamond, Ben Fankhauser, Rose Hemingway, Natalie Joy Johnson, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Constantine Maroulis, Nellie McKay, Courtney Reed, Michael James Scott, Jennifer Simard, Max von Essen, Jonathan Whitton, Josh Young & Reserved For Rondee (Trevor Vaughn, Billy Magnussen, Nick Fokas, Tom Degnan and Warren Hemenway), with some very special guests and additional surprises to be announced.
Monday, June 16 at 9:30 PM
$25 / $50 VIP
Broadway LIVE: Unplugged is taking Broadway to the next level by presenting original musical works from some of the best up-and-coming composers in New York City and streaming them to the PCs and mobile devices of millions of Broadway lovers across the world! These special one-night-only events will feature your favorite Broadway stars.
Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 PM
There are times when beauty and sadness are inextricably linked. Massachusetts-based Gem Club understands this fragile symmetry. The band - singer/pianist Christopher Barnes and his collaborators, cellist Kristen Drymala and vocalist Ieva Berberian - create music that is intimate, graceful, and filled with melancholy. Their second album, In Roses, is out now.
M.Lui is a Californian, Boston-educated, Brooklyn-based singer and guitarist, who mixes soulful vocals with electric-rock melodies.
Tuesday, June 17 at 9:30 PM
Doo-wop legend Little Anthony (of Little Anthony & the Imperials) plays a very rare solo show - his first in several decades - at the Pub. Compelled by a recent interview on a Sirius XM broadcast hosted by Bruce Morrow, where Anthony sang song after hit song, this show is a special presentation of the artist famous for songs like "Tears on my Pillow and "Hurt So Bad." The show will feature Anthony on stage with just piano accompaniment plus audience questions and 55 years of show business remembrances. Take a look back here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxjQ3M_v7xc&feature=kp.
Wednesday, June 18 at 7:00 PM
Andrew Belle is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter. He released his debut album, The Ladder, in 2010 and released its follow up, Black Bear, in 2013. Andrew was presented a John Lennon Songwriting award in 2009 and is currently part of the critically acclaimed national touring group Ten Out Of Tenn.
Wednesday, June 18 at 9:30 PM
Elizabeth Ziman and Paul Brill met sharing stages with their respective bands in 2010 and soon forged a successful writing partnership for film and TV. Together, they have scored a variety of award-winning feature films and TV specials, ranging from documentaries to romantic comedies, program themes, and even a Fraggle Rock tribute compilation with Daft Punk and Animal Collective. Ziman and Brill will bring their recent work and old favorites to life at Joe's Pub accompanied by a wide range of collaborators and renowned instrumentalists doing special guest appearances.
Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 PM
Join the sassy sensations of Siren and the luscious country cool of Kings as they come together for a harmonious escape at the legendary Joe's Pub. New York nightlife all-stars Shanna Sharp, Colleen Harris and Lindsay Morgan are Siren. Called a "power diva pop trio" by BroadwayWorld.com, the ladies of Siren serve up your favorite pop tunes, belted with a country-fried charm. Robert Maril, Emily Bielagus and Stephanie Bishop are Kings. A queercore/folk/country trio based in Brooklyn, they draw inspiration from American roots music, early Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, the American Riot Grrl movement, and modern folk greats like Ani DiFranco and Indigo Girls. This show is presented by NO HOPE Productions.
Thursday, June 19 at 9:30 PM
Julian Velard's engaging style of theatrical, piano-based pop has been colored richly by several stints in London, where he recorded his first two full-length albums: The Planeteer (2009) and Mr. Saturday Night (2011). On his newest release, If You Don't Like, It You Can Leave, Velard immortalizes the pain and promise of living in NYC, his birthplace and lifelong home. Velard's versatility has also earned him regular appearances on NPR, serving as musical director for Scott Simon's Wonderful Town and on musical trivia show Ask Me Another with Ophira Eisenberg. When not performing, Velard writes songs for other artists, like U.K. pop sensation Olly Murs to the New York Knicks.
Thursday, June 19 at 11:30 PM
Cristin Milioti recently finished her role as "the mother" on CBS's hit comedy show "How I Met Your Mother", as well as starring in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street playing Jordan Belfort's (Leonardo DiCaprio's) wife, Teresa Petrillo. Before that she starred as "Girl" in the Broadway smash hit musical Once, for which Cristin won a Grammy Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for "Best Leading Actress in a Musical". This fall she will star on the new NBC comedy series "A to Z".
Friday, June 20 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Jeffrey Steele's country and A/C mega-hits include a string of chart toppers including: "Knee Deep", "Here," "My Wish," "The Cowboy In Me," "These Days", "Everyday", and the groundbreaking "What Hurts The Most," which was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2007 Grammy Awards. He has won numerous BMI Country and Pop awards, was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critic's Choice Award for Best Original Song "I Thought I Lost You" (for Disney/Pixar's BOLT, performed by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta), been named one of Billboard's top 5 writers eight years in a row. Steele was featured as an artist and writer on Colt Ford's song "It's All." Steele was been named BMI Songwriter of the Year (2007 & 2003), and the NSAI Songwriter of the Year (2006, 2005 & 2003). CMA awarded him the coveted "Triple Play Award" for three No. 1 songs in a year twice (2010 and 2007).
Friday, June 20 at 11:30 PM
Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret returns to Joe's Pub after a string of sold out shows. This balls-to-the-wall drag cabaret is hosted by Martha Graham Cracker, who may be the world's tallest and hairiest drag queen. Backed by a four-piece live band, Martha Graham Cracker, hailed as "The Drag Queen King" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, performs new arrangements and mashups of songs by artists ranging from Prince and Crowded House to Motley Crue and Nina Simone, and a bit of everything in between. The cabaret has received numerous Critics' Picks in the Village Voice and Time Out New York, and was Jump Philly Magazine's Top 5 Most Exciting Musical Experiences of 2013 and has one numerous editorial awards in Philadelphia, including Best Drag Show and Best Gay Night Out in Philadelphia magazine.
Saturday, June 21 at 7 PM
Heather Maloney and Darlingside independently began their musical careers in late 2009 in Northampton, MA, crossing paths only through overlapping posters pinned up on cork boards across town and occasional side-by-side blurbs in local music rags. Buoyed by the same robust arts scene of the Pioneer Valley, both artists grew from regional headliners to nationally touring acts in a few short years. In November of 2013, Maloney and Darlingside teamed up for a tour out to the Midwest, and it did not take long for them to realize that they had stumbled upon a powerful combination. A feature in The New York Times of their cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" soon followed, and fans of both artists are now eagerly anticipating their next collaboration: a joint EP.
Saturday, June 21 at 9:30 PM
Champagne Jerry - the self-proclaimed Greatest Rapper in the World - continues to release a new single every month onchampagnejerry.com, paired, like champagne and brie, with a show at Joe's Pub. Having rolled out over the course of a year, the singles comprise Champagne Jerry's forthcoming album For Real, You Guys, which will be released in July 2014. Champagne Jerry, also known as Neal Medlyn, is a rapper and performance artist who, along with his main producer, Max Tannone and his onstage entourage, the Champagne Club, seek to transform the world every single time they hit the stage. Real beats, real rapping, real champagne, real realness.
Sunday, June 22 at 9:30 PM
Latrell Jackson is getting married ya'll! It's time to throw a bachelor party on the set of his newest show "LATRELL!" a.k.a. "The Most Fabulous News Broadcast Known to Man!" Although Latrell is known for his outrageous and his unapologetic behavior, there is more to him than meets the eye, darling! Under those leopard print leggings and body glitter lays razor sharp social satire and political comedy. Like the love child of RuPaul and Stephen Colbert or even the grandson of Moms Mabley, Latrell has his finger on the pulse of current events and social trends. With no allegiances to political parties, ideologies or even the one and only Oprah, Latrell takes on the socio-political zeitgeist with no mercy (all while picking out wedding cakes) in this one-night-only event! Male strippers not included.
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.