John Cameron Mitchell, Penny Arcade & More Set for Joe's Pub, 6/4-15

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John Cameron Mitchell, Penny Arcade & More Set for Joe's Pub, 6/4-15

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced performances from June 4-15, including John Cameron Mitchell, Penny Arcade and more. Check out full details below!

REVEREND BILLY & THE STOP-STOPPING CHOIR: THE HONEYBEELUJAH! SHOW
Sundays, June 8 - June 22 at 2:00 PM
$15

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.

THE TRAPPS / PEIRSON ROSS
Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30PM
$14

The Trapps are an American band tapping Americana, Folk and Rock and Roll with a strong emphasis on "the song" and lyrical fiber. Their powerful harmonies evoke the Jayhawks while their high intensity jamming echoes the Black Crowes. Full of risk and heart, they weave universal themes into a musical fabric that is entirely original yet feels like you have known the sound your entire life. Jason Fine, of Rolling Stone, called the band "elegant yet raw, darkly emotional but shot through with light...rangy experimental roots rock played with confidence and hope."

Singer-songwriter Peirson Ross is crossing the boundaries of traditional folk music with his experimental, world-influenced melodies. iTunes has called Peirson a "poet with six-string's vocals who reminds fans of a cross between Dave Matthews, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake".

ECHOES OF ETTA
Wednesday, June 4 at 9:30PM
$30

MRM Productions is proud to present the award-winning Echoes of Etta: A Tribute to Etta James, featuring William Blake (lead / co-creator) and Michael Thomas Murray (music director / arranger / co-creator). Echoes of Etta returns to Joe's Pub for the energetic, no-holds-barred production's first residency, which will take place every other month through the end of 2014.

Blake, the Echoes band and gorgeous back-up singers "The Peaches," excel with stellar musicality led by Murray's authentic period arrangements with a contemporary twist. Blake delivers palpable life to the long-loved classic songs in this musical testimonial to the legend, who bridged the gap between Rock 'n' Roll and Rhythm and Blues. Echoes of Etta was awarded the prestigious MAC Award for "2014 Show of the Year."

THE LOSERS LOUNGE: TRIBUTE TO TALKING HEADS
Thursday-Saturday, June 5-7
$25

The Losers Lounge is back at Joe's Pub for one weekend - June 5-7 - with all of the incredible songs, great performances, irreverent antics and special guests that you can only find at The Losers Lounge. This time around, the group is paying tribute to one of the most adventurous bands in rock history - Talking Heads, who were challenging and inventive, drawing influence from funk, minimalism, and African and Brazilian music to create a sound that was both visionary and revolutionary.

MAGOS HERRERA & JAVIER LIMON: DAWN
Thursday, June 5 at 9:30PM
$20

It's seven p.m., in a bar in New York City. A man sits alone with a cup of coffee, his guitar leaning against the wall. A tall, thin, young woman with a slow, elegant gait walks through the door. Without a word she approaches him, and sits down. This could be the opening scene of a novel or a French thriller, but in reality, it is the start of an extraordinary musical adventure - a first encounter between two musicians destined to fall in love.

Magos Herrera, renowned Mexican-born jazz singer and current New Yorker, has worked with the world's best jazz musicians, combining her Latin roots with the sound of contemporary American jazz, thus, positioning herself among the musical elite. Javier Limón, is a laureate composer, guitarist and internationally recognized producer, known for his collaboration with Paco de Lucia, Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Avishai Cohen and Wynton Marsalis, among others. He has become an indispensable resource in the genre of Flamenco and future international music.

REVEREND BILLY & THE STOP-STOPPING CHOIR: THE HONEYBEELUJAH! SHOW
Sundays, June 8 - June 22 at 2:00 PM
$15

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.

ENID ELLEN PRESENTS LILITH FAIRY: THE REAWAKENING
Sunday, June 8 at 7:00PM
$14

Calling on the power of Lilith Fair, Enid Ellen bestow its own concepts on the music of the famous 1990s music festival using performance and spectacle. Part of the proceeds from the evening will go to Act Up NYC, a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in raising awareness of HIV and AIDS in our present society.

Lilith Fairy: The Reawakening takes the shape of a variety show, wherein Enid Ellen hosts a cast of performers including Greg Potter, Amber Martin, M Lamar, Erin Markey, Brett Every, B0DYH1GH, Nicholas Gorham and of course themselves! Each artist will perform songs by Lilith Fair veterans like Sarah McLachlan, Paula Cole, Erykah Badu, Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega and more. This is a fun and sweet show for a serious cause.

BRUCE ROBISON & KELLY WILLIS
Sunday, June 8 at 9:30PM
$25

Kelly Willis, heralded by NPR as "alternative country's golden goddess," returns to the national stage with her husband Bruce Robison. Willis has reigned as a critically acclaimed roots music singer since her recorded debut some two decades ago, and is recognized as a new country and Americana pioneer. Her ever-broadening artistic range and gifts as both a canny writer and interpreter of songs have consistently continued to wow her scores of fans and music critics alike. Robison has made his mark as both a writer of indelible smash #1 hits like "Wrapped" (George Strait), "Angry All The Time" (Tim McGraw & Faith Hill) and "Travelin' Soldier" (Dixie Chicks) and an artist in his own right who boasts a series of eight albums rich with his laconic yet potent grace and emotional dead aim as a songwriter and singer.

But as this couple in life, love and parenthood now unite as a band, it is more about the promise and thrills of the new than their considerable solo legacies and the laurels they've already earned. "We've been playing together occasionally over the years," explains Willis. "And it's always been really special. So we just thought we'd like to try a real collaboration where we pull from each other's strengths and create a new entity apart from our separate ones."

WORDS & MUSIC BY DAN WILSON
Monday & Tuesday, June 9 & 10 at 7:30pm
$25

Words & Music by Dan Wilson is an evening of songs and stories that pulls back the curtain on the art and practice of songwriting. Between stripped-down renditions of some of the modern-day classics he has written on his own and with such collaborators as Adele, Taylor Swift, the Dixie Chicks and Carole King, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Dan Wilson shares his insights into songwriting and relates the moments of discovery that led to them. This concert is presented in association with WFUV.

Wilson is best known as the lead singer of the band Semisonic, for which he wrote the Grammy Award-nominated smash "Closing Time," plus international hits including "Secret Smile" and "Chemistry." Since Semisonic, he has released three solo albums: Free Life (produced with Rick Rubin), Live at the Pantages, and his latest, Love Without Fear (April 15, 2014). Love Without Fear "is about being left alone and desperately wishing for connection and togetherness," explains Wilson. "The sound lives at the intersection of Americana and Beatles-influenced rock and roll, a little bit of twang and a lot of cinematic emotion." He is a highly sought-after songwriting collaborator, working with artists like: Pink, Dierks Bentley, John Legend, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jim James, Nas, Josh Groban, Weezer and more.

PANIC! THE MUSICAL
Monday, June 9 at 9:30 PM
$20

PANIC! The Musical is a rough-edged concert featuring songs by the American rock band Panic! at the Disco. The show explores the journey of two youths who meet fortuitously and form an unconventional bond. PANIC! features songs from the band's four studio albums, including hits like I Write Sins, Not Tragedies, Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off, Ready to Go, This is Gospel and more. The show is a thrilling, whirlwind of emotions that will have you singing on the edge of your seat. PANIC! was created and is directed by Alexis Acar with book by Christina Rose Sabia, choreography by Evan Lovelace featuring musical arrangements by Brandon Austin, and musical direction by Craig Petrocelli.

CHAZ LANGLEY
Tuesday, June 10 at 9:30 PM
$17.50

Chaz Langley is no stranger to the stage. His experiences range from performing on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" alongside GRAMMY nominated R&B sensation Keri Hilson to being that voice behind Behr Paint's "Behr Footin'" to his upcoming role as Hal Miller in Clint Eastwood's film version of Jersey Boys. With the culmination of these experiences, Chaz has created his own unique musical style - one he coins as "boutique R&B." Now, he is bringing his music and experiences - both personally and professionally - to Joe's Pub's stage in celebration of his long awaited, self-titled, debut EP.

A GOOD READ: JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL & DENIS O'HARE
Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00PM
$20

A Good Read, a new ongoing no-frills reading series of classic works of prose and poetry curated by 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.

BEN WATT
Wednesday, June 11 at 9:30 PM
Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 PM
$25

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.

PENNY ARCADE: LONGING LASTS LONGER
Thursday & Saturday, June 12 & 14 at 9:30 PM
$20

Legendary performance artist Penny Arcade returns to Joe's Pub after three 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.

BANDA MAGDA
Friday, June 13 at 7:00 PM
$20

Just one year after the release of their critically acclaimed, brilliantly colored debut album - Amour, t'es la ?, Banda Magda returns to Joe's 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.

NEVER SLEEP ALONE
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.

MARY GAUTHIER/WISEWATER
Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 PM
$25

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.

Over the years, 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.

SYMPHONIC SUNDAYS WITH MOTHER FALCON
Sundays, June 15-July 6 at 7:00 PM
$15
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 passionately committed stage presence, it's not surprising that the ensemble's music has enamored thousands across the country. Amongst their devoted fans are Bob Boilen, Amanda Palmer and Ben Sollee.

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).

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