Karsh Kale, Midlake, Allen Toussaint, The Deslondes and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/23-8/3
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming lineup for the next couple weeks, July 23-August 3, 2014. Scroll down for details!
Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00 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 in a world that only recognizes capitalism and corporatism as a way of life.
Wednesday, July 23 at 9:30 PM
Casuarina, who celebrates their 13th anniversary in 2014, is one of the most respected samba bands of Brazil. Originally from the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Lapa, the band plays their repertoire all over the world, including Angola, Cuba, France, Holland, Israel, Italy, Portugal, the U.K. and more. In addition to their own compositions, Casuarina creates original, sophisticated and virtuosic arrangements to an old repertory of classic sambas by legendary composers such as Paulinho da Viola, Dorival Caymmi, Martinho da Vila, Adoniran Barbosa, Baden Powell, Joa?o Nogueira, Noel Rosa, and more. The modern and beloved samba group conquered the music scene in Brazil and abroad with their irreverence and innovative outstanding quality of arrangements.
Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 PM
Mike Daisey tackles what we don't like talking about: how our world is built on the subjugation and ownership of women, and how men perpetuate that violence every day. Rejecting simple catchphrases and rote thinking, Daisey doesn't try to speak for women-instead he interrogates his own history and choices as a way of framing a human discussion about how it could be possible to live an authentic life where we actually see one another. Gender, sex, violence, and passion mix together with dark humor as he does his best to try and tell an untellable story.
Thursday, July 24 at 9:30 PM
Billy Lewis Jr. is an emerging singer/songwriter from NYC (by way of Long Island). While Billy has a solid history as a stage performer, this marks his debut live performance as an independent, original recording artist. Billy's self-titled debut EP is produced by Jack Daley (Beyonce, Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone) and features the supreme talent of several world-class musicians including Steven Wolf, Marc Copely, Dave Eggar and Pete Levin. Also featured are local guitar heroes, Erik Rudic, Al Street and Marc Ribler. With a unique mixture of driving beats, intricate and sometimes thrashing guitars, a bluesy-undertone, addictive hooks and relatable lyrics, this debut EP makes a powerful introduction to Billy as a songwriter, a uniquely soulful vocalist, and a captivating live performer.
Friday, July 25 at 7:00 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 singerMiz 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.
Friday, July 25 at 9:30 PM
Classically trained flutist Monday Michiru is credited as one of the forefront pioneers of the early '90s acid jazz movement in Japan and known for "crafting danceable but artistically significant Brazilian flavored acid-jazz and soul with an underground flair." Monday's significant solo work is only surpassed by her featured collaborations with prestigious international DJs, bands and artists, including Louie Vega (Elements of Life and Masters at Work), Kyoto Jazz Massive, Mondo Grosso, Lisa Ono, Da Lata, Jazztronik, Blaze, and many others. Known for her "unique talent" and "genre-blurring musical skills," her most recent releases, Soulception (Adventure Music, 2012) and Brasilified (Billboard Japan, 2013) focus on her love of Brazilian music. While Monday has appeared in festivals and clubs worldwide as a solo artist, this is her first time performing in NYC since 2008. She will be performing repertoire from Brasilified, which was voted best new jazz release of 2013 by Echoes Magazine UK and Soul Brother Records.
Friday, July 25 at 11:30PM
Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. Five performers take the crowd on a non-stop hip hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers.
Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 PM
An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties. In the case of Denton, Texas' favorite sons Midlake, it is the perfect title for a bold response to a new phase in the band's illustrious career, with a re-jigged line-up and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic. Those familiar with Midlake's preceding albums will recognize some constituent parts of Antiphon: the quirky psychedelia of their 2004 debut Bamnan and Slivercork, the '70s soft-rock strains of breakthrough album The Trials Of Van Occupanther and the Brit-folk infusion of 2010's The Courage Of Others. But their fourth album is another fascinating departure, but also a logical progression. The sound is simultaneously familiar and changed.
Saturday, July 26 at 9:30 PM
BaianaSystem explores new sound possibilities for the "guitara baiana." The sound of this unique instrument - a mini electric guitar popularized in Salvador's Carnival -- is reinvented with influences of Brazilian, African and Jamaican musical styles. In the hands of Robertinho Barreto, the little guitar harmoniously dialogues with the syncopations of Afro beat and percussive rhythms of Bahia together with the psychedelica of dub and electronica. The band's distinctive voice, with the words and vocals of Russo Passapusso, explores new pitch possibilities and interactions with the bass culture of the sound systems. Combining influences of dance-hall, rap and dub-step with Brazilian samba and "repentista", the resulting language grooves within the "collage" philosophy of the sound systems, rebuilding and renovating what already exists, creating something completely new and different.
Sundays, July 27 - August 10 at 12 Noon
New Orleans musicians laid the cornerstone for a large swath of American music, and Allen Toussaint is among the city's most gifted players. As a composer, arranger, producer, pianist and singer, Allen has created an enduring body of work that includes local hits by Irma Thomas and Lee Dorsey; songs covered by Glen Campbell, the Rolling Stones and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss; national hits by Ernie K-Doe and LaBelle; and collaborations with Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, all in addition to his own recording career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in July, 2013.
Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 PM
Join Cynthia Hopkins for an intimate evening of songs new and old, drawn from her extraordinary legacy of live performance works. For this special event, Hopkins will also share experiments in storytelling, including an excerpt from her new adventure in filmmaking, the Alcoholic Movie Musical.
Sunday, July 27 at 9:30PM
Dahka Band's music can be described as world music sound with a modern approach. They infuse traditional music from Algeria, Nigeria and Turkey with rock, funk, etc. Their lyrics are in Arabic, Berber, West African Yoruba, and English, set to rock instrumentation, like electric and bass guitars, tenor saxophone, drums, African and Latin percussion. The result is truly unique and borderless. Coming together in New York City, the music is in essence "melting pot" music, where you bring what you are and make something special and newly American. Dahka Band's founding members include Eli Fola and Fathi Tabouche.
Monday, July 28 at 7:00PM
$100 / $250 VIP
Broadway's best sing for Zara Aina! The hottest voices on the stage will lead a fundraising performance to benefit at-risk children in Madagascar. Hosted by Broadway actor and Zara Aina founder Bryce Pinkham, it's a smoking line up of talented big hearted softies lending their voices to a great cause. Zara Aina, which means "share life" in Malagasy, aims to provide children with tools to succeed as students and story tellers by producing their original works of theatre, and touring those works to communities in need. Performers include: Adriane Lenox, Laura Osnes, Jacob Ming-Trent, Kate Schutt, Lisa O'hare, Lauren Worsham, Griffin Matthews + Matt Gould (The Cast Of The Broadway-Bound Witness Uganda).
Monday, July 28 at 9:30PM
Based on the Tumblr created and curated by actress and writer Lynne Marie Rosenberg, CastAndLoose brings you "your daily dose of show business misogyny, racism and general absurdity". Submit yourself to an evening of the world's worst breakdowns; a hilarious mix of stereotypes, pigeon-holing and requests for tasteful, non-union nudity, re-enacted by our soon-to-be-announced special guests! Ticket sales benefit The 52nd Street Project, a Hell's Kitchen-based non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids. Come show your support for CastAndLoose and help us nurture the next generation of theater artists, breakdown authors and diverse voices!
Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30PM
The Trio of Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert - together, Haas Kowert Tice - is a confluence of three of the most exciting young voices in acoustic music today. While each member carries an impressive resume of professional experience, it is the devotion to collaboration and the pursuit of a unique group sound that sets them apart. Together, Haas, Kowert, and Tice have produced a body of work containing flights of improvisation and interesting compositional turns all grounded by memorable melodies and driving rhythms. The group's adventurous spirit and desire to show the audience something new is never at the expense of the most intrinsically rewarding elements of music such as the beauty of a well crafted melody or the dance-inspiring energy of a great groove.
Tuesday, July 29 at 9:30PM
Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania's foremost musical emissaries. Having begun her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her legendary step-mother Dimi Mint Abba, Noura was reared in a transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce in the dynamic language of the Moorish griot. Fueled by the exploratory sound of her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly's distortion-tinged psych guitar lines and backed by a declarative, funk-driven rhythm section - Ousmane Touré (Bass) & Matthew Tinari (drums), the band has made a formidable debut on the international stage. Performing at events like globalFEST (USA), Festival-au-Desert (Mali), Hayy Festival (Egypt), and Festival Timitar (Morocco) and collaborating with artists like Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyaté, and Baaba Maal, Noura Mint Seymali is actively exposing Mauritanian roots music to the world. In a rare merger of cultural authority and experimental prowess, Noura Mint Seymali applies the ancient musical traditions of the griot with a savvy aesthetic engagement in our contemporary moment, emerging as a powerful voice at nexus of a changing Africa.
Wednesday, July 30 at 7:00PM
The Pump and Dump is a parents' night out, designed to laugh away a kid-filled day while throwing a few back and remembering who we all were before we had children. Comedian/musician Shayna Ferm and her sidekick, MC Doula, host this raucous evening of comedy, inappropriate music, games, prizes, drinking, swearing and parental commiseration. Live musical performances are spread throughout the evening with songs like "Eat Your F-ing Food" and "When I Die, I Want to Come Back as a Dad." Audience participation includes playing "Never Have I Ever " and sharing the "Most F-ed Up Thing Your Kid Did This Week. Shayna and 'Doula have been performing monthly, sold-out shows in Denver, CO since 2012 and started touring this year.
Wednesday, July 30 at 9:30PM
NYC based 6-piece jazz ensemble Carte Blanche breathes new life into jazz classics from around the world. Effortlessly transitioning from 20's and 30's American jazz standards to 40's Parisian swing, bossa nova, cumbia, Russian, Yiddish, and Italian selections, the band's dynamic and engaging act is a time capsule filled with vintage international musical gems- many of them rarely heard live. The group also incorporates original compositions, offering a modern twist on the tried and true styles of the 20's 30's and 40's. The band features Spanish born, Mexican/American raised vocalist Cristina Kaminis whose unusual and sultry vocal quality captures the essence of the era, and enchants audiences with her impressive knack for languages and musical styles; easily flowing from Edith Piaf to Buena Vista Social Club renditions. The ensemble's versatile instrumentation featuring accordion and violin has a rich and captivating sound that is powered by a tight rhythm section. With their stunning white vintage accoutrements, they have developed a large group of devoted fans around the globe who love them as much for their look as for their commitment to preserving the music of a by-gone era.
Thursday, July 31 at 7:00PM
Help industry darling John Early pick his headshots LIVE in Literally Me, a searingly intimate evening of stand up, new short films, music, and body rolls. John Early is a comedian, actor, and filmmaker based in New York. He is an Artist in Residence and Comedy Curator at Ars Nova, where he hosts the monthly variety show Showgasm. He co-hosts Crime & Punishment at Cake Shop with frequent collaborator Kate Berlant. Their live sketch show Hey has been performed at Union Hall, UCB, and The Virgil in Los Angeles. His play The Witchelor, which he co-wrote with Nicole Spiezio, has been performed at Ars Nova and Atlantic Stage 2. He's been on 30 Rock, the feature film Fort Tilden (SXSW Grand Jury Prize), and starred in several of his own shorts. He performs stand up all over the city, most recently at BAM, Joe's Pub, and UCB.
Thursday, July 31 at 9:30PM
Erin and Her Cello have been charming audiences with their quirky, vivacious, and undeniably unique (Strings Magazine) performances all over the east coast. From Joe's Pub to BAM, Rockwood Music Hall to World Café Live, this kooky songstress, her stringed soul mate, and her six person band, simply cannot be confined to one musical genre. Their new album, "Petits Bisous" packs a retro punch -- playfully melding 50's/60's doo wop, surf rock, jazz, funk, and french pop. And as always, this winner of Stand Up NY's "Music is a Joke" contest, and darling of the downtown comedy scene, underscores every song with deft wit.
Saturday, August 2 at 7:30PM
San Francisco's Gaucho returns to the Pub with their newest release, Thinking Of You, a 45 RPM record and 12-song digital download. Gaucho is a gypsy jazz band, however their love of music stretches far beyond that to the music of the great jazz age, guitarists Teddy Bunn and Oscar Moore and Charlie Christian. The new record features 12 new songs by bandleader Dave Ricketts, who is equally inspired by Fats Domino and Hoagy Carmichal, as he is by Jimmie Rodgers, Brian Wilson, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Gaucho has been hailed Best Jazz Band 2009 in SF Weekly, and their music has been featured in Pixar's Cars 2, and performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They will be joined by New York's own Gordon Webster: a world-class pianist and longtime friend of the band.
Saturday, August 2 at 9:30PM
The Deslondes are a New Orleans-based country-soul, swamp-boogie band. In their writing and performing, they combine elements of early Stax, Sun and Atlantic records with the influence of the raw, stripped-down sound gleaned off field recordings from Alan Lomax and Mississippi Records catalogue. The band's three principle songwriters - Sam Doores, Riley Downing and Cameron Snyder - endeavor to carry on the traveling country-troubadour tradition of their heroes Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley and John Prine. With the help of bassist Dan Cutler and pedal steel-fiddle player John James, the band's musical production and vocal arrangements are inspired by the rhythmic, high energy, and harmony-driven sounds of their other heroes, The Band and Allen Toussaint.
Feral Foster is a songwriter from NYC who has been writing songs, making music, and playing and curating music series at various venues for a decade.
Saturday, August 2 at Midnight
Saturday, August 23 at 11:30PM
$18 Adv / $23 Door
Described by Billboard Magazine as a "visionary composer and producer," Karsh Kale is one of global music's brightest stars. In the past 12 years as a solo recording artist, producer, composer, performer and DJ, Kale has set the world of electronic fusion on fire and has helped to create a genre of new music and culture that continues to influence an entire generation. Fans and critics claim Kale as a pioneer and a trail blazer, not only opening doors for his own career but for an entire scene to emerge in the world of electronica and fusion music. Kale has also developed a reputation as a genre bending collaborator and a world renowned tabla player and musician, exploring the worlds of electronica, Indian classical music, rock, jazz fusion and hip hop which has led him to work with some of the most renowned artists from around the globe. Kale continues to reinvent his ever-evolving sound and has established himself as one of the world's most sought after fusion artists.
Sunday, August 3 at 7:00PM
Singer-songwriter Liz Longley is best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice but is steadily developing a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. A relatively recent graduate of Berklee School of Music, Liz has taken home top prizes at the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. The press has hailed her with New England naming her the 2011 Female Performer of the Year and the Washington Post declaring that she is "destined for a larger audience." Even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music "gorgeous, simply gorgeous."
Since the release of their first album, Wake the Hero in 2009, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound, including Grand Prize at the NY Song Circle competition. Their music has also been featured on TV on shows such as ER andDays of our Lives. Their follow up EP Gravity was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com, keeping good company with the likes of Adele and Bon Iver. They continue touring in support of their brand new full length record, The Longest Day, playing venues like Lincoln Center and NPR's Mountain Stage in West Virginia, and performing with The Lumineers and Norah Jones.
Sunday, August 3 at 9:30PM
Gina Sicilia is a dynamic roots music vocalist. Her 2007 debut recording Allow Me To Confess was nominated for a Blues Music Award Best New Artist Debut. Well known in the blues world, Sicilia's sound also demonstrates an array of influences from country and Americana to R&B and pop, which gives her a unique soulful voice that separates her from other singers. A bona fide rising star, Sicilia has opened for acts such as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Shemekia Copeland and more while performing at some of the biggest blues festivals including the Ottawa Blues Festival, Pittsburgh Blues Festival and the Bayfront Blues Festival. In April 2013, Sicilia released It Wasn't Real on the VizzTone Label Group and has begun picking up airplay all over North America. The Blues Revueremarked, "Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female blues singer made such a strong impression....remarkable voice."
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.