Karsh Kale, Puddles Pity Party, John Early, Natasha Diggs and More Play Joe's Pub, Now thru 8/10
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming performances, today, July 30 - August 10, 2014. Details below!
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. Early is a New York-based comedian, actor and filmmaker. 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 oft-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 several of his own shorts. He performs stand-up all over the city, 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. As always, Erin, who is also a 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.
Sundays, August 3 & 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, 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 and Days 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 Revue remarked, "Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female blues singer made such a strong impression....remarkable voice."
Monday, August 4 at 7:30PM
Performers from all walks of Broadway and beyond lend their voices to a great cause in a one-night-only concert. Proceeds will benefit GLAAD, the leading organization in support of a positive LGBT image in the entertainment industry. Hosted by Julia Mattison (Godspell), the concert will feature Scott Alan, Mia Gentile (Forbidden Broadway), Sean Green Jr. (Trailblazers, Grassroots), Marja Harmon (The Book of Mormon), Brian Charles Johnson (American Idiot, Spring Awakening), Megan McGinnis (Little Women, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Ciara Renée (Pippin, Big Fish), Jessica Vosk (The Bridges of Madison County), Jacob Keith Watson (Violet), Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture), and Ari McKay Wilford (Once).
Monday, August 4 at 9:30PM
Balladeers Play to the Moon is a madcap romance which infuses familiar tropes with a one-of-a-kind whimsy. This new play with music is set in October 2012 on a luxury Pullman train - The Manifest Destiny - where passengers must dress and live as if it's 1927. When the train inevitably breaks down, it sets off a series if bizarre dreams and events which lead to an otherworldly climax. Follow a trio on a mission to meet with George Lucas, two libertine honeymooners, and a diner car Captain who may or may not be stuck in time... Balladeers is presented as a staged reading, written by newcomer Matthew Vitticore, and directed by Christopher Gurr (currently in All the Way on Broadway).
Tuesday-Thursday, August 5-7 at 7:30PM
Come cry it out with Puddles Pity Party for an evening of song, sadness and free hugs! Puddles is a 7-foot tall sad clown with a golden voice.
CELEBRATE MEXICO NOW BENEFIT CONCERT FEAT. ACARDENCHADOS
Tuesday, August 5 at 9:30 PM
Acardenchados take their name from the Mexican Cardenche style of popular music, which is created through the spontaneous interpretation of three or four voices. This improvisational yet traditional vocal ensemble joins together in exploring creative boundaries of singing in the Cardenche and Pirekua - the syncretism of religious music chants from the Spanish evangelizers and with Indian Mexican music - ways. Tareke Ortiz, Leo Soqui, Juan Pablo Villa and Juan Manuel Torreblanca are four of the most respected exponents of music in Mexico. Acardenchados exposes us to extended vocal techniques in the most fascinating and energizing ways. Celebrate Mexico Now is New York City's annual festival of contemporary Mexican art, culture and ideas.
Wednesday, August 6 at 9:30 PM
Every month, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments bring their funny yet gut-wrenching and outrageous performance to Joe's Pub. Led by the singing tour-de-force Everett, "a mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler" (The New York Times), the band has sold-out venues nationally and instantly developed a cult-like following with their edgy, sexed-up, punk rock cabaret. Each performance is as explosive as it is unpredictable, welcoming special guests as varied as Fred Armisen, Patti LuPone, Flea, Dan Finnerty, Tonya Pinkins, Marc Shaiman, Erin Markey, Peaches, Neal Medlyn and Jake Shears while fans such as Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Andy Cohen and Lily Taylor can be seen laughing hysterically in the audience.
Thursday, August 7 at 9:30 PM
After arriving in New York City to attend college with 30 dollars in his pocket, Osekre hasn't looked back. Osekre's vibe is an unusual combination of lyricism, wit, insight and flow delivered with sweet melodic African hooks. Osekre's music is unique in that while you might catch yourself singing to a delightful African tune at his gig, you wont be completely lost in the layers of instrumentation that serve to remind every audience that New York has worn on him. Osekre's Vibe is an experience. Osekre, protege of Kiki Djan formerly of Osibisa fame, has unlocked a global sound that has a unique local sound regardless of place and space. He performs with his band The Lucky Bastards.
Gone Quite Mad is a Brooklyn gypsy blues band. Their music moves, waits and baits. At once familial yet foreign, jaded then smooth, it grooves.
Friday, August 8 at 7:00 PM
Incredibly versatile and delightfully surprising oboe super trio Threeds (Kathy Halvorson, Katie Scheele, Mark Snyder) celebrates the release of their second album, Palette. Lauded for their technical virtuosity and "willingness to take risks producing engaging, contemporary classical music," Threeds will premiere several compositions by local composers and debut their own unique arrangements of jazz, pop and avant-garde music. The event will be part of the International Double Reed Society 2014 Conference, hosted by NYU. Acclaimed bassoon quartet Breaking Winds will open for the trio.
Friday, August 8 at 9:30 PM
Lera Lynn has a haunting voice that can conjure up country legends and the best of the singer songwriters. There's an understated presence and raw talent. She is a writer in full command of her craft, who never sacrifices emotion for style. It comes as no surprise that Lynn is attracting so much attention and respect and is being invited to tour with some of the leading artists in Americana music such as k.d. lang, Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell and many others. She has also become a regular guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
Saturday, August 9 at 7:00 PM
$12 Adv / $15 Door
The music of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kate Davis has been turning heads in New York's music scene since 2012. Whether she's crooning rootsy ballads or plucking bright riffs from her bass, the gutsy songstress from Portland, Oregon, puts a fresh spin on the standards and brings a canonical sensibility to her own lush tracks. Vivid, nostalgic melodies materialize out of Kate's musical arrangements, her songbird voice complimented by a rich rock 'n' roll bass-line. Alternating between achingly soulful and flippantly funny, Kate's songwriting combines ranging sonic textures with an anecdotal knack. She has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Bowery Ballroom, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall plus many notable NYC clubs. Kate has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Alison Krauss, Josh Groban, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Renee Fleming.
Trisha Ivy is a country singer/songwriter who packed up her Tennessee roots and brought her own piece of the south up north to make her home in Brooklyn. She has been playing music all over New York City since 2009 and has become a part of what is known as the "Brooklyn Country" music scene. Her debut EP Cotton Country is a vulnerable look at the places and moments that have most shaped her. It's not hard to tell that there is a lot of blood, sweat and soul that goes into the music she makes.
BROWN GIRLS BURLESQUE: LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE, VOL. 3 - LOVESEXY
Saturday, August 9 at 9:30 PM
$20 Adv / $25 Doors
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is collaboration between Brown Girls Burlesque and DJs to create a brilliantly fun and sonic burlesque show. The BGB Lovelies will save your life and make your night!
For each show, a different DJ creates mixes for each burlesque piece in collaboration with the dancer and spin to heaven with pre-show, intermission, and post-show sets. In the sticky sweet heat of summer, the BG Lovelies devote LoveSexy to his royal hotness. The DJ will be one of the queens of New York nightlife, DJ Natasha Diggs. The dancers are Perle Noire, Chicava HoneyChild, jazabel jade, Gotham Rose, Catastrophina and BD Hummingbird.
Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 PM
Performance Artist and lover of tight jeans, James Jackson, Jr. has teamed with longtime friend and hair-changing Diva-About-Town, LaDonna Burns (Rent Nat'l Tour, Seussical Nat'l Tour) for The Black-Ups, a show they wrote based on the early years of their friendship and careers singing behind several New York City acts. What happens when the only two members of America's newest soul-sensation, "Becky & The Whiteboys", to show up at their New York City debut are the black-up singers? Can these two over-worked and under-used talents find a band in time? More importantly, who's going to sing lead? "Becky & The Whiteboys" are not only the band these two sing behind. They also represent the things The Black-Ups have been stumbling over for years while searching for a reason to step out from behind that up-stage-left microphone and into the spotlight.
Sunday, August 10 at 9:30 PM
$14 Adv / $18 Door
Referring to their music as 'Nu World Fusion', Fernando's Kitchen have blended influences from several musical traditions to create their unique sound. The musicians who make up Fernando's Kitchen are from all over the World; Argentina, Spain, South Africa, Italy and Greece, all united in London where they gradually joined together, performing their own compositions on Spanish guitar, double bass, oud, cajon, voices, percussion and trumpet.
Rio de Janeiro native singer and cavaquinho virtuoso Veronica Nunes performs her debut album Pra Fugir da Saudade, which featured extraordinaire Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Vogt and special guests. The album features fresh and original interpretations of the most beautiful samba compositions. Pra Fugir da Saudade is a journey through generations of samba composers and an homage to the most traditional and timeless style of Brazilian 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.