Puddles, Natasha Diggs, Marty Stuart, Our Lady J and More Set for This Week at Joe's Pub
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its performances, August 5 - 17, 2014. Scroll down for details!
Tuesday-Thursday, August 5-7 at 7:30PM
Puddles Pity Party is a 7-foot tall sad clown with a golden voice. Come cry it out with Puddles for an evening of song, sadness and free hugs!
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 Doors
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.
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 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 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 Doors
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.
Monday, August 11 at 7:30 PM
Benjamin Scheuer is the winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting and the 2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics. He is the writer/performer of the one-man musical THE LION, called "the best new musical I've seen so far this year" by the Huffington Post. The animated music video for his song "The Lion" has been honored with four international awards. Scheuer records and performs with his band Escapist Papers.
Monday, August 11 at 9:30 PM
Ryan Raftery returns to Joe's Pub to tell the story of a fateful day in the life of the most powerful woman in fashion. She has sat at the top of a $300 billion industry for twenty-six years. Her power and influence cannot be denied. But when she places a reality star and a certain rapper on the cover of her magazine, the backlash is harsh and for the first time, her credibility is called into question. Raftery uses popular music and an astounding measure of creative license to tell this story.
Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 PM
The Tangiers Blues Band was formed in 1998 after guitarist Chris Scianni (Dangerman, Echobrain with Jason Newsted) and drummer Dave Borla (Dangerman, Echobrain) met photographer/harmonica player Danny Clinch and discovered their mutual love for blues music. The first jam session took place on Thanksgiving night that year with musicians and friends, including Huey (Fun Lovin' Criminals), King (Cooley High), Mick Jones (Foreigner) and tennis player/guitarist John McEnroe. The band formed to include Scianni (guitar), Borla (drums), Clinch (harmonica), Huey (lap steel), King (vocals and guitar) with longtime friends Dave Sellar (bass) from Darla Hood and Peter Levin (keys).
Los Lotharios is a New York City "supergroup" of seasoned musicians whose members have shared stages and studios with the likes of Warren Haynes, Gov't Mule, Taj Mahal, Lenny Kravitz, Pinetop Perkins, NRBQ, Sun Ra, Buddy Guy, King Crimson, Johnny Winter and The Black Crowes, to name just a few. They are the musical heirs apparent to their friends and NYC titans, Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors.
Tuesday, August 12 at 9:30 PM
Celebrated NYC songstress and comedienne Amber Martin has been described by The New Yorker "a powerful woman whose heightened sense of the ridiculous goes head to head with her distinctly American voice." The Days of My Lives highlights her truly prodigious talents and incomparable storytelling. She will lead her audience through a bizarre visitation to the places and faces, the memories and music that shaped her life. This multi-media, story-based performance will travel from Martin's childhood family shindigs on the bayou to her awkward pre-pubescent church camp make-out sessions set to the music of Amy Grant to being crowned 1986 Heritage Festival Tulip Queen.
Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 PM
Sam Javitch has been impressing audiences with his unique brand of jazz, from fresh spins on standards to exciting original compositions. He is said to be a talent beyond his years, already forging a path to becoming a unique voice on the piano. Javitch has performed to full houses from Rockwood Music Hall to Café on Broadway and Latin Jazz at William Paterson's Jazz Room series. His show at the Pub will feature original compositions from his newest release Train to Nowhere. Javitch's personal, intimate playing is something you have to experience live to fully appreciate.
Wednesday, August 13 at 9:30 PM
$12 Adv / $15 Doors
Mikky Ekko has been one of the music industry's best-kept secrets until recently when "Stay," a stark piano ballad he co-wrote and is featured on, became Rihanna's latest blockbuster single. Now the rest of the world is catching on to what the tastemaker blogosphere has known for some time: that Ekko is a talent who demands attention. The FADER recently called the Louisiana-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter's sound "massive." Spin put it even more emphatically, "Unsurprisingly, the music walks a line between soul-powered pop and indie-flavored rock while Ekko shows off his voice - a flexible thing that can handle crisp notes as well and raw emotion."
Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 PM
Mike Daisey takes on Herman Melville's masterpiece of revenge, fate and whaling terminology in a hilarious and breathtaking 90 minutes. He achieves this by weaving Melville's epic saga together with the greatest and most perfect film of the twentieth century-STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan. Ornate nautical slipknots, space worms that crawl into your ears, tattooed harpooners and Ricardo Montalban's rich Corinthian leather chest all combine with Melville's gorgeous language to tell a sweeping story of revenge and what temperature that dish is best served at. Spoiler alert: the answer is "cold". Also, the whale wins.
Thursday, August 14 at 9:30 PM
$20 Adv / $25 Door
Art can take many forms and has an undeniable ability to invoke the human spirit. Join the Vaude Villainettes as they house The Arts under one Big Top to help children in need. A dozen performers take the stage at Joe's Pub to present an evening aimed to raise your spirits and to raise funds for Keep a Child Alive, so that they continue to make our world a better place. The Big Tops Variety Show has reimagined the classic Vaudeville model for a fun-packed evening of entertainment that includes singing, dancing, sultry burlesque and dazzling drag performances. Before and after the show, guests are invited to get their photograph taken in the Vintage Vanga Photo Booth and place bids on the exhibiting fine art works in the Art Auction.
Friday, August 15 at 7:30 PM
Marty Stuart is country music's Renaissance man - a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan and archivist. The turn of the century saw Stuart looking inward to make deeply felt records paying homage to his love of vintage gospel, his Native American passions, and as always, his core -- foot-stompin', tail-shakin', honky tonkin', rockin' hillbilly music. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville - his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives: guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and bassist Paul Martin.
Friday, August 15 at 9:30 PM
Prompted to "ask big questions", emerging musical theater writers showcase new songs to be interpreted by Broadway performers in the 4th annual Broadway Sings for PKD to raise awareness of Polycystic Kidney Disease. All proceeds benefit the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. Performers are TBA.
Saturday, August 16 at 7:00 PM
This balls-to-the-wall drag cabaret is hosted by Martha Graham Cracker, who is, perhaps, 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. Martha Graham Cracker is played by Dito van Reigersberg, co-founding co-artistic director of Philadelphia's Obie-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. The character was born in van Reigersberg's East Village kitchen when he was attending the Martha Graham School of Dance.
Saturday, August 16 at 9:30 PM
$15 Adv / $20 Doors
Natalie Imani is a music industry jewel who is at the turning point of her musical career. With performances at The White House, Beyonce's recent Chime For Change concert, background vocals for John Legend, Neyo, Shaggy, Jennifer Hudson and more under her belt, Natalie is prepared to take Europe by storm this summer. Never one to shy away from performing, Natalie is excited to display her gift at her Single Release Performance to fans, family and friends with her first performance of the year! Special invited celebrity guests and surprises.
Sunday, August 17 at 7:00 PM
Kaye is the fifth solo album from UK-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter, Edward Rogers. Inspired and dedicated to the late English singer-songwriter and psychedelic legend Kevin Ayers, Kaye features 11 new original songs plus a version of Ayers' "After The Show." Popdose.com said, "New York-bred Edward Rogers delivers a grand slam of a release with this offering, Kaye. Dedicated to the late, great Kevin Ayers (of Soft Machine fame), and filled with intense, image-laden and melodic songs - this is as good as an album can get. It isn't often that a musician can bring a "complete" work to realization - Edward Rogers has unquestionably done so with Kaye. A must."
Nick Garrie is renowned in psychedelic collectors' circles for his 1970 debut, The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas, a Baroque pop masterpiece effectively buried by nonexistent distribution and promotion. Born June 22, 1949, in Yorkshire, England, to a Russian father and Scottish mother, Garrie spent the majority of his adolescence at a French boarding school. He began writing songs while attending Warwick University, but his interests primarily lay in surrealist literature and poetry and he did't mount a performing career until 1968, playing bars and restaurants while backpacking through the south of France.
Sunday, August 17 at 9:30 PM
New York ex-pat Our Lady J paints the church pink with Trouble, an exhilarating musical celebration of original songs penned by the Lady herself and accompanied by the Train-to-Kill Gospel Choir. Inspired by conventional Gospel music, this show is anything BUT traditional, promising to deliver you from your woes, sans the usual dogmatic baggage.
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.