Rory O'Malley, Bridget Barkan, John Cameron Mitchell, Echoes of Etta and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 6/8
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its lineup now through June 8. Details below!
WITH SOFIA TOSELLO & JUANCHO HERRERA
Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 PM
Argentine vocalist, songwriter and arranger Sofia Rei's music draws from many sources, from South American folkloric styles to jazz, contemporary music and electronic. Building on the success of her second release Sube Azul (World Village-Harmonia Mundi), Rei returns with the spellbinding De Tierra y Oro ("Of Earth and Gold"), described as a series of "philosophical wanderings." The album won two 2013 Independent Music Awards in the World Beat category for Best Album and Best Song. Her work as a leader and as player with the likes of John Zorn, Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Frank London, Myra Melford and others has taken her all around the world and earned her critical acclaim. She continues to set herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene. Artists Sofia Tosello and Juancho Herrera will join her at this concert, which is presented in association with El Colectivo Sur.
Thursday, May 29 at 9:30PM
New York's klezmer-rock band Golem returns to the Pub to celebrate their newest album Tanz, released on Corasón Digital in May 2014. Founded by Annette Ezekial Kogan in 2000, the band has become the leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing the traditions into the 21st Century. Golem is known for their theatricality and fearless wild energy mixed with a boundless love of tradition. Jewish Week called the band "not your father's klezmer band, unless of course, your father was Sid Vicious." The band also includes Aaron Diskin, Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman and Tim Monoghan.
Friday, May 30 at 7:00 & 9:30PM
After the sold-out premiere of his autobiographical show, PUB CRAWL, Tony Award-nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) is coming back for more! PUB CRAWL is O'Malley's own tale of being raised in an Irish pub in Cleveland by his single mom and the bar's eclectic patrons. O'Malley tells his hilarious coming of age story using classic Irish pub songs from The Wolftones, U2, Van Morrison, and more with music direction from Tony and Grammy Award-winner, Stephen Oremus. Come see why raising an Irish kid doesn't take a village... it takes a pub.
Friday, May 30 at 11:30 PM
Jazz vocalist and bandleader Michael Mwenso offers a collection of shameless and explicit tunes from the 1920s and 1930s that were banned from being broadcast in their era. The playful nature of these songs is timeless - not simply because they are funny and over-the-top, but because they are a reminder that romance and sexuality are, and always have been, universal human experiences. This will be an exhilarating and rowdy night of jazz, wit and delight plus a few surprises.
A fixture of the Uptown jazz scene, Mwenso brings his signature style and vocal chops downtown to the Pub. From a young age, the Sierra Leone-born singer and pianist has held his own with artists like James Brown in addition to playing in and leading his own bands around the world. In late 2010, Mwenso, personally invited by Wynton Marsalis, joined the programming team at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he now heads the After-Hours program at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. In his growing and remarkable career, Michael has performed with Jon Hendricks, Jamie Cullum, Reginald Veal, Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marsalis, and more.
Saturday, May 31 at 7:00 PM
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling carnival of acoustic Americana, on tour in support of their aptly named album Carnival (2013). The high energy, Nashville-based quintet performs Struthers's original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass and drums. "When you go to a carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story," says Struthers. "That's what I'm trying to do with this album - craft vignettes, and in some cases more developed narratives, about imaginary people's lives." The moving, perceptive and witty songs on Carnival represent a quantum leap for Struthers, born of hard work and deep reflection. "Over the past three years, as I've been touring and performing, I realized that primarily I'm a storyteller," she says. "I've been working to hone my skills so I can do that better."
The Party Line, named after a Carnival track that refers to the early days of rural telephone calls, includes: Joe Overton (clawhammer banjo and harmony vocals), Jack Devereaux (fiddle), Nick DiSebastian (upright bass and guitar) and Drew Lawhorn (drums). Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she led her band to a Blue Ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Saturday, May 31at 9:00 PM
Bridget Barkan's The Love Junkie is the story of one woman's journey on the road to recovery from sex, love and codependency addiction. In this one-woman show, Barkan employs the voices in her head to act out the aches of her overworked heart. A roller coaster ride of original and cover songs, characters, comedy, spoken word, costumes, dancing and unapologetic truth, this soulful theatrical experiment travels through time from Barkan's recent battle with relationships to the root of the problem and back, finding some answers along the way.
Saturdays, May 31, July 5 & August 9 at 11:30PM
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is a new three-part series that showcases collaboration between Brown Girls Burlesque and DJs to create brilliantly fun and sonic burlesque shows. The May installment features the renowned and illustrious Manchild Black, who will create mixes for each burlesque piece in collaboration with the dancer in addition to spinning the pre-show, intermission, and post-show sets. The BGB Lovelies & Manchild Black will save your life and make your night!
Sundays, June 1 - 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.
Sunday, June 1 at 7:00 PM
Virtuoso violinist Rachel Lee Priday has been hailed for her "dazzling dexterity" and "irresistible panache" (The Chicago Tribune). She teams up with Argentinian bandoneonist/composer JP Jofre and pianist David Kaplan for an evening of duos that combine tickling the strings and dazzling on the ivories, including original compositions by JP Jofre and a surprise world premiere.
Sunday, June 1 at 9:30PM
Russian-American pianist and singer Sasha Papernik, Brazilian-American singer Nanny Assis, and African-American husband and wife duo Puma Sojola and Andrea Jones Sojola bring selections from their spring concert at Carnegie Hall's popular series, Musical Explorers, to Joe's Pub. Together they sing songs from three vibrant cultures of New York City. Join them for an exciting journey through different cultures coming together in music.
Monday, June 2 at 7:30 PM
Ty Citerman celebrates the May 27 release of his latest album Bop Kabbalah (Tzadik Records, Radical Jewish Culture series) with a special concert performance by a fantastic new quartet of Ken Thomson (bass clarinet), Ben Holmes (trumpet), Adam D Gold (drums) and Citerman (guitar). Delving deep into his Jewish roots and drawing inspiration from sources like the Beat Generation, medieval Eastern European and Asian music modes, and the rich depths of Kabbalistic mysticism, Citerman has fashioned an intense and colorful program of modernist music that blends klezmer, nigunim, jazz, rock, classical and more. Bop Kabbalah is a glimpse of 21st century new Jewish music.
With the acclaimed punk/jazz/new music ensemble Gutbucket, Citerman has pioneered what Guitar Player called "kinetic punk-jazz opuses." The Guardian called his music "an explosive concoction containing lethal doses of Ornette Coleman, King Crimson, John Zorn, Black Sabbath, Stravinsky and Fugazi." Bop Kabbalah explores Citerman's Jewish life, past and present - a soundtrack of memories and musings: his grandmother's stories; an alternate version of his Bar Mitzvah; the day he played hooky from Hebrew school; his first trip to Israel; old-country recipes, like his killer challah; family arguments; and more. The album is his most ambitious and powerful project to date, and also his most personal.
Monday, June 2 at 9:30PM
Todd Almond is composer, writer and performer, known for his extensive theater work including The Public Theater's Public Works production of The Tempest at the Delacorte in 2013. He celebrates the release of his new album, Memorial Day, co-produced by John Curley (Afghan Whigs). Almond released two critically-acclaimed albums last year: In Constance Search of the Right Kinds of Attention with Laura Benanti (Broadway Records) and All Will Be Well with Sherie Rene Scott (Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records). At MMNY, he'll play new songs and picks from his first album Mexico City and his musicals Girlfriend (written with Matthew Sweet), Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play and Jenny Schwartz's forthcoming Iowa.
Tuesday & Wednesday, June 3 & 11 at 7:00PM
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. On Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 11, Mitchell will be joined by Wallace Shawn and Denis O'Hare, respectively, 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.
Tuesday, June 3 at 9:30PM
Join celebrated NYC songstress and comedienne Amber Martin as she kicks off The Days of My Lives, a year-long bi-monthly residency at Joe's Pub. This bizarre visitation to the places and faces of Martin's life unfurls the memories and music that shaped the young South East Texas woman's life on her 30-year migration to New York City. A multi-media, musical story-based performance, Days will take you from Martin's childhood family shindigs on the bayous of Louisiana to her awkward pre-pubescent church camp make-out sessions with the music of Amy Grant! From video of being crowned 1986 Heritage Festival Tulip Queen to the birth of her ridiculous characters inspired from real life people and experiences, Martin has put together a scrap book of the days of her lives... and the songs that inspired them. It's a time travelling trip out you'll never want to leave.
Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30PM
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".
Wednesday, June 4 at 9:30PM
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."
Thursday-Saturday, June 5-7
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.
Thursday, June 5 at 9:30PM
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.
Sunday, June 8 at 7:00PM
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 (much like Our Hit Parade), 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.
Sunday, June 8 at 9:30PM
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."
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.