Wouter Kellerman, Katie Goodman, Die Roten Punkte and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 8/12
This week at Joe's Pub, August 7 through August 12, 2012, features Wouter Kellerman, Diego Garcia, Cathy Grier, Turbotronics, McGinty & White, The Alternate Routes, Kate McGarry Band, Daria Musk, Katie Goodman, Our Lady J, Tamar Kaprelian and Die Roten Punkte. See below for more details.
Wouter Kellerman’s latest album ‘Two Voices’ won the 2011 SAMA (South African Music Award, the SA equivalent of the Grammy) for ‘Best Instrumental Album’. He has performed all over the world in France, USA, Australia, China and at the Soccer World Cup Closing Ceremony to 700 million people! This concert is an extraordinary opportunity for local audiences to experience an exciting fusion of musical elements and influences emanating from Wouter's flute. He is supported by an ensemble of wonderful artists. Listeners are in for a treat as Kellerman demonstrates why he is regarded as one of the most musically adventurous world-music proponents, who keeps his sound fresh and progressive by incorporating a fusion of influences and styles into his songs. Kellerman and his world-class ensemble of musicians will explode in a dynamic fusion of global sounds – be sure not to miss one of the most exhilarating live music experiences of the year!
Prior to his successful solo career, Diego Garcia made his mark on the indie music scene as front man for the popular indie act Elefant. Drawing from his Argentine roots, he explores his Latin heritage on his new solo album 'Laura' with a sound that conjures the spirit of 1970’s troubadours like Sandro and Jobim as well as singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Harry Nilsson. Garcia became a breakout star with the release of his debut solo album ‘Laura.’ NPR named Diego Garcia’s debut “one of the top 25 albums of the year (so far).” He was ‘Artist of the Month’ at tastemaker radio station WXPN-FM in Philadelphia and ‘CD of the Month’ at WFUV in New York City. He has performed live shows for key radio shows across the country, including KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and WXPN’s World Café. Garcia’s poignant first single “You Were Never There,” which was co-written by Dhani Harrison (George Harrison’s son) is a perfect example. With lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars, and distinctly Latin flavor, the song is worlds apart from Garcia’s former band Elefant. “You Were Never There” was a Starbucks ‘Pick of the Week’ (750,000 download cards), marking one of the only times that Starbucks has ever selected a Latino artist for this special opportunity.
Cathy Grier NYCSubwayGirl
August 8, 7pm
Cathy Grier aka NYCSubwayGirl is a singer songwriter guitarist, performing with the Music Under New York program since 1999. Her groovy folked-up blues provides a perfect soundtrack to the daily commuters’ journey. NYCSubwayGirl.com features “The Inspiration Project,” where she spontaneously interviews people about what inspires them. Above ground, Cathy’s career has spanned the globe. Local singer-songwriter and activist Cathy Grier plays a mean slide guitar and sings twice as beguilingly as pretty much any American Idol starlet half her age.
Turbotronics EP Release!
August 8, 9:30pm
Turbotronics is electro power-pop from Brooklyn that sounds like Billy Idol, Prince, Joy Division and the Doors. They also have highly entertaining music videos, including Corporate Lady, which premiered on MTV and won best music video on MTVu.
McGinty & White Sing Jimmy Webb
August 9, 7pm
Inspired by one of the great catalogs in contemporary music, McGinty & White Sing Webb celebrates the peerless artistry of a true pop visionary. Over the course of his extraordinary career, and through his close associations with Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, and The 5th Dimension, songwriter Jimmy Webb created a string of enduring classics (including MacArthur Park, Wichita Lineman, and By The Time I get To Phoenix) unrivaled in their scope and evocative imagery. With their mutual affinity for the lush, orchestral balladry of Jimmy Webb and Burt Bacharach, New York City based chamber pop duo McGinty & White received widespread critical praise for their debut album, McGinty & White Sing Selections From The McGinty & White Songbook, including accolades from The New Yorker and New York Press, who named it one of the five best albums of 2009. M&W have performed live on WFUV, WFMU and WXPN/WorldCafe Live, toured with original Stiff recording artist Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, and appeared as musical guests for Upright Citizens Brigade. Joe McGinty is a keyboardist, composer and producer, best known for his work with The Psychedelic Furs and as founder and musical director of the long running Loser's Lounge tribute series. He has recorded and/or performed with The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Stew and The Negro Problem, Ronnie Spector, Ryan Adams, and many others. Ward White is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The New Yorker said, "Ward White sports a sweet, high tenor whose hints of fragility are just a ploy: when he goes after the dramatic top notes, he nails them... soaring, lyrical pop." His latest album, Done With The Talking Cure, was named as one of the best records of 2011 in MAGNET Magazine's Year In Music issue.
The Alternate Routes
August 9, 9:30pm
The Alternate Routes’ name suits them well. They’re a band that‘s never really fit in — in a good way. Without a definitive genre to reference or an established scene to rally behind them, they’ve been something of a rogue wave in an ocean of bands. They built a fan base the old fashioned way, by driving around the country in a big, white Ford Econoline van, winning crowds over one-person-at-a-time with solid, catchy songs and an explosive live show. Since their genesis in 2004, co-founders Tim Warren (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Eric Donnelly (lead guitar) have taken their group through the dizzying heights and frustrating lows of the modern music industry, and have learned some valuable lessons along the way.
Kate McGarry Band with Keith Ganz, Gary Versace & Clarence Penn
August 10, 8pm
$15 Advance / $20 Door
More concerned with the essence of a song than idiomatic limitations, Palmetto Records’ vocalist and Grammy nominee Kate McGarry & her band have managed to attract the attention of tomorrow’s jazz fans. Beyond their obvious affinity for swing, their eclectic repertoire ranging from Irving Berlin to Bob Dylan and her signature contralto convey a message with a crystal clarity that precludes the need for gimmick or effect. All that’s left is undeniably honest music that transcends the boundaries of age or genre. If you missed their sold-out CD release in April - here's your chance to see this wildly empathic and interactive band.
August 10, 10pm
$12 Advance / $15 Door
Before the summer of 2011 Daria Musk was a young singer/songwriter with big dreams, an entrepreneurial streak, a global-sized heart. A weekend of lugging her guitar amps through the rain and an invitation to Google+ sparked the idea to perform a live concert via Google+'s video chat feature, "Hangouts". Girl in the woods of Connecticut turned early-adopter and went global overnight. An instant world-wide hit and inspiration to coders and engineers, Daria became the voice that launched a thousand lines of code and the model for major tech innovations and Google engineering evolutions including the new “Hangouts On Air” broadcasts by Google. Daria is breaking new ground, pushing the boundaries in music, tech and social media, and she's doing it in an grass-roots and heart-driven way with her "G+niuses" - the amazing global community gathering around her music. It?s her genuine enthusiasm, passion and voice that seems to inspire hope and an unprecedented level of engagement. She?s now been featured in Billboard Magazine and Entertainment Tonight, has given her first TED Talk, hit stages and panels for SXSW, CMJ, BMI and more. She just shot her first music video with Grammy-winning director Chris Robinson (Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne) for her first single, chosen by the G+niuses, "You Move Me".
August 11, 7:30pm
Comedian and on-line celebrity Katie Goodman captivates her audience with her unique style of raw humor and gutsy original musical satire. An internationally touring musical comedienne, Goodman is known for providing an audience with an act that is political, personal, and wildly entertaining. Honed to a razor sharp edge, her recently released first solo album, "I Didn't F*ck It Up," received enormous praise from Punchline Magazine, who put it best: "On par not just with any woman in modern comedy, not just with any music act in modern comedy but, categorically on par with anyone working the current comedy scene... Impressive...Magnificent." Katie holds nothing back on stage. Her charming-yet-challenging style and material appeal to both men and women and you can take a sneak peak at her hijinx on YouTube, particularly with the hit, "I Didn't F*ck It Up," which is sweeping the nation.
Our Lady J
August 11, 9:30pm
After a sold-out run at La Mama earlier this summer, Our Lady J brings Beauty As God(dess) to Joe's Pub, a concert celebrating the aesthetic of the Divine. Continuing on her previously explored themes of non-traditional, post-religious forms of worship, Our Lady J and special guests perform songs honoring the ever-present, yet mostly unacknowledged modern deity: BEAUTY itself. Is there anything more valued in our 21st Century society? Is there anything more sacred and desired? Our Lady J’s latest musical offering blends the organic quality of her commanding piano playing with haunting electronic vocoders and live gospel choir, resulting in sublime musical tension– heightened by the show’s thematic oscillation between sacred and irreverent, classical and avant-garde, natural and designed, elegant and gritty. The evening will also present selections from Our Lady J’s first studio album – to be released at the end of 2012 as a companion soundtrack to the foreboding apocalypse.
August 12, 7:30pm
Tamar Kaprelian was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and brought up in both Georgia and California by Armenian parents, surrounded by love and great music. Tamar has been writing songs as long as she can remember, influenced as a kid by classic Disney films, but her true love of music came about when she discovered Billy Joel and Paul McCartney…and in love she fell. Tamar Kaprelian released her first album on Interscope Records. In June, 2012, Tamar released a new body of work under Killer Tracks, titled "California." This 5-song EP is comprised of beautifully crafted and playful songs. It’s a coming-of-age record that chronicles her life, relationships, and her utter determination to create an album that is real and true to Tamar, both personally and artistically.
Die Roten Punkte w/ special guest Jessica Delfino
August 12, 9:30pm
Otto and Astrid Rot are The Prince and Princess of the Berlin Underground Indie rock and Europop scene. Described as "a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between B52s, Kraftwerk and early Ramones", Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) are truly unique. Following sell-out shows in Montreal, Dublin, Sydney and Edinburgh, the utterly dysfunctional siblings give you one of the most irreverent and hilarious gigs you are ever likely to see. Fans of Spinal Tap and Flight of the Conchords, say “Hallo!” to your new favorite band. Jessica Delfino is an NYC based comedian, musician, performer and writer who plays many instruments ranging from the guitar to the flying V ukulele to the rape whistle. She grew up in Damariscotta, Maine and later studied animation in Philadelphia. She decided to try stand-up comedy when a comedian she met said females couldn’t do comedy. She soon moved to NYC, started playing chess a lot and performing at Comedy Clubs and on any stage she could find. That morphed into playing music into the subway and bringing her guitar on stage and making videos which led to her getting publicly denounced by the Catholic League, and banned by Youtube, and then unbanned. She’s performed on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, The Sundance Channel, Fox News’ “Red Eye”, in the Reading & Leeds Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Dublin Comedy Festival, sold out London’s Soho Theatre, Joe’s Pub and has had a whole ton of fun and adventures. It hasn’t all been rainbows and unicorns, but even the shitty parts are probably better than a desk job.
Visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows and to purchase tickets. You can also call 212-967-7555 or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM) located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, reopened October 4th, 2011 from a top to bottom renovation, debuted in October 1998 and quickly became one of New York City's most celebrated and in-demand showcase venues for live music and performance. With its genre-blind booking and vast diversity of interests, the stage at Joe's Pub gives voice to a world of varied and stellar artists. Joe’s Pub is open seven days a week, regularly hosting as many as three shows a day. Dinner and drink service is available during every performance. In addition to its reputation of presenting internationally known stars, Joe’s Pub has also developed into a premier showcase stage for up-and-coming musicians and emerging artists from a variety of disciplines.