Pam Ann, Allison Moorer & More Among Joe's Pub's Leading Ladies for May-June
Joe's Pub at The Public is known for the most eclectic and diverse programming in New York City. Coming up at the Pub is a slate of extraordinary women performers and artists that span the gambit of genre and style - from the irreverent and explosive alt-cabaret star Bridget Everett to the visionary jazz vocalist and composer Kavita Shah to the prolific and singular singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. See below for a full list of their leading ladies through June 2014.
TAMMY FAYE STARLITE AS MARIANNE FAITHFULL IN BROKEN ENGLISH
Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 PM
Tammy Faye Starlite, critically acclaimed for her performance piece Nico: Chelsea Mädchen, now celebrates the music of another 1960's icon, performing Marianne Faithfull's groundbreaking album Broken English in its entirety. Broken English shattered Faithfull's image as Mick Jagger's pop waif girlfriend, and allowed her to re-emerge as an uncompromising artist, strong, fierce, honest and self-aware to the most painfully human degree. Backed by Kevin Salem and the Redlands Quintet, Starlite's performance of Broken English captures Faithfull remarkable transformation, inhabiting her character and voice.
BRIDGET EVERETT & THE TENDER MOMENTS
Tuesdays, May 13 & June 24 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 group 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.
PAM ANN'S FLY
Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17 at 11:30 PM
PAM ANN, the iconic international air hostess to the stars (and alter-ego of Australian writer and comedian Caroline Reid), is BACK with her new improv-based show FLY. Her most un-PC, filthiest, topical, funniest and most explosive show to date, FLY will take passengers on the flight of their lives from check-in to security, boarding and (hopefully) landing with filthy material guaranteed to make your toes curl and have you gagging for more.
With enough chutzpah and insider knowledge to rival a Qantas CEO, no one does airline satire quite like Pam Ann. First, Business or 'Cattle,' there is no part of air travel that Pam can't negotiate. She has an air hanger filled with airborne commentary on the quirks of some of the biggest international airlines, as well as stereotypes commonly held about flight attendants everywhere. Pam's genius mix of camp, culture, humor and Pucci-clad fabulousness has seen her crew Elton John's private jet, share a stage on a UK stadium tour with Cher, and count Madonna in her worldwide legion of cult-like fans.?
Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 PM
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.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE THEATRE PROGRAM PRESENTS
A WORK-IN-PROGRESS READING OF THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO
Monday, May 19 at 7:00 PM
Sandra Tsing Loh is developing a solo show based on her new memoir The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones (May 2014, W.W. Norton). Inspired by her darkly hilarious 2012 Atlantic Monthly Best American Essay The Bitch Is Back, The Madwoman in the Volvo charts Loh's roller-coaster ride into menopause while battling the pressures of the Sandwich Generation. The Madwoman in the Volvo was developed at the 2014 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA with continuing Post-Lab Support through its initiative with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Loh is a veteran public radio commentator who has previously starred in two original off-Broadway solo shows. Her last memoir was The New York Times Notable book Mother on Fire.
ALLISON MOORER BLUES FOR DIXIE: SONGS FOR THE SOUTH
Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 PM
Allison Moorer celebrates her roots with this show, performing new and old songs about the South. In the past three years, the Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter has welcomed a son, recorded and toured as part of Steve Earle & The Dukes and Duchesses, and also wrote the song "Oklahoma Sky," which closed Miranda Lambert's 2011 hit album Four The Record. Moorer's seventh and latest studio album, Crows (2010), the follow up to her much-celebrated Buddy Miller-produced Mockingbird (2008), received worldwide critical acclaim. The Huffington Post proclaimed that she is "blessed with one of the best voices of her generation." Moorer has been featured on releases by Joan Baez, Kid Rock, Steve Earle, The Chieftains and Los Straightjackets. Moorer was also featured in The People Speak, a beautiful and moving documentary inspired by Howard Zinn's popular text A People's History of the United States. The film, presented by The History Channel, also featured Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Matt Damon and more.
Thursday, May 22 at 9:30 PM
The incomparable "cabaret star" (New York Magazine) Lady Rizo is back for an un-chaperoned evening of song and decadence. A Joe's Pub favorite, she has performed with her "glam bottom-baring dance troupe the Assettes" (Village Voice) in the monthly series Our Hit Parade, and in midtown at the gothic Night Hotel, co-hosting the weekly transnational lounge Foreign Affairs. But THIS is your chance to have her all to yourself.
Her seamless mix of bawdy humor and elegance has been likened to Mae West. Her vocal chops are what have garnered the most recent attention: collaborating with both Yo-Yo Ma and Moby on albums this year; singing selections of the American Songbook, fronting the internationally acclaimed 36-piece orchestra The Knights; and a sold out cabaret for the Kirchner Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Her lashes will beguile you as she interprets an irresistible mix of popular songs from all eras backed by some of New York City's finest musicians. Don't be surprised if special guests pop up!
RICKIE LEE JONES
Friday, May 23 at 9:30 PM
Two-time Grammy Award-winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone Magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Jones is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances. Her second album Pirates is one of the seminal, most heralded recordings of pop music, with each song a cinematic journey through her breakdown and rise. Jones' live performances have reached a pinnacle of honesty and excellence. Her latest album The Devil You Know is produced by Ben Harper and reimagines the music of Jagger / Richards, Neil Young and more, and is planning to release an album of new music in 2014.
Saturday, May 24 at 9:30 PM
Dream-pop artist Nasimiyu brings her composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist zing to her forthcoming EP dirt. Her genre falls somewhere on the earthier, dirtier, brassier side of the indie pop spectrum. Think Talking Heads plus Etta James -- on a safari.
Nasimiyu came up in a half-Kenyan, half-Scandinavian household in Minneapolis. She rounded out her sound studying under street performers, voodoo practitioners and marching band musicians for four years in New Orleans. She now moves and shakes in eclectic artist circles in Brooklyn. Nasimiyu worked on dirt across several time zones with co-producers Andreas Gustafsson in Sweden and Ben Lorio in New Orleans. dirt features guest players Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, Mike Bass of Trombone Shorty and the New Orleans bass band, Naughty Professor. Although she played most of the instruments on the new album herself, Nasimiyu performs (and plays keyboards) live with a four-piece NYC-based band.
Sunday, May 25 at 7:30 PM
Billie Williams celebrates the release of her new original single Lonely Night in Harlem, which is inspired by life in her long-time Harlem neighborhood. Her rich repertoire of Blues and contemporary music - specifically, her 2012 show Fade to Blues at the Metropolitan Room - earned her the nomination for Best Female Debut Artist in the BroadwayWorld.com Cabaret Awards. This show will feature her exciting new original music as she debuts her new release and encores classic blues favorites.
KAVITA SHAH W/ LIONEL LOUEKE: VISIONS ALBUM RELEASE
Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 PM
Kavita Shah, a visionary young singer and composer from New York, celebrates the release of her album Visions. Co-produced by renowned African guitarist Lionel Loueke, Visions (available May 27 on Inner Circle Music) heralds the arrival of a strinkingly original, globally minded new voice. A self-portrait in mosaic form, Visions interweaves Shah's multicultural background with her wide-ranging musical influences, combining the Indian tablas and West African kora with a traditional jazz quintet. Shah will be joined by Loueke, saxophonist Greg Osby, guitarist Michael Valeanu, pianist Guy Mintus, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Guilhem Flouzat, tabla player Stephen Cellucci, kora master Yacouba Sissoko and percussionist Rogerio Boccato.
YENTL: A PLAY BY LEAH NAPOLIN BASED ON ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER"S NOVEL FEAT. JILL SOBULE
Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 PM
Come one, come all and partake of "the mystery of appearances, the deceptions of the heart, and the divine androgyny of the soul." Let YENTL, that most unorthodox of love stories surprise you...that most surprising of love triangles enchant you. It's YENTL for a new age. Rediscover this timeless, tender, gender-bending tale that surprises and enchants! Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule and members of all-female klezmer group Isle of Klezbos to perform!
Wednesday, May 28 at 9:30 PM
Hailing from one of the most famous lineages in American music would surely create challenges for most artists to create their own identity, but not for singer-songwriter Holly Williams. The granddaughter and daughter of Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. respectively, makes her independence evident on her third studio album - The Highway - released on her own imprint, Georgiana Records, earlier this year. Co-produced by Williams and Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars), The Highway contains 11 original tracks written or co-written by Williams and features guest vocals from Jackson Browne ("Gone Away From Me"), Jakob Dylan ("Without You"), Dierks Bentley ("'Til It Runs Dry") and Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow ("Waiting On June").
SOFIA REI & ACA SECA TRIO
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.
NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE
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.
BRIDGET BARKAN'S THE LOVE JUNKIE
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.
BROWN GIRLS BURLESQUE: LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE
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!
AMBER MARTIN: THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Tuesday, June 3 at 9:30 PM
Join celebrated NYC songstress and comedienne Amber Martin as she kicks off The Days of Our 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.
PENNY ARCADE'S LONGING LASTS LONGER
Tuesday & Thursday, June 12 & 14 at 9:30PM
Legendary performance artist Penny Arcade returns to Joe's Pub after three years of nonstop touring through Europe, just when the new tide of political correctness has started to threaten radical comedy under the weight of NYC's suburbanization. Penny, whose name has become globally synonymous with "Downtown New York Art" makes it safe to think and laugh at the same time! An evening of dangerous ideas and radical inquiry by the undisputed Queen of Underground Performance into what it means to be human, right now! Right here! "Penny Arcade is a wonder to behold; she manages to entertain, absorb and broaden the audience simultaneously. Beg, steal a ticket," said Newsweek.
Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 PM
Mary Gauthier speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash. And her songs are about as idiosyncratic as anything in the wide world of "popular music." The songs are painfully personal, especially on her new album, Trouble and Love, but they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different the paths they've followed through their lives.
Over the years, Gauthier's six studio albums have received countless accolades: Jon Pareles, of The New York Times, picked Filth and Fire(2001) as the #1 Independent Release of the Year, Mercy Now (2005) earned her the Americana Music Association's New/Emerging Artist of the Year title and The Foundling (2011) was named the #3 Record of the Year by Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times. Gauthier's songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and recorded by Jimmy Buffet, Blake Shelton, Boy George, Tim McGraw, Mike Farris, Candi Staton and others.
Wisewater is an Americana pop duo comprised of Kate Lee (vocals, fiddle) and Forrest O'Connor (vocals, zouktar, and mandolin). The pair met through a mutual friend and producer in Nashville, and hit it off within minutes of their first jam in September 2013. They began co-writing shortly thereafter. In the last few months, they have performed around Nashville and have shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Bill Lloyd (of Foster & Lloyd), Mark Volman (of The Turtles), Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan and more.
AN EVENING OF CABARET WITH JULIE KLAUSNER
Monday, June 23 at 9:30 PM
Tuesday-Friday, June 24-27 at 7:30 PM
Join the hilarious Julie Klausner, host of How Was Your Week, Vulture.com correspondent, and author of I Don't Care About Your Band, as she sings some goddamn songs in her cabaret show. Don't expect anything besides complete and utter magic on this very special evening of music and comedic banter. With musical direction by Jon Spurney, each performance will feature special surprise guests. "Her literate sensibility and affection for showmanship are reminders of an era when 'nerd' connoted smart more than obsessive," said The New York Times.
CATIE LAZARUS'S EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SHOW
Thursday, June 26 at 7:00 PM
Ever wonder what it's like to have a dreamy job? Comedian Catie Lazarus did too, so she created an utterly addictive, candid, fun talk show about work. Come see why The New York Times calls Employee of the Month "beloved" and Blackbook calls it comedian Catie Lazarus's "hilarious podcast talk show" and The New Yorker calls, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox." June guests will be announced soon!