Joe's Pub Announces Upcoming Events


Joe's Pub has announced its upcoming events. They are as follows:


Sonnet Repertory Theatre

10th Annual Benefit & Cabaret
November 14 at 7:00pm 
$50 Reserved / $75 Premium
Sonnet Repertory Theatre's Tenth Annual Benefit and Cabaret celebrates the career and artistic mastery of internationally regarded director and teacher, Gerald Freedman. This evening will feature performances from some of Broadway's greatest talents and legends tipping their hats to Freedman, an Obie Award-winner, leading director of Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival from 1960 through 1971 (the last four years as artistic director), and the first American director invited to direct at London’s Globe Theatre. Freedman made theatre history with his off-Broadway premiere of the landmark rock musical Hair, which opened The Public Theatre in 1967. Sonnet Rep launches it's tenth season with this cabaret benefit event honoring Freedman, present Dean of the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, who has influenced the lives of many generations of professionals with his aesthetic.



Featuring Jonathan Reid Gealt & Matt Hinkley

November 14 at 11:30pm 
Jonathan Reid Gealt and Matt Hinkley team up to bring you an evening of songs to raise money for Broadway Impact, Founded by Rory O'Malley (Book of Mormon), Gavin Creel (Hair), and Jenny Kanelos, Broadway Impact is a grassroots organization of the Theatre community and its fans, mobilizing in support of marriage equality. This one night only event will feature performances by broadways brightest young stars and is an event not to be missed.


Shaina Taub
November 15 at 7:30pm 
Fresh off the release of her debut EP, What Otters Do, Shaina Taub brings her infectious live show to Joe's Pub, featuring a full band and gospel choir. Fronting the line-up on keys, Taub creates a unique breed of pop brewed with folk and soul, featuring a harmonious gumbo spiced with soaring vocals, playful lyricism and explosive harmonies. Taub's songs will get stuck in your head in all the good spots, and make you come back for seconds.


November 15 at 9:30pm 
Holcombe Waller is a singer, composer and performing artist known for his incisive lyrics and arching vocals.  His songs and arrangements discover great breadth and drama within the simplest of interactions between voice, piano, guitar and strings.  Holcombe has self-released five albums on his own label, Napoleon Records, and he has created three touring interdisciplinary performances that meld his songwriting and video design within a theatrical context.  His performances have been presented at the Under the Radar Festival, On the Boards, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center, and many others both nationally and internationally.


Lady Rizo WITH DIRECTOR Niegel Smith

Part of the New York Voices Series
November 16 at 7:00pm

November 18 at 9:30pm
$20 Advance / $25 Door
Lady Rizo has recently been ordained by the temple of glitter. Aggressively feminine and possessing a distinct absence of inhibition, she will lead you in a night praising the power of song, giggles, madness and glamorous glances in this new collaboration with directorNiegel Smith (FELA). The 'Cabaret Superstar' (New York Magazine), comedienne and chanteuse revives the genre by creating vintage arrangements & theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade. Lady Rizo (nee Amelia Zirin-Brown) co-created the cult caburlesque spectacular Lady Rizo & the Assettes in 2005 and has been in residence with Joe's Pub with her sold out monthly show for over two years. She has collaborated on albums with Moby and Yo Yo Ma; and in 2010 won her first Grammy on an album with the acclaimed cellist. She is the Mistress of Ceremonies for current hotspot The Darby, a decadent modern supper club in the West Village.



Starring Bridget Everett, Kenny Mellman, Neal Medlyn, & Nina Persson (of The Cardigans)
November 16 at 9:30pm

Our Hit Parade is a live top-ten countdown show created by Tony nominee and Obie winner Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb), carnal chanteuse Bridget Everett (At Least It's Pink at Ars Nova), pop song opera impresario Neal Medlyn (Neal Medlyn's Unpronounceable Symbol at P.S. 122), producer and MTV cameraman Brendan Kennedy, and writers Ada Calhoun and Peter Schjeldahl. The show is inspired by the musical sketch series Your Hit Parade that ran on radio and then television from 1935 to 1959. On that show, cast members performed the week's most popular songs as comically literal skits. In this show, the hosts and special guest stars from the local performance scene present their renditions of current popular hits live on stage!

November 17 at 7:00pm
Kelly Willis, named by NPR as "alternative country's golden goddess," returns to the national stage with her husband Bruce Robison. After all, their own individual artistic achievements already sum up to impressive totals. 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 many fans and music critics alike thanks to her finesse, smarts and irresistible charm. 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.


Angelique Kidjo & DIRECTOR Jo Bonney

Part of the New York Voices Series
November 17 at 9:30pm

November 18 at 7:00pm

Angelique Kidjo along with Director Jo Bonney will revisit the legends and tales of Angelique’s childhood with a poignant perspective on the history of her native country.  This will be the first opportunity to see this work-in-progress as part of the Joe’s Pub New York Voices series.  Born in Benin (West Africa), Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. Kidjo's internationally acclaimed repertoire includes collaborations with various recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, Joss Stone, and many more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she has translated her distinctive work in the arts to that of philanthropy; by promoting education for girls in Africa through her foundation, Batonga and as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador Kidjo travels the world to inspire and empower.



Bill Irwin, Doug Skinner, Kelli O’Hara, Michael McKean, and Members of The Public Theater’s King Lear
November 17 at 11:30pm
In Late Night FoolsBill Irwin and Doug Skinner will dust off well worn bits of clown material, novelty songs and Vaudevillian story-telling from their years of working together ....They'll be bringing various friends to join them on stage after the evening's KING LEAR performance down the hall at the Newman Theatre (in which Irwin plays the Fool, serving Sam Waterston's King Lear). Kelli O'Haraand Michael McKean of the King Lear company are expected to take the stage for some brief musical moments -- Sam Waterston will be roasted and (if he knows what's good for him) should try to make the scene.  

November 18 at 11:30pm
Led by Joanna ErdosThe Midnight Show is known for performing a kind of musical sleight of hand by singing stories of epic heartbreak while fooling her listeners into believing that they are having a good time. The heroines in her songs are far crazier than Amy Winehouse and Syd Barett, but they always have more fun on their way down. It’s the combination of Joanna’s sweaty-sweet alto and her magnificent original music - made up of heart-felt piano-rock - that provide the melodic hooks and lush vocal harmonies which keep admiring crowds singing along.

Melissa Errico
November 19 at 7:00pm
Melissa Errico returns to one of her favorite night spots in New York City to sing songs from her career, songs she's never before performed live, and share in the excitement as she debuts of some of the beautiful Michel Legrand songs from her new CD release, Legrand Affair. The album is already garnering praise from critics and fans alike. It's no accident that this appearance is walking distance from where she lives, which will allow her to get home at a reasonable hour and still say "goodnight" to her kids. Melissa will share with you what she's been up to and how she manages (or doesn't manage) all the things going on in her life these days as a self-described "Desperate Housewife" of her own design.  The special one-night-only event is sure to be an amazing evening with a lot of great music.  Come to Joe's Pub and catch up with Melissa Errico.

November 19 at 9:30pm 
$12 Advance / $14 Door
The Trapps are an American band tapping the roots of Americana, Folk and Rock and Roll with a strong emphasis on "the song" and lyrical fiber.  All at once they grab you with powerful harmonies like the Jayhawks or rivet you with a high intensity jam like the Black Crowes, but for this band, it is never done loosely or in a way that pulls the listener away from the essence and presentation of the song itself.  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, Executive Editor, of Rolling Stone Magazine, says The Trapps are “Elegant yet raw, darkly emotional but shot through with light…rangy experimental roots rock played with confidence and hope.”  Johnny Black, Music Director, High Plains Public Radio, Amarillo, TX says The Trapps are “An indie “roots” Americana act with raw, stark, honest-to-Hank emotional intensity and musical ability.”

Morgan James (of GODSPELL)
November 19 at 11:30pm 
Morgan James is currently starring in the Broadway revival of “Godspell”.  Other Broadway credits include Original Broadway casts of "Wonderland" and "The Addams Family", starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.  As a solo artist, she has played to sold-out audiences throughout New York City with her seven-piece band, and is working on an album.  Recently she starred in "The Rock Tenor" with Broadway's Rob Evan.  Morgan was a featured soloist in Bernstein's "Mass" with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, and can be heard on their Grammy nominated recording (Naxos).

Allen Toussaint: A SOUTHERN NIGHT

Part of the New York Voices Series
November 20 at 12:00pm

November 21 at 7:00pm

November 22 at 7:00pm

November 23 at 7:00pm 
$30 Adults / $15 Children Under 12 (Matinee Only)
Singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer — the New Orleans native and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Allen Toussaint has been making hit records for over forty years. His massive influence on American music reaches deep into the idioms of rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues and jazz. Some of the best known hits penned by Toussaint include: Ernie K-Doe’s "Mother-in-Law;" "Fortune Teller," recorded by both Benny Spellman and The Rolling Stones; the Lee Dorsey hit "Working in the Coal Mine", also recorded by Devo and The Judds; and the Grammy-nominated "Southern Nights," recorded by Glen Campbell. The master has produced such artists as Etta James, Albert King, Chocolate Milk, The Meters, LaBelle, Ramsey Lewis, John Mayall and Dr. John, and has been covered by and/or performed with the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, The Judds, Robert Palmer, Otis Redding, The O’Jays, Boz Scaggs, Johnny Winter, Ringo Starr, Paul Simon, Chet Atkins, Lenny Kravitz and Elvis Costello, among others. In 1996, he co-founded NYNO Records with Joshua Feigenbaum, devoted to presenting the indidgenous music of New Orleans, and releasing his first solo album in 17 years, "Connected." In New Orleans, Toussaint is revered for his distinguished record in public service, consistently devoting his talents to a variety of community and charity programs.  


Chris SmithER
November 20 at 7:00pm 
Recorded in only three days, Time Stands Still is just the eleventh studio album of a career that now spans over four decades. Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert) is both pensive and visceral – an album whose songs alternately ponder life’s mysteries in some moments, and let them lie undisturbed in others. Featuring eight new original compositions and a song apiece from Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, and 1920s country-blues songster Frank Hutchison, Time Stands Still’s immediate, intimate sound is the direct result of one gig, and the challenge it presented.


Low Double Standards: An Evening of Cunning Covers
November 20 at 9:30pm

November 27 at 9:30pm

December 4 at 9:30pm
Described in The New Yorker as "The greatest cabaret artist of (v's) generation" by Hilton Als, Mx Justin Vivian Bond is also a writer, painter and Tony nominated performance artist. Mx Bond's novella-length memoir, TANGO; My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels is now available from The Feminist Press and v's debut CD DENDRPOPHILE was self-released by WhimsyMusic. From Oct 30- Dec 15th, 2011 Justin Vivian's first solo art exhibition The Fall of the House of Whimsy will be presented at Participant Inc. in New York City.  Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007. Other notable endeavors include touring with avant-garde performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in the John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus. 


Beth Malone: SO FAR
November 21 at 9:30pm 
Part dude. Part lady. Full-time lesbian. The insanely adorable (or is that adorably insane?) Beth Malone will take you from Castle Rock, Colorado to the South Pacific.  From little girl crushes to grown-woman heartbreak. Join us for comedy, tragedy and a crush on Connie Chung.  Beth proves once and for all that lesbians can be funny.