Joe's Pub Welcomes John Grant, Laurence Juber, Matt Alber & More


Joe's Pub at The Public Theater debuted in October 1998 and has 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.


Monday, May 23 at 9:30 PM; $12

"Brooklyn Moon" A Staged Reading and Concert Words and Music by JC Hopkins Musical Director J Walter Hawkes Directed by Lauren Keating with:
Karla Mosely

Alan Green

James Tyrone Lane /people/James_T._Lane

Andromeda Turre
Live Music by JC Hopkins Heptet

A Brand New Jazz Swing Burlesque Musical When a jazz diva opens a supper club in Brooklyn she finds that Brooklyn may not be ready for it. With an all new original book and music by JC Hopkins

JUNE 5-9
Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 PM; $15 in advance / $20 at the door
"At the heart of LJ's sound and style breathes a near-flawless technique where a fiercely emotional underbelly, alternate tunings, and keen sense of melody and rhythm coalesce into something uniquely his don't have to be a solo-happy guitar worshipper to appreciate his talents."- Inland Empire Weekly

Laurence Juber is a two-time Grammy award-winning fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, also known for his electric work as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney's Wings. Juber has released 15 critically acclaimed solo albums which feature his celebrated arrangements of popular tunes and genre-crossing compositions. In fall 2010, he released the highly anticipated "LJ Plays the Beatles Vol. 2." He was voted "Guitarist of the Year" by the readers of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and named one of the top acoustic guitar players of all time by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. A dynamic, entertaining performer and an accomplished clinician, LJ brings his passion for the guitar to venues around the world, creating a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.


Sundays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29, June 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 9:30 PM; $25

"Justin Bond is a trans-Atlantic cabaret messiah" - Time Out London

Recently described as "A bar of gold in the new depression" by Hilton Als in the New Yorker, singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bond is an Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner and was named one of the top 40 favorite New Yorkers by Time Out New York and was listed by Time Out London as one of England's 50 Funniest People. His debut EP Pink Slip was released in July 2009. In 2008, he won rave reviews for his GLAAD nominated show Lustre which premiered at PS122 in the East Village and then went on to tour the UK with stops in Manchester, England as part of the It's Queer Up North Arts Festival and in a critically acclaimed run at London's Soho Theatre. Also in 2008, Justin appeared at The Southbank Center in London in the title role of Sinderella an original musical written by Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies. In 2007, he premiered Justin Bond is Close To You, a reinterpretation of the classic Carpenter's album Close To You performed in its entirety as part of Joe's Pub in the Park in Central Park and subsequently presented by The Sydney Opera House in Australia. He regularly Emcees the performance series Weimar New York which has played in such varied locations as the SFMOMA, The Speigeltent, and Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York.

As one-half of the Performance duo Kiki and Herb, Justin has toured the world headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and starred in successful runs on Broadway and off-Broadway. Kiki and Herb have released two CDs, Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall and a DVD Kiki and Herb Live at the Knitting Factory.

Film credits include a starring role in John Cameron Mitchell's feature Shortbus, Charles Hermann-Wurmfeld's Fancy's Persuasion as well as Imaginary Heroes and Jon Moritsugu's Mod Fuck Explosion. In 2006 Bond completed his MA Scenography at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. Justin credits his career as a queer performer to Kate Bornstein who cast him as Herculine Barbin in her ground-breaking play Hidden: A Gender in 1991.

Matt Alber

Monday, June 6 at 7:30 PM; $15

"Everyone says the best songs are born out of tragedy. But for me they come from that last sliver of hope that things just might turn around."

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Matt Alber has been writing about that same sliver of hope since he quit his day job and started making records at home. Alber's first full-length album, Hide Nothing, does just that. He sings openly about a boyhood crush on a Field-trip Buddy. In Beotia, he sings both parts of a duet (one in coloratura soprano) between male lovers in an ancient army. He even plays a 1960s crooner in the music video for End of the World, finding love in a barbershop with a gentleman getting his shoes shined. Sonically he culls everything from chopped-up beats to children's choirs - and did I hear a real bassoon? But Alber's songs, while keeping the pronouns honest, seep deeply into the heart of any listener who's ever wondered if things were going to work out.

Followers of Iron & Wine, Imogen Heap and Eva Cassidy will rest easy at Alber's shows. A quick glance around the room will reveal numerous couples holding hands, gay hipsters galore and probably somebody's parents. At a recent show in New York, a starry-eyed couple drove in from Connecticut (in the snow on a Monday) to catch Alber's set with a string quartet at the elegant Rockwood Music Hall. Gushed the girl: "My boyfriend came home and said, 'Lisa, grab your purse. We're driving to the city to make out to Matt Alber.'"


Monday, June 6 at 9:30 PM; $14
"Beautifully laid back jazzy blues that will put you in the mood no doubt to drink bourbon smoke cigarettes and lament your woman leaving. Just glorious. There aren't enough lovely juicy words to let you know how much I love it. Just pure gold!" - Sarah Morrison, Insomnia Radio New York

"The singer lowers his trumpet and leans back against the wall, belting out another song, eyes shut, heart open." - Roxana Robinson, The New York Times

Like Ray Charles and Tom Waits hanging out on Bourbon Street.

Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 PM; $15
"Stated plainly, Wonderland has one of the most impressively powerful voices recently heard anywhere, regardless of sex. Able to boon, cajole, promise growl, and wheedle with equal power, she plays guitar with much the same forcefulness." - Matt Weitz, Dallas Observer

A triple threat with diverse songwriting, soulful vocals, and blues guitar goddess status, Wonderland has had songs on NBC and Fox network dramas, toured with Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, and sat in with String Cheese Incident, and Los Lobos. Carolyn also whistles, scat sings, plays trumpet, accordion, mandolin, and keys.

Carolyn's most recent CD, Miss Understood was recorded in Austin, produced by 9-time Grammy-winner Ray Benson. The album features six new songs from Carolyn, as well as choice selections from Bruce Robison, JJ Cale, Terri Hendrix & Rick Derringer.

Paul Sanchez

Tuesday, June 7 at 9:30 PM; $17

Paul Sanchez is a troubadour from New Orleans. He is a storyteller, his own as well as ours. He is a student and a teacher. A traveler that finds home in different faces every night. He writes songs the way your grandmother might have crafted quilts, painstakingly sewing the pieces together to form a blanket that will keep you warm when it's time to rest your head.

Paul entertains and provokes. He holds your hand and he slaps your wrist. He's lived a thousand lives, but he wakes up every day with the wide eyes of a new born babe. He has a skewed vision of the world that comes only with an existence based in New Orleans, a city rampant with celebration and despair. It's beyond colloquialisms and language. It's more of a slant and feel. It's in the words he loves, and the friends he writes. It's in the pain of having known a welfare Christmas, the joy of having known a welfare Christmas, and the joy of having toasted fine wine from a grand European chateau. Cut him, it's in his blood

New Orleans Songwriter of the Year, Best Song of the Year for Hey God and Best Folk/Rock Album for Stew Called New Orleans

He appears in season one of the new HBO series, "Treme," in episode 4 which is titled, At The Foot Of Canal Street", after a song he wrote with long time collaborator, John Boutte'. John and Paul appear in the episode singing the song, Foot Of Canal Street. Boutte' and Sanchez also appear on the Grammy Nominated compilation album from the Treme series Treme: Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 1: Various Artists: MP3 Downloads.

Boutte' and Sanchez were in episode one of season two of

"Treme,", again singing the title song for the episode, Accentuate The Positive, as well as their own tune Sisters.

Sanchez along with writing partner Colman deKay, just released musical adaptation of Dan Baum's New York Times bestselling book, Nine Lives which features the talents of over one hundred New Orleans musicians and singers. As well as Michael Cerveris, Wendell Pierce, Harry Shearer and Allen Toussaint.

Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 PM; $15
Featuring authors Amor Towles, Suzanne Bocanegra, Kyle de Camp & musical guest TBD
The consistently sold out, Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, chosen by New York Magazine and NY Press as the best reading series in NYC, and singled out by the New York Times Magazine for helping to "Keep downtown alive," features the most interesting storytellers, writers, musicians, raconteurs and personalities, and requires the readers to take one public risk, while the musicians, who perform two short sets with their original, lyric-driven music, are required to play one cover song and try to get the audience to sing along. Called the "most vital authors' series in the city," by Time Out NY, and known for its consistently good taste, Happy Ending has launched careers and proudly, ended none.

John Grant w/ special guests HEIDI SPENCER & ALESSI'S ARK

Wednesday & Thursday, June 8 & 9 at 9:30 PM; $20
with special guests Heidi Spencer on June 8 & Alessi's Ark on June 9

Everyone has a favorite band or singer they reckon is subject to criminal neglect. That John Grant's effortlessly rich, expansive baritone, couched in typically heartbreaking, lush melody, hasn't found a wider audience indeed drives his fans to consider a crime. But no longer. Because Grant's first solo album, Queen of Denmark, following three undervalued studio albums (and one similar covers compilation) fronting The Czars, is so undeniably great that the world will surely listen.


Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 PM; $12

Alina Simone's last album, Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware, was hailed by critics as "utterly haunting" (NPR) and "mesmerizing" (Spin Magazine). Her new release, Make Your Own Danger promises to be Simone's lushest and most fully realized work to date, featuring a large cast of musicians and exotic touches that include flute, autoharp, horns, Brazilian drumming and vocal loops. Visit her website at

Online at
Phone 212-967-7555,
In Person At The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM), or at the Joe's Pub Box Office from (6 PM to 10 PM) both located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC

For table reservations please call 212-539-8778. Purchase of tickets does NOT guarantee a table reservation; you must call to reserve seats. Seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person is standard.