Justin Vivian Bond & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week
This week at Joe's Pub, Sept. 23-29, features ALBUM OF THE MONTH CLUB: Ray Charles BIRTHDAY BASH, SANDRA ST. VICTOR, GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION, Theo Bleckmann: SONGS IN KEY OF D, JOSH ROUSE, REBELLUM CD RELEASE, JUSTIN VIVIan Bond, KENYON PHILLIPS & THE LADIES IN WAITING, and STORIES I WANT TO TELL YOU IN PERSON.
ALBUM OF THE MONTH CLUB: Ray Charles BIRTHDAY BASH
September 23 at 9:30 PM
In 1962, Ray Charles made history when he brought soul music and country music together in the same album: Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music. Now, 50 years later, just in time for The Genius's 84th birthday, Joe's Pub and Album of the Month club expand the palette by adding jazz, cabaret, Broadway, folk music and bluegrass into Brother Ray's classic mix. Monday, September 23, marks the first in an ongoing series of shows celebrating the great pop and jazz albums, in which classic collections of songs will be explored and re-examined by a rotating cast of singers and players from a wide range of styles: jazz, pop, Broadway, cabaret, blues. Each show will take you through a classic album from start to finish, rendered in new interpretations by contemporary artists. These performances will be by turns affectionate and irreverent, respectful and gonzo - the idea is to compliment the classic recording, not to merely "cover" it. Featuring: Nellie McKay, KT Sullivan, Allan Harris, Poor Baby Bree, Puddles Pity Party, Tony Babino, The Amigos, Lauren Fox, Matthew Saldivar,Marissa Mulder, Natalie Douglas, Nancy Harms.
SANDRA ST. VICTOR
September 24 at 9:30 PM
Sandra St. Victor celebrates her new album Oya's Daughter with a special performance at Joe's Pub. A trained opera singer, the Dallas born, Holland based singer/songwriter Sandra St. Victor has recorded with Curtis Mayfield and had her own songs recorded by everyone from Prince and Common to Chaka Kahn and Tina Turner. She has toured with Roy Ayers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ziggy Marley. Known and loved as a founding member of the ground-breaking trio The Family Stand, Sandra St. Victor has been converting fans note by note over the past two decades with her soulful and potent elixir of R&B, Rock, Gospel and Jazz. A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, St. Victor moved to New York in the early 80s to join Roy Ayers and his touring band, Ubiquity. It was not long before Sandra St. Victor found work singing and touring with everyone from Chaka Khan to FrEddie Jackson and Glenn Jones. She is a visionary and only a visionary could unite, on one stage as a touring unit Nona Hendryx of LaBelle, Joyce Kennedy of Mother's Finest, multi-Grammy Award- winner Deniece Williams, Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul, Lalah Hathaway daughter of Donny Hathaway, Indira, Khan, daughter of Chaka, Simone, daughter of Nina Simone, and Leah McCrae, daughter of George & Gwen McCrae. Oya's Daughter further solidifies Sandra St. Victor as one of the most unique, exhilarating and free-spirited musical forces of her generation. Oya's Daugher is musical proof. "I still very much believe in a universal movement toward oneness, and that music, being the universal language, has to be an integral part of that motion," states Sandra St. Victor. "I'm doing what I sincerely believe to be my part."
GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION
September 24 at 11:30 PM
$25 Reserved / $35 Premium
The Grandmothers of Invention were formed in August of 2002, when four legendary former members of Frank Zappa's "The Mothers of Invention", Napoleon Murphy Brock, Roy Estrada, Bunk Gardner, and Don Preston were invited to perform the music of Frank Zappa in Leipzig, Germany. It would be the first time that these esteemed "Mothers of Invention" alumni would be getting together to rehearse and perform classic Frank Zappa material. Finally, on March 27th 2003, after 6 months of intensive rehearsals, The Grandmothers of Invention took the stage to a standing room only audience in Leipzig, Germany. This event was recorded, filmed, and released by Warner Classics in Europe, and has been broadcast and re-broadcast repeatedly on European television. Due to the overwhelming demand since then, they have performed more than 400 concert events across America, Canada and Europe, including performances in: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and Wales.
Theo Bleckmann: SONGS IN THE KEY OF D
September 25 at 9:30 PM
Songs in The Key of D is vocalist Theo Bleckmann's newest project. After his recent "Hello Earth - the music of Kate Bush" which the NY Times called "of inventive instinct and assiduous musicality", Bleckmann has now written and curated a collection of songs surrounding the delicate subject of death and transcendence. After a car accident in 2012, Bleckmann was temporarily blinded and has, over the course of the past year re-gained his vision. This traumatic experience sparked his interest into songs that deal with our mortality. Songs in the key of d takes a celestial look at the inevitable journey of death through song and sound, with Bleckmann employing his electronic live wizardry, creating soundscapes of ethereal voices in his own compositions and arrangements of songs by Metallica, Henry Purcell, Hank Williams.
September 26 at 9:30 PM
It may have been 15+ years - from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in 'Music City' Nashville, TN, and to the current day relocated to a new home in cosmopolitan Spain - but it seems that the song spirits have been constant companions for Josh Rouse. And maybe no more so than on the singer-songwriter's latest record, The Happiness Waltz, an album that marries both his past, and present - revisiting an earlier era, where his music was heavily influenced by the 'soft rock' of the 70's, and combining it with lyrical tales drawn from the here and now - his modern day-to-day life, one deeply enriched by his children and family. Rouse has been lauded for his special talents - creating little slices of heaven with words and music that have captured the hearts and minds of both critics, and fans, the globe over, whether it is the New York Times talking about his "pop-folk introspection", Filter lauding the "wide-eyed 'thank you, ma'am' songs that could have grated in their earnest angle if they weren't so damn wonderfully executed" or Uncut raving about the music as "warm, molten gold, a long bath in the serenity of well-gauged bittersweet balladry" and proclaiming him "a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst." Over a storied career, from the engaging debut Dressed Like Nebraska, through his 'golden era' with 1972 and Nashville, and right down to the 2011 Latin Bossa Nova-tinged release...and the Long Vacations, Rouse has created a series of unique, and distinctive records, filled with sparkling melodies and enchanting lyrics.
JUSTIN VIVIan Bond
September 27 and 28 at 9:30 PM
"The trans-Atlantic cabaret messiah" (Time Out London) Justin VivIan Bond returns to Joe's Pub at The Public in Mx America, an exploration of the "ways of seeing and being seen" as a patriot, a gender non-conformist and a cabaret artist in America. Mx America premiered at Joe's Pub in March to widespread acclaim. "An inventive new cabaret," hailed Theater Mania. "While making us laugh, V is also willing to laugh at V - a rare attribute in today's era of self-important performers." Read the full review here. As the singular finalist in this Mx America pageant, Mx Bond is judged in such categories as presentation, economic status, mental health, family values and talent all while creating an elegantly formidable evening of beauty and delight. This multimedia performance includes video, spoken word, and original songs from V's critically acclaimed records Dendrophile and Silver Wells. Since 2007, Justin VivIan Bond has performed over 70 shows on the Joe's Pub stage and earned a reputation as "the greatest cabaret artist of (v's) generation" (New Yorker). Through work as a performance artist, author, singer and painter, Justin has ardently challenged the gender binary and gender conformity. "My friend Billy's father once said you could tell the depth of a person's tragedy by the amount of distance between how they see themselves and how they're seen by others. As an American and as a transperson I find this hypothesis to be really interesting," said V. For more information on Justin VivIan Bond, please visit the official website.
REBELLUM CD RELEASE
September 27 at 11:30 PM
All ticket holders will receive a free copy of Rebellum's "The Twilight Drone" EP. People in the World Today ...there comes a time when, needing a change, you must rebel ... introducing Rebellum with a website, a FaceBook page, and a free streaming tune every seven days leading to the debut performance on Friday, September 27th at Joe's Pub at 11:30pm. Give it a listen and if you're true to the Rebellum experience, you'll experience change too ... onward Rebellum soldiers ... onward! Featuring: Lisala, Mikel Banks, Shelley Nicole, V. Jeffrey Smith, "Moist" Paula Henderson, Andre Lassalle, Leon Gruenbaum, Jared Michael Nickerson, LaFrae Sci, G.T.'s Garage Band, Somi, Ronny Drayton, and Luqman Brown. Somi and Ronny Drayton are prominently featured on Rebellum's maiden single release ''Heart Seed."
KENYON PHILLIPS & THE LADIES IN WAITING
September 28 at 11:59 PM
Felliniesque frontman Kenyon Phillips of Roma! and Unisex Salon whips glam rock, surrealist theater and cabaret into a heady froth at Joe's Pub to celebrate the release of his debut EP, "Fire In The Hole." Together with his all-girl backing band, The Ladies In Waiting, and cameos from an array of downtown icons likeLady Rizo and Raven O. Phillips will set Joe's Pub on fire with a wildly entertaining - and utterly unpredictable - blend of glam, guts and giggles. The show will also feature guest appearances by comedienne Catie Lazarus (Upright Citizens Brigade, "Sesame Street," "Employee of the Month"), Bronx-based rapper T Bruin, beatboxer Shockwave (The Box), Armitage Gone, dancer Marlon Taylor-Wiles, and guitarist Scott Meola (Raven O + The Pious, Saints + Lovers, Sexus). "Kenyon Phillips is a superstar. He's the love child of Luther Vandross and Steven Tyler." -Michael Musto, Village Voice
STORIES I WANT TO TELL YOU IN PERSON
September 29 at 9:30 PM
The thing is - and this is a true story - Lally Katz was supposed to write us a play about a fortune teller. But she spent her commission (and then some) actually going to a fortune teller. In New York. More than once. This is the story of what Katz has been doing instead of writing a play. Anyone who's met her will know that the word 'irrepressible' has nothing on Katz, even at her quietest. She makes chaos charming and catastrophe positively exuberant. Anything could happen!