Mike Daisey, Julie Klausner, Catie Lazarus & More Set for Joe's Pub, 6/25-7/6
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its lineup for June 25-July 6, including JULIE KLAUSNER'S CABARET SITUATION, MIKE DAISEY: YES THIS MAN, CATIE LAZARUS: THE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SHOW, LEONID FEDOROV AND VLADIMIR VOLKOV, SHARABI FEAT. MANU NARAYAN, FRANK LONDON & DEEP SINGH, DUSTBOWL REVIVAL - KARSH KALE: COLLECTIVE SESSIONS, SYMPHONIC SUNDAYS W/ MOTHER FALCON & TODD REYNOLDS FOURPLAY STRING QUARTET.
JULIE KLAUSNER CABARET SITUATION
Tuesday-Friday, June 24-27 at 7:30PM
Comedy genius and natural redhead Julie Klausner debuts her newest show. With musical director Jon Spurney, Klausner has put together a raucous new night that will feature Klausner saying funny things, singing medleys of songs arranged to make a point or just to be pretty, plus some powerful visuals that will leave your eyes both stimulated and lubricated. Klausner will perform a slew of songs made popular by a range of artists like Hole, Nancy Sinatra, Bobbie Gentry, Alice Cooper and many more. The piece-de-resistance will be a Stephen Schwartz/Ben Folds mash-up. Jokes! Stories! Eyeliner! Popular music from eras past! Here is your evening, America!
MIKE DAISEY: YES THIS MAN
Wednesday, June 25 at 9:30PM
Mike Daisey tackles what we don't like talking about: how our world is built on the subjugation and ownership of women, and how men perpetuate that violence every day. Rejecting simple catchphrases and rote thinking, Daisey doesn't try to speak for women-instead he interrogates his own history and choices as a way of framing a human discussion about how it could be possible to live an authentic life where we actually see one another. Gender, sex, violence, and passion mix together with dark humor as he does his best to try and tell an untellable story.
CATIE LAZARUS'S EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SHOW
Thursday, June 26 at 9:30 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. The New York Times has called Employee of the Month "beloved," while The New Yorker declared, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox!" Lazarus has honored and interviewed notable individuals like Wallace Shawn, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lewis Black, Robert Smigel and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Grover the Muppet.
LEONID FEDOROV AND VLADIMIR VOLKOV
Friday & Saturday, June 27 & 28 at 9:30 PM
Leonid Fedorov and Vladimir Volkov, of legendary Russian rock band Auktyon, present their solo material, which comes from 11 albums they recorded and released together in the past 14 years. These shows are a unique chance to experience the lyrical side of the men behind Auktyon, featuring new material as well as unorthodox takes on well-known classics. Auktyon is unlike any other, fusing art-rock to post-punk, free jazz sax squall to Latin percussion to military marching band tuba holding down the bottom. They connect with fans of everyone from Gogol Bordello to the Boredoms, Talking Heads to Pere Ubu, Ozomatli to Mr. Bungle. Their live show is high energy, kick you in the head fun; and the fact that you probably don't understand Russian is beside the point.
SHARABI FEATURING MANU NARAYAN, FRANK LONDON, & DEEP SINGH
Friday, June 27 at 11:30 PM
Trumpeter Frank London and percussionist Deep Singh lead Sharabi, the world's first Yiddish/Punjabi Bhangra/funk/Klezmer party band, featuring singers Manu Narayan (from Bombay Dreams and The Love Guru) and Sarah Gordon (of Yiddish Princess) plus a crew of NYC's finest musicians.
London and Singh have collaborated on a number of projects, from Sharabi to the radical multimedia re-telling of Salomé to the free-groove jazz jam band Kali Krewe. Deep is NYC's most in-demand Indian percussionist. In addition to composing for film, he has worked with everyone from Falu to Sting, studied with UstadAlla Rakha and taught George Harrison. London won a Grammy with the Klezmatics, composes operas and symphonies, and has played musicians including Pink Floyd, Angelique Kidjo, Mel Tormé, Karen O, John Zorn and more.
Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 PM
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based roots collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930's to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Growing steadily from a small string band playing up and down the West Coast, DBR has blossomed into a traveling collective featuring fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, accordion, tuba, pedal steel, drums, guitars, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck.
KARSH KALE - COLLECTIVE SESSIONS W/ SPECIAL GUESTS
Saturdays, June 28 & August 23 at 11:30 PM
Saturday, August 2 at Midnight
Described by Billboard Magazine as a "visionary composer and producer," Karsh Kale is one of global music's brightest stars. In the past 12 years as a solo recording artist, producer, composer, performer and DJ, Kale has set the world of electronic fusion on fire and has helped to create a genre of new music and culture that continues to influence an entire generation. Fans and critics claim Kale as a pioneer and a trail blazer, not only opening doors for his own career but for an entire scene to emerge in the world of electronica and fusion music. Kale has also developed a reputation as a genre bending collaborator and a world renowned tabla player and musician, exploring the worlds of electronica, Indian classical music, rock, jazz fusion and hip hop which has led him to work with some of the most renowned artists from around the globe. Kale continues to reinvent his ever-evolving sound and has established himself as one of the world's most sought after fusion artists.
SYMPHONIC SUNDAYS WITH MOTHER FALCON
Sunday, June 29 at 7:00 PM
JUNE 29 - SPECIAL GUEST: TODD REYNOLDS
Mother Falcon, the 18-piece orchestral indie band from Austin, wraps up their second Symphonic Sundays residency, which had them collaborating with a new set of artists. The ensemble's intensely beautiful live shows change people's perception of what great live music can be. Between the intricate arrangements, the wide array of instruments - several sets of strings, a vast horn section, a pedal steel guitar and even a bassoon - and the band's passionate stage presence, it's not surprising that the ensemble's music has enamored thousands across the country. This show features Todd Reynolds (June 29).
Todd Reynolds is a violinist, composer, educator and technologist. Known as a founding father of the hybrid-musician movement and a major proponent of what he calls 'present music,' he is the violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can and founder of the string quartet Ethel. Reynolds's style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. His countless premieres and performances of everything from classical to jazz to rock have helped redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined.
FOURPLAY STRING QUARTET
Sunday, June 29 at 9:30 PM
FourPlay String Quartet defy convention and stereotyping, blurring the boundaries between styles and genres to create their own sound. They perform both their own original compositions (inspired by rock, pop, post-rock, neo-classical, jazz, klezmer, swing, folk-tronica and Hip-Hop) but also covers by artists like The Strokes, Radiohead, Charles Mingus, Robert Johnson and more. The band shot to prominence in Australia and Europe in the very late 90's as a unique musical phenomenon - an indie rock band that just happened to be a string quartet! This summer, FourPlay joins author Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell on an international tour with their collaborative work The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains. They take a break to touch down in NYC for this show, which will feature their own work.
VOICES FOR HOMELESS LGBTQ YOUTH: A BENEFIT FOR NEW ALTERNATIVES
Monday, June 30 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Jene Hernandez (Soul/R&B Artist, Songwriter, Actress - Conviction, Cash Flow, Tio Papi) with musical direction by Nate Buccieri, Voices for Homeless LGBTQ Youth brings together a star-studded group for one night to benefit the vital youth organization New Alternatives. New Alternatives works with youths who have slipped through the cracks at other organizations, either because they're "too" mentally ill, or unwilling to come into the shelter or foster care systems, or "too" trans, or simply "too" different. Based on a low barrier-to-entry harm reduction model, New Alternatives allows youths to just walk in off the street and be fed, or clothed, or get help with everything from getting a Social Security card to applying to a GED program or college without having to fill out a pile of paperwork or commit to continuing in some kind of program.
Monday, June 30 at 9:30 PM
Chronixx was musically nurtured from an early age by his father, the artist Chronicle, and grew up surrounded by others including Burro Banton, Norris Man and Gregory Isaacs. Today, Chronixx is a respected artist in his own right, after his career was stimulated by the unfortunate passing of both his brother in 2007 and his brother-in-arms, Lil' J.O.E., in 2010. He decided during that period to put wholehearted effort into his music. With early and unwavering production support from Romaine 'Teflon' Arnett of Zincfence Records and the Zincfence Redemption band, Chronixx has been elevated to new and ever increasing heights. In 2013, he and his team were the only representation from Jamaica in Nairobi, where he performed as a Peace Ambassador ahead of Kenya's general elections. One year later, he found himself in New York City, participating in a reggae and jazz series together with legends Ernest Ranglin and Monty Alexander. In between, he has established new working connections with Sly & Robbie, King Jammy (doing a new interpretation of Black Uhuru's 'I Love King Selassie), Leroy Sibbles and, again, Danny Browne. For Chonixx, music is a mission and history is being made every day still.
CANADA DAY AT JOE'S PUB: CANADA'S BIRTHDAY BASH FT. THE GREAT CANADIAN SONGBOOK
Tuesday, July 1 at 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Celebrate Canada's 147th birthday with this all-star tribute to Canada's Greatest Hits, produced and emcee'd by Jeff Breithaupt and featuring a stellar line-up that includes five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara, The Voice's J'Sun (Team Shakira), Jamie Leonhart, cabaret star Marissa Mulder, Greg Naughton, Victoria Cave, Shelley McPherson, BETTY's Alyson Palmer, Amy Cervini and Tony Salvatore. NY1 morning man, ex-pat Canadian and New York icon Pat Kiernan will once again kick things off, leading the audience in a rousing chorus of "O Canada." Comedian Ophira Eisenberg -- host of NPR's Ask Me Another, and author of Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy -- will warm up the crowd with some hard-won observations on the Canada-US relationship. The incomparable (and Canadian) Peter Kiesewalter returns to lead the "Workin' for the Weekend House Band." The sparkling cast will perform unforgettable versions of all your favo(u)rite Canuck anthems - from Cohen to Cockburn, Joni to Gino, Lightfoot to Lighthouse, Rufus to Raffi, Bachman to Bryan, Nelly to Neil.
Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00 PM
Such is the enigmatic message which ushers us into the kaleidoscopic new album by incomparable Berlin-based band OY, aka Swiss-Ghanaian vocalist & musician Joy Frempong and drummer & producer Lleluja-Ha. A collection of colourful songs weaving OY's own strains of electronica, whirling drums and captivating & humorous storytelling, laced with distinctly African musical and lyrical elements, "No Problem Saloon" is driven by Joy's soulful, melodic and arrestingly versatile voice. Joy and Lleluja-Ha then started exploring the songs on stage, injecting further ideas into the pieces before finalizing the production. This quasi-alchemical process worked wonders, and resulted in a mesmerizing and thoroughly engaging album, which OY have managed to masterfully transpose to the stage, as their exhilarating, dynamic live show has already electrified crowds at prestigious events such as Transmusicales, Les Eurockéennes, Sonar, SXSW, Montreux Jazz and more.
Wednesday, July 2 at 9:30 PM
Leading the new generation of soul crooners, Paul Loren sings songs that will make you move. A talented songwriter and producer, he takes elements from classic R&B, Pop and Jazz, and makes them truly his own. With a dynamic and powerful stage show, Paul Loren evokes the great Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding at their prime.
CHRISTYLEZ BACON & NISTHA RAJ
Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 PM
Grammy Award-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon and Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj present their collaborative works mixing genres of music native to their cultural upbringings; acoustic Hip-Hop, DC's Go-Go and Northern Indian classical music. Working for cultural acceptance and unification through music, Bacon is constantly pushing the envelope - from performances at the National Cathedral to becoming the first Hip-Hop artist to be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and composing and orchestrating an entire concert for a 12-piece orchestra commissioned by the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institute. Raj is an emerging fresh voice in creative and world music. Her recently self-released debut album, Exit 1, funded by the Sparkplug Foundation, has been described as "edgy, innovative, and clearly awe-inspiring...Indian fusion at its best" (Inside World Music).
ECHOES OF ETTA: A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMES
Thursday, July 3 at 9:30 PM
Awarded the prestigious MAC Award for "2014 Show of the Year," William Blake (lead/co-creator) and Michael Thomas Murray (music director/arranger/co-creator) and the entire Echoes team are back to deliver this energetic, no-holds-barred performance that is sure to move you out of your seat. Blake, the Echoes band, and gorgeous back-up singers, "The Peaches," excel with stellar musicality led by Murray's rockin' authentic period arrangements with a contemporary twist. This combined with one of the greatest songbooks of all time is sure to have audiences jumping to their feet. Blake delivers palpable life to these long-loved classic songs in this musical testimonial to the legend who bridged the gap between Rock 'n' Roll and Rhythm and Blues. Fans can expect to hear many of their favorite Etta James tunes such as, A Sunday Kind of Love, At Last, Tell Mama, You Can Leave Your Hat On, I'd Rather Go Blind, Something's Got A Hold On Me and Purple Rain, just to name a few.
ROB SCHWIMMER'S BIG AIR CONDITIONED CONCERT: PIANO, CONTINUUM & THEREMIN
Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 PM
It's too hot outside. Come on in... In a Murakami world, the mundane and the fantastical live side by side in peaceful yet jarring harmony, and usually the world doesn't end! In that spirit, come for the air conditioning but enjoy the unexpected with Rob Schwimmer, master pianist, composer and thereminist. Now a leading exponent of the amazing Continuum, Schwimmer plays as if his life depended on it as he tries to escape the oppression of comedy... or perhaps not. A founding member of the legendary comedy music group Polygraph Lounge, curator of The NY Theremin Society and a well-known personality and solo artist on his own, Schwimmer will guide you through the narrows of his unique outlook on music and life. Playing in such diametrically opposed settings from Carnegie Hall to CBGB's, and for strippers at trucker conventions, somehow his continuity survives in this harsh Murakami-esque environment. Schwimmer's show is a place where deep artistry and a sense of humor can still be friends.
DYLAN GOLDEN: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS ALBUM PREVIEW
Saturday, July 5 at 9:30 PM
Miami-native turned Brooklyn resident Dylan Golden is a Hip-hop artist coming off a solid year. Having only released one video in 2013 for Humble Beginnings, Golden has been working diligently on creating one of the most anticipated albums of 2015. This show will be a special sneak peak at what he and his Golden State of mind crew have been cooking up.