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Adelaide Cabaret Festival and More Headed to Joe's Pub, 7/22-8/2

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances from July 22 - August 2, 2015. Scroll down for details, or visit for a complete list of shows!


Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00PM

$15 Adv / $20 Doors

Howard Fishman celebrates the release of his eleventh recording, Uncollected Stories (Monkey Farm Records), featuring members of his live ensemble from across the span of his wide-ranging, genre-bashing career. Howard has been a mainstay at Joe's Pub from the very beginning, and his appearances here have always featured something a little extra special for the hometown crowd -- a new album release, a project debut, a work in progress. Our audiences have come to expect the unexpected at Howard's shows here, and he has never failed to deliver or surprise.


Wednesdays, July 22, August 12 & September 2 at 9:30PM

$15 Adv / $20 Doors

Pianist/singer/songwriter Diane Birch returns with a monthly residency to try some new music, revisit older work and have some fun. Birch marries darkness and light, pain and abandon on Speak A Little Louder (2013, S-Curve Records), her last album. A window into her complex journey into womanhood, the album documented with intense emotional honesty, indelible melodies and rousing hooks. Speak A Little Louder followed Birch's extraordinary 2009 debut, Bible Belt, which opened in the Billboard Top 100 and prompted comparisons to Laura Nyro and Karen Carpenter along with glowing reviews from The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and more.


Thursday, July 23 at 7PM


Stella Starsky shines in her at-turns moving and side-splitting solo play that explores both the mundane and the mystical implications of modern woman-dom free from motherhood, whether by choice or chance. Starsky takes her audience from her humble beginnings as a donut-maker in small-town Massachusetts, through a Me-generation gambit of disco balls, body dysmorphia, designer dreams and debatable dates with destiny. With guest star Brian King and musical director Brett Every. Directed by Maria Silvaggi.


Thursday, July 23 at 9:30PM


Gina Chavez is a multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. Her latest album, Up.Rooted, invites us on a sonic journey to uncover her lost Latin roots and has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "an album as confident as it is refreshing," and featured on NPR, USA Today and La Prensa Grafica in El Salvador.

Sandra Lilia Velásquez and Sean Dixon, the Brooklyn-based duo behind SLV, embody a collision of worlds. Velásquez serves as frontwoman of lauded Latin outfit Pistolera, while Dixon plays drums in experimental electronic ensemble Zammuto; but together, they've carved out an exciting new path for themselves. SLV first emerged from the studio in 2013 with a debut EP, Dig Deeper, produced by heavyweight bassist Meshell Ndegeocello.


Friday, July 24 at 7:30PM


The Jones Family Singers - a gospel collective comprised in part by seven siblings and their father - have been tearing up churches and festivals alike for over two decades. A follow-up to their globalFEST 2015 performance, the Texas-based group returns to New York. "Modern practitioners of a long musical tradition...infusing their joyful, reverent songs with elements of vintage soul and R&B," said The Wall Street Journal. Spurred by their 2014 debut album The Spirit Speaks, they have performed at Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center, plus Newport Folk Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival with a two week tour of Russia. Beyond the stage, the group still makes good on their ministry, performing at prisons, interfaith and community events.


Friday, July 24 at 9:30PM



Friday, July 24 at 11:30PM


English songbird Julia Fordham's remarkable singing and compositions make her a unique voice in more ways than one. Her first release in 1988, Happy Ever After, was an international hit. Fordham's smoky jazz bar low, dulcet voice, the warmth of her delivery and emotive compositions led to major success, with millions of her records selling around the world. This performance celebrates the 25th anniversary of her landmark album Porcelain. Accompanied by her long-time pianist and album producer Grant Mitchell, they will perform the record in its entirety. Fordham will perform many of her hits as well as a few surprises along the way, and will take audience requests at the 11:30pm set.


Saturday, July 25 at 7:30PM


"You'll survive all of this if it kills you," Django Haskins sings on "Ghosts of Ferriday" on The Old Ceremony's new Yep Roc release Sprinter. Haskins knows a thing or two about endurance. Since its formation in 2004, The Old Ceremony has built a body of recordings that evoke a distinctive musical and lyrical sensibility, while tapping into a rich, unmistakably Southern vein of melodic song-craft and vivid storytelling. In the process, the iconoclastic North Carolina quintet has won a loyal fan base that loves the band's lush, emotionally resonant albums and charismatic, elegant live shows.


Saturday, July 25 at 9:30PM


Jay Brannan has been writing and performing his own sweet and sad folk songs, tempered with wit since 2006. His string of albums have topped the iTunes Singer-Songwriter and Billboard Heatseekers charts: goddamned, produced by Will Golden (Meiko, Michelle Branch); In Living Cover; and Rob Me Blind, produced by David Kahne (Regina Spektor, The Bangles, Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Lana Del Rey). Brannan has toured the world, including North America, Europe, Brazil, South Africa, Israel and Australia. His 2013 EP release Around the World in 80 Jays was inspired by those travels. Brannan put out Always, Then, & Now, an album of acoustic originals, in 2014.


Saturday, July 25 at Midnight


Orchestra Holistic is a collective of musicians established for symphonic excellence in the performance of Hip-Hop and R&B. The core of the group consist of famed hip-hop trio Holistic and renowned French songstress Evaanz. The composition of the music is a symphonic blend of production incorporating the classical spirit of the orchestra and the grittiness of the boom-bap. The foundation of musicians hailing from a wide array of experience and education lend to the fundamental execution of a brand new musical experience for the audience.


Sunday, July 26 at 7:00PM


Rachel Mason will be performing songs from her acclaimed indie rock opera film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. Described by the New Yorker as a "Cinematic Rock Opera Performance," the songs weave together a portrait of an uncanny, but true coincidence-- two men, both named Hamilton Fish died a day apart and were immortalized on a single front page of a newspaper- The Evening Star of Peekskill, January 16, 1936.


Sunday, July 26 at 9:30PM


Two international cabaret icons take the stage at Joe's Pub for one thrilling night of Rock & Roll!! Joey Arias is well-known to audiences at the Pub for his sold-out series of residencies, including The Joey Arias Experience which featured Arias' interpretations of classic rock from like the likes of Led Zeppelin, Cream and more. Rock & Roll Fantasy sees Arias returning to this material as he welcomes Australian superstar Paul Capsis. Down Under Capsis is well-known not only for his cabaret shows, but for his extensive work in stage, television and film. He last appeared in New York as the star vocalist in the critically acclaimed debut season of "Absinthe" at Spiegelworld.


Monday, July 27 at 7:30PM


At home, Ruth and Madisen Ward are mother and son. Onstage, they're the leading members of Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, a soulful folk band whose sound is anchored by twin guitars and two big, booming voices. The music started in Kansas City, where the younger Ward grew up watching his mom perform cover songs at coffee shops. Before long, he was writing his own tunes, mixing the old-world influence of his family's folk records with the unchained, energetic stomp of modern-day rock. The two began playing shows together, ditching cover songs in favor of Ward's original material. Both sang, played guitar and watched as their band's audience slowly grew.


Monday, July 27 at 9:30PM

$12 Adv / $15 Doors

One can't help but think 'Grace Jones' upon seeing and hearing Audra Isadora. With a low, sultry voice, standout cheekbones, and a strong, stylish sensual acuity, Audra Isadora brings back the vibe and soul of '70?s and 80?s Grace Jones in Grace.Period. With her roots in theater and jazz, Isadora, along with music director Mark Fifer, re-interprets Grace Jones classics into gutsy, melody driven 11-o'clock cabaret numbers.


Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00PM


He's baaaaack! Ryan Raftery, creator and star of the seismic sartorial smash Ryan Raftery Is The Most Powerful Woman in Fashion, called a "one man musical juggernaut" by the New York Daily News, returns to Joe's Pub with his most autobiographical show ever. Ryan Raftery & Friends: A Solo Act is the tale of a boy from Brooklyn who confronts a family tragedy the only way he knows how ...with a five piece band.


Tuesday, July 28 at 9:30PM


Connell Cruise knows how to connect with an audience. The 27-year-old South African singer-songwriter has a smile to brighten any room and an attitude to match. Charismatic and modest, Connell has a boyish sense of curiosity and a love for life that has seeped into his music. He writes energetic, catchy songs that exude positivity and maturity and says that, "just to be able to make music - that's the most incredible dream."


Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00PM


Nora York returns with her frequent collaborator and co-composer pianist Jamie Lawrence for a musical conversation with Puccini's iconic aria Vissi d'arte - "Love and art, what else is there?"

York and Lawrence, along with Amazing Band will with swing with Vissi d'arte's transcendental questions about art, love, life, agency and temporality. Featuring Steve Tarshis, Jack Lawrence, Dave Hosftra, Peter Grant and Sherryl Marshall with guest artists to be announced.


Wednesday, July 29 at 9:30PM


One of the most exciting bands to come out of the wild late night Nublu scene in the East Village, Forro in the Dark combines the driving dance rhythms of forro from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, reggae, folk and country. Together since 2002, they are based in New York and have collaborated with a wide variety of artists, including David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cibo Matto. Here they take on some of John Zorn's most lyrical and grooving compositions to create a charming album of Brazilian-tinged dance music. Endlessly listenable, this is a record filled with catchy hooks, burning solos, driving rhythms and infectious Zorn melodies, new and old. Produced by Jesse Harris and featuring Brazilian legend Marcos Valle as a special guest.


Thursday, July 30 at 7:00PM


Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector, the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, and founder of a burgeoning song collectors' movement that inspires a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers rather than books and records.


Thursday, July 30 at 9:30PM


Australia's Adelaide Festival Centre's Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the largest Cabaret Festival in the world and is now in its 15th year. Ali McGregor is one of the country's most versatile singers. An acclaimed soprano with Opera Australia, she ran away with the cabaret circus ten years ago with the infamous La Clique (La Soiree). She has toured Australia, the UK and Europe as an actress and with her award-winning solo cabaret shows. Eddie Perfect is a composer, playwright, actor, comedian and musician whose personal brand of jet-black comedic satire has seen him win major awards for his writing and performing for stage, screen, music theatre, comedy and cabaret.


Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 at 7:00PM


Echoes of Etta, the multi award-winning Etta James tribute, returns to Joe's Pub for their first live in-concert recording. After a featured appearance on NBC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a successful tour of Southeast Asia, and an exclusive appearance at the Commissioner's Tailgate for Superbowl XLVIII, MRM Productions is proud to bring back William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray in the MAC award-winning "Show of the Year," Echoes of Etta.


Friday, July 31 at 9:30PM


Dubbed 'Best Lounge Act of 2009' by New York Magazine, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra play an edgy brand of jazz/folk/alternative nosh with a chewy singer-songwriter center. With melancholy wit and a cockeyed worldview, sepia-toned frontman Lipton and band mates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax) deliver songs steeped in mixed-message sincerity and soul. The band has appeared at Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MOCA, Bryant Park, the Camden Opera House, Tangier (LA), Vermont Arts Exchange, and has been featured on NPR and radio stations around the country. They recently released a new album called Raw Milk.


Friday, July 31 at Midnight


Ty Herndon, a household name to country music fans, rose to fame after an impressive string of hits that began in 1995 with his debut #1 single, "What Mattered Most." He continued to collect 17 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, numerous industry awards, and more than 4 million albums sold. Herndon recently accepted a 2010 Dove Award for Gospel Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year and signed a new recording deal with FUNL Music. The Nashville label announced Herndon as its flagship artist, and released to radio "Journey On," the title single from his upcoming album. "Journey On" represents Herndon's message and features his powerful, trademark vocals.


Saturday, August 1 at 9:30PM


In many ways, Winter Games is the music Chris Garneau has been trying to make since he was a lonesome kid who competed in Parisian piano competitions and happened to be on a last name basis with Beethoven, Debussy and Brahms. Garneau had to endure years of personal and creative growth first, however, as he found his voice as a songwriter and expanded his record collection well past the familiar environs of classical and jazz. That includes everything from the otherworldly pop songs of Tori Amos and the alien harmonies of the Cocteau Twins to the devastating confessionals of Cat Power, Nick Drake and Elliott Smith.


Saturday, August 1 at 11:30PM


The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, award-winning NYC actor/musicians doing stripped down versions of eclectic covers and comedic, genre-hopping mashups. Not only are the arrangements stripped down - cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica - but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. It's undie-rock at its finest. Featured in People Magazine's Hottest Bodies Issue as the Most Playful performers, the Wall Street Journal calls them "highly". Their guests for this show are Michael Cerveris, John Cariani, Matt Doyle, Ellyn Marsh, Randy Harrison and Christopher Hanke.


Sunday, August 2 at 7:30PM


Classically trained Russian pianist and vocalist Ella Leya introduces "a haunting and voluptuous musical tapestry" (Chicago Tribune) in her show Russian Romance. Of this show, The Los Angeles Times said, "It's the voice of Ella Leya that first grabs you. Throaty and with a dark timbre, its velvet surface occasionally tinged with flashes of sunlight, it is an instrument perfectly suited for the intimate expressiveness of songs in the Russian romance style. Leya's style comes from classical roots, but the undercurrents of passion and erotic expressiveness, interspersed with moments of wit, humor and occasional dark deeds, link it to the blues, Portuguese fado, Spanish flamenco and Argentine tango." Janina Gavankar (True Blood and The Mysteries of Laura) will join Leya on stage.


Sunday, August 2 at 9:30PM


Singer/songwriter Alex Bia was born in Cuba in the small city of Matanzas. Bia has performed to sold out audiences at the Crossroads Theater in New Jersey as well as the Park Theatre. In August, he will be opening for Grammy Award winner Luis Enrigue in Chicago. Additionally, Bia was chosen to record songs by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Chein Garcia Alonso. He is known for his unstoppable energy onstage and a voice filled with soul. His new album Renacer was inspired by the rhythms of Cuba and his own experiences.

For tickets, go online at, call 10AM-7:00PM daily at 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC (Opens daily at 2PM). There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.

ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe's Pub consistently presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. The organization also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians the resources and tools needed to develop original theater works. Commissioned artists have included Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint and more. In 2011, the Pub received a top-to-bottom renovation, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics,Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.

ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER AT ASTOR PLACE Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.

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