Bridget Barkan, Kat Edmonson, Justin Vivian Bond and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, running November 4-15, 2015. Scroll down or visit for a complete list of shows!


Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00PM


Women of Letters is everyone's favorite literary salon! Every month, New York's best and brightest women come together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. For November, expect laughter, tears and camaraderie as host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes guests reading "a letter to my could have been." The lineup is Lucy Alibar (Playwright/Screenwriter, Beasts of the Southern Wild), Mallory Ortberg (Writer/Editor/Co-founder, The Toast), Nyemiah Supreme (Rapper & Star, Sisterhood of Hip Hop), Melissa Febos (Writer/former Dominatrix, Whip Smart) and Franchesca Ramsey (Comedian/Actress & Host, MTV's Decoded).


Wednesday, November 4 at 9:30PM


Donnie Fritts's Oh My Goodness, his most polished record to date, is an elevated departure from his funky Muscle Shoals sound but with his powerhouse songwriting. "People don't make records with 71 year-old guys," he says, his humility always sitting shotgun by his talent. Co-founder of Single Lock Records, John Paul White, formerly of the Grammy Award-winning duo The Civil Wars, befriended Fritts in 2013 when he asked him to play at the Muscle Shoals documentary premiere in Florence, AL, where White owns Sun Drop Studios. Later, White insisted they cut an album together. What began as a minimalist work - Fritts's raspy voice and his 1970's-era Wurlitzer - morphed into something richer and deeper. Oh My Goodness is a combination of fresh sound and honed talent backed by Nashville and Muscle Shoals legends and rising brilliants.


Thursday, November 5 at 7:00PM


Writer Isaac Oliver, hailed as a "monstrous new talent" by New York Magazine and recently named one of The Advocate's "People to Watch in 2015," returns to Joe's Pub to celebrate the release of his book, Intimacy Idiot, a hilarious and heartfelt collection of true stories about sex, love, and connection in New York City. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after.


Thursday, November 5 at 9:30PM

$15 Adv / $20 Door

Continuing her journey of self-discovery and artistic clarity, Bridget Barkan peels back the layers to reveal herself bare. Joined by the amazing Matt Ray, Danton Boller and David Berger for a musical ritual of covers and originals in a haunting fusion of jazz, soul and gospel. Bridget invites you under the mask, under the wig, under the joke, under her dress, under the veil.


Friday, November 6 at 9:30PM


In a world of auto-tune, Toby Lightman's pure and soulful voice cuts through the noise. She "oozes spirituality, if not outright womanly sensuality..." said Billboard. From her major label debut in 2004 to her current album Every Kind of People, Lightman has mastered her own sophisticated urban pop. With each song, recording or collaboration, she continues to hone, craft and perfect her unique sound.


Saturday, November 7 at 7:30PM & Sunday, November 8 at 5:30PM & 7:30PM


A stunningly sweet singer with a uniquely expressive voice, Kat Edmonson's music has a timeless sound. In a few short years, she has gone from singing in small rooms in her native Texas to concert halls and festivals around the world. Her 2009 debut, Take to the Sky, was filled with creative interpretations of standards and pop hits. Her brilliant 2012 follow-up, Way Down Low, featured both originals and covers in styles from pop and country to jazz and bossa nova. The Big Picture, her latest, builds upon her previous works, but offers even more of her writing, and more still of her unique sound. Edmonson draws from a wellspring of '50s and '60s pop, '70s AM radio, present-day pop-rock and movie soundtracks. The Big Picture is smart, sophisticated and fun and simultaneously classic and modern. A delicious batch of pop perfection, the dozen songs are tight, polished and more upbeat than anything she's done before.


Saturday, November 7 at 9:30PM


Echoes of Etta, the multi award-winning Etta James tribute returns to Joe's Pub to celebrate the release of 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 their MAC Award-winning Show of the Year.

Blake's peerless vocal prowess as an R&B and Jazz singer has made him the darling of the New York nightlife scene, from Birdland to the Carlyle, Town Hall to Carnegie, Brandy's to the Duplex. Teamed with acclaimed music director, pianist, and Echoes co-founder Murray (The Chantels, Forever Dusty, 50 Shades! The Musical), Blake has found the perfect vehicle for his soulful three octave range and guileless lyric interpretation in what BroadwayWorld calls "One of the best tribute shows of this, or any year."


Sundays, November 8 - December 20 at 2:00PM

$12 (Nov 8) / $15 (Nov 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 13, 20)

Fresh from touring the West Coast with Neil Young, singing activists Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir return with their new show The Earth Wants YOU! The choir will mark their residency with the release of a new album, Resist Extinction, premiering ten new songs on November 1. Directed by Savitri D, with musical direction by Nehemiah Luckett, the choir represents a diverse array of economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds - scientists, teachers, therapists, artists, builders, dog walkers, actors, writers and executives. The core of their work is its activism, which is the source material for their output. The group has been arrested many times, especially with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, and are now working to ban the Monsanto herbicide "Roundup," which is sprayed in NYC parks and is carcinogenic.


Sunday, November 8 at 9:30PM


Though Julie Foldesi's sound has ties to bluegrass, folk, country and pop, the sound of her new album - My Plans - Is singularly hers. She is often compared to artists such as Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Joni Mitchell. This evening will feature her band. This singer-songwriter and Broadway actress has long awaited the release of My Plans, having started recording the album as she found out she was pregnant with her now almost one-year old.


Monday, November 9 at 9:30PM


In CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!, the legendary Whitney Houston has come back to earth, reincarnated in the body of Kevin Smith Kirkwood, to deliver a one night only retrospective concert and celebration of some of her iconic live performances. Here, Whitney is backed by a full band and back-up singers (who also play guests including her mother Sissy Houston, Brother Gary, and even Bobby Brown) and musical directorDrew Wutke. With a script constructed from bits of her live concert banter, and re-enactments of her live concert musical arrangements, it's the ultimate Whitney tribute from the ultimate Whitney fan!


Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00PM & 9:30PM


Nashville Songwriters Series welcomes back Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Bob DiPiero with band members from Saturday Night Live, featuring singer/songwriter/vocalist Tina Parol. Bob will perform songs he has penned for George Strait, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Easton Corbin and Reba. This will be Bob's debut NYC performance with his full band!


Wednesday & Thursday, November 11 & 12 at 7:30PM


Born in Houston, Texas, Nashville-based, Georgia-bred singer-songwriter, Lera Lynn's music may be hard to categorize, but that is likely why she appeals to so many. While the music business likes to wrap everything up in neat little packages, that isn't always possible. Lera's music has frequently been filed under "Americana", "Folk" and "Country." But those categorizations tell only part of the story. "I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign," Lera says. The most successful and lasting artists let inspiration steer them, not genre or marketing pitch. I'm just doing what moves me as it comes."


Wednesday, November 11 at 9:30PM


The root of all soul music is freedom-sheer abandon. It's about luxuriating in the emotions that make us all human. No wonder singer Frazey Ford placed her ear to the earth and tapped into that lush tradition to give voice to her own stories on her newest release, Indian Ocean, an album about pain and dealing with tough truths but also about trust, love contrition and being bold. Ford's self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones, and you hear a record hit the essence of Aretha's notion of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.


Thursday, November 12 at 9:30PM


?Jarana Beat is a? ?world music band that incorporates dance and activism into its performances. With the sounds of Afro-Amerindian Mexico, this band offers a new interpretation that blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements and draws from other cultures in the New York scene that share the same roots. They are ON FIRE right now, and this concert, specially prepared for their first time at Joe's Pub, will present some of the new material to be released on their upcoming album, due out early 2016.? They recently received the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band? ?and a Proclamation? ?from the City of New York.


Friday, November 13 at 7:30PM


Growing up in the Boston folk scene, Sean McConnell watched his parents play the songs of Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, David Wilcox, Harry Chapin, CSNY, James Taylor and more. McConnell soaked it all in, locking it away inside. Now, an artist in his own right, he travels the U.S. performing what he describes as "lyric-driven roots rock with soul." His live show is truly a dynamic experience - one moment reckless rock, and the next an intimate acoustic pin drop moment. Often backed by his four piece band, you can still find him solo on a stool with a guitar getting back to the basics. "It's all about the song. That never changes. It always starts with an acoustic guitar and a notepad. The lyrics are the point. The story is central," says McConnell.

If you've seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you've caught the charisma, the heart and the comedy. Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family's bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker, collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. His skills and personality brought him to bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, playing sold out shows with Mumford and Sons. Since then, he has toured almost non-stop. Conscious of being both a musician and an entertainer - something his father instilled in him at an early age - he makes an impression live. But it's the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences consistently lining up to join the parade.


Friday, November 13 at 9:30PM


The Bolivian fire-style songstress, Gian-Carla Tisera returns to New York with her Rumba soul grooves, Gypsy blues, Caribbean funk, Cumbia reggae, Bachata swing, Bolivian Roots and Ranchera pop passion that will make you love, dance and surrender to the night. Acclaimed by Latin Jazz Net as a "provocative and brilliant" artist, Tisera makes stunningly bold crossings between Latin American folk music, jazz, American soul, pop, political song, and roots music. During her 2014 performance at Symphony Space, Classical Lite Magazine said "with her power, vocal clarity, and with a combination of glamour and grits, Tisera incorporates it all, deliciously waxing and waning, she is a jewel of an artist."


Friday, November 13 at 11:30PM


Cowboys & Frenchmen present a novel take on the American musical canon by blending traditional American folk and pop music with elements of contemporary R&B and modern jazz. The music exploits surprises at every turn, and presents a musical journey through the lens of five 21st century improvisers. Currently based in New York, Cowboys and Frenchmen is comprised of the brightest rising stars on the New York Jazz scene, and can be found touring the world.


Saturday, November 14 at 7:00PM


Stephanie McKay is a singer, songwriter, musician, and collaborator, hailing from the Bronx. Her debut solo album McKay (2003, Go! Beat/Polydor/Universal) produced by Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Tim Saul, was released in Europe and garnered major critical acclaim. In the UK, The Independent called the album "...the best soul debut since Macy Gray" and Black Beat referred to McKay as "...the savior we need to drag rhythm back to its roots." Two singles, "Tell Him" and "Take Me Over" and two videos were released from the album and received heavy rotation on the radio and MTV Europe. Her follow-up album Tell It Like It Is (2008, Pias/Muthas of Invention) was released worldwide and McKay went on to perform at such premiere European festivals as Glastonbury (UK), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), and Solidays (France) as well as two national tours in Australia (with Amp Fiddler and Katalyst) and an unprecedented seven-night stand in Greece. After a multi-year hiatus, McKay returns with a much-anticipated new collaboration, MKPower with legendary producer Bob Power (D'Angelo, Erykah Badu.)


Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15 at 9:30PM


On September 11th, 2001 Justin Vivian Bond and The Freudian Slippers were scheduled to debut a new act at Joe's Pub when tragedy intervened. After several frantic phone calls and the lockdown of the entire city, Mx Bond finally realized this was going to be one of those days when the show couldn't go on... but being a tenacious Taurean, V never gives up! Finally, after 14 years, Mx Bond stealthily declares, once and for all, that terrorism will never defeat show biz. The legendary "Lost Set" will be performed for two nights only with Matt Ray, David Berger and Danton Boller.


Sunday, November 15 at 7:00PM


They met. They married. They wrote some songs together. Husbands & Wives is a night of music featuring married couples and their bands: Paper Anniversary, The Quinns and Joe & Blue. Nadia Quinn (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Top5, Louie, Summer & Eve) and Andy Stuckey (Stuckey & Murray, Guy Code, Skiptracers, SNL) team up with their talented spouses bring you an evening of original Americana music that will melt your hearts and move your feet. The night features the debut of Joe Jung (Brightstar, Ghost Brothers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and his wife Blue with their jug-band the Salt Cracker Crazies.

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.

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.

The Public Theater, under the leadership of Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure.Celebrating his 10th anniversary season at The Public, Eustis has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Shakespeare Unit. 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; Public Works, a new initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, including Public Lab; 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; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company's core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Key elements of the revitalization included an expanded and refurbished lobby; the addition of a mezzanine level with a new restaurant lounge, The Library, designed by the Rockwell Group. The Public Theater is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning Fun Home and Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed American musical Hamilton. The Public has received 47 Tony Awards, 167 Obie Awards, 52 Drama Desk Awards, 48 Lortel Awards, 31 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and four Pulitzer Prizes.

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