Bridget Everett, Joe Gulla, The Skivvies and More Coming Up This Week at Joe's Pub
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, July 26 - August 6, including Bridget Everett, Unitard, Jean Rohe, Bakia Quartet, Joe Gulla, Marie-Claire, Thomas John, Olivia Chaney, Shaina Taub, The Dan Band, That's Not Tango, The Skivvies, and more. Scroll down for details!
Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS
Tuesday, July 25 at 9:30PM
Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30PM
Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York's downtown darling Bridget Everett returns the stage with her band, The Tender Moments, and a bottle of chardonnay to sing all her favorite love songs and share the stories of the men that made her ... feel? From tender moments to prison sex, come get inside her. New York Magazine calls Everett "... a one-woman liberation movement for anyone with genitals."
UNITARD: TARD CORE - THERE ARE NO SAFE WORDS
Wednesday, July 26 at 7PM
Buckle up your bustier and bite down on your ball-gag because Unitard -- NYC's naughtiest, nastiest, no-holds-barred comic trio -- is back! These arbiters of biting bitchiness and snappy satire are returning to Joe's Pub with Tard Core - There Are No Safe Words, just in time to give our crappy culture the tasteless tongue-lashing it deserves. Made up of The Combined talents of Mike Albo (former New York Times columnist and author of The Underminer, as well as an established solo performer), Nora Burns (of the comedy group The Nellie Olesons, featured in film and TV) and David Ilku (Featured in film and TV, and member of the Dueling Bankheads). "Incredibly vicious and relentlessly hilarious" says Time Out New York.
OKKERVIL RIVER WITH OPENER JESSE HALE MOORE
Thursday, June 27 at 7PM and 9:30PM
Fresh off their widely acclaimed 2016 record, Away, Okkervil River have announced a special limited run of acoustic trio shows which will feature fan requests and rarities. These are the first trio shows the band has ever done, and will be limited to four intimate concerts in unusually small rooms. "We wanted to alternate the big rock band thing with something smaller and more songwriting-centered and spontaneous," says the lead singer and songwriter Will Sheff. "After we had such a rewarding year with Away it seemed like a fun idea to play some up close and personal shows, and include requests and surprises." Away was named one of the best records of 2016 by media including Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic and hailed by NPR as "graceful and evocative." Jesse Hale Moore grew up surrounded by music in a family where everybody could sing and play an instrument. It wasn't uncommon for family gatherings to turn into jam sessions with guitars, mandolins, and many voices singing in harmony to a repertoire consisting primarily of American Folk standards. Through his adolescence Moore studied piano and voice and was always making music of his own. Artists like Ben Folds and Elton John inspired his earliest songs written in high school, a time when he'd host moody nights of candle-lit musical performances in the living room of his parent's home.
EL SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO
Friday, July 28 at 7PM and 9:30PM
$15 Advance / $20 Door
Direct from the famous Casa de la Trova club in their hometown Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of son and bolero, El Septeto Santiaguero is the foremost son music ensemble on the current Cuban scene. Founded in 1995 by tres guitar virtuoso Fernado Dewar, Septeto has taken their contemporary perspective to the septeto format and have recorded eight albums in their two decade history. Their most recent release, Tributu a Los Compadres, is a collaboration with Jose "El Canario" Alberto and was blessed with a 2016 Grammy nomination in the Tropical Latin category and a 2015 Latin Grammy win.
Jean Rohe: SONGS FROM THE ODYSSEUS AGREEMENT
Saturday, July 29 at 7PM
"A sure-footed young singer-songwriter," in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. Her 2013 release with her band, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show, won three Independent Music Awards in 2014 and her song "National Anthem: Arise! Arise!" has now been performed and recorded by dozens of choirs and artists across the country. In addition to fronting her band, she collaborates as one half of the duo, Robinson & Rohe, whose EP, Hunger, is set for release this fall. Tonight she performs songs from The Odysseus Agreement, a performance memoir in-progress that tells the story of a young woman on a quest to learn about the life and tragic death of her grandmother and namesake.
BAKIA QUARTET: METROPOLIS LIVE SCORE
Saturday, July 29 at 9:30PM
Bakia Quartet is a contemporary improvisation group that presents improvised live scores to classic and contemporary silent films. Rooted in surrealism and leaning towards avant-garde, Bakia Quartet's performances blend musical genre and works with other mediums, such as film, to allow both the music and the film to be viewed anew and re-imagined. Bakia Quartet is: Asher Kurtz, guitar; Kenji Herbert, guitar; Charlie Van Kirk, percussion; and, Zack Nestel-Patt, bass. For their Joe's Pub debut, Bakia Quartet will play a live score to Fritz Lang's visionary 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis.
Sunday, July 30 at 7PM
This captivating monologue, the second with Bronx Queen of a trilogy, is warm, surprising, and always honest. Relating his tale in short, Calvin Trillinesque episodes, Joe Gulla conjures incidents involving ballsy and wise family, friends and acquaintances in denial of who he was or they were, and community often coping with discomfort. Outbursts of laughter for which television sitcoms would kill are bridged by stillness evoked by moving dialogue.
JONATHAN RAGONESE: TOGETHERING, PART OF Michael Mwenso'S MELTING POT
Sunday, July 30 at 9:30PM
$15 Advance / $20 Door
Composer, arranger, and saxophonist Jonathan Ragonese has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians including StEve Wilson, David Liebman, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Tim Warfield, Tin Can Buddha and Steve Rudolph. As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by saxophonist StEve Wilson, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his work Not-this for two saxophones, at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan is an active educator, with lectures, writings, and the development of Music Before Words, a music program for infants with educator Renee Bock. His first recording, Ardent Marigolds, was released in 2013, a duo with musical father Steve Rudolph. 2017 brings two new releases, and many premieres. This performance is part of the Michael Mwenso-curated Melting Pot series, chronicles the meaning of leaving home and finding yourself, and the one you love, along the way.
MARIE-CLAIRE: ME AND THE BOYS
Monday, July 31 at 7:30PM
marie-claire's jazz band me and the boys, combines golden age jazz, with elements of opera and hip-hop to bring the audience a sound like no other. marie-claire was born in Dominica West Indies and moved to the Bronx as a child. Due to her love of the two cultures, she has split her time between both places as an international performer. The list of performances in her native Dominica is extensive, and includes a slot at LIME Creole in the Park. Regional events include the St. Lucia Love Fest, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival and the Love Is All We Need concert in Antigua. She has shared the stage with notable artists from Jamaica's Bob Andy and Earl "Chinna" Smith to Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra in LA, as well as Will Calhoun in Cartegena Colombia.
Kevin Smith Kirkwood'S CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE!
Monday, July 31 at 9:30PM
Classic Whitney: Alive! is back by popular demand to the place where it all started! 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 her mother Sissy Houston, brother Gary, and even Bobby Brown) and musical director Drew 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!
WHODO FT. Lawrence Wright & JOHN BURNETT
Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30PM
WhoDo is an Austin, Texas, music collective, playing southwest blues and rockabilly featuring Lawrence Wright, a longtime writer for The New Yorker, on keyboards and John Burnett, a correspondent for NPR, on harmonica. Rounding out the band are Brian Turner and Rico Ainslie on guitar, and the father-and-son team Jimmy and Christian Umstattd on bass and drums.
MRS. SMITH: SHRED FOR YOUR LIFE
Tuesday, August 1 at 9:30PM
Noted philanthropist, tone poet, and world's most unlikely guitar hero, Mrs. Smith returns to Joe's Pub for an encounter with unbridled musical exploration, fully bonkers comedic storytelling, and Lady of a Certain Age pathos. Mrs. Smith will sonically delve into the traumatic life events that have made her the guitarist she is today. From her Little House on the Prairie-style childhood to her kidnapping at the hands of a Norwegian Death Metal band, Mrs Smith will leave no stone unturned and no note unplayed. Featuring the music of Joe Satriani, Queen, Metallica, Judy Garland and more. Mrs. Smith is the 2016 winner of the "Shred for Your Life" contest and was a featured performer at the Guitar Gods Festival in Miami opening up for legends Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Mrs. Smith's unique form of musical performance comedy has been featured on America's Got Talent, PBS Television, Off-Broadway, as well as Williamsburg Music Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and The Bell House, among others. Her cabaret show, Mrs. Smith's Broadway Cat-tacular!, wowed audiences and was hailed by the New York Post as "Purrfect summer fare!"
Wednesday, August 2 at 7PM
Thomas John graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in psychology and human development before pursuing research internships at both Yale University and University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where he studied psychopathology. His amazing ability has gotten him featured on programs like Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and The Doctors. He's also been written up in various top-tier media including New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, GQ, and more.
Wednesday, August 2 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 ..." says Billboard. From her major label debut in 2004 to her current album, Every Kind of People, Toby has mastered her own sophisticated urban pop. With each song, recording or collaboration, Toby continues to hone, craft and perfect her unique sound. Over the course of her career, which includes four albums, an EP and numerous individual tracks, Lightman has performed on a large number of national TV shows including the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC's Today Show, CBS' Second Cup and many more. She has also toured extensively, both solo and sharing the bill with renowned artists such as Rob Thomas, Jewel, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Marc Cohn, and one "I could quit tomorrow" evening opening for the legendary Prince. People Magazine has stated that "No small talent ... Toby Lightman continues to shine a light on her knack for making rich, soulful pop."
Thursday, August 3 at 7PM
Classically-trained singer/pianist Olivia Chaney graduated from England's Royal Academy of Music, before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium, delving back to the inspiration behind the British folk revivalists. She has since built a loyal and growing following as a songwriter and interpreter, both in the UK and internationally, through her acclaimed and eclectic live performances and recorded works. Over the past few years, Olivia has collaborated and shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Robert Plant, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Shirley Collins, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), The Decemberists, Zero 7, the Kronos Quartet and The Labèque Sisters.
OSEKRE & THE LUCKY BASTARDS
Thursday, August 3 at 9:30PM
The music of Osekre & The Lucky Bastards is alive with treasuring every moment. They play a hybrid of Afropop and ska, punk, and reggae that is equally indebted to Osekre's Ghanaian heritage and the Brooklyn DIY/garage/indie scene that thrived in the late 2000s.
GUEST: Jo Lampert
Friday, August 4 at 7PM
Songwriter/performer Shaina Taub sets up camp this year at Joe's Pub with a monthly concert residency. Each show will be a creative laboratory as she and her band debut new songs. You can also expect lots of selections from Old Hats and Visitors as well as special guests joining along the way. Taub will be joined by special guest Jo Lampert (Joan of Arc).
THE Dan Band
Friday, August 4 at 10PM
Dan Finnerty caught America's attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash Old School, performing his now-infamous rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," as well as his appearance as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in Starsky & Hutch and again as the inappropriate wedding singer in the record breaking hit, The Hangover. What started as a drunken joke for Finnerty singing "I Am Woman" at a karaoke bar has spiraled out of control into The Dan Band, a cult phenomenon that has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Variety, among others, and prompted Entertainment Weekly to dub it "The hottest ticket in Hollywood." The Dan Band plays to sold-out crowds from Los Angeles to New York and has appeared on numerous shows including The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen, The Late Late Show, and more.
THAT'S NOT TANGO: Astor Piazzolla, A LIFE IN MUSIC
Saturday, August 5 at 7PM
Sunday, August 6 at 7PM
You've heard his music -- now meet the man. On the 25th anniversary of his death, That's Not Tango explores Astor Piazzolla's complicated personal relationships and far-reaching musical legacy. In words and live music, Piazzolla's imaginary and restless spirit takes us from his birthplace in Argentina through a childhood as a would-be hoodlum on the mean streets of New York's Lower East Side. We travel with him as a young man back to Argentina where he becomes a professional bandoneon player, band leader, and ultimately, composer, studying with the legendary teacher, Nadia Boulanger. This is the story of a kid who detested the scratchy tango records his father insisted on playing every night, to someone who grew up to become the savior of tango and, along the way, a towering figure in 20th century music. Conceived and written by Lesley Karsten (with co-writer Stephen Wadsworth), the show features Karsten as Piazzolla with pianist Brandt Fredriksen, bandoneon player J.P. Jofre, and violinist Nick Danielson.
Bernard Purdie & DAVID HANEY: NEW YORK JAZZ STORIES
GUESTS: HERB ROBERTSON, DONNA J. AKA "TRULY," AND ADAM LANE
Saturday, August 5 at 9:30PM
New York Jazz Stories combines improvised music with five classic New York stories, told to David Haney by the artists themselves, recorded and transcribed, and retold beautifully by Haney with backing by Bernard Purdie and friends. Special guests include Herb Robertson, Donna J. aka "Truly," and Adam Lane. Featuring stories by include Sonny Rollins remembers Thelonious Monk; Dominic Duval meeting Charlie Mingus; Gunter Hampel on the New York Days; Roswell Rudd on the street with Herbie Nichols; and, Julian Priester going to work at Riverside Records. Bernard Purdie is one of the world's most recorded drummers and has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of Jazz, Soul, and Rock, working together with Paul Butterfield as well as Larry Coryell, MiLes Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, as well as regularly producing his own solo albums under his own name. David Haney studied composition for six years with Czech composer, Tomas Svoboda. After several years of working with the Society of Oregon Composers, Haney began applying his skills as a working jazz artist, often paired up with some of the greatest minds in jazz improvisation, such featured artists as Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Bud Shank, Bernard Purdie, Buell Neidlinger, Julian Priester, Han Bennink, Obo Addy, Wilbert de Joode, Gerry Hemingway, Wolter Weirbos, Perry Robinson, and Johannes Bauer. Haney has recorded 14 albums in ten year. Haney's piano/trombone work Ota Benga of the Batwa was included in the critics pick for best Jazz Album of 2007 (Coda Magazine). Adam Lane has become recognized as one of the most original creative voices in contemporary jazz. His 2006 album New Magical Kingdom was recently featured in the Penguin Jazz Guide 1001 Best Records Ever Made; and, his most recent recording, Ashcan Ranting received a myriad of critical praise including four stars in Downbeat.
Sunday, August 6 at 9:30PM
Monday, August 7 at 9:30PM
$30 - $35
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 original ... smart ... ingenious." Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Candide) and Cearley (Pageant, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All Shook Up) started The Skivvies on YouTube becoming sensations with their covers of artists like Robyn, Carole King and Rihanna. Their live show, featuring Tony winning special guests, is wildly fun, packed with big voices, crazy harmonies, surprises, but no pants.
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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 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
The Public Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director 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 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 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, an expanding initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; and audience and artist development initiatives that range from Emerging Writers Group to the Public Forum series. The Public 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. The Public's work is also seen on tour throughout the U.S. and internationally and in collaborations and co-productions with regional and international theaters. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning acclaimed American musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and in spring 2017, Lynn Nottage's acclaimed new play Sweat. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 168 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and five Pulitzer Prizes.