Bridget Everett, Kyle Riabko, Alan Alda and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
Everyone needs a little love. Good thing Joe's Pub has got a ton of it going on in the next couple of weeks. This weekend - Cathy Cervenka and Corn Mo host their annual Valentine's Day duet bonanza - Love Bites - on the 12th. Afterward, Xavier is back with his Ladies of Soul tribute, featuring Martha Redbone, Bright Light Bright Light, Anastacia McCleskey (of Waitress The Musical on Broadway), Toshi Reagon, Justin Johnston and Abena Koomson!
Monday, it's time to sit with Isaac Oliver on Monday (February 13th) night. He'll have his shirtless wonder and plenty of pink wine.
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Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30PM
Israeli singer-songwriter Bat ella befriended the iconic American Jewish songwriter and concert artist Debbie Friedman in the mid-1990's, witnessing the tremendous impact her music had on Jewish culture and spirituality in America. Bat ella sang with Friedman and upon returning to Israel, became committed to popularizing the icon's songs in the Jewish State. In 2015, she released L'chi Lach, an album of Friedman's greatest hits translated to Hebrew, and has been touring Israel introducing the repertoire to adoring, appreciative audiences, infusing the Jewish culture of Israel with this American cultural legacy.
Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 7 & 8 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 describes Everett as, "a one-woman liberation movement for anyone with genitals."
Thursday, February 9 at 7:00PM;
Friday & Saturday, February 10 & 11 at 7:00PM & 9:30PM
In the mid-1970s record producers Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell created a new world of pop-music hailing from The City of Brotherly Love, called "Philadelphia Soul." Joe McGinty, leader of The Loser's Lounge, said, "The 'Philadelphia Soul' sound combined sophisticated arrangements a la Burt Bacharach with soulful grooves a la Motown to create an incredible string of hits by groups like the O'Jays, The Spinners, The Delfonics, and The Stylistics. Having grown up in South Jersey, the Philadelphia Soul sound has always been a huge influence to me." Sexy, funky, danceable and lush, the arrangements of The Philidelphia Soul sound are credited with being the precursor to disco as well as an influence on pop music at large to this day.
The Losers Lounge are a New York City-based live music collective that began on the Lower East Side in 1993. Now in their 23rd year, the band performs bi-monthly at Joe's Pub, plus shows at Lincoln Center. Known for their incredible reinterpretations of classic songs, McGinty and the band have grown into a unique performance experience that combines music, comedy and cabaret.
FEATURING STEPHANIE MCKAY & DUSTY BROWN
Thursday, February 9 at 10:00PM
As the moon makes its climb, you're cordially invited to mark the occasion over a Nightcap | by Ike. Comic entertainer Ikechukwu Ufomadu plays host, his signature wit and wry humor weaving together an evening of special guests and musical interludes. His guests are Stephanie McKay and Dusty Brown.
Ufomadu is an actor and comic entertainer, who creates and hosts many live shows, including: Ike at Night (Under the Radar/The Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr), Ike Night (Ars Nova, SF Sketchfest, JACK), Ike for the Holidays (St. Mazie, Manhattan Inn), and performs stand-up. As an actor, he's worked with several OBIE-winning theater companies including: Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, 600 Highwaymen and Hoi Polloi.
Sunday, February 12 at 7:00PM
This special Valentine's edition of the 13th annual Love Bites show is a celebration of the greatest pop/rock duets of all time. The evening will feature a cavalcade of NYC's favorite downtown performers, paired up to interpret these classic songs in their own unique style and voice. The lineup includes: Brian Charles Rooney & Yana Chupenko, Molly Pope, Watt White & Sophia Ramos, Angela Di Carlo & David Ilku, Daryl Glenn & Mardie Millit, Verena & Travis Moser, The HoHos, Mike Fornatale, Julian & Rachel Kopf Velard, Tony Z & David Driver, Paul Leschen & Leslie Goshko, Cathy Cervenka & Corn Mo & Katia Floreska, Ki Ki Hawkins & Mike Greco and surprise guests!
Sunday, February 12 at 9:30PM
$20 Adv / $25 Door
Two days before Valentine's Day, XAVIER and his supporting cadre of talented musical guests will help you get turned on a little early with their salute to soul music's leading ladies. This year's lineup includes Martha Redbone, Bright Light Bright Light, Anastacia McCleskey (of Waitress The Musical on Broadway), Toshi Reagon, Justin Johnston and Abena Koomson! Now in its fifth year, past guests have included Tony Award winner Lena Hall, Joan As Policewoman, Lady Rizo and more. Xavier has received un-coerced praise for his vocal skills from some of the biggest names in the business, including Madonna, D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige, The Rapture and more. He's also a Diesel U Music Award nominee and his UK debut on Virgin Records earned him a top ten hit.
The Civilians' LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU: HORMONES
Monday, February 13 at 7:30PM
Join The Civilians as they both celebrate and interrogate the roles hormones play in our lives, loves and bodies. Hormones is part of The Civilians' Let Me Ascertain You cabaret series and is curated and directed by The Civilians 2016-17 R&D Group members Chris Tyler, Simone Wolff and Kit Yan. Interviews were conducted by members of The Civilians' Field Research Team.
The curve of a bicep, a breast, a chest hair: geometry of the body made uniquely possible by sex hormones. Whether manufactured in the body or the lab, these substances transform our bodies inside and out. Hormones can be magical, alchemical: pills allow us to control our fertility, shots help us affirm our genders, a smear of gel boosts our performance in (and out of) the bedroom. But like any substance, access and quality is not evenly distributed.
Isaac Oliver IS YOUR VALENTINE
Monday, February 13 at 9:30PM
Writer and performer Isaac Oliver's collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2015. After last year's sold-out residency, Oliver returns on Valentine's Eve for a fresh glass of pink wine, debuting brand-new stories as well as sharing old favorites - seated, of course.
Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30PM
Back in the dim wood-floored room with smoky amber light, heavy red drapes cover the walls. The deep sound of the bass crawls slowly on the floor, passes between your feet. The soft notes of the guitar and vocals float on top of it. Federico Aubele's music takes you to that room. You want to dive into that narcotic sway and remain there. Aubele works alone, painstakingly, making sure every sound marries the other elements on the track. Aubele's haunting Signature Sound, with its precise beats, scattered bandoneon samples, nylon string guitar, dark atmospherics and male and female vocal contrast mesh with cinematic tripped out tango-infused instrumentals.
Tuesday, February 14 at 9:30PM
$35 - $45
Are you fulfilling your socio-sexual potential? What is an MBO? And WHO is going to give you one this Valentine's Day? If you can't answer these questions, you urgently need a session with straight-talking sexual evangelist Dr. Alex Schiller. Whether you're single and seeking, or happily coupled, Never Sleep Alone is the New York night you've always wanted. During this highly interactive show, Dr. Alex gives life-changing advice from her best-selling book, and leads the audience through a wildly entertaining evening where nobody hesitates and everybody participates. The night continues at an after-party at a nearby lounge, where you'll dance the night away with sexy strangers from all over the world.
Kyle Riabko: BACHARACH REIMAGINED
Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00PM
Saturday, February 18 at 9:30PM
Kyle Riabko is the star and creator of the hit West End show Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined and the earlier acclaimed Off-Broadway version What's It All About? With Bacharach Reimagined, Riabko brings his extraordinary Bacharach arrangements to Joe's Pub for a solo concert and album launch of the original London cast recording, now available on Ghostlight Records. Accompanying himself on guitar, Riabko will perform his celebrated versions of Bacharach's biggest hits and more. The stage production was named "One of the Year's 10 Best" by The New York Times and received nominations for Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Lucille Lortel Awards.
Wednesday, February 15 at 9:30PM
Justin VivIan Bond Shows Up Late for Love is a post-Valentine's Day check-in. How's everybody doing? In an attempt to practice radical empathy, Mx Bond is stepping out of their liberal champagne bubble and venturing on a cultural fact finding mission across America. Sticking with their credo, "Keep it Pretty, Keep, it Shallow, Keep it Moving," Mx Bond asks, "Why alienate when you can infiltrate?" The trans-genre phenomenon invites their guests to share thoughts, ideas and world views. Together, they will explore what common links we can enjoy with the right social lubricants and musical interludes but never forget, "Glamour is Resistance!" The Bipolar Express is pulling in!
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. Come see why The New York Times calls Employee of the Month "beloved" and Blackbook calls it comedian Catie Lazarus's "hilarious podcast talk show" and The New Yorker calls, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox." The February lineup features Emmy Award-winning actor, writer and science ambassador Alan Alda, Tony and OBIE Award-winning playwright, performance artist and Goodwill Ambassador Sarah Jones and activists The Yes Men.
Thursday, February 16 at 9:30PM
Sierra Hull is the singer, mandolinist and former child prodigy, who signed with Rounder at 13 and was the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Her latest album Weighted Mind (January 29), produced by multi-Grammy Award-winning Béla Fleck, features 11 compelling new compositions written or co-written by Hull, and one traditional tune. While Hull's ethereal voice and fluid playing take center stage here, she receives support from bass marvel Ethan Jodziewicz. Fleck's banjo adorns the elegant "Queen of Hearts/Royal Tea," with Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn and Rhiannon Giddens adding enchanting harmonies. Though best known for her work as a mandolin player, Hull reveals her abundant gifts as a composer and lyricist in these songs.
FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST Nikki James
Friday, February 17 at 7:00PM
Songwriter/performer Shaina Taub presides at Joe's Pub with a monthly concert residency. The run will act as a creative laboratory for her and her band to test new songs and play selects from Old Hats and Visitors as well as special guests joining along the way. February 17's installment will feature Tony Award-winner Nikki James. Taub is a Jonathon Larson Grant winner and previous composer-in-residence at Ars Nova. She composed a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night as a part of Public Works and starred as the role of Feste. Taub's songs have been performed by Audra McDonald and Sutton Foster and she writes tunes for Sesame Street. Taub is a member of the 2017 Joe's Pub Working Group.
Friday, February 17 at 9:30PM
Toshi Reagon presents Good Folk, a seasonal artistic collaboration. The artists involved are powerful, brilliant and planted in the present with a knowledge of where they came from. Each person carries that with them, changes it and springs it forward. Featuring Alex Nolan, Juliette Jones, Shayna Small, Reagon, Lyris Hung, Rachel Ekcroth, Morley, Kelli Sae, Allison Miller and Ganessa James.
Saturday, February 18 at 7:30PM
$15 Adv / $20 Door
Joe's Pub at The Public and The Public Theater's Mobile Unit present Imani Uzuri's Love Story: Songs of Laughter, Loss and Resilience, a concert of the composer's original music, as part of the programs' collaborative series In Transit. Often seen on the Joe's Pub stage as a performer, Uzuri also composed the score for the latter program's fall 2016 production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Uzuri's show will tour, Monday-Friday, February 6-10, to community venues, and culminate with this performance.
Uzuri is a vocalist, composer and cultural worker who has been called "a post-modernist Bessie Smith" by The Village Voice. She composes music that celebrate her rural North Carolina roots where she grew up singing Spirituals and line-singing hymns with her grandmother and extended family. Time Out New York said she, "never fails to mesmerize audiences with her narcotic blend of...ethereal sounds."
PART OF MICHAEL MWENSO'S MELTING POT
Sunday, February 19 at 7:00PM
$15 Adv / $20 Door
BONOMO is a family of musicians on a mission to unify musical traditions - a band unique and familiar. Formed by singer/songwriter/keyboardist, Adam Bonomo, BONOMO's music has been described as "fresh and deliberate, a uniquely lyrical and engaging sound, pulling the listener towards their own inner dreams, desires, and reflections" and having "a hauntin