Cole Escola, Ute Lemper, Justin Sayre and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub

Cole Escola, Ute Lemper, Justin Sayre and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its nightly performances, tomorrow, September 13, through September 24. Scroll down for details!

Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00PM

+ Wednesdays, October 11 & November 7 at 7:00PM

$25 Adv / $30 Door

Host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes some of her favorite outsiders for a new monthly celebration of immigrants. Hear anecdotes about language barriers, cultural missteps, rumbles, romance, and more! From addresses to the President, to songs about first kisses, the evening is set to be one of worldly proportions. In a multicultural world that harbors some anti-immigration sentiments, being an outsider can be uncomfortable, hilarious and weird. But it also makes for some great stories. Come for the stories, leave with some feelings - and enjoy drinks, laughs and cries in between.


Wednesday & Thursday, September 13 & 14 at 9:30PM

$20 Adv / $25 Door

Banda Magda debuts their rainbow-bold meditations on courage, confidence, and resisting fear on The New York album release of Tigre, the band's third, wildly cinematic album. A rallying cry to speak up and stand out, the album presents the band's most coherent and brightly orchestrated work to date. Led by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. September 13 will feature the luxuriant string section and September 14 will feature horns with vibrant punches of brass and woodwinds.


Thursday, September 14 at 7:30PM


For Brooklyn-based songwriter/singer Domino Kirke, the entertainment industries served as a formative part of her existence since childhood. Though she is known both as the daughter of Simon Kirke (Free and Bad Company), and sister to actresses Jemima (of HBO's Girls) and Lola (Noah Baumbach's Mistress America andGone Girl), Kirke has forged her own path in music, most prominently with 2014's Independent Channel and now with her upcoming debut full-length, Beyond Waves. Heralded by Vogue as a "new kind of triple threat" for her work in music and her role as a mother and a doula, Kirke has held her own in The New York music scene for well over a decade. Beyond Waves sees her return to ethereal pop and elevates her work as a musician and as an artist into a rooted maturity.

Grace Kelly

Friday, September 15 at 7:00PM


Saxophonist, singer and composer Grace Kelly bears an old soul with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. Having been a regular on The Late Showwith Stephen Colbert's house band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Kelly recently released Trying To Figure It Out, her tenth album as bandleader. The album was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year by Downbeat's 2016 Readers Poll. In 2016, Kelly joined the house band for NBC's new variety show Maya & Marty, starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. In efforts to bring jazz to a younger audience as well as to bridge music, film and her joyful personality, Kelly's new weekly video series called "Grace Kelly PopUp" launched February 2017, which has already racked up over one million views.

Friday - Sunday, September 15 - 16 at 9:30PM


Mx Justin VivIan Bond and musical director Lance Horne return to Joe's Pub to explore the extensive catalog of gender outlaw and body dysmorphia poster-girl Karen Carpenter, bringing a thoughtful new context to the troubled life of the 70's icon. Mx Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Artists.


Saturday, September 16 at 7:00PM

$15 Adv / $20 Door

The Rite of Trio is a special musical collaboration between André Silva, Filipe Louro and Pedro Alves. Coming out of the sounds, attitude and concepts of erudite music - such as Stravinsky and Ligeti - progressive/punk bands - Lounge Lizards, The Mars Volta, Dream Theater - or contemporary jazz greats such as Adam Lane, Craig Taborn or John Hollenbeck. The Rite of Trio is a full metaphor for life - infinitely chaotic and complex yet powerful and full of love and humor.

Cole Escola: HELP! I'M STUCK

Monday, September 18 at 9:30PM

Sunday, September 20 at 10:00PM

Sunday, October 29 at 7:00PM

Tuesday, November 7 at 9:30PM


Too weird for pretty much anything else, the feral writer/performer and brains behind a slew of absurdly funny online videos (like his portrayal of a mom in an orange juice commercial), Cole Escola (Difficult People, Man Seeking Woman, Mozart in the Jungle), brings his unique voice to the stage, playing multiple characters in a series of comedic vignettes that operate on the fringes of coherence and social acceptability. The show is directed by Christian Coulson.


Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30PM


Born and raised in Guatemala, Los Angeles based Gaby Moreno grew up inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. She immersed herself in blues, R&B and 60's soul and learned to speak English by singing the songs she loved. Her original blend of jazz, blues and 1960s rock & soul has earned her the respect and appreciation of audiences in Latin America, Europe and U.S. In 2013, she received a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. Previously in 2006, she won the Grand Prize at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Moreno also co-wrote the theme song for NBC's hit television show Parks and Recreation.

Tuesday, September 19 at 9:30PM


The position that Radney Foster enjoys in the country music landscape is remarkable. Mainstream country music and independent Americana tend to occupy separate orbits. Yet for 30 years Foster has thrived in both as a songwriter, recording artist, live performer and producer. His songs-solo, with Foster and Lloyd and recorded by other artists-have topped the country, Americana, and AAA charts alike. At the same time, he's earned the respect of his peers and a devoted audience as intent on listening as they are eager to dance.


Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00PM

$25 - 50

Legendary funk rock diva Nona Hendryx and acclaimed avant-guitarist Gary Lucas perform a tribute to visionary composer, bandleader, poet and painter Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart. Beefheart changed the face of music, with a series of groundbreaking albums featuring his Magic Band - from 1967's "Safe as Milk" to 1969's hallucinatory "Trout Mask Replica" through 1982's "Ice Cream for Crow." The World of Captain Beefheart is a comprehensive musical overview of the man's towering legacy, as re-imagined by Hendryx and Lucas, who starred in a symphonic Beefheart Tribute with Amsterdam's famed 65-piece Metropole Orchestra.


Thursday, September 21 at 7:00PM


Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music. He learned the traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh before moving to the US in 1987. Since then, his music has absorbed elements from a variety of popular styles - jazz and world music to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop. Hakmoun has established a diverse, award winning, critically acclaimed body of work. It's been 26 years since the talented vocalist and sintir player released Gift of the Gnawa, yet the time has been spent well. Hakmoun's latest album Unity is the finest example of ritual music combined with the heart of American rock, soul and blues. Hassan Hakmoun's 6-piece ensemble includes the sintir plus vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, flute/sax, and karkaba, the metal double castenets of the Gnawa.


Thursday, September 21 at 9:30PM


Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Born in the capital city of Khartoum where she spent the first 8 years of her life, she relocated to Taez, Yemen with her family to escape the ever-stifling regime in her native country. She abruptly moved to the US in 1994, when a brief civil war broke out in Yemen. Alsarah started her musical training at the age of 12 upon arriving in the US. After attending the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, in Hadley MA, she spent the next 4 years at Wesleyan University studying music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology. Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop working on various projects. She has toured both Nationally and Internationally with critically acclaimed groups such as the Nile Project, where she was featured on their debut CD, Aswan (named in the top 5 must hear international albums by NPR). In between albums Alsarah also works with the Sudanese artist collective Refugee Club Productions on a variety of projects including the critically acclaimed documentary "Beats of the Antonov."

Shaina Taub

Friday, September 22 at 7:00PM


Songwriter/performer Shaina Taub sets up camp this year at Joe's Pub with a monthly concert residency. Fresh off her acclaimed Public Works production of As You Like It, Taub gets back to her solo act, which is a creative laboratory where 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. Shaina Taub is a member of the Joe's Pub Working Group Class of 2017.


Friday-Sunday, September 22-24 at 9:30PM


Justin Sayre returns to Joe's Pub with I'm Gorgeous Inside. With all the wit and whimsy you got at The Meeting*, Sayre returns solo with all new observations in story and song. Don't worry kids, you'll still have a gay ol' time. I'm Gorgeous Inside is directed by Dusty Childers with musical direction by Kenny Mellman.


Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24 at 7:00PM


Ute Lemper returns to Joe's Pub with her new show Songs From the Broken Heart, featuring stories of life, wonder, love, doubt, and loss, spanning from her Song Trilogy of Poets to her tales of long sleepless nights wandering dark alleys into the streets of Berlin and Paris. Lemper presents selections from her self-penned repertoire alongside the lyrics of Bukowski, Coehlo, Leo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits. Lemper's career is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht and the French chanson songbook as well as her own compositions and her more jazz-influenced collaborations and works. In the world of theater Ute made her mark with her portrayals on Broadway, in Paris and in London's West End.


Saturday, September 23 at Midnight

$35 Players / $45 Voyeurs

When did you last make out with a complete stranger? Are you fulfilling your socio-sexual potential? What is an MBO? And WHO is going to give you one? If you can't answer these questions, you urgently need Never Sleep Alone, session with straight-talking sexual evangelist Dr. Alex Schiller. This is Get dressed up to the nines, grab your friends and lovers and come to Joe's Pub for a hysterically funny and seriously sexy live entertainment experience where the audience laughs, learns and literally hooks up with each other! 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.


Sunday, September 24 at 2:30PM


Lard Dog & The Band of Shy celebrates their sophomore album Dreamers, which will be officially released on September 29. With this new collection of spirited music, Lard Dog continues his mission of promoting creativity, acceptance, and frivolity through his unique style of nerd rock blended with absurdist humor. The uplifting 11 new songs on Dreamers are sure to fill the hearts and souls of listeners with an abundance of empowering messages, silliness, happiness, and both Belopian and New York City pride. Thoughtful songwriting and lyrical wordplay are skillfully paired with the impressive musicianship of the Band of Shy resulting in a uniquely original production.

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 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 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.

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