Dessa, Bridget Everett, Shaina Taub and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub

Dessa, Bridget Everett, Shaina Taub and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, November 8-19, 2017, featuring Dessa, Bridget Everett, Janelle James, Zoe Sarnak, Shaina Taub and more.

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Wednesday, November 8 at 9:30PM


Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist with the Doomtree collective-the ascendant Minneapolis hip-hop crew. She's landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (All Hands), and has made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations-rapping at Lollapalooza, arranging for full choir, and co-writing classical works for an orchestra. As a writer, she's contributed to MPR, the Star Tribune, literary journals, and has published two short collections of her own.

A passing conversation in a studio. Whispers among friends at a show. The notion of musicians working together on a project is often suggested yet seldom realized. Chicago's M O N A K R was born from such a notion in the grey of Winter 2014. It is a collaboration featuring Saam Hagshenas and Jonathan Marks of Hey Champ, two time Grammy-nominated vocalist Matthew Santos, and Dan Brunelle of Gemini Club.

Julian Fleisher

Thursday, November 9 at 7:00PM


Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00PM



Julian Fleisher returns with his band and supernova Molly Pope for an evening of songs turned to the frequency of light. Before the art of song was divided into narrow stylistic slices, before there was jazz or pop or rock, there was nightclub singing. Like Sammy Davis, Jr, Ethel Water and Mel Tormé before him, Fleisher mixes masterful interpretations of a wide range of popular songs with kick-ass showmanship and a generously endowed band that -- as The Washington Post put it -- "blew the roof off of Joe's Pub."


FT. Bridget Everett, JANELLE JAMES, MAX SKAFF, Cole Escola & CYCLE

Thursday, November 9 at 9:30PM


Champagne Jerry's Clubhouse is a brand new, semi-regular show hosted by Champagne Jerry and featuring a fabulous array of comedians, musicians, and people who just like champagne. Champagne Jerry has been called "New York's finest underground rapper," named one of the top 10 best performers in New York by Time Out, profiled in Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Vegan and Interview, among others, and been the musical guest on The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion TV. Champagne Jerry is a music and performance project of Neal Medlyn alongside collaborators Max Tannone, Adam Ad-Rock Horovitz and his onstage entourage of Tannone, Sophia Cleary, Farris Craddock and the Ghost of Champagne Past.

Vincent D'Onofrio & Dana Lyn: SLIM BONE HEAD VOLT

Friday, November 10 at 9:30PM


To steal unapologetically from Steinbeck: Slim Bone Head Volt is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Slim Bone Head Volt is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps of an actor's brain and a musician's hands. Its inhabitant are, as The Man once said, "whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches," by which he meant Vincent D'Onofrio. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, "Saints and angels and martyrs and holymen," and he would have meant Dana Lyn.

Nellie McKay

Fridays, November 10 & 17 at Midnight


Nellie McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three previous acclaimed musical biographies. McKay has six full-length albums to date - music that has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds and Grey's Anatomy. She is also a recipient of PETA's Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights. The New Yorker says McKay is "funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented."


Sunday, November 11 at 7:00PM


Jazz Stories combines the swinging exciting music of jazz legends with Bernard Purdie and company plus great stories retold by David Haney. Haney talked to artists and had them recount stories for Cadence Magazine: Sonny Rollins, The Bridge Story; John McLaughlin's story about recording with Miles Davis; Gunter Hampel remembers Thelonious Monk; Steve Swallow recalls his trip to Jamaica with Herbie Nichols; Dominic Duval on Charles Mingus; and of course Bernard Purdie breaks down the Purdie Shuffle. The evening will feature Purdie, Haney, Adam Lane, Steve Swell, Nora McCarthy and Kat Modiano.


Saturday, November 11 at 9:30PM


Adrift in a sea of $15 hipster cocktails and millennials' selfies, surrounded by Wall Street bros, dirty nurse-themed bachelorette parties, and good ole drunks, the piano man plays on. Until one day he doesn't. Combining selections from his latest album, Fancy Words For Failure, and lord knows what else, Julian Velard wades through the musical humiliation of live karaoke and beyond. Velard is currently a member of the Joe's Pub Working Group for 2017. His musical stylings and comedic timing have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR's Ask Me Another. Pianoman is directed by Ellie Heyman.


Saturday, November 11 at Midnight

Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2 at Midnight


Iconic, internationally known, First Class Air Bitch Pam Ann has owned the skies and violated international airspace for 20 years. With her new show Miss Worldwide, Pam Ann raises a first class glass to celebrate that milestone plus 15 years of performing at Joe's Pub. Pam Ann has evolved since first jetting out of her hometown of Melbourne decades ago. The alter-ego of Australian comedian-writer-producer Caroline Reid, Pam Ann has developed cult-status around the world with her masterful portrayal of a brash hot mess of an International hostie.


Sunday, November 12 at 12:30PM


Since they first got together in 1982, in a tiny village near Angiers, France, Lo'Jo have been one of the most eclectic, eccentric and mesmerizing musical collectives that Europe has ever produced. Like their British contemporaries, The Mekons, Lo'Jo are globetrotting legends and musical shapeshifters who've gone through many incarnations, and they've incorporated theater and visual art into their music since the beginning. Their newest release [Fonetiq Flowers] reminds us that life is in a constant flux. We forget that life is often only a succession of rebirths, and in this record release, LO'JO has been born anew.


Sunday, November 12 at 7:00PM


Lesley Kernochan is on a world tour offering her debut Americana album A Calm Sun. Receiving high praise from the likes of Rolling Stone Germany, No Depression and The Bluegrass Situation, Kernochan "casts herself in a place delicately between the soundscape of Kacey Musgraves and Norah Jones - studied and soft-spoken, yet rollicking." (PopMatters) In her live shows, Kernochan is also prone to sudden bursts of comedy, bawdy pop, and jazzy mouth trumpet.

Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS

Sunday, November 12 at 9:30PM

Tuesday & Wednesday, November 28 & 29 at 9:30PM

Monday-Wednesday, December 4-6 at 9:30PM


New York's downtown darling Bridget Everett returns to the Joe's Pub 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.

Zoe Sarnak

Monday, November 13 at 7:30PM


Composer/lyricist Zoe Sarnak returns to Joe's Pub with her unique blend of musical theater and pop, rock, folk and soul. Sarnak's works as a composer include Afterwords (with Emily Kaczmarek, 2017 Playwrights Horizons-MTF workshop, Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals, Beta Series Production at Village Theatre to be announced), The Years Between (with Kirsten Guenther, T-fellowship lab), A Lasting Impression (Off-Broadway 2012) and Landed and Alma Mater (with Kaczmarek, NYFA commissions). Sarnak's latest work and collaborations will be featured in this performance. She is a winner of the Davenport Songwriting Award, a Fred Ebb Award finalist, a Billie Burke Ziegfield Award Honoree, a Women's Project Lab Artist and a Paderewski Cycle Challenge finalist.


Monday & Tuesday, November 13 & 14 at 9:30PM


Comprised of her signature story-driven stand-up and scored by sensual, homemade pop, Erin Markey's Boner Killer is an intimate musical conversation between what Markey thinks she can't have and how she'd have it if she could. Driven by Whitney Houston's lesbian mythologies, Europe, and a Pretty Woman accident, Markey sacrifices her own life to transform personal humiliations into naked feminist hope. Markey and frequent collaborator Emily Bate make up the two-girl, harmony-driven band performing original and sampled music.


Tuesday, November 14 at 9:30PM


Join Alan Doyle for an evening of stories and songs as he launches his US book release of A Newfoundlander in Canada. Doyle is a Canadian musician and actor, best known as a lead singer in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. Doyle's first book, Where I Belong, published in 2014, was a national bestseller, and in 2015, Doyle released his second solo album, So Let's Go.


Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00PM


Buckle up your bustier and bite down on your ball-gag because Unitard -- NYC's naughtiest, nastiest, no-holds-barred comic trio - continues their monthly takeover. These arbiters of biting bitchiness and snappy satire bring 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 performers Mike Albo (former New York Times columnist, author of The Underminer), 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.


Wednesday, November 15 at 9:30PM


Jean-Michel Blais's enchanting instrumental compositions pair the melodic pop sensibilities of Amélie-era Yann Tiersen and Arts & Crafts alumni Chilly Gonzales with the breathtaking technical skill of classical minimalists like Philip Glass and Erik Satie. Blais grew up in a rural French Catholic town in Quebec absent of culture. As a child, Blais started to write original compositions and taking piano lessons. A natural talent, he was invited to the Trois-Rivieres Music Conservatory and began training as a classical pianist by 17. He moved to Europe in his mid-20s living in Berlin and South America. Blais finally settled in Montreal where he rediscovered his love for composing and performing which caught the ear of Arts & Crafts. Written over a two years by improvising every day, Blais's Il, is available now.


Thursday, November 16 at 7:30PM


Like her name implies, Bedouine's music has a nomadic heart. Sweeping, hypnotic. Esoteric yet familiar. It is untethered to place because its home is everywhere. Bedouine's sound is for the modern cyber gypsy, dipping a curious toe in the swaying Mediterranean before caravanning for weeks across the deserts of the Middle East, and finally catching a redeye back to L.A. for a pre-dawn Southern California stroll.


Thursday, November 16 at 9:30PM


Twenty-seven year-old, Memphis-based chanteuse, Liz Brasher, makes her New York City debut with her album Cold Baby. The album is a stunning, smoldering slab of wax - a document of love, disillusion, faith and redemption - that instantly heralds Brasher as a thrilling new voice in American roots music. Brasher was raised in North Carolina among a family of singers of Dominican Republic decent. She found her true creative direction when she moved to Chicago and began studying the roots of American music. "These songs are dark," says Brasher of Cold Baby. "But they're about having strength through the darkness."


Friday, November 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. 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. The November show is an ASL interpreted performance featuring special guest New York Deaf Theater performer Beth Applebaum.


Friday & Saturday, November 17 & 18 at 9:30PM


Justin Sayre returns to Joe's Pub with a brand new show, Eggplants, Peaches, & Tears, revolving around the dilemma of the modern mal-adjusted homosexual. Filled with personal stories, songs and their own special brand of observance, (yes, Their, she's doing that now too,) Sayre examines the homosexuality that was promised versus the homosexuality that's being given. And a search for love, friendship and authenticity in the modern world. Directed by Dusty Childers.


Saturday, November 18 at 7:00PM


With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the alternative folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they crisscrossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of their previous groups into a new power duo that brings more style and depth than ever before. Released in January 2017, the band's first full-length album, Brighter In the Dark, delivers 12 original songs. Mixed by Stewart Lerman (Dar Williams, Bob Dylan), this self-produced album features appearances from Birds of Chicago, Tania Elizabeth (The Avett Brothers), Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz) and others.


Saturday, November 18 at Midnight


MICHA is the project of vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor Michelle J. Rodriguez. Born in Orlando, Florida to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Washington and Kentucky, Rodriguez sings and writes songs that stab you in the heart but make you want to dance. Reminiscent of a folksy Tina Turner, a laid-back Whitney Houston or an indie Selena, MICHA has captivated audiences at the Hideout, Steppenwolf, Salonathon and now Ars Nova in NYC with her stunning vocals and vulnerability onstage.


Sunday, November 19 at 2:00PM

$20 - $50

En Garde Arts commissioned Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright Andrea Thome, Puerto Rican director José Zayas with music by Sinuhe Padilla Isunza to craft a series of readings drawn verbatim from interviews with the undocumented. What is it like for people who have settled here, yet often must keep their presence hidden? Partnering with community organizations serving undocumented immigrants, this show goes beyond the limited narrative presented by our media and politicians. What are the reasons they've come, and what are their lives like now? Together, they question: where can we call home? Undocumented will be performed by actors to preserve anonymity. A panel discussion will follow.


Sunday, November 19 at 7:00PM


A self-made singer/songwriter, Matt Wertz spent years creating soulful, feel-good pop music on his own terms. Nashville - a city that doubled as his muse and adopted hometown - played a big role in his process. It was where he wrote and recorded his songs, where he'd return after touring the country with Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, Parachute and Gavin DeGraw. Something changed after his albumHeatwave in 2014. His latest album, Gun Shy, was produced in LA and is fueled by infectious, 90's-inspired beats, lush textures, and soaring air-tight pop melodies. Gun Shy fires twin barrels of modern pop and synthesized R&B, finding new life in old-school influences.

Described by many of his peers as a "musical genius," Dustin Ransom is an artist's artist and a musician's musician. Combining elements of classic R&B and funk, haunting atmospherics, timeless pop, rock, and folk sensibilities, a studied background in jazz & classical music, and a richly dynamic and soulful voice, Ransom creates music that is uniquely sophisticated yet highly accessible.


Sunday, November 19 at 9:30PM


Noel Carey and Julia Mattison have a lot of brainchildren, and they're bringing them all on a family trip to Joe's Pub. Fresh off of winning the 2016 Streamy Award for Best Indie for their hit series Brooklyn Sound, this musical comedy duo is ready to share some new songs for upcoming projects, deep cuts from Brooklyn Sound, and perhaps a musical orphan or two that are still looking for a home.

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 is theater of, by, and for the people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation's first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public's wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City's five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe's Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 169 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Desk Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes.

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