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Jane Lynch, Our Lady J, Birthday Sax & More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances, running August 12-23, 2015. Scroll down or visit for a complete list of shows!


Wednesday, August 12, 7:30PM


Featuring virtuoso musicians from around the globe, this Amigos Family Dinner celebrates the rich connections between hot jazz, gypsy, French musette, and Brazilian choro. Expect quicksilver improvisation, sexy rhythms, and a rocking Amigo time for all.


Wednesdays, August 12 & September 2 at 9:30PM


Pianist/singer/songwriter Diane Birch returns with a monthly residency to try some new music, revisit older work and have some fun. Birch marries darkness and light, pain and abandon on Speak A Little Louder (2013, S-Curve Records), her last album. A window into her complex journey into womanhood, the album documented with intense emotional honesty, indelible melodies and rousing hooks. Speak A Little Louder followed Birch's extraordinary 2009 debut, Bible Belt, which opened in the Billboard Top 100 and prompted comparisons to Laura Nyro and Karen Carpenter along with glowing reviews from The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and more.

Thursday, August 13, 7:00PM

"I want the band to mark a moment in time, to celebrate the being of something new..." says singer-songwriter Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev. Following the Triple A Radio success of New Morning (2010), the band's third album Bloom (2013) was a set of personally transformative and redemptive songs. "Casey and I met when we were really young, and have been playing music with each other off and on over the past 13 years," explains guitarist Zak Loy. Rooted in lyrical wisdom, the addition of drummer Tabber Millard is credited for the band's contemporary tribal rhythms. Jeff Bryant rounds out the band, playing pedal steel, piano, organ and bass.

Jared & The Mill are an indie folk rock band from Arizona - Jared Kolesar, Michael Carter, Larry Gast III, Chuck Morriss III, Josh Morin and Gabe Hall-Rodrigues. The group started out in the local scene, playing with friends when before they knew it, they were a touring band with two years of dive bars and opening gigs in arenas under their belts. The miles informed their music and molded their souls, solidifying their band bond. They write about life, about getting older, about family and friends, those sweet things and bitter things.


Thursday, August 13, 9:30PM

$20 Adv / $25 Doors

Brown Girls Burlesque's mission is to Entertain, Titillate, Educate and Liberate! Through theatrical and cabaret burlesque shows in in cities like New York, DC, Philadelphia and more, BGB creates platforms for artistic expression that empower women of color and bring scintillating entertainment to all who attend their witty and diverse shows. Betty's Story is a multimedia musical tribute to Betty Mabry Davis-ex-wife and muse of Miles Davis, contemporary of Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, and innovator of jazz funk fusion.


Friday, August 14 at 7:00PM


Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra is sepia-toned frontman Lipton and band mates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Vito Dieterle(sax). With melancholy wit and a cockeyed worldview, they deliver songs steeped in American traditions of yore (jazz, blues, country, lounge), but his subjects are thoroughly modern (Rahm Emanuel, oat groats, pets, dumplings). Popmatters calls Lipton, "A sardonic voice that offers an unlikely kind of comfort against the vagaries of everyday life." Coming off their highly successful tour of No Place To Go, which The New York Times hailed as "immensely appealing," ETHO are as tight a band as any you'll find. Their time together on the road has resulted in their most cohesive work to date, Raw Milk (May 2015).


Friday, August 14 at 9:30PM


(me llamo) Sebastián is a Chilean singer / piano based songwriter who originates as a fat, ugly, weird, nerdy, gay kid, and finds success by writing and singing about being fat, ugly, weird, nerdy, and gay. Today, he is still an outcast, but he is an outcast who has performed at the LAMC (NYC), Festival Siguiente Escena (Mexico City), MFest (Santiago, CL), Micsur (La Plata, Arg), among many other prestigious international stages. He released his most recent album La Belleza in July 2015, and was recently profiled by Remezcla, which described his work as "consistently challenging the squeaky clean, normalized image of the LGBTQ mainstream."


Saturday, August 15 at 7PM

$12 Adv / $15 Doors

Tuelo & Her Cousins are a NYC-based band who share a kindred love for music that rocks the soul. Formed by singer/songwriter Tuelo Minah in 2013, the band continually play to packed houses at some of New York's most famed institutions including Rockwood, The Apollo Music Cafe, and Lincoln Center. Their unique take on rock and roll combines driving beats and catchy hooks with Tswana-Bushmen rhythms to tell dreamlike tales of struggle and triumph. The cousins always get audiences singing, clapping, and shaking their bones to the call of Tuelo's booming voice.


Saturday, August 15 at 9:30PM


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. 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, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, The Guys Choice Awards and caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who signed on to executive produce Dan's one hour concert special "The Dan Band: I Am Woman," directed by McG.


Sunday - Wednesday, August 16-19 at 7PM & 9:30PM


Fresh from her iconic portrayal of Sue Sylvester on "Glee" and her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in "Annie," Jane Lynch returns to New York City to perform her new musical comedy "See Jane Sing." The show comes full circle for Jane as she debuted the act at 54 Below last year to rave reviews. Taking the stage at Joe's Pub for a four day run, Jane's show has evolved to include special guests like Kate Flannery of "The Office," who plays Jane's mischievous vocal partner, and Tim Davis, the talented former musical arranger on "Glee." The Emmy and Golden Globe winner also designed a fresh song list boasting delightful new takes on "If Wishes Were Rainbows", "Mr. Monotony", "Far From the Home I Love", and "Skeletons/Blood" from A Mighty Wind. Not your typical Broadway narrative, Lynch, accompanied by a five-piece band, builds the evening around her musical chops and comedic wit and charm.


Thursday, August 20 at 7:30PM


New York ex-pat Our Lady J paints the church pink with Gospel for the Godless, an exhilarating musical celebration of original songs penned by the Lady herself and accompanied by the Train-to-Kill Gospel Choir. Inspired by conventional Gospel music, this show is anything BUT traditional, promising to deliver you from your woes, sans the usual dogmatic baggage.


Thursday, August 20 at 9:30PM


Shrive Alive is led by Jon Shriver (guitar) and features Fred Cash (bass), Alex Nolan(guitar) and Greg Gonzalez (drums). Shriver is inspired by classic rock guitar greats, largely Jimi Hendrix, along with blues and be-bop musicians. He has spent valuable time in Mississippi with Fat Possum Records, working with greats like R.L Burnside and T-Model Ford. His talents span beyond the stage and into the studio where he has produced for Nas, and was featured on guitar in the Michael Mann/Will Smith movie "Ali". Shriver has also worked as an engineer with many Hip Hop and R&B legends including Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Jodeci and Wu-Tang Clan.

Bullfighter is Karl Sturk (vocals, guitar), John Haenle (bass, back-up vocals) and Mike Ciardi (drums). Though they connected initially over a young love of hardcore punk, the trio put other influences like The White Stripes, The Band and Neil Young to work in their music - gritty, driving rock with an emotional, lyrical core. Bullfighter has a forthcoming EP, due out in late summer.


Friday, August 21 at 7PM


Humming House is a quintet that embodies modern day Nashville's blend of edgy, independent artistry with its legacies of folk, soul, and bluegrass. Formed out of informal Irish music jams and the songwriting of Justin Wade Tam, the five musicians have worked together on a sound that balances passion and energy with thoughtful arrangements. They've played major festivals and prestige music venues. They've released two studio albums and one live recording since 2011, the latest being Revelries.

Matt Sucich (pron: Sue.Sitch) spent 2014 writing, performing, and recording the follow up to his self-produced 2012 full-length 'Layers.' His band was also with him. So was his producer & engineer Paul Loren. They immediately released a single in the spring of 2014, 'The Lonely Dreamer.'


Friday, August 21 at 9:30PM


Love, love, love. It really is all you need. That's what Taj Weekes believes. And love doesn't know boundaries. It's the heartbeat of life. It doesn't matter who you love, just as long as you do love. That's the message behind "Here I Stand" the first single from Taj Weekes & Adowa's fifth album, Love, Herb & Reggae.


Saturday, August 22 at 7:30PM


EliaCiM is a singer, songwriter and musician, who was born in the Dominican Republic. Songwriting is EliaCiM's life and truest talent, which was realized by Sony / ATV Music Publishing in 2011. He has written for various artists, including: Luis Fonsi, Amaury Gutierrez and Samo, of Camila.


Saturday, August 22 at 9:30PM


Your favorite 1980s soundtrack songs re-imagined by a German überfan and a saxophone quartet at his birthday party. Come rock out with Manheim Tuttlingen, his Frauleins and the Garden State Saxophone Quartet as they crank out his all-time favorite hits from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Back to The Future, The Goonies, Sixteen Candles, The Neverending Story and more. Birthday Sax is created and performed by Tim Girrbach (Squirm and Germ) and directed/choreographed by Wendy Seyb (The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway / HBO, Murder For Two, The Toxic Avenger Musical).


Sunday, August 23 at 7:30PM


One of Ireland's great raconteurs, Finbar Furey brings his rare talents to a world-wide stage and treats audiences to evenings of pure Irish magic, great music, good humor and his charm and sparkling wit. Not only is he an all-Ireland Uillean Pipe Champion and whistle player, the singer / songwriter plays 5-string banjo and guitar. Furey and his brother Eddie are old pros, recording for Transatlantic Records in the 60?s and achieving fame with the Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur.


Sunday, August 23 at 9:30PM


Legendary Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger Dom Salvador won the 2012 Brazilian Music Award with his last album The Art of Samba Jazz (Salmarsi Records). Featuring 11 of his original compositions, many of which they will perform at Joe's Pub, their album is a homage to the Pre and Bossa-Nova periods of Rio de Janeiro. Samba Jazz is a combination of American Jazz and Samba. It goes back to the 1920's when Brazilian composers such as Pixinguinha, influenced by the New Orleans rhythms Dixieland and Fox Trot, was the first Brazilian composer to improvise. The 1940's brought more sophisticated melodies and the music was being orchestrated for bigger bands to perform in dance halls for Rio's growing middle class. It was the birth of Gafieira, a festive ballroom style dance music very popular in the 50's.

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.

ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC 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.

ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER AT ASTOR PLACE Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. 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, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, 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. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.

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