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Johnny Gallagher, Amber Tamblyn, Joey Arias and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for September 28 - October 9, 2016. Scroll down or visit for a complete list of shows!

Sam Salmond

Friday, September 28 at 7:00PM


Sam Salmond (2016 Jonathan Larson Grant winner) comes to Joe's Pub with a gang of Broadway's best to present lively, infectious and disarming songs from Eighty-Sixed and other new musicals. This is a rare chance to hear the premiere of one-of-a-kind tunes about teenage outcasts, LGBT heroes, monsters, mad scientists, prisoner paradoxes, good ol' love, and more. With a style The Boston Globe calls "preciously talented," "rudely funny," but with "raw anguish at its heart" and musical influences from Bowie to Ben Folds to Sondheim, Salmond and friends promise a night of pop/rock theater, laughter and catharsis that you won't forget! The evening is directed by Marlo Hunter, produced by Natasha Sinha, music directed by Benjamin Rauhala and features new orchestrations by Charlie Rosen. The evening will also feature Ato Blankson-Wood, Lilli Cooper, Michael Linden, Bonnie Milligan, Julia Murney, Shakina Nayfack, Larry Owens, Jon Rua, Preston Sadleir, AJ Shively, Taylor Trensch, Adrienne Warren, Barrett Wilbert Weed and Noah Zachary.


Wednesday, September 28 at 9:30PM


Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they'll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube. The group has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, and Rufus Wainwright, and onstage at New York's Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.


Thursday, September 29 at 7:00PM

$25 Advance / $30 Door

Acclaimed for its adventurous short-takes format, the DANCE NOW Festival, now in its 21st year, presents a diverse array of works by some of today's most exciting dance makers. The 2016 festival featured 40 emerging and mid-career choreographers, including newcomers and veterans. A testing ground for the development of new work, DANCE NOW centers around a unique challenge for artists: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the stage at Joe's Pub. The festival producers select 10 artists whose work best met the festival challenge to participate in this encore performance. They are: Heidi Latsky Dance, binbinFactory, Jordan Isadore & Howard Sturgis, Nicole Wolcott, Jane Comfort & Company, Wally Wolfgruber, Gus Solomons jr, Boomerang Dance, the feath3r theory, Amber Sloan, Cori Marquis + the Nines [IX] and Megan Williams.

The overall challenge winner will receive a $1,500 development stipend and a weeklong creative residency at DANCE NOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA.


Thursday, September 29 at 9:30PM & Friday, September 30 at 7:30PM

$15 Advance / $20 Door

2016 has been a big year for Johnny Gallagher or, as he is better known here in NYC, John Gallagher, Jr. He appeared in the surprise hit films 10 Cloverfield Lane and Hush, returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-nominated Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and and released Six Day Hurricane, an album of his own original songs that jump from tender introspective ballads to soaring Americana rock anthems. Fresh from playing a string of east coast concerts with Hadestown composer and acclaimed singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell, he comes back to Joe's Pub for the first time since 2008 to share an intimate night of music.


Friday, September 30 at 9:30PM


Out of the crowds of New York City has come a singular talent with an ear for melody and a timeless approach. Crooner and song crafter Paul Loren describes his music as "golden-tone pop," but to the savvy listener, it is so much more. Infusing elements of Soul, Rhythm & Blues and the American Songbook, Loren's music is at once the right kind of familiar, yet altogether refreshing. With an electrifying stage show, and a knack for fashion that would make Cary Grant envious, he exudes that rare combination of both substance and style. Paul Loren is truly a 'soul crooner' for the generations.


Saturday, October 1 at 7:30PM


Fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia, Maarja Nuut's music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics, creating a space where classical minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. While her work is often compared to composers such as Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and La Monte Young; Matador Records notes that "Maarja Nuut is someone that can bring Estonian folk to an international audience. (...) I can see a contemporary indie audience for her as well: for example, fans of Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, and Sigur Ros."


Saturday, October 1 at 9:30PM


Tanya Donelly, Grammy-nominated, singer/songwriter and founding member of three of the most influential bands of the post-punk era (Breeders, Throwing Muses, Belly) plays music from The Swan Song Series: a collection of songs in which Donelly collaborated with friends, musicians and authors such as Rick Moody, Robyn Hitchcock, John Wesley Harding, Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Tom Gorman and Gail Greenwood (Belly), Claudia Gonson (Magnetic Fields), and more.


Saturday, October 1 at 11:30PM


Awakened from her year-long slumber, Adonna is hungrier than ever for laughs, claps and laps. This queen's got jokes, tunes, and legs for days with a hard spot in her heart for cake and ... well, you know. Offering an exquisite combination of raunchy personal stories, dangerously high belting, and pure unadulterated shade, this queen is not to be missed. Leave your flats at work, your lovers at home, and spend the night with Adonna who will show you just how pleasurable a little indulgence can be.


Sunday, October 2 at 7:30PM


Silver Ladder is an auditory shot in the arm from veteran touring songwriter Peter Mulvey. Produced by the indomitable Chuck Prophet, it is a lean, muscular collection of tightly constructed songs, leavening Mulvey's tendency toward ruminative and yearning acoustic songs with a dose of sharp-witted, punchy rock and roll. After a turbulent stretch in his personal life left him at sea, Mulvey decided to write his way out of it: "I've been through it. I bet you have too," he said, "but there are times in life when you turn a corner and suddenly everything is simple: let's make some songs, people! Let's play!" Committing to writing one song a week relieved him of the precious, self-involved artist's question, "What do I have to say?" The songs came flooding out over the weeks and months, and within a year he had more than enough for a new record.


Sundays, October 2, 9 & 16 at 9:30PM


New York icon Joey Arias returns with a 3-show residency of Joey Arias Is With You Now this fall. With musical direction by Ben Allison (upright bass), the show features an expanded band including piano, drums, a brass section and Brandon Seabrook on guitar! Joey Arias is With You Now is a sonic experience; a musical journey that responds to the changing nature of reality as we move further and further into the realms of social media, virtual reality and Artificial Intelligence. In the lead up to the election, Arias requests your presense in real-time. Step away from your screens, put down your phones and join the "demigod of the demimonde" (Time Out) for an evening of twisted tales, original songs and re-imagined covers.


Monday, October 3 at 7:00PM


Exposure, a finalist and winner from Chicago's FWD Theatre Project, follows a "discarded" female youth, who presents as male, specifically as James Dean, as she tries to navigate the treacherous homeless systems in Chicago. When she crosses paths with a disgruntled former star-photographer, she reignites his artistic imagination. He envisions using her as his muse while desperately trying to recreate his earlier success. Ever present, the relentless spirit of James Dean shadows our homeless girl and becomes a force of comfort, friction and eventually salvation. The innovative and captivating score has enamored audiences and stars alike. The music and lyrics for Exposure were written by Erik Della Penna with musical direction by Dan Lipton and direction by Sarna Lapin. This presentation will feature performers Jo Lampert, Matt Saldivar, Mike Tacconi, Marisha Wallace, Joey Stone, Nabiyah Be, Trent Allen Saunders and Jessie Shelton.

Ato Blankson-Wood

Monday, October 3 at 9:30PM

$15 Adv / $20 Door

Fresh off of a critically acclaimed run in The Total Bent at The Public Theater, Ato Blankson-Wood makes his Joe's Pub debut in an evening that blends poetry, story-telling and music. Blankson-Wood is a New York based actor and singer hailing from Silver Spring, Maryland. The third of five children born to Ghanaian parents, his childhood home was full of dancing, laughter, story and song. The little house on Ivywood Lane was his first and only home. It was there his family taught him to love jazz, hip hop, disco, rock, gospel, show-tunes, and highlife and inspired him to work in theater and music.


Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30PM


In the 1960s, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur led the groundbreaking Jug Band, admired and imitated by everyone from the Lovin' Spoonful to the Grateful Dead. Their new album, Penny's Farm, isn't a victory lap or nostalgia trip. Back then they were exciting because they had a gift for combining a loose, good-time feel with an astonishingly high standard of musicianship, making old songs feel quirky, hip, and new. Penny's Farm is exciting because they still have that magic. The songs reach back to the roots of American folk music, but the performances are sparked by the interplay of two artists deeply immersed in traditional styles, who know each other well, but have distinctly different styles and temperaments. Muldaur is a meticulous arranger, while Kweskin prefers "to find a bunch of musicians I like, work up some tunes, and just let 'er rip."

Laila Biali

Tuesday, October 4 at 9:30PM


Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali melds "traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record," (Spinner Magazine). Sought after for tours with Grammy award-winning artists Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting, Biali has also headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. This year, Biali was the featured performer at the first-ever global TEDSummit. Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination for "Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year", and her follow-up, Live in Concert, was named one of the "Best Albums of 2013" by DownBeat Magazine. Biali is currently set to release an album of original songs alongside covers of David Bowie, Coldplay and more.


Guests: Amber Tamblyn, Maira Kalman, Estelle Tang, Zerlina Maxwell, Laura Gomez & Diana Cage

Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00PM


Every month, New York's best and brightest women come together for Women of Letters - a celebration of the lost art of letter writing. Expect laughter, tears, and camaraderie as host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes guests reading "A letter to my childhood dream." Together on stage for the first time ever will be beloved writer and actress Amber Tamblyn, acclaimed writer and culture editor at Estelle Tang, political analyst and media director for Hillary Clinton Zerlina Maxwell, revered actress and star of Orange is the New Black Laura Gomez, feminist author and radio personality Diana Cage and iconic illustrator, writer and artist Maira Kalman.

Proceeds from Women of Letters shows are regularly donated to charity, with over $750,000 being raised globally to date. October 5th's proceeds will be donated to Millay Colony, an organization that helps to promote the vitality of the arts and the development of writers, visual artists, and composers by providing a retreat for creative work.


Wednesday, October 5 at 9:30PM


A collaborative duo since 2014, Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono have developed a repertoire of vibrant and intricate originals which incorporate a combination of genres, including indie rock and contemporary jazz. The duo recorded their debut album, Etchings in Amber, in late 2015, to be released in October 2016. The nine songs, featuring the intimate instrumentation of voice and acoustic guitar, combine Bono's harmonic stylings with Cressman's soulful storytelling. The meeting of these two musical minds results in a transcendent, emotionally stirring journey for listeners.


Thursday, October 6 at 7:00PM


Grammy Award-nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanl?kol brings his genre-busting jazz orchestra, Whatsnext? along with two giants of jazz, saxophonist David Liebman and trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, for a unique album release featuring contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences. Sanl?kol formed his innovative jazz orchestra, Whatsnext?, in 2012, and immediately began turning heads and ears with their unique approach and superb playing. Whatsnext? performs Sanl?kol's compositions which create a sophisticated and cosmopolitan synthesis incorporating elements of Turkish, European and American musical traditions. Sanl?kol's blend of jazz composition and Turkish music has been praised by The Boston Globe as "a true fusion of jazz and folkloric Turkish language and colors," and it is the further development and maturation of this "true fusion" that is the basis for this album.


Thursday, October 6 at 9:30PM


Amber Martin is a celebrated NYC downtown performance artist, comedic monologist and vocalist. Inspired onstage in the traditions of Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton, Martin has been named one of the top performers of 2010 by The New YorkeR. Martin has performed with Kylie Minogue, Sandra Bernhard, Mx Justin VivIan Bond and more throughout NYC. This evening is a celebration of the release of Martin's first studio album, AM Gold. Two songs from this album will be featured in John Cameron Mitchell's upcoming feature film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.


Friday, October 7 at 9:30PM


Awa Sangho's earliest childhood memories are of her sung responses to life observations. She was raised in a region of West Africa noted for its diversity in world-class musicians and singers. Sangho's discovery of song and dance in her culture greatly shaped her and she became immersed in the scene as a young girl. This influence has stayed with Sangho as she continued to express herself through song and dance. Her lyrics are socially conscious and she often communicates a reverence for the people who have touched her life. Sangho's music percolates with the rhythms and resonance of Africa with the influence of ears that have world-wide exposure.


Friday, October 7 at 11:30PM


Ryan Raftery, creator and star of the nationwide smash hit Anna Wintour musical Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion, presents his newest show, Watch What Happens - Live On Stage! This jukebox musical tells the (not-quite-true) story of a young Andy Cohen, who moved to New York to pursue his two obsessions - television and Anderson Cooper. The show will feature cameos from The Real Housewives of Atlanta's NeNe Leakes, The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kim Richards and Mr. Cooper himself. One thing is're going to love Andy.


Saturday, October 8 at 7:00PM


Leslie Nuchow is a powerhouse singer and songwriter who will break open your heart and scrape the barnacles from your soul. Join us to celebrate the release of her new album, Balm for Gilead. Annie Lennox says, "Leslie's voice stands alone." Nuchow sang for Nelson Mandela at The World Peace Forum, and has shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, and the Indigo Girls. Leslie will be joined by Seth Farber and other special guests at this evening's performance and celebration.


Saturday, October 8 at 9:30PM


Jazz Stories combines the swinging exciting music with legend Bernard Purdie and company plus some great stories retold by David Haney. Purdie is the world's most recorded drummer, born in 1939 as the eleventh of fifteen children. He has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of jazz, soul and rock, working together with MiLes Davis, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and more beyond regularly producing his own solo albums. Haney is a renowned pianist who interviewed over 60 jazz artists for the Jazz Stories project. He has worked and recorded with an extensive list of accomplished jazz artists including Roswell Rudd, Andrew Cyrille, Julian Priester and more. Contemporary jazz musician Adam Lane will join Purdie and Haney.


Sunday, October 9 at 2:00PM & 7:00PM


Vocalist, songwriter and performer Emeline Michel is internationally acclaimed for fusing pop, jazz, blues and traditional Haitian rhythms to create deeply moving and joyful music, delivered in a charismatic live show. A master entertainer, Michel has been sharing her message across Europe and the Americas for more than 20 years, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Toronto's Luminato Festival and more. Michel is currently touring in support of her long-awaited 10th album Quintessence. A remarkable blend of spirited songs, the album captures the reverence and gratitude for the present moment while showcasing Michel's virtuoso vocal, singing in Creole, French and English. Quintessence also showcases finger-picked guitars, soulful backing vocals, a children's choir, Haitian percussion, lush strings, trumpet and accordion.

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. 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 over 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 productions to 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 and 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 is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning acclaimed American musicalHamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 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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