Judy Collins, Betty Buckley, Ute Lemper, Nelli McKay and More Coming Up This Fall at Joe's Pub
Joe's Pub is proud to announce the headlining runs of shows for its 2017 Fall Season, running September 6 to November 30!
Highlights include over thirty different companies taking part in the DANCE NOW Festival, running September 6-9; afrofuturist electropop duo The Illustrious Blacks on September 7, October 26, and November 30; stories and spoken word about the American immigrant experience in This Alien Nation on September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 6; the inimitable Justin VivIan Bond's new performance JVB Shows Up on September 15-17; and, funk-rock icon Nona Hendryx with avant-garde guitarist Gary Lucas playing the music of Captain Beefheart for two shows on September 20.
Gnawa maestro Hassan Hakmoun and Sudanese pop band Alsarah and the Nubatones each play a set on the eve of Islamic New Year on September 21; Justin Sayre, host of The Meeting*, returns to Joe's for a solo show on September 22-24; cabaret star Ute Lemper presents her new show, Songs From the Broken Heart, September 23 and 24; Michael Kimmel and Libby Winters' musical production Karehouse in concert on September 25 and 26; satirical comedy trio Unitard continues their show Tard Core - There Are No Safe Words on September 27, October 25, and November 15; Nellie McKay's tribute to Joan Rivers on September 29, October 27, November 3, November 10, and November 17; Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner and his live game show Tell Me Something I Don't Know from October 5-7; Broadway's Betty Buckley on October 12-15; and The Losers Lounge tribute to The Bee Gees from October 19-22.
Complete Fall Season information with ticket pricing and links to the Joe's Pub website follow!
DANCE NOW FESTIVAL
September 6, 7, 8, 9, and 28 at 7PM
September 6-9: $20 Advance / $25 Door
September 28 (Encore Performance): $25 Advance / $30 Door
Acclaimed for its adventurous short-takes format, the annual DANCE NOW Festival presents a diverse array of works by some of today's most exciting dance makers. The 22nd season of this eclectic showcase will feature 40 emerging and established choreographers side by side, including DANCE NOW veterans and festival newcomers. The amazing TruDee will once again emcee.
Wednesday, Sept. 6: Raja Feather Kelly / The Feath3r Theory, BIGMANARTS, TAKE Dance, Amber Sloan, Subject: Matter, Heidi Latsky Dance, Jane Comfort and Company, binbinFactory / Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa, Loni Landon Dance Project, and CLeo Mack Dance Project
Thursday, Sept. 7: Nicole Wolcott, JamAl Jackson Dance Company, Wallie Wolfgruber, Claire Porter / PORTABLES, Shaina & Bryan / BAIRA, ZviDance, Gregory Dolbashian, Christal Brown/INSPIRIT, Donnell Oakley Makes Dance, and The People Movers
Friday, Sept. 8: Kyle Marshall Choreography, The Dance Cartel, Kate Weare Company, Ellis Wood Dance, Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works, JesSy Smith, BOOMERANG, RG Dance Projects - Rubén Graciani, Gibney Dance Company, and Jordan Isadore
Saturday, Sept. 9: Megan Williams, Danté Brown, Tricia Brouk, Katherine Helen Fisher, The Bang Group, Magda San Millan, Schoen Movement Company, Gus Solomons jr, LajaMartin, and BrenDan Drake
THE ILLUSTRIOUS BLACKS: HYPERBOLIC!
Thursday, September 7 at 9:30PM
Thursday, October 26 at 9:30PM
Thursday, November 30 at 9:30PM
$15 Advance / $20 Door
The Illustrious Blacks have arrived to save the world one beat at a time! Once Upon a time in a galaxy not far away, there lived two kings. Each was the ruler of his own deliciously glorious planet. The first king, Manchildblack, was well known throughout the cosmos for his ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthy musical messages. The other king, Monstah Black, was a star in the solar system for his gravity defying performances, gender bending fashions and spacey disposition. One magical night, an inexplicable ultra-magnetic pull forced the two planets to collide. A technicolored explosion occurred, turning night into day, with a feast of aural and visual delights. It was then that the universe was changed forever. Manchildblack and Monstah Black united and became The Illustrious Blacks! The acclaimed duo fuse music, dance, theater & fashion as the main ingredients to expand minds, shake bootys and encourage all to be bold, be brave and be you!
THIS ALIEN NATION
Wednesday, September 13 at 7PM
Wednesday, October 11 at 7PM
Wednesday, November 8 at 7PM
$25 Advance / $30 Door
Host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes some of her favorite outsiders for a celebration of immigration! Each month, at one of New York's finest venues, some fish-out-of-water tell true tales from their lives. 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 strong anti-immigration feelings, 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.
JUSTIN VIVAN BOND SHOWS UP
Friday, September 15 at 9:30PM
Saturday, September 16 at 9:30PM
Sunday, September 17 at 9:30PM
In an attempt to practice radical empathy, Mx Justin VivIan 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?" Share thoughts, ideas and world views with this trans-genre phenomenon and as they explore what common links we can enjoy with the right social lubricants and musical interludes but never forget, "Glamour is Resistance!" Mx Justin VivIan Bond is a trans-genre artist who has received numerous accolades including an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), and a Tony nomination (2007). Mx Bond authored the Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels. Films include John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus (2006) and Sunset Stories (2012); and, albums include Kiki and Herb: Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall, Dendrophile, and Silver Wells.
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, who single-handedly changed the face of music, beginning with a series of ground-breaking albums with his Magic Band from 1967's Safe as Milk to 1969's hallucinatory Trout Mask Replica through 1982' Ice Cream for Crow. The World of Captain Beefheart is a comprehensive overview of the man's towering legacy, re-imagined and infused with new blood by Hendryx and Lucas, who starred in a symphonic Beefheart Tribute with Amsterdam's famed 65-piece Metropole Orchestra. Along for the wild ride are expert Beefheart practitioners Jesse Krakow on bass, JorDan Shapiro on keyboards, and Richard Dworkin on drums. Nona Hendryx is a longtime fierce admirer of Van Vliet's music, and Gary Lucas cut his guitar teeth as an incendiary player on the last two Captain Beefheart albums.
Thursday, September 21 at 7PM
Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music, schooled in the traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh. Since moving to the US in 1987 his music has absorbed elements from a variety of popular styles, from jazz and world music to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop, resulting in a diverse, award-winning and 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 ever recorded. "The inspiration of Unity was to work on certain songs I've played live but have never recorded before," Hakmoun says. "I've been working on new styles for a long time, and a lot of Moroccan musicians are taking advantage of the doors I opened for them. I'm happy to be able to keep performing for those people who are inspired by what I do." Hassan Hakmoun's 6-piece ensemble includes the sintir plus vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, flute/sax, and karkaba, the metal double castanets of the Gnawa.
ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES
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. Now residing in Brooklyn, 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 album, Aswan (named in the top 5 must hear international albums by NPR). She has also released an album with French producer Débruit, Aljawal (Soundways Recordings), as well as an album with her current band, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Silt (Wonderwheel Recordings), touring internationally since its release in 2014.
Justin Sayre: I'M GORGEOUS INSIDE
Friday, September 22 at 9:30PM
Saturday, September 23 at 9:30PM
Sunday, September 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. The performance is directed by Dusty Childers with musical direction from Kenny Mellman.
Ute Lemper: SONGS FROM THE BROKEN HEART
Saturday, September 23 at 7PM
Sunday, September 24 at 7PM
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 own tales of long sleepless nights taking the occasional detour down a dark side alley into the Streets of Berlin and Paris. Ute presents selections from her self-penned repertoire alongside the lyrics of Bukowski, Coehlo, Leo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits. Ute 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.
KAREHOUSE IN CONCERT
Monday, September 25 at 7PM
Tuesday, September 26 at 9:30PM
Are you frustrated with traditional housing? Have you been fed a host of lies your whole life about who you are and what you can achieve? Then KareHouse is for you. KareHouse is a new way of living built upon community, shared goals and a fundamental belief that we are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. KareHouse challenges "living" norms through physical spaces that foster meaningful relationships. We feature group activities, communal meals and our current play list is pop/punk on heavy rotation. At KareHouse you'll find like-minded individuals learning to navigate their emotions and desperate to connect. Let our home become yours and together we can find a cure for the apathy that infects us all. Michael Kimmel (author) is the creator of Songbird, based on Chekhov's The Seagull and set in Nashville, TN. He is also the creator and adaptor of The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with music and lyrics by famed singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. Upcoming musicals conceived and written by Kimmel include KareHouse, as well as Wildwood, a new musical about the legendary shore town. Michael is one of the creators/producers of The Score, a new podcast featuring live performances of new musicals debuting in 2017. Libby Winters (composer) has been writing songs since she was 5 years old, though KareHouse marks the first time she has called herself a composer. She started the grunge-pop band Lakes in 2016 for which she writes songs, plays guitar and sings. As an actress she has appeared in numerous plays and musicals including American Idiot on Broadway from which she has drawn much inspiration. Jenny Koons (director) is a theater director who specializes in bringing diverse artists together to create original cross-disciplinary work. Recent projects include A Sucker Emcee (National Black Theatre), Airness (Movement Director, Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville), and more. She is also on the steering committee for The Ghostlight Project, serves on the advisory board for UK-based Artistic Directors of the Future, and is a member of New York City Center's Artists' Board. Jenny joined the SPACE Ryder Farm curation team in 2015 with the mission of increasing diversity within artist residency programming.
UNITARD: TARD CORE - THERE ARE NO SAFE WORDS
Wednesday, September 27 at 7PM
Wednesday, October 25 at 7PM
Wednesday, November 15 at 7PM
Buckle up your bustier and bite down on your ball-gag because Unitard -- NYC's naughtiest, nastiest, no-holds-barred comic trio -- is back! These arbiters of biting bitchiness and snappy satire are returning to Joe's Pub with 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 Mike Albo (former New York Times columnist and author of The Underminer, as well as an established solo performer), 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.
Nellie McKay: THE BIG MOLINSKY - CONSIDERING Joan Rivers
Friday, September 29 at Midnight
Friday, October 27 at Midnight
Friday, November 3 at Midnight
Friday, November 10 at Midnight
Friday, November 17 at Midnight
Nellie McKay is back at Joe's Pub to debut her latest musical biography, this time of one of comedy's legendary female voices, Joan Rivers. McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three previous acclaimed musical biographies: I Want to Live!, the story of Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; Silent Spring: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature, an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, and A Girl Named Bill - The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by The New York Times. A recipient of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, McKay is a vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals. She is currently part of the campaign to get horse-drawn carriages off the streets of New York City. Nellie has released six full-length albums, including Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day ("among the killer overhauls of American standards" - The New York Times) and her latest, My Weekly Reader, music of the '60s co-produced with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick ("[Nellie] manifests more historical grasp than any psych band yet to show its hand. - Robert Christgau).
TELL ME SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW WITH STEPHEN J. DUBNER
Thursday, October 5 at 6:30PM and 9:30PM
Friday, October 6 at 6:30PM and 9:30PM
Saturday, October 7 at 6:30PM and 9:30PM
Tell Me Something I Don't Know is a live game show and podcast hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books and host of Freakonomics Radio. It has the same kind of factual, inquisitive journalism that has been a hallmark of Dubner's work, but it's disguised in the most entertaining, unexpected, and occasionally ridiculous conversation you're likely to hear. Contestants come on stage before a live audience and try to wow Stephen with a fascinating fact - their IDK - a historical wrinkle, a new line of research - anything, really, as long as it's interesting, useful and true (or at least true-ish). There's a real-time human fact-checker on hand to filter out the bull. Contestants can apply here.
Betty Buckley: STORY SONGS #2
Thursday, October 12 at 7PM and 9:30PM
Friday, October 13 at 7PM and 9:30PM
Saturday, October 14 at 7PM and 9:30PM
Sunday, October 15 at 7PM and 9:30PM
$25 - $75
On the heels of her nationally-acclaimed album, Story Songs, Betty Buckley returns to Joe's Pubwith her band and another new collection of songs, Story Songs #2, from the worlds of Rock, Pop, The American Songbook and The Musical Theater. Songs from Joni Mitchell, Lisa Loeb, Stephen Sondheim are featured, with new pieces from T Bone Burnett, Jason Robert Brown and Joe Iconis. Her ensemble of musicians is headed by multi Grammy nominated pianist/arranger, Christian Jacob; virtuoso guitarist, Oz Noy; with Tony Marino on bass; and, Dan Rieser on drums.
THE LOSERS LOUNGE TRIBUTE TO THE BEEGEES
Thursday, October 19 at 7PM
Friday, October 20 at 7PM and 9:30PM
Saturday, October 21 at 7PM and 9:30PM
Sunday, October 22 at 1PM
The Losers Lounge is back with at Joe's Pub, this time to celebrate the work of The Bee Gees, with all of the incredible songs, Great Performances, irreverent antics and special guests that you can only find at The Losers Lounge.
Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy's dreamy and sweetly intimate version of "Send in the Clowns," a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She's garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.
For tickets, go online at joespub.com, call 10AM-7:00PM daily at 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC (Open 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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