Justin Vivian Bond, Darren Criss, Molly Ringwald and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly lineup of performances from September 7 - 18, 2016. Scroll down, and visit for a complete list of shows!


Festival: Wednesday - Saturday, September 7 - 10 at 7:00PM

Encore: Thursday, August 29 at 7:00PM

Festival: $20 Adv / $25 Door

Encore: $25 Adv / $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 will feature 40 emerging and mid-career choreographers side by side, including festival newcomers and DANCE NOW veterans in the famed, convivial setting of Joe's Pub. The extraordinary TruDee will emcee every event. A testing ground for the development of new work, DANCE NOW Joe's Pub centers around a unique challenge for artists: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe's Pub. This season, the festival producers will select ten artists whose work best meets the festival challenge to participate in the encore performance. 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.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF Justin VivIan Bond

Wednesday - Saturday, September 7 - 10 at 9:00PM


Iconic performer, writer, artist and activist Mx Justin VivIan Bond will close out an epic yearlong retrospective of v's 25 year career at Joe's Pub at The Public with a new show called The Golden Age of Justin VivIan Bond. Each night will have a different set and feature a changing variety of special guests, friends and family. The show will also feature the original originals Mx. Bond has created over the last few years of v's boundless career as well as a selection of covers. Guests include Rob Roth on September 7; Molly Ringwald, Darren Criss and Julian Fleisher on September 8; Joan as Police Woman and Alex Chee on September 9; and Kenny Mellman on September 10. More guests are to be announced. Each night features musical direction by Thomas Bartlett and accompaniment by NathAnn Carrera.


Sunday, September 11 at 8:00PM


The weeklong celebration of Mx Justin VivIan Bond will culminate with Trans/Art/Family: The VIVification of NYC, a one-night-only tribute to Mx Bond. A sparkling lineup of celebrity guests, artists, influencers and culture-makers - including Sandra Bernhard, Kate Bornstein, Kenny Mellman, Jack Ferver, Lance Horne, M Lamar and more - will pay homage to the creative contributions of, and the sense of community engendered by, the life and art of Mx Bond. The tribute will benefit two non-profit organizations very dear to Mx Bond's heart: Participant, Inc and The Gender and Family Project.

Emceed by Murray Hill, this evening will feature musical direction by Thomas Bartlett, accompaniment by NathAnn Carrera and much more. There will be an after-party with DJ Sammi Jo.


Monday, September 12 at 7:00PM;

Wednesday, September 14 at 9:30PM
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.


Tuesday & Friday, September 13 & 16 at 7:30PM


John Epperson, aka the Goddess of Showbiz, Lypsinka, sheds the diva's gorgeous wig and makeup with his show The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka, a gorgeous night of entertainment, filled with stories, tunes and a twist. Join Epperson at the piano in a jam-packed musical memoir as he sings, tickles the keys and ricochets from Sondheim to rap, and from transgender icon Christine Jorgenson to Rodgers and Hammerstein. The New York Times has described this show as, "A particular treat. Superdiva not required!"


Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30PM


Hungarian-born Jazz Vocalist Nikolett Pankovits makes a Magical Debut with Magia, a gorgeous and highly personal collection of traditional Hungarian songs and pop hits, American Songbook Standards and originals. Since settling in New York City in 2010, she has forged a singular body of music, melding the traditional songs and standards of her youth with a luscious array of Latin American rhythms. Pure, lithe and warm, her arresting voice is alive to countless shades of loss, longing, ache and regret.

Trumpeter/composer Josh Deutsch's group Pannonia was formed in 2011 and plays "traditional folk music from an imaginary country." Their debut album, Another Time, Another Place was released in 2014, and was an editor's pick in Downbeat magazine, who called the album "a well-planned, beautifully executed program," and praised the "superb solos, incredible humor and deep compositions." In their latest set of music, Pannonia adds narration of new stories, weaving together a multi-media show that connects with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Wednesday, September 14 at 7PM

Roswell Rudd, also known as The Incredible Honk, is one of the most imaginative, stimulating players. Rudd is known for his work with groundbreaking groups and musicians like Herbie Nichols, the New York Arts Quartet, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Carla Bley, and Steve Lacy. Singer-songwriter Heather Masse is a member of the Billboard chart-topping folk group, The Wailin' Jennys. Rudd and Masse met one another about four years ago while appearing on A Prairie Home Companion. With almost 50 years difference in their ages, their chemistry is palpable and their collaborative album, August Love Song is packed with music that makes you wish you could live forever just to hear more of it.


Thursday, September 15 at 7:30PM


Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Currently living in New Orleans, McCalla is deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as American jazz and folk. Her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty. It vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary. After touring extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel with Vari-Colored Songs, McCalla settled down to work on her next album, A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey. A Day explores the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked Vari-Colored Songs, and will once again feature songs sung in three languages.


Thursday, September 15 at 9:30PM


Vocalist Sara Serpa and guitarist André Matos celebrate the release of their new album rich in melody and luminous atmosphere, All the Dreams, produced by Sunnyside Records. The combination of Sara Serpa's vocals and André Matos on guitar is magical, dazzling and calm. The Portuguese native and New York based artists have worked together since 2005. They achieved to create a unique sonic world, drawing upon pure and contemplative sounds through a personal approach to melody and poetry. Their musical identity reveals their Portuguese culture with inspiration from the creative artistic environment of New York. Serpa and Matos will be accompanied by Pete Rende (piano) and Billy Mintz (drums).


Friday and Saturday, September 16 & 17 at 9:30PM


In 2009, The Mother Hips rescued a short stack of 2-inch analog tapes from a Los Angeles basement and started picking through hours of material, most of it recorded around the era that produced 1995's Part Timer Goes Full and '96's Shootout. They were thrilled with what they heard. In fact, the band was so prolific during this period that literally dozens of top-notch songs were shelved and never saw the light of day as the group continued to spit out new material with machine gun rapidity. Now the band has compiled the cream of this lost crop into this eleven-song treasure trove titled Chronicle Man. At the center of The Mother Hips is duo Tim Bluhm and Greg Liocono who have spent over two decades writing, recording and performing their brand of "California soul" music together.


Friday, September 16 at Midnight

Friday, October 14 at Midnight


Pants Velour is a beloved New York City-based band combining hip-hop, pop, rock and soul music to form a sound that evokes a meeting of the Beastie Boys with No Doubt in a forbidden, star-crossed, extra-marital affair. Pants Velour is emcee Josh Raff, emcee Eli Northrup, lead vocalist Niki Darling, guitarist Sam Coe with keyboardist/vocalist Jordan Battiste, bassist Max Calkin, drummer John Spencer and vocalist Cenophia Mitchell. Hailed as "hip-hop/rock fusioneers...[with] a sense of humor" by TimeOut New York, Pants Velour are known for their high-energy, quick-witted shows where simply watching the band, in their deep synchronicity, collaborate live is a complete thrill. The band will perform crowd favorites like "Got to Lose" and "Trapeze," new music and special guests.

THE Dan Band

Saturday, September 17 at 7:00PM


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 the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in the Starsky & Hutch reboot. He went wedding singer again in the record-breaking hit The Hangover. The Dan Band plays to sold out crowds from L.A. 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. He caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who signed on to executive produce Finnerty's one-hour concert special The Dan Band: I Am Woman, directed by McG.


Saturday, September 17 at Midnight


Dash "Diz" Mihok is a Downtown New York native whose taste spans a broad spectrum of music, from Grandmaster Flash, Eric B. and Rakim and Pharoah Monch to Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Van Morrison and Prokofiev. He started his first rap group when he was 12 and fostered his love for the art form throughout the very influential East Coast hip-hop scene of the early '90s. In 2004, he guested on his dear friend Sabac Red's record, I Have a Dream. In 2005, he wrote the title track "Test of a Man" for the movie Green Street Hooligans and began collaborating with long-time friend and jazz drummer Daniel Freedman on a number of records. Most recently, he has teamed up with Morris Hayes, Joel Hellman, Mike Choi, Elliot Yamin and Sharlotte Gibson to form Diz and the Fam and is excited to finally share his music with the masses.


Sunday, September 18 at 7:00PM


Michael Longoria returns to Joe's Pub with an encore concert celebrating the release of his solo Broadway album, Broadway Brick By Brick. The album features twelve Broadway classics including selections from The Wiz, West Side Story, The Sound Of Music, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia, Song And Dance, Company, The Wizard of Oz, and Pippin. Longoria will perform the album in its entirety and share the stories behind the songs that inspired a child Mariachi singer to dream big and, at the age of seventeen, set out for a new life on the stages of New York City.



Sunday, September 18 at 9:30PM


The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will come to an end at the conclusion of this upcoming season. After seven years of audacious humor, trailblazing political discourse and button-pushing cultural exploration, the acclaimed comedy/variety show will be presented for the eighth and final season from September 2016 through May 2017. Sayre says, "The Meeting* has been a tremendous gift to me for these past 7 years. It's given me a voice and a platform to talk about all the things that weighed on my mind and for that I am eternally grateful." This season promises to deliver a dazzling array of guest stars including many Joe's Pub regulars. The Meeting*'s Fall 2016 season shows are Sunday nights at 9:30 PM and will feature tributes to gay icons Beyonce (September 18), Bette Midler (October 23), and Angela Lansbury (November 20), with the 8th Annual Holiday Spectacular on December 18.

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 debuted 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. In 2013, Joe's Pub celebrates 15 years of the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. It received a top-to-bottom renovation in 2011, 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 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 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 Fun Home and Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed American musical Hamilton, and Danai Gurira's Eclipsed featuring Lupita Nyong'o. The Public has received 47 Tony Awards, 168 Obie Awards, 52 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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