Mx Justin Vivian Bond, The Sweet Remains, Ryan Raftery and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub, 9/9-20

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances, September 9-20, 2015. Scroll down, or visit for a complete list of shows!

DANCENOW Joe's Pub Festival

Wednesday-Saturday, September 9-12 at 7:00PM

$20 Adv / $25 Doors

DANCENOWNYC continues its 25th anniversary celebration with the annual DANCENOWNYC Festival. The festival is acclaimed for its adventurous short-takes format and mixed-genre programs that showcase emerging and established choreographers side by side. This year's program will feature works by some of today's most innovative New York-based dance makers, all of whom DANCENOW has presented over the last 20 years.


Wednesday, September 9 at 9:30PM


Singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano has a storied history in the world of music. Beginning with his 2004 release Rainy Day Soul and the subsequent Life & the Romantic, his work became involved with the raw expression of internal challenges central to adult lives. His new album, With Angels On A Carousel, continues this journey with songs that reflect his experience with crisis beyond control.


Thursday, September 10 at 9:30PM


Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York's downtown darling Bridget Everett returns the 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.


Friday, September 11 at 9:30PM


With a few plucks of the guembri, surrounded by a squadron of musicians both talented and inspired, Moroccan Aziz Sahmaoui gets everyone going. His second album is a work of maturity that brings together his musical passions, gnawa, rock and fusion. Everything started in 2010 at the French Kawa bar in Paris, run by the ex-manager of Orchestre National de Barbès. The café housed a tiny stage where Sahmaoui, a founder of the ONB and faithful acolyte of Joe Zawinul, played regularly with Alioune Wade. Fellow musicians Hervé Samb, Cheikh Diallo and Adhil Mirghani joined them. Audiences swelled and the link between the Moroccan and the Senegalese was established: the gnawa rhythms and their rustic groove laid groundwork for experiments by these high-flying instrumentalists. The University of Gnawa was born.


Saturday, September 12 at 9:30PM

$16 Adv / $19 Doors

When singer-songwriters Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand came together in 2007 for a chance jam-session, they discovered a little bit of magic that -- despite their geographical differences and solo-careers -- was hard to ignore. With lush three-part harmonies and strong lyrical songwriting, The Sweet Remains and their debut CD, Laurel & Sunset, was born in 2009 and quickly garnered comparisons to earlier folk-rock "super-groups" like Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Eagles, etc. While these influences (plus more current artists, like Ray Lamontagne and John Mayer) are evident in their sound, the songs, harmonies and personalities are uniquely their own.


Sunday, September 13 at 7:00PM


Through popular music and an astounding measure of creative license, "one-man musical juggernaut" (NY Daily News) Ryan Raftery returns to tell the story of a fateful day in the life of the most powerful woman in fashion. The seismic sartorial smash hit that has played to sell-out crowds in New York and Los Angeles returns home for the FINAL performance during New York Fashion Week! She has sat at the top of a $300 billion industry for twenty-six years. Her power and influence cannot be denied. But when she places a reality star and a certain rapper on the cover of her magazine, the backlash is harsh and for the first time, her credibility is called into question.


Sunday, September 13 at 9:30PM


Formed in 2006, Tin Pan has a love for all aspects of American roots music. The group holds a diverse repertoire with sounds ranging from grimy, guttural blues to soulful, romantic jazz-all played with unfettered passion that makes for truly captivating performances. Having sold over 40,000 CDs, Tin Pan just released Yes, Yes, Yes, their sixth full-length album, which features wild percussion, saucy instrumentation and heartfelt songwriting, on vinyl.


Monday, September 14 at 7:30PM


Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters play intense psychedelic art-rock centered on the formidable virtuosity and Grammy-nominated songwriting of Gary Lucas, former Captain Beefheart/Jeff Buckley guitarist and songwriter. Lucas and the band play a special NYC show the night before departing touring Australia with A State of Grace: The Music of Time and Jeff Buckley.


Monday, September 14 at 9:30PM


Remarkable performer Ikechukwu Ufomadu, described as the son that Woody Allen and Frank Sinatra never had, invites you to an intimate evening of choice comedic fare; a singular melange of wry humour, special guests and musical interludes. An evening that could only be - Nightcap | by Ike.


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.


Tuesday, September 15 & Thursday, October 15 at 9:30PM


Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra is Ethan Lipton (vocals), Eben Levy (guitar), Ian M. Riggs (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax). Lipton writes the lyrics and melody, and the quartet arranges the songs together. EL&hO has released five albums (three studio, two live) and been named the city's "Best Lounge Act" by New York Magazine. In 2012, the band won an Obie Award for No Place to Go, a theatrical song cycle written by Lipton about a man who loses his job, which was produced by the Public Theater at Joe's Pub. The show earned rave reviews and has since been produced theatrically all over the world, most recently at the Gate in London. The band has been featured on several NPR and PRI radio shows, and contributed to the Clash cover album Sandinista. They also play songs on and appears in the film The Shift. Their latest album Raw Milk came out in Summer 2015.


Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30PM


Comedian Daniel Koren is in search of the most important thing. Together with a virtual choir of alter egos, Koren redefines musical comedy. He is an Emmy-nominated comedian/composer originally from Israel and now based in New York. With over a million views with his innovative videos, Koren translated his online success into a live performance. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Koren has appeared on Tosh.O, Huffington Post and Ryan Seacrest.


Wednesday, September 16 at 9:30PM


Ola Fresca weaves musical bridges connecting traditional and modern Cuban dance music with salsa, funk and world rhythms. Behind the creative energy is Jose Conde, who, through 10 years and two award-winning albums, has created a swinging, fearless tropical sound directly from Brooklyn. Their new album Elixir is the lyrical and rhythmic antidote to factional bickering happening everywhere in the world!


Thursday, September 17 at 7:00PM


South Africa's Sharon Katz & The Peace Train return with their Grammy-nominated, Afro-pop-jazz-roots fusion with special guest Nonhlanhla Wanda to celebrate the release of their award-winning film, When Voices Meet. Get ready for exhilarating rhythms played by world-class musicians, exotic harmonies and authentic Zulu dance combined with a message that goes straight to the heart. Touring worldwide as Nelson Mandela's cultural ambassadors, they have performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sting, Tina Turner, Madonna, Dolly Rathebe and Miriam Makeba.


Thursday, September 17 at 9:30PM


Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko is obsessed with the movie Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever - rated the "worst sequel ever" by Entertainment Weekly. Some of New York's top comics and performers - Sasheer Zamata, Steve Burns, Kevin Allison and Anna Copa Cabanna - will help her celebrate the John Travolta flick in all its glory. The evening will feature live video commentary, dance, trivia, prizes plus music by house band The StalloneTones.


Thursday, September 17 at Midnight


Dream Team do Passinho is a pop-funk Brazilian phenomenon - Diogo Breguete, Hiltinho, Lellêzinha, Pablinho and Rafael Mike. The group, which composes, sings and dances, is a whirlwind of art, style, daring and irreverence from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. A manifestation of the passinho and funk in Brazilian pop, they have worked with artists like Ricky Martin, and their videos have received millions of views. Sony Music released their first album Aperte o Play (April 2015), and they were just nominated for "Musical Revelation" Award by Nickelodeon. All proceeds from this show will benefit The Brazil Foundation.


Friday, September 18 at 7:00PM


From the creator of the award-winning show Tings Dey Happen and The Real Americans comes a new piece of journalistic theater about finding connection in our digital age. Fresh off his critically-acclaimed run of The Real Americans at Culture Project last spring, Dan Hoyle returns to Joe's Pub with his brand new show Each And Every Thing. From the hard-scrabble corner boys of Chicago to the intellectual temple of Calcutta's famed Coffeehouse, from a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California to an intimate confession in Midtown Manhattan, EACH AND EVERY THING brings a comic and riveting story to the stage.


September 18, 19, 25, 26, October 2, 3 & 4 at 9:00PM


Dixie McCall's Patterns for Living kicks off a yearlong retrospective, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Mx Justin Vivian Bond's prolific and trailblazing career as a performing artist. This presentation, a revival of v's cabaret, debut features accompaniment by Thomas Bartlett. Mx Bond and longtime collaborator Kenny Mellman brought Dixie, their first official collaboration, to the (pink) spotlight on September 9, 1990 at Athens By Night, a hole-in-the-wall Greek restaurant in San Francisco. The show laid the groundwork for what became the pair's legendary signature act "Kiki and Herb," and ultimately created the blueprint of every Mx Justin Vivian Bond show to date.


Friday & Saturday, September 18 & 19 at 11:30PM


The world's favorite International Air Hostess, Pam Ann is back at her favorite terminal Joe's Pub with her brand new show Pam Ann Queen of the Sky featuring transgender characters Caitlyn and Gloria from Qantas. Pam Ann will be also premiering her brand new video 'Downton Galley' before she heads off on her UK tour and London West End run. Pam Ann's caustic wit knows no boundaries. Hilarious, often shocking and totally politically incorrect, she keeps things lively and nail-bitingly unpredictable as she delivers an unrelenting barrage of "shoot-from-the-lip" observations.


Saturday, September 19 at 7:00PM


Jason Walker discovered his voice at an early age coming from a multi-generational gospel music family. Though cradled in the arms of Mahalia Jackson as a child, Walker did not begin formal training until he attended Kenyon College. He was a featured soloist and ensemble leader of Robert Wilson and Bernice Johnson Reagon's Temptations of Saint Anthony. He is currently on tour with Phillip Glass and Wilson's famed epic Einstein on the Beach. Walker was the composer in the Bolton Theatre's adaptation of the George C Wolfe's Spunk. In 2004, he fused jazz, gospel, classical, sacred and opera to create Just Like You. He has performed with Mick Jagger, Bono, Elvis Costello, Angelique Kidjo, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Macy Gray, Lou Reed, Dr. John and many others.


Sunday, September 20 at 7:30PM


Fernanda Abreu is a Brazilian singer-songwriter. She started her career in the 80s with the successful pop-rock band Blitz. In 1990, she launched a solo career and became internationally known for translating the city of Rio de Janeiro in her songs. Fernanda does the perfect link between the city and the "favelas", mixing disco, dance, samba, pop and funk, creating a unique beat.


Sunday, September 20 at 9:30PM

$15 Adv / $20 Doors

The Lobbyists perform songs from their concert play SeaWife - a nautical ghost story of an itinerant whaler - and other Lobbyists favorites. This "undeniably talented" (Village Voice) group of actor-musicians take their name from the lobby of The Flea Theater, where they first started making music in 2012. Their unique sound and songwriting have received numerous acclaims. The New York Times calls their SeaWife songs "marvelous" and their musicianship "impressive," while Entertainment Weekly lauds SeaWife's "enchanting score." Come share a night of original music from this up-and-coming local indie folk-rock band.

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 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.

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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