Rock Bottom, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Erin Markey and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 1/18
Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its nightly performances over the next couple weeks, January 6 -18. Details below!
January 6 - February 20 at 9:30PM
$40 / $30 Members
Due to popular demand and its recent sold-out, extended run, Bridget Everett returns for a limited engagement of her hit show Rock Bottom, a chardonnay-soaked journey through the highs and lows of her life. Originally commissioned as part of the Joe's Pub 2013 New York Voices series, Rock Bottom opened to critical acclaim in September 2014, and ran through October 16. The ferociously talented Everett wrote Rock Bottom with Tony Award-winning songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Matt Ray contributed music as well. Everett shares intensely personal moments next to wildly hilarious ones, baring her heart and much more to her audiences. The show features new original songs, plus favorites from Everett's monthly sold-out show with her band, the Tender Moments. New York Voices is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wednesday, January 7 at 7:30PM
Singer-songwriter and storyteller Rachel Friedman celebrates the release of her album, My Marching Band. Influenced heavily by her dream world, the sounds of her native NYC and the many musical forms she devoured growing up, Friedman is hard to categorize into one genre. She has a unique storytelling voice that explores everything from the mundane to the magical. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, each little world she creates, both lyrically and musically, will stay with you. Bawdy and vulnerable, Friedman holds opposite tensions that are at once familiar and totally surprising.
Wednesday, January 7 at 9:30PM
The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips is a rock opera that uses an immersive rock-cabaret-variety show format to explore the past, present and future of downtown performance artist Kenyon Phillips. The rock opera features Phillips and his all-girl backing band, The Ladies In Waiting, the cast includes cultural critic and nightlife personality Michael Musto, actress Rachel Ticotin (TOTAL RECALL) and a host of acrobats, burlesquers, magicians, and other shining stars from the NY underground. Heavily influenced by Max Ophül's Lola Montes, Fellini's 8 1/2 and the entire John Waters canon, The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips is a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking examination of identity, responsibility and truth. This performance will be a concert presentation of the show by Phillips and a condensed cast.
Thursday & Monday, January 8 & 26 at 7:00PM
Dan Hoyle, the creator of the award-winning show Tings Dey Happen and The Real Americans, brings 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, 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.
Friday, January 9 at 7:00PM
Dobet Gnahoré, a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, inherited the force of the "Bété" tradition from her father, Boni Gnahoré, a master percussionist who plays with the Abidjan-based Ki-Yi Mbock Company, led by Werewere Liking. In that company, Gnahore met French guitarist Colin Laroche de Féline. Having spent time in the well-known Tché Tché Dance Company, Gnahore formed a duo with Laroche de Féline called Ano Neko, which means "let's create together" in the Bété language. The duo toured widely in France (1999-2000) where they settled temporarily following the instability that unfortunately struck the Ivory Coast.
Rising star singer/songwriter Kellylee Evans is a chameleon-like performer, whose natural charm and improvisational jazz vocal style have propelled her journey through jazz, soul, pop and hip-hop over the past decade. She has released two indie solo albums of original songs in Canada; earned two Juno nominations, winning Best Jazz Vocal Album for Nina, her tribute to Nina Simone; and captivated French and Canadian fans. Evans has opened for John Legend, Dianne Reeves, Derek Trucks, George Benson and Willy Nelson. On I Remember When, her forthcoming debut (U.S.) album on Motéma Music, she brilliantly puts her stamp on songs by Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Kanye West and others.
Saturday, January 10 at 6:30PM
Mother Falcon is an orchestral indie band from Austin, present in both the rock club scene and the performing arts scene, scoring plays and films. The group coalesced around multi-instrumentalist and composer Nick Gregg while the members were still teenagers, coming together via orchestral and chamber music classes. Composing as a collective, the 18-piece ensemble includes several multi-instrumentalists and most of the players contribute vocals. Guitarist/pianist Claire Puckett, accordionist/pianist Tamir Khalifa and percussionist/saxophonist Issac Winburne form the creative core with Gregg, though all members contribute musically.
Marques Toliver seemed to burst onto the scene via the UK with an arresting performance on "Later with Jools Holland", and a recent declaration from Adele as her "new favourite artist," but his story begins many years ago in Florida. He began his training in classical violinist at the age of 10, and would later enroll in music school. Frustrated with academia and keen to throw him-elf into the real world of music making, Toliver took a leap of faith and traveled to New York. Through busking and freelancing musician, he quickly befriended fellow artists, eventually playing live and on records for the likes of Holly Miranda, Grizzly Bear, and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.
Saturday, January 10 at 9:30PM
Most of M.A.K.U Soundsystem's members are immigrants hailing from Colombia, pursuing an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, driven by their fiery grooves and explosive percussion. They have released two full-length albums and one EP, with a fourth album slated for early 2015. Their music has hints of Colombian Folklore, Psychedelic-rock and Caribbean grooves. Lyrically, their music is about the realities of everyday people, encompassing love, hardships, culture, and the immigrant experience, all with a positive, spiritual and sometimes humorous spin. They have performed around the world, including globalFEST, Chicago World Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Concert of Colors, The Cedar, Small World Music Festival, Levitt Pavillion and more.
Saturday, January 10 at 11:30PM
Aurelio is the world's most-renowned Garifuna musician and the first representative to the Honduran National Congress of African descent. Born in the tiny hamlet of Plaplaya, on the Carribean coast of Honduras, he is one of the last generations to grow up steeped in Garifuna tradition - a natural torchbearer. These traditions encompass the African and Caribbean Indian roots of his ancestors, a group of shipwrecked slaves who intermarried with local natives on the island of St. Vincent, only to be deported to the Central American coast in the late eighteenth century. Aurelio's music is equal parts joyous, seductive, beautiful and bittersweet.
Bixiga 70 is Brazil's brassy Afrobeat orchestra - they play Joe's the night before their sold out globalFEST show.
Sunday, January 11 at 7:00PM
Erin Markey's A Ride on the Irish Cream is a darkly psychedelic story with songs. In this work-in-progress concert showing, an original score and live band become the playing space for the thrills and terrors of a relationship between Reagan (Markey), a vainglorious self-made princess, and Irish Cream (Becca Blackwell), her family's pontoon boat/horse. They are in love, but when their relationship is tested by psoriasis, waterfalls, masculinity, sex for money, cloudy weather, moms and a fatally jealous best friend, the only way to stay together is to remember all the parts of themselves their bodies tried to forget.
Words and lyrics are by Markey, music is by Emily Bate, Markey and Kenny Mellman.
Sunday, January 11 at 9:30PM
$22 / $75 VIP
Based in Los Angeles, dark glam post-punk band Timur and the Dime Museum creates a rich amalgam of sounds with fierce intensity and theatricality. Led by rising opera singer Timur Bekbosunov, the band appeared on the prestigious ALOUD series; America's Got Talent; and opened for Tiger Lilies, The Red Paintings, Mucca Pazza and Prince Poppycock. They premiered operas Zoophilic Follies by Daniel Corral at Redcat Theater's NOW festival, and Crescent City by Anne LeBaron and the Industry LA. The band made their NYC debut as part of the Prototype Festival 2013 at HERE, produced by Beth Morrison Projects, and are back for a one-night-only performance at Joe's Pub in advance of premiering their requiem "Collapse" in Brooklyn next fall.
Monday, January 12 at 7:00PM
Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq's music is like nothing you have heard before. Unnerving and exquisite, Tagaq's unique vocal expression may be rooted in Inuit throat singing but her music has as much to do with electronica, industrial and metal influences as it does with traditional culture. This Inuk punk is known for delivering fearsome, elemental performances that are visceral and physical, heaving and breathing and alive. Her shows draw incredulous response from worldwide audiences, and Tagaq's tours tend to jump back and forth over the map of the world. From a Mexican EDM festival to Carnegie Hall, her music and performances transcend language. Tagaq's Polaris Music Prize winning album Animism will be released in the USA on January 20, 2015.
Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet pushes beyond the conventional vocabulary of string instruments with exhilarating repertoire and unequalled improvisation. Their forward-thinking, genre-defying approach -- with collaborations in post-rock, avant jazz and electronica -- makes labels like 'New Music' sound passé. Steeped in New York's downtown music scene, Sirius has performed around the world, contributing to the quartet repertoire with bold original works.
Monday, January 12 at 9:30PM
Nearly a decade after folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put out their first album together, the married duo have hit their stride on Wassaic Way, a collection of 11 new songs, released on Rte 8 Records. Produced by Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone at the Loft in Chicago, the album finds Guthrie and Irion pushing further beyond the folky sound they established on 2005's Exploration, their first studio LP. After Irion's solo album Ex Tempore in 2007, the live album Folksong in 2009 and the children's collection Go Waggaloo in 2009, the pair began expanding their sonic horizons on 2011's Bright Examples, an album that drew praise from American Songwriter magazine for its "lush, dreamy sound."
Dom Flemons pulls from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry. In July 2014, Dom released his third solo record with Music Maker Relief Foundation, and his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Prospect Hill finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suit 21st century audiences
Featuring Airelle Besson & Nelson Veras / Cédric Hanriot: City of Poets Quintet / Grégory Privat & Sonny Troupé / Jean-Michel Pilc Trio
Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30PM
Airelle Besson (trumpet) and Nelson Veras (acoustic guitar) are a magical duet that regularly appears in the biggest European festivals. Besson is a sought-after musician, composer and conductor, having released many albums with her band Rocking Chair. With Veras, who hails from Brazil, she expels a musicality with a touch of danger.
Cédric Hanriot's City of Poets Quintet is Hanriot (piano), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Donny McCaslin (saxophone), Dan Carpel (double bass) and Clarence Penn (drums). Hanriot, the bandleader, is a triple threat, capable of playing, arranging and sound design.
Grégory Privat (piano) and Sonny Troupé (ka drum) decided to work on an original concept around the piano and ka ! They will play the work from their latest album Luminescence (Jazz Family).
Jean-Michel Pilc Trio is Jean-Michel Pilc (piano), Or Bareket (double bass), Ari Hoenig (drums). Pilc is an award-winning self-taught pianist who has played with leading European and American jazz musicians, including Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman and Martial Solal. He also worked with Harry Belafonte, as musical director and pianist.
Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00PM
In a world of the short and swift, texts and Twitter, there is something of special value about a carefully composed letter. To honor this most civilized of activities, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire bring their Australian literary salon Women of Letters to New York as a monthly event. A celebration of a diverse range of strong female talent, a different group of New York's best and brightest writers, entertainers and artists take the stage each month.
January guests include: revered musician, singer-songwriter and former bassist for Hole, Melissa Auf Der Maur; acclaimed filmmaker, musician, hairdresser and author of Harley Loco, Rayya Elias; beloved author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls and Vanity Fair contributing editor, Elissa Schappell; scientist, researcher and writer for Smithsonian, Slate, The Onion and A.V. Club, Maggie Ryan Sandford; acclaimed actress, producer and director Deborra-Lee Furness; comedy goddess, screenwriter for Parks and Recreation and author of Science...For Her! Megan Amram. The night is hosted by Sofija Stefanovic.
Thursdays, January 15 & February 5 at 7:00PM
Tuesdays, January 20 & 27 at 7:00PM
Mike Daisey presents a dazzling work: four "bio-logues" about megalomania and desire constructed from the interleaved life stories of four insane geniuses: P.T. Barnum (January 15), Bertolt Brecht (January 20), Nikola Tesla (January 27) and L. Ron Hubbard (February 5). Over four nights, Daisey explores the nature of genius and wrestles with the pride, insanity and chauvinism that bind these men together. By shining a light on these pivotal characters, Daisey reveals what the heights and depths of their gifts have to teach us about ourselves. Each evening is unique and can be viewed independently; yet, all four together form an epic oral accounting of triumph and folly told with Daisey's dark and hilarious intensity.
Thursday, January 15 at 9:30PM
Vocalist, songwriter and performer Emeline Michel fuses pop, jazz, blues and traditional Haitian rhythms to create deeply moving and joyful music. Hailed by The New York Times as a "diplomat of music" and "the dancing ambassador with a voice serene and warm like the breeze," Michel first began singing with the gospel choir in the church of Gonaïves, Haiti. She later studied at the Detroit Jazz Center and returned to Haiti, where her career blossomed. Now based in NYC, she is currently touring in support of her 10th album Quintessence, which showcases Michel's virtuoso vocals, singing in Creole, French and English, with finger-picked guitars, soulful backing vocals, a children's choir, Haitian percussion, lush strings, playful trumpet and accordion lines. A master entertainer, Michel has been performing for over 20 years, appearing at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Luminato Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Zimbabwe's Harare International Arts Festival, globalFEST at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, MTV's Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief fundraiser and more.
Friday, January 16 at 7:00PM
Addie Brownlee celebrates Dolly Parton's 69th birthday with the fifth annual I Beg Your Parton?! Addie Sings Dolly. The show focuses on the great songs that Parton has performed throughout her career -- getting to the heart of what has made Parton such an icon. Brownlee's voice has been compared to singers like Dusty Springfield. Fresh off a UK tour with Martha Wainwright, Addie Brownlee was a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival this year.
Friday, January 16 at Midnight
Born in Austin, Texas, and now based between London and Paris, Hailey Tuck was raised on a diet of 1930's jazz, vintage dresses and black & white movies. Her love of the 'old school' saw her move to France at the young age of 18 in search of 'la vie en rose.' Dressed straight out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, with a captivating voice that sits somewhere between Billie Holiday, Regina Spektor and Ella Fitzgerald, Tuck enchants her audience with classics such as 'My Funny Valentine', but also surprises with her unique take on tracks like The Zombies' 'Tell Him No', Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice' and 'Sunday Morning' by Maroon 5 -- the latter a nod to her sister's long-time rock-star boyfriend James Valentine.
Saturday, January 17 at 7:00PM
Award-winning Irish musician Pierce Turner is not only considered one of Ireland's greatest performers, he has won an award that says so! Also a NYC mainstay, he is currently working on a book called Why use 2 words when 10 will do about the adventures surrounding the creation of his highly praised songbook. This show will feature Turner's poignant and hilarious anecdotal excerpts from the book, wound around his superb songs, piano playing and passionate vocal performance.
Saturday, January 17 at 9:30PM
$25 Singles / $35 Voyeurs
Sexual evangelist and best-selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction. Dr. Alex insists that her audience be filled with the sexy and seeking. Divided into two sections - "singles" mix in the front and become active participants in the show while "voyeurs" watch from the back as the provocative and irreverent Dr. Alex dispenses sex advice from her new book Never Sleep Alone.
Singles are invited to join Dr. Alex on stage for free champagne, blind dates and interactive demonstrations. The night continues at an exclusive after-party with a secret location. Those interested in participating live at the show, or would like to share your opinions on dating/sex (anonymous letters welcome) with the audience can send requests to NSAshow@gmail.com.
Sunday, January 18 at 7:30PM
Melodic Intersect is an ongoing music project that brings together a diversity of musical styles, cultures, and disciplines. It features collaborations from a rotating ensemble of talented musicians thoughtfully integrating rhythm and melody from genres such as Jazz, North Indian Classical, Rock, Eastern and Western Folk, and many more.
Sundays, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19 & May 17 at 9:30PM
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, returns for its seventh season. The Meeting* has been called "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post, and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice. A recent story for Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight." The January show will be a tribute to Broadway legend Ethel Merman, with special guests Klea Blackhurst, Erin Markey, T. Oliver Reid, Molly Pope and Ben Rimalower.Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. Further tribute themes and guests are to be announced.
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'sPub 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.