Shaina Taub, Mavi Diaz & Las Folkies, And More This Week At Joe's Pub
See what's happening at Joe's Pub this week!
Wednesday, July 19 at 7PM
Songwriter/performer Shaina Taub sets up camp this year at Joe's Pub with a monthly concert residency. Each show will be a creative laboratory as she and her band debut new songs. You can also expect lots of selections from Old Hats and Visitors as well as special guests joining along the way. Taub will be joined by special guests Ali Stroker (Glee, Spring Awakening) and Brittain Ashford (Great Comet).
Wednesday, July 19 at 9:30PM
Lead by Argentine musical powerhouse Mavi Díaz, the band Mavi Díaz & Las Folkies is reinvigorating the rich folk traditions of Argentina with their original compositions, feminine point of view and electrifYing Live performances. This all-female band is deeply steeped in the Argentine folk tradition. Daughter of harmonica virtuoso Hugo Diaz, Mavi was surrounded by the best music from an early age. A pop star in her twenties as a founding member of the path-breaking group Viuda e Hijas de Roque Enroll, Mavi went on to an illustrious career as a performer, composer and vocal arranger. After many years living and working in Spain, Mavi returned to Argentina and to her roots in the folk music of her country. She founded the band Mavi Diaz & Las Folkies in 2010 to explore new expressive possibilities within the venerable Argentine folk tradition. Sonqoy, the band's debut album, was nominated for the Gardel Award 2011 as Best New Folk Album. The band's second album, Todo Si!, won the 2016 Gardel Prize (Argentina's Grammy) for Best Alternative Folk Album.
Thursday, July 20 at 7:30PM
Macabre folk-noir duo Charming Disaster was formed by Brooklyn-based songwriters Ellia Bisker (of Sweet Soubrette) and Jeff Morris (of Kotorino) in 2012. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories about love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal, exploring different kinds of trouble two people can get into with a ukulele and a guitar. Their original duets play out against a backdrop of nightclubs, car chases, circus tents, the afterlife, and beyond.
The sun has set; another day's work is done. As the moon makes its climb, you're cordially invited to mark the occasion over a Nightcap | by Ike. Comic entertainer Ikechukwu Ufomadu plays host, his signature wit and wry humor weaving together an evening of special guests and musical interludes. Ufomadu is an actor and comic entertainer. He's creator and host of a number of live shows, including Ike at Night, Ike Night (Ars Nova, San Francisco Sketchfest, JACK), and more. As an actor, he's collaborated with several OBIE-winning experimental theatre companies including Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, 600 Highwaymen and Hoi Polloi. Special guests for this performance include "Moist" Paula Henderson and Phoebe Hunt.
Friday, July 21 at 7:30PM
Akiko Yano is back with her long time New York friends, virtuoso-musicians Will Lee and Chris Parker, answering high demands from the fans who saw the last show at Joe's Pub in 2016. The New York Times says, "Akiko Yano is a world class songwriter with a clear, gentle, wide-ranging voice. She is also an accomplished, endearing performer who might be a Japanese Carole King, Joni Mitchell or Meredeith Monk."
Friday, July 21 at 9:30PM
Champagne Jerry's Clubhouse is a brand new, semi-regular show wherein Champagne Jerry is your host at a party where he and a bunch of featured artists: comedians, musicians, and people who just like champagne hang out doing the best performances you've ever seen in your life. Champagne Jerry has been called "New York's finest underground rapper," named one of the top ten best performers in New York by Time Out, profiled in Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Vegan and Interview magazine, among others, and been the musical guest on The Chris Gethard Show on Fusion TV. Champagne Jerry is a music and performance project of Neal Medlyn alongside collaborators Max Tannone, Adam Ad-Rock Horovitz and his onstage entourage of Tannone, Sophia Cleary, Farris Craddock and the Ghost of Champagne Past. Champagne Jerry continues Medlyn's prior work with pop stars in his Pop Star Series. The aim is to continuously create and provide the most significant moments in everyone's lives.
Saturday, July 22 at 7:30PM
Called a "joy to watch" by Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, "Claptonesque" by the San Diego Troubadour, and a "funky mix of Jeff Beck and Chet Atkins" by Rust Magazine, fans of multi-faceted guitarist Joe Taylor love to come out and feel the heat; blues to rock, jazz to twang. This is the same sensibility that has landed this Top-charting guitarist consistently at the top of the Billboard and Radio & Records charts throughout his career.
Saturday, July 22 at 9:30PM
Pen-and-ink artist Michael Arthur and musicians Ray Rizzo and Annie Nero curate Summer's Cauldron a concert performance of XTC's 1986 album Skylarking with Conrad Doucette (percussion), Yair Evnine, (cello and guitar), Benjamin Lanz (horns), Annie Nero (bass, vocals). Jessica Pavone (viola), Don Piper, (vocals, psychedelics), Ray Rizzo (drums, vocals), Stephanie Sanders (keys), and other guests to be announced. Michael Arthur will be drawing along live, accompanying the music in pen and ink, projected behind the band, like a live animation. XTC's Skylarking reached the states in 1987 with the haunting song "Dear God" which dominated MTV and marked a change in the English band's creative direction towards psychedelic narrative pop. Years after it's completion Skylarking still inspires controversy. Stories of the band's feuding with producer Todd Rundgren are legendary, and it wasn't until 2014 that the album's complete final mix was discovered to be sonically out of phase, meaning that the recording people had obsessively appreciated for 26 years had never sounded as it was recorded.
Sunday, July 23 at 7PM
Early Roman Kings: The Music of Bob Dylan features music from over half a century of insanely creative music - from the very beginning to the present, with a whole lot in between. As Jimmy Carter said at the 2015 Music Cares Grammy event, where Dylan received the Person of the Year Award: "There's no doubt his words on peace and human rights are much more incisive and much more powerful and much more permanent than those of any President of the United States." That side of his mercurial career and many others will be mined for hidden gems as well as the mother lode hits. Early Roman Kings are Tony Trischka (banjo, pedal steel), Stash Wyslouch (guitar, vocals), Sean Trischka (drums, vocals), and Jared Engel (bass). Tony Trischka is considered to be one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. A 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, Trischka has, for more than 45 years, inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many innovative and historical voices he has brought to the instrument.
Sunday, July 23 at 9:30PM
Book your appointment at the Unisex Salon, an improvisational musical variety show from the mind of genre-hopping musician, actor and writer Kenyon Phillips. A madcap mashup of Paris in the 20s and NY in the 80s, Unisex Salon is an intimate underground revue where anything can happen ... and every show is different. Anchored by host and bandleader Phillips along with his all-girl orchestral rock band, The Ladies in Waiting, each show features a rotating lineup of musical guests, vaudevillians and the occasional Buddhist monk. While the players are set ahead of time, the order in which they perform is decided spontaneously by Phillips based on the mood of the room. In addition to rehearsed songs, each show features sung conversations between Kenyon and his guests with improvisational accompaniment by The Ladies in Waiting. Guests for the July 23 performance include Mimi Goese + Ben Neill, Michael Musto, Mackenzie Shivers, Lance Breakfast, Nikkie McLeod, Bellehouse, Sarah Haines, Inyang Bassey, Raven O + Scott Meola, and Yuka Tadano.
Monday, July 24 at 7PM
$30 - $60
The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka is a "modern day" political satire that explores the events leading up to the 2016 election through the unlikely friendship and clashing perspectives of two American First Daughters starring Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) and Zosia Mamet (Girls), and directed by Carolyn Cantor (Sell Buy Date).
Monday, July 24 at 9:30PM
Other Women is a two-woman show that interrogates reigning ideas about women as artists, lovers, friends and sisters, while simultaneously exploring uncomfortable truths, laughter, and tears that life also brings. Other Women is a featured production of #LOVEHUSTLE, a performance series and global dialogue created by curator, cultural producer, and theater director, Monica L. Williams, that captures the tensions of pursuing one's dreams as a creator. Robyn Twomey (Image Director) is an editorial and fine art photographer who explores the blurred lines of reality and fantasy of humanity, Felice Belle (Writer/Performer) is a poet, playwright, performer, pop culture enthusiast who spends her free time solving fictional crimes. Jennifer Murphy (Writer/Performer) is an award-winning writer, performer, published poet, and private investigator who spends her time solving non-fictional crimes.
Tuesday, July 25 at 7PM
Declared "the future' by Wyclef Jean "the next big thing" by InStyle, native New Yorker Rachel Brown's distinct sound blends elements of her roots (Ethiopian, Bermudian, and Southern) with a childhood spent listening to soul greats like Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson, as well as other R&B, hip hop, and 90's pop. Join Rachel, backed by her unforgettable band, for her return to Joe's Pub!
Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS
Tuesday, July 25 at 9:30PM
Wednesday, July 26 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. New York Magazine calls Everett "... a one-woman liberation movement for anyone with genitals."
Wednesday, July 26 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.
Thursday, June 27 at 7PM and 9:30PM
Fresh off their widely acclaimed 2016 record, Away, Okkervil River have announced a special limited run of acoustic trio shows which will feature fan requests and rarities. These are the first trio shows the band has ever done, and will be limited to four intimate concerts in unusually small rooms. "We wanted to alternate the big rock band thing with something smaller and more songwriting-centered and spontaneous," says the lead singer and songwriter Will Sheff. "After we had such a rewarding year with Away it seemed like a fun idea to play some up close and personal shows, and include requests and surprises." Away was named one of the best records of 2016 by media including Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic and hailed by NPR as "graceful and evocative." Jesse Hale Moore grew up surrounded by music in a family where everybody could sing and play an instrument. It wasn't uncommon for family gatherings to turn into jam sessions with guitars, mandolins, and many voices singing in harmony to a repertoire consisting primarily of American Folk standards. Through his adolescence Moore studied piano and voice and was always making music of his own. Artists like Ben Folds and Elton John inspired his earliest songs written in high school, a time when he'd host moody nights of candle-lit musical performances in the living room of his parent's home.
EL SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO
Friday, July 28 at 7PM and 9:30PM
$15 Advance / $20 Door
Direct from the famous Casa de la Trova club in their hometown Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of son and bolero, El Septeto Santiaguero is the foremost son music ensemble on the current Cuban scene. Founded in 1995 by tres guitar virtuoso Fernado Dewar, Septeto has taken their contemporary perspective to the septeto format and have recorded eight albums in their two decade history. Their most recent release, Tributu a Los Compadres, is a collaboration with Jose "El Canario" Alberto and was blessed with a 2016 Grammy nomination in the Tropical Latin category and a 2015 Latin Grammy win.
Jean Rohe: SONGS FROM THE ODYSSEUS AGREEMENT
Saturday, July 29 at 7PM
"A sure-footed young singer-songwriter," in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. Her 2013 release with her band, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show, won three Independent Music Awards in 2014 and her song "National Anthem: Arise! Arise!" has now been performed and recorded by dozens of choirs and artists across the country. In addition to fronting her band, she collaborates as one half of the duo, Robinson & Rohe, whose EP, Hunger, is set for release this fall. Tonight she performs songs from The Odysseus Agreement, a performance memoir in-progress that tells the story of a young woman on a quest to learn about the life and tragic death of her grandmother and namesake.
BAKIA QUARTET: METROPOLIS LIVE SCORE
Saturday, July 29 at 9:30PM
Bakia Quartet is a contemporary improvisation group that presents improvised live scores to classic and contemporary silent films. Rooted in surrealism and leaning towards avant-garde, Bakia Quartet's performances blend musical genre and works with other mediums, such as film, to allow both the music and the film to be viewed anew and re-imagined. Bakia Quartet is: Asher Kurtz, guitar; Kenji Herbert, guitar; Charlie Van Kirk, percussion; and, Zack Nestel-Patt, bass. For their Joe's Pub debut, Bakia Quartet will play a live score to Fritz Lang's visionary 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis.
Sunday, July 30 at 7PM
This captivating monologue, the second with Bronx Queen of a trilogy, is warm, surprising, and always honest. Relating his tale in short, Calvin Trillinesque episodes, Joe Gulla conjures incidents involving ballsy and wise family, friends and acquaintances in denial of who he was or they were, and community often coping with discomfort. Outbursts of laughter for which television sitcoms would kill are bridged by stillness evoked by moving dialogue.
JONATHAN RAGONESE: TOGETHERING, PART OF Michael Mwenso'S MELTING POT
Sunday, July 30 at 9:30PM
$15 Advance / $20 Door
Composer, arranger, and saxophonist Jonathan Ragonese has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians including StEve Wilson, David Liebman, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Tim Warfield, Tin Can Buddha and Steve Rudolph. As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by saxophonist StEve Wilson, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his work Not-this for two saxophones, at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan is an active educator, with lectures, writings, and the development of Music Before Words, a music program for infants with educator Renee Bock. His first recording, Ardent Marigolds, was released in 2013, a duo with musical father Steve Rudolph. 2017 brings two new releases, and many premieres. This performance is part of the Michael Mwenso-curated Melting Pot series, chronicles the meaning of leaving home and finding yourself, and the one you love, along the way.
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 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.
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