Aasif Mandvi, Nona Hendryx, David Amram and More to Perform at UNDER THE RADAR

Aasif Mandvi, Nona Hendryx, David Amram and More to Perform at UNDER THE RADAR See the lineup of fantastic shows coming to Joe's Pub for the 2018 Under the Radar Festival.




Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00PM

$25 Adv / $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.

Under the Radar + Joe's Pub: In Concert Series


Monday, January 8 at 9:30PM; Wednesday & Friday, January 10 & 12 at 9:30PM

$20 - $25

From the frenzied mind, body and spirit of Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg comes Martha Graham Cracker. Backed by a live band, Martha croons this music-driven fever-dream of a performance, called Lashed but Not Leashed, about hard living and even harder loving. The dazzling drag-cabaret darling excavates her distorted past, belting out original tunes and dishing ridiculous stories and side-splitting asides. Roughed up and worked over, Martha comes up with an unusual plan to barricade herself from loves lost, but not forgotten: tonight is the night she will bury her heart.


Thursday, January 11 at 7:00PM & Sunday, January 14 at 5:00PM

$20 Adv / $25 Door

Places Please is a zany trip backstage in the final moments before the curtain goes up. The audience becomes privy to the anxiety and playfulness of life behind the scenes in this anticipation-fueled program that celebrates and extends the creative relationship that served as KEIGWIN + COMPANY's foundation during its burgeoning years. Set as dreamscape sonic collage, the evening attempts to capture the parallel and intersecting paths of a dynamic creative process and relationship. Founded in 2003 by Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott. Keigwin + Company creates an electrifying brand of contemporary dance that reaches national and international audiences and invigorates diverse communities.

Nona Hendryx & MAMAFUNK

Thursday, January 11 at 10:00PM


This January marks the launch of Joe's Pub at the Public's Vanguard Residency and Award, a new award and yearlong monthly series that celebrates the work and influence of an icon of American popular culture. The inaugural recipient of this award is Grammy Award-nominated, art- and funk-rock pioneer Nona Hendryx is honored for her career as a performer, producer, writer, curator and mentor. Hendryx dedicates the series to fearlessness, revolution (creative and cultural), freedom of expression and innovation; the things that have defined her own career. This show is the official kickoff to the year, showcasing Hendryx's rock solid funk band Mamafunk.

Jake Broder & SPECIAL GUESTS David Amram & Kurt Elling

Friday, January 12 at 7:00PM


Selling out in London, New York and California, Jake Broder's His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley is the critically acclaimed salute to Lord Buckley, the iconic hipster comic from the 40s and 50s, who rattled counter culture as Elvis shook up rock. Lord Buckley was also an 'aristocrat' ennobling the audience rather than himself and translating the great stories and histories of the world in to a be-bop infused language he called 'the hipsemantic'. Frank Sinatra called him "the most sensational comic of our time". Joining Broder are David Amram, Kurt Elling, actor Michael Lanahan, Derek Yellin on piano, Geoff Rakness on bass and Mark San Flippo on drums. David Ellenstein directs.


Friday, January 12 at Midnight


Kishi Bashi was at a musical impasse after his two studio albums 151a and Lighght were released. His latest release Sonderlust is an album forged through heartbreak. "As I sat down to write songs last summer, I went to all my usual conduits of creation: violin loops, guitar, piano, and I came up with the musical equivalent of fumes", says Kishi Bashi. "I tried to create orchestral pop recordings that I assumed were my forte, and in turn I found myself standing in front of a creative wall of frightening heights." As he faced musical uncertainty, Kishi Bashi's personal life was falling apart - he and his wife were struggling to keep their marriage together. As an outlet, Kishi Bashi sunk himself in a new musical direction, emerging with Sonderlust, a direct result of personal struggle at an artistic crossroads.


Saturday, January 13 at 7:00PM


Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco's venerable gnawa music tradition New York City. Formed in 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, who is a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and made a splash in NYC, playing some of the city's most prestigious rooms.

Harp vs. Harp is an exciting duo featuring the unusual combination of harp and harmonica. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar Castaneda has taken the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp, altering the way audiences and critics consider the instrument. Similarly, Gregoire Maret is one of the most sought after harmonica players in the world, often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder. He has performed with Youssou N'Dour, Me' Shell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, and George Benson. Castaneda's Columbian roots combined with Maret's Afro-Swiss classic training makes for a totally exciting set of music!


Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00PM & Saturday, January 13 at 9:30PM

Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30PM & Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00PM


Yemen Blues has created a sound that swirls with the Yemenite traditions of Muslims, Christians and Jews, and overlays contemporary rock and roll, jazz and blues. After touring the world, with over of 300 live performances in the last 4 years, Yemen Blues presents their new show: "INSANIYA" (humanity), based on legendary producer Bill Laswell's sound. Yemen Blues is led by Ravid Kahalani who burst into the world and contemporary music scene in 2010. Kahalani has created worldwide buzz through Yemen Blues and the visionary collaboration is continuing to grow.


Saturday, January 13 at 10:00PM


Audience becomes choir in this live, powerful pop music mass sing-along! Singers and non-singers alike are invited to The Public Theater's historic lobby to take part in an interactive musical collaboration at this year's Under the Radar Festival.

Pushing the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, Choir! Choir! Choir! brings spirit-lifting atonement to the plague of contemporary disconnection: a community brought together through the common language of music. You don't need to know how to read music. Just show up, you'll get lyrics, and they'll teach you everything you need to sound great. With Choir! Choir! Choir!, directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman have amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers in their native Toronto, as well as around the world, and have performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, Rufus Wainwright, Colin Hay (Men At Work), and shared the stage with The Flaming Lips, Polyphonic Spree, Rickie Lee Jones and Debbie Harry.

Phoebe Legere, Barb Jungr, Kevin Aviance,
John McDaniel, Joseph Keckler & Carol Lipnik

Saturday, January 13 at Midnight


Join European homme fatale Sven Ratzke for Punk Kabarett International, a dazzling program showcasing the creme de la creme of the international cabaret scene. A bona fide star in Holland and Germany, Ratzke is known to New York audiences from his regular appearances at Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center Atrium and Cafe Zabarsky at Neue Galerie. The evening's guest stars include legendary composer, conductor, singer/songwriter, playwright and visual artist Phoebe Legere; Billboard chart-topping club icon Kevin Aviance; acclaimed British chanteuse Barb Jungr and Tony-nominated musical director John McDaniel; trained opera singer, writer, actor and performance artist Joseph Keckler; and Carol Lipnik, whose beautifully crafted songs and pitch-perfect 4-octave range have made her a star of downtown.

Under the Radar + Joe's Pub: In Concert Series


Sunday, January 14 at 7:00PM

$20 - $25

Judge Judy said, "Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining." But Erin Markey is not sure that that isn't rain. In her world, her flower laden open casket service is a theme park, and all the rides are about how confusing sexuality, desire and identity are. What we're trying to say is that Markey and co-composer Emily Bate will present excerpts from their critically acclaimed musical A Ride on the Irish Cream (2016), slow-jam cabaret funeral Boner Killer (2017), and in-development Beach Boys/Spice Girls inspired energy concert Little Surfer (2019). With them is a rock band, a girl group, infamous schmerm/lover Becca Blackwell and many disgusting exceptions to Markey's no-sequins rule in the costume department. Markey's comedic storytelling melts into gorgeous harmony driven music, but guaranteed: she will turn her wild eye on you and give you a slumber party command you don't dare disobey.

Under the Radar + Joe's Pub: In Concert Series


Tuesday, January 9 and Sunday, January 14 at 9:30PM

$20 - $25

Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes's The Transformations Suite combines music, theatre, film, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within the communities of the African Diaspora. Continuing the tradition of artists such as Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, and Tupac Shakur, the Suite paints a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States and beyond. The Transformations Suite connects contemporary issues, such as the prison industrial complex and the Movement for Black Lives, with the history of revolutionary movements of color. It asks probing questions and builds an urgent case for rebellion in the present moment.

Nellie McKay / LOWLAND HUM

Monday, January 15 at 7:00PM


Nellie McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three previous acclaimed musical biographies. McKay has six full-length albums to date - music that has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds and Grey's Anatomy. She is also a recipient of PETA's Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights. The New Yorker says McKay is "funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented."

Lowland Hum is an art-folk band based in Charlottesville, Virginia, made up of husband/wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans. Their music has been described as poetic and evocative, and their arrangements minimal, hushed and dynamic. Lowland Hum's performances are characterized by the vulnerable, intimate space the duo creates and welcomes the audience into. They recently released Thin, their third full-length album and went on a nationwide headlining tour in the spring (additional dates supporting Josh Ritter, Jesca Hoop and Penny and Sparrow) and a European tour. Both their live show and studio releases have garnered critical acclaim from NPR, The Washington Post, American Songwriter and others.


Monday, January 15 at 9:30PM


The Tuvan acoustic quartet Huun Huur Tu prove that Tuvan music can take plenty of intelligent innovation. Using traditional instruments and drawing subtly on 20th-century composers, funky rhythms, and the decades they spent honing their overtone singing, they transform ancient songs into complex acoustic compositions. Riyaaz Qawwali represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble's musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and sing devotional music. Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of 12 in performing "Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2" with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. In the late 1990's, Nachito joined the famed Cuban Orquestra "Cubanismo" as its pianist, musical director and arranger. Nickodemus has been touring as a DJ and collaborating with musicians all over the world since 1996. He has three albums and remix albums called Endangered Species, Sun People, and Moon People as well as eight Turntables on the Hudson compilations to date.


Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30PM


The French Quarter's fifth edition is on its way to New York. French jazz is currently in a wonderful revival - Paris Jazz Club aims to spread its creativity, dynamism and richness all over the world. Paris Jazz Club is a network of jazz venues throughout Paris and beyond. The evening will begin with Perrine Mansuy featuring Christophe Leloil performing Les Quatre Vents - Music For A Quartet. Les Quatre Vents (The Four Winds). Sammy Theibault will perform Rebirth. Rebirth was a highlight of the fall's jazz season. The songs are inspired by the saxophonist's Moroccan origins, by his childhood home of West Africa, and by the landscapes of South America, where the quartet has often played. Yacine Boulares will perform Ajoyo, is the vision of multi-reed player Boularès, a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul. More than music, it's a joyful ceremony, a fuller experience bringing musicians and audience close together.

Natalie Joy Johnson

Wednesday, January 17 at 9:30PM


Natalie Joy Johnson can currently be seen as 'Pat' in Cyndi Lauper's hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots. She can also be seen in Season 3 of Difficult People on HULU, and in the upcoming second season of HBO's High Maintenance. Additional credits include Legally Blonde (Broadway: Enid/Tour: Paulette), bare: a pop opera (Nadia), Southern Comfort (Cori), and Silence!. Natalie has sold out her solo cabaret shows at Joe's Pub, 54 Below, The Regency, Ars Nova, & The Duplex.


Thursday, January 18 at 7:00PM


A Texas native turned New Yorker, Jay Brannan is an authentic, solo singer/songwriter who loves to sing, loves to travel, and writes from the heart. He has been playing his sweet & sad folk songs, tempered with a healthy dose of humor, all around the globe since 2006. He also appeared as an actor in John Cameron Mitchell's indie film sensation Shortbus, in which his song "Soda Shop" was the highest selling song on the film's soundtrack album. Brannan has released a string of albums, all of which topped the iTunes Singer/Songwriter and Billboard Heatseakers charts including goddamned, In Living Cover, Rob Me Blind, Around the World in 80 Jays and Always, Then & Now.

Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: THE GINGER SNAPEPD

Thursday & Friday, January 18 & 19 at 9:30PM


Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales have come to showcase their new music from their upcoming album... however Jinkx worries that her best years are behind her. In order to avoid a breakdown of diva proportions Major must act as both pianist and therapist to the Manic Miss Monsoon. Music and mental health collide in this witty, biting look at the dark side of Drag fame.

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