Ticket Price: $18
Songs for Ryan Montbleau typically need to simmer. In his 10-year career this gifted singer and his limber band have built their catalog the old-fashioned way, by introducing new songs to their live set, then bending and shaping them over dozens of performances before committing a definitive version to the hard drive.
Ticket Price: $12
Both grounded and ambitious, Mads Langer has on one hand been working with some of the leading pop profiles in the world right now on the new album. This includes the Swedish producer team SeventyEight who is behind the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Loreen’s ’Euphoria’, and Kerli’s US #1 single ’The Lucky Ones’.
Somi - NightSPRING: An AfterHours Residency
Ticket Price: $15
Acclaimed East African vocalist & songwriter Somi returns to Joe's Pub for a three week late night residency. She and her band will preview music from her forthcoming album and major label debut "The Lagos Music Salon" (Sony/Okeh) which will be released this Summer. Her NightSPRING residency is inspired by the unfolding season and the magic of the night.
After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Steven Soderbergh returns to the stage with this bold and chilling world premiere that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.
The Civilians' The Great Immensity
A continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her and uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. With projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs, The Great Immensity is a highly theatrical look into one of today's most vital questions: how can we change our society in time to solve our enormous environmental challenges?
Here Lies Love
A New Work Conceived and Written by Claire Porter Music Composed by Mary Ellen Childs Performed by Matt Buffalo, Dana Crowe, Misaki Karachi, Claire Porter, Susan Thomasson, Sabatino Verlezza, Soprano Marla Berg and other guests. Supported by Live Music for Dance, Jody and John Arnhold and The Guggenheim Foundation
Ticket Price: $20
Volker Bertelmann, the man behind Hauschka, is a Dusseldorf-based pianoist and composer from Kreuztal Nordrheinwestfalen, Germany. The story behind HAUSCHKA is not necessarily what you’d expect.
Bright Light Bright Light
Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Welsh-born Rod Thomas, a singer, writer, producer and DJ that NME have called “the boy Robyn in all but name”.
Gowanus Music Club
Ticket Price: $10
Gowanus Music Club and Joe's Pub present an all-ages show on Saturday, April 26, from 11 - 2pm! This show represents the culmination of our 12 WEEK JAM at the rock school. We will be showcasing seven bands, ages eight through sixteen, with each act doing a fifteen minute set to showcase their talents.
Sharon Katz & the Peace Train
Nelson Mandela’s spirit lives on through the Afro-Pop-Jazz music and message of South Africa’s Grammy-nominated band, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train – returning to Joe’s Pub on the 20th anniversary of Mandela’s election as President. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready for them to rock your heart and soul.
Ticket Price: $25
Growing up, it was both of these Somalias that informed musician/emcee K’NAAN Warsame, whose sophomore album Troubadour will be released in January 2009. The grandson of Haji Mohamed, one of Somalia’s most famous poets, and nephew of famed Somali singer Magool, the emcee is creating his own musical path through reggae, funk, pop, soul and, above all, hip-hop.
Shontina "Tina" Vernon
An accomplished playwright and singer-songwriter, Shontina Vernon (known to many in the music world as “Tina”) is a dynamic and imaginative storyteller, fusing music, media, and poetic narrative in ways that continue to push the hybrid form.
Arias & Ratzke
Joe's Pub is proud to present the world premiere of "Arias & Ratzke" starring New York City icon Joey Arias and Dutch/German cabaret star Sven Ratzke. Arias recently guest starred with Ratzke in Amsterdam, and the chemistry between these two world class performers inspired them to create a show together.
Aaron Lazar hosts Arts For All's Annual Benefit
Ticket Price Range: $35 - $100
Arts For All’s annual benefit concert will be hosted by Aaron Lazar, who is starring in Sting’s upcoming Broadway musical, The Last Ship. The evening will be directed by Alexander Gemignani, currently appearing in Violet on Broadway, and will feature appearances by other Broadway stars.
TRANS Formative: An Evening of Songs that Propel Us
Ticket Price: $30
An evening of song featuring the illustrious Downtown students of Barbara Maier Gustern honoring the significant contribution Joe's Pub has played in fostering a diversity of talent. A long and exciting performers including Lady Rizo, Justin Bond, Penny Arcade, Julie Atlas Muz, John Kelly, Kathleen Hanna, Tammy Faye Starlight, Our Lady J, Roseanna Vitro and many more.
PEN: Workshop—Susan Choi
Novelist Susan Choi will lead students on an expedition to explore settings in writing.
PEN: Workshop—John Freeman
How do emigrant writers differ from immigrant writers? Is there such a thing as global fiction? And what happens when a writer leaves her language by choice, picking up English? These are a few of the questions we'll think about in a free ranging discussion about literature today, from the novels of Joseph Conrad to the works of Isaac Singer, Aleksandar Hemon, Yiyun Li and Xialou Guo.
PEN: Master/Class—Adonis and Jorie Graham
In a rare visit to the States, once-imprisoned Syrian author Adonis, considered by many to be the most important Arab poet, will speak with celebrated American poet Jorie Graham.
Peter Bradley Adams
Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band) to DreamWorks Records in 2002. Since then, Peter has released four solo records as well as an EP with his side project, "Down Like Silver". He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments
"Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks" -Michael Musto/The Village Voice "Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters Diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you've got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett..."
Gado, celebrated cartoonist, animator, and the mastermind behind Kenya’s evening satirical puppet show XYZ, will facilitate a workshop that interrogates the question: does protest art have any future?
In this workshop, n+1 editor Nikil Saval will discuss how to convey and perform the insights of theoretical work in writing aimed at a popular audience.
PEN: Literary Quartet
Writer-editors Morgan Meis and John Freeman speak with acclaimed Festival participants from across the globe on topics including religion, art, and craft.
Paul Muldoon & Wayside Shrines
An evening of poetry and smart rock with the Princeton-based music collective. Wayside Shrines play songs with lyrics by Paul Muldoon, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. He's joined on this occasion by Ila Couch, Chris Harford, Ray Kubian, Norika Manabe and Nigel Smith. They'll be reprising some numbers from The Word on the Street (2013), described by Princeton Magazine as "a life-saving album," as well as some great new songs from their CD in progress.
Lily & Madeleine
Written by a pair of teenaged sisters over the course of their summer vacation and recorded with a band in just a few days, The Weight of the Globe is a musical snapshot of Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz at a pivotal moment in their lives. Madeleine’s off to college, Lily’s sure to follow soon after, and both sisters find themselves pulled in two directions—between a love for the hometown they’ll be leaving behind and their burgeoning wanderlust.
PEN: Workshop—Jackson Taylor
Jackson Taylor will explore structure for writing and teaching in prisons or in post-release settings.
PEN: Workshop—Siri Hustvedt
The inimitable Siri Hustvedt—acclaimed fiction writer, essayist and poet—will draw from neuroscienceresearch, psychoanalysis, and phenomenology to make a case for the embodied character of fictional creativity.
Valerie Ghent: CD Release
Powerhouse recording artist Valerie Ghent regularly wows audiences with her emotive, evocative voice, piano chops to match, and “soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy.” With her bluesy, funky piano style and a stunning 3 ½ octave vocal range, it’s no surprise that she has toured with music legends Ashford & Simpson and Debbie Harry, and shared the stage with artists as diverse as Dr. Maya Angelou, Iggy Pop, Defunkt and Billy Preston.
Ani Cordero: Recordar
Ani Cordero, a beloved Brooklyn alternative world music singer and drummer has set out to re-make an important group of Latin American classic love and protest songs to tell the stories behind their heroic writers from 1930s-1970s. The album, Recordar, co-produced by the legendary Sergio Dias of Brazil’s Os Mutantes, brings old traditions to new audiences with music from the Nueva Canción movement.
PEN: Workshop—Sarah McNally
Sarah McNally, owner of SoHo’s beloved McNally Jackson Books, will lead a workshop on the complicated reality of what sells books.
PEN: Workshop—Deborah Solomon
Deborah Solomon expands on the themes examined in her recent book, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.
PEN: Master/Class—Boris Akunin with Peter Godwin
Russian author Boris Akunin discusses his work and the current state of Russia andEastern Europe with PEN President Peter Godwin.
PEN: Translation Slam
What happens when a poem migrates into another language, not just once but twice? Find out at the Translation Slam, a perennial Festival favorite, where poets, translators, and audience square off in a smart and spirited exchange over meaning, choice, and freedom.
Amanda Martinez: CD Release
Amanda Martinez is a Canadian-based singer/songwriter whose music exultingly blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections, including Latin Dreamland and Cafe Latino.
The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips
THE LIFE + DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS is a 90-minute rock opera that uses an interactive rock-cabaret-variety show format to tell the story of this colorful New Yorker's life (and death, since he's executed at the end). In addition to Kenyon and his all-girl backing band, The Ladies In Waiting, the cast includes Michael Musto, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Flotilla DeBarge, Todd English, and NY1 reporter Asa Aarons (not to mention a host of 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.
Broadway Battles Bullying
Ticket Price: $45
Broadway Battles Bullying Concert will feature Chondra Profit, Heather Parcells, Brian Craft & more. Nightlife’s Dougie Meyer & Greg Hoagland will be emcee for the evening.
PEN: Workshop—Tracy K. Smith
Award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith leads a conversation on the role of the image in contemporary poetry.
PEN: Workshop—Francine Prose
How does a piece of writing start—with language or with an idea? What is most important to writers and to readers? What is the role of style, diction, word choice in what we write—and how we read? American writer Francine Prose will discuss all this—and more.
Belter and bad decision expert Tori Scott, a Garland for the Grindr era, returns to Joe's Pub for another evening of brassy songs and slurred autobiographical stories.
Known for her dark, absurdist humor and "magnetic diva aggression” (New York Times), Erin creates an at once riotous and unexpectedly moving performance about figuring out who you might be. Pop covers and original music score Erin's tales of midwestern family life and her salvation by Bible-Belt Christians, birthday presents and Ypsilanti strippers. Erin Markey at Joe's Pub is directed by Ben Rimalower (Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches) with musical direction by Tony-nominated Kenny Mellman (The Julie Ruin, Kiki and Herb, Our Hit Parade).
Blending intimate vocal performance with the obscure synthetic textures of alt-R&B producer Toulouse, Kiah Victoria emerges from the great city of New York.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.