Antony and Cleopatra
At the fringes of a war-torn empire, a man and a woman have fallen desperately, passionately in love. But for a soldier set to enforce the imperial will and the queen intent on throwing off the yoke of the empire, there is no place for personal desire.
Cynthia Sayer: The Banjo Show
Ticket Price: $20
Internationally celebrated banjo master Cynthia Sayer returns to Joe’s Pub with her band on a mission to reveal the unexpected musical range of the “other” banjo – the 4-string – in “The Banjo Show,” a swing-based, eclectic program that includes hot jazz, tango, American Songbook favorites, roots, vaudeville, classical, and more. Contemporary, edgy, and soulful, Cynthia Sayer is regarded as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today.
Ticket Price: $12
Champagne Jerry, also known as Neal Medlyn, is a rapper and performance artist who, along with his main producer, Max Tannone and his onstage entourage, the Champagne Club, seek to transform the world every single time they hit the stage. Real beats, real rapping, real champagne, real realness.
The Artists Exchange
Nona Hendryx in Transformation: Nona's Rebirth
Ticket Price: $25
An installation and performance, inspired by working with musicians, sound designers, Alternative and Interactive media artists, some of them not born or just learning to walk when I started experimenting with synthesizers that seemed 'unmusical'. Segue @ 8:10 into NONA REWIRED - A collaboration between Hendryx and Berklee college’s Electronic Production and Design (EPD) Department.
Nona Hendryx: Nona Revisited
Ticket Price: $35
Music of Women Who Rock & Funk; a show of solid Feminine energy featuring songs by Big Mama Thornton, Labelle, Chaka Khan, Mother's Finest, Sugar Pie DeSanto and songs from my solo recordings with my A Team: Ronny Drayton (funkin' & rockin' gtr's), Trevor Gale (killin' a drum set) and Ooo Chil Cheese, Warren McRae (Bass in yo face) and Etienne Stadwijk (Multiple Keys).
Bob Dorough: School House Rock
Bob Dorough, the 90-year-old jazz legend, wrote "Three is a Magic Number" and dozens of other memorable songs for ABC TV's Schoolhouse Rock. His fans have included Miles Davis, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Jamie Cullum, Blossom Dearie, Diana Krall, and many, many more... Join the legendary Bob Dorough for an intimate set celebrating his many different forays into entertainment that have brought so much joy over the years.
The Steel Wheels
Ticket Price: $15
The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler's unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker's fiddle, Brian Dickel's upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing.
Rory O'Malley: PUB CRAWL
You've seen Rory O'Malley "Turn It Off" for his Tony nominated role in THE BOOK OF MORMON. Now see the world premiere of his show PUB CRAWL, Rory's biographical tale of being raised in an Irish pub in Cleveland by his single mom and all the bar's eclectic patrons. Rory tells this hilarious coming of age story using classic Irish pub songs from The Wolftones, U2, Van Morrison and more with music direction from Tony and Grammy Award winner, Stephen Oremus.
On April 16th, Shannon McNally, along with producer and recent Grammy-winner Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack, released Small Town Talk, a moving tribute to the genius of Bobby Charles and his catalog. The hit songs Bobby Charles wrote in the ‘50s and ‘60s were massive hits for artists like Fats Domino and Bill Haley & The Comets and are incredible slices of early rock and roll. Small Town Talk features 14 tracks penned by Charles that were handpicked by McNally, Rebennack, and Charles himself before his death in 2010.
Lera Lynn w/ special guest Ben Fields
There’s a haunting voice that can conjure up country legends and the best of the singer songwriters. There’s an understated presence and raw talent. There’s a writer in full command of her craft, who never sacrifices emotion for style.
Benjamin Walker's Find The Funny
Ticket Price: $10
Benjamin Walker, the critically acclaimed star of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and the upcoming 20th Century Fox Film, ABRRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTERš presents and performs in FIND THE FUNNY – which he created and hosts.
Todd wants to be a rock star, but he's living in London in 1349, and the plague keeps getting in his way. With ultimatums from loved ones getting him down and the ghost of his former bandmate pressuring him to make a choice, Todd tries to navigate the dangers around him and to balance the forces of art and service in his life. Half rock show and half medieval morality play, this new musical follows a young man's struggle to decide between what he wants to do and what he thinks the world needs from him.
The Joey Arias Experience
On the heels of a 2-week tour of Europe, Joey Arias returns to Joe's Pub with an encore performance of The Joey Arias Experience, which enjoyed a sold out residency at the Pub this past November. Drawing on his life-long affinity for music, Arias takes you on a journey across musical genres (jazz, pop, rock, experimental) that spans his earliest musical influences; his days at Capitol Records; his tenure as the lead singer of Strange Party (an influence on the Talking Heads); and his original songs from Jazzo~Lozzo, an album that quite literally made Arias "big in Japan" with the album's release there and subsequent tour.
Let Yourself Go: An Evening with Irving Berlin
Under the guidance of two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, “Let Yourself Go: An Evening of Irving Berlin” is the culmination of a cabaret course taught during the Fall 2013 semester at Ball State University. “Let Yourself Go” will feature 11 graduating musical theatre BFA seniors in NYC's most celebrated showcase venue for live music and performance.
Justin Vivian Bond: The Drift
In The Drift Justin Vivian Bond creates a new, free associative, collage of spoken word and song inspired by The story of Karen Stone, a retired actress who drifts from one space to another -either in her mind, in couture or in bed.
Flamenco Festival 2014: Rosario Toledo: Pintoresca
This explosive young dancer presents a tour-de-force exploration of her path to flamenco. Not only a master of the form, Rosario Toledo is a performer of star caliber. There is so much joy that comes across in her dancing it’s hard not to love her! She will present Pintoresca, a breathtaking show of Nuevo Flamenco with the collaboration of guitarist Dani de Morón, a prominent new name in flamenco today.
Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
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Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks continues her longstanding residency as The Public’s Master Writer Chair with an explosively powerful drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love.
Martha Graham Cracker
After a string of sold out shows and Village Voice and Time Out critic picks at Joe's in 2013, the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret returns with two different shows in one night. This balls-to-the-wall drag cabaret is hosted by Martha Graham Cracker, who may be the world's tallest and hairiest drag queen. Backed by a four-piece live band, Martha Graham Cracker, hailed as "The Drag Queen King" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, performs new arrangements and mashups of songs by artists ranging from Prince and Crowded House to Motley Crue and Nina Simone, and a bit of everything in between.
Sarah Kay's NYC Book Release
Join best-selling author and spoken word poet Sarah Kay for a night of poetry, music, and celebration, as she officially releases her debut collection of poems, No Matter the Wreckage. Exclusive advanced copies of the new book will be available at the show, and Sarah will be accompanied by a roster of talented friends including Arthur Lewis, Andy Suzuki, and other surprise guests!
Banda Magda String Orchestra
Ticket Price: $18
Led by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda move from samba to jazz manouche, from Greek dance rhythms to samba beats. Their songs, sung in French (with forays into six other languages), hearken back to the golden age of Brazilian bossa, the best of cinematic arranging, and the lush chic of vintage French pop, all while drawing on the band’s global background. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show).
Lo’Jo has developed its unique world music profile ever since singer and keyboardist Denis Péan and violinist and kora-player Richard Bourreau first got together 30 years ago in their hometown of Angers, western France. The six-piece band’s stated obsession has remained the same - to make music unlike any already in existence.
The Meeting* Hosted by Justin Sayre
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will continue its three-month engagement at JOE’S PUB at The Public Theater on Sunday, February 16 at 9:30 PM with a celebration of stage and screen star Bernadette Peters. After a highly-successful run at 54 Below, the show has returned to its downtown roots for an exciting winter/spring season. The February show will feature special guests Karen Mason, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Carole J. Bufford, Gabrielle Stravelli, Connor Donahue and Carlo Maria. Tracy Stark serves as Musical Director.
Drama Club: An Evening with Tevye and Chava
Inspired by Alisa Solomon’s Wonder of Wonders, a new cultural history of Fiddler on the Roof, the evening will trace how successive generations of storytellers used Sholom-Aleichem’s characters to reflect changing concerns about family, identity, and more. Featuring Harvey Fierstein, Sheldon Harnick, Austin Pendleton, and Alisa Solomon.
Mike Daisey: Stories from the Speakeasy
Mike Daisey, hailed as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times, is the preeminent monologist in the American theater today. He has been compared to a modern-day Mark Twain and a latter-day Orson Welles for his provocative monologues that combine the political and the personal, weaving secret histories with hilarity and heart.
A Second Chance
A stirring musical journey of a recent widower and a divorcée who meet in mid-life. Presented with the overwhelming challenge of freeing themselves from their painful pasts, unanticipated feelings passionately draw them together and lead them to uncover something they both least expected to find.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory For The Sullen is the first installment of the new collaboration between Stars Of The Lid member Adam Wiltzie and L.A. composer Dustin O’Halloran. The duo agreed to leave the comfort zone of their home studios and develop the recordings with the help of large acoustic spaces, hunting down a selection of 9ft grand pianos that had the ability to deliver extreme sonic low end. Other traditional instrumentation was used including string quartet, French horn, and bassoon, but always juxtaposed is the sound of drifting guitar washed melodies.
John Cameron Mitchell & Holly Hunter
Ticket Price: $30
The first installment of A Good Read, a reading series of classic works of prose and poetry presented by performers from all walks of the verbal arts curated by John Cameron Mitchell. "Large and Startling Figures" celebrates the classic Southern American short story.
Ticket Price: $14
Leading the new generation of soul crooners, Paul Loren sings songs that will make you move.
Feminist Press presents the First Annual Feminist Ball
Ticket Price: $45 - $250
Feminist Press celebrates Women’s History Month with the First Annual Feminist Ball featuring emcee Michaela Angela Davis and performances by Justin Vivian Bond, Brown Girls Burlesque, and more!
Flamenco Festival 2014: Sonia Olla: Tiempo Al Aire
Dancer Sonia Olla, established in New York after dancing with all the big flamenco companies in Spain (Maria Pagés, Canales) will present her new show. Tiempo al Aire is a soulful performance that captures the emotion and passion of both traditional and innovative flamenco, this show explores new concepts while maintaining the essence and integrity of Flamenco.
Moby Dick, Part III: The Ballad of Pip
“The Ballad of Pip” is the middle section of a forthcoming, large-form communal theater event based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Arborea with special guest Cassandra Jenkins
Since 2005, Maine based wife and husband Avant Folk duo Shanti and Buck Curran have released 5 albums, curated two various artist compilations ('Leaves of Life' and 'We Are All One, In the Sun': a tribute to Robbie Basho), and performed throughout the US, UK, and Europe...including sessions on the BBC, NPR, WNYC, and WXPN.
The Hot Sardines
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines, an NYC outfit (with a tap dancer) that’s been called “consistently electrifying live” (Popmatters). The Sardine sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans.
Flamenco Festival 2014: Silvia Perez Cruz & Raul Fernandez Refree Cruzmiro
A captivating singer and performer, Cruz is a winner of both a Goya Award – Spain´s most prestigious film awards – for best original song in acclaimed film Blancanieves (Snow White), and a recipient of the 2013 Gold Award Disc for her album November 11.
Fuel Fandango is the new project of Ale Acosta, producer and DJ that already surprised the audience with his former band, Mojo Project, considered a cult band with three albums in the market. Other highlights in his career are the productions, mixes and re-mixes done for important Spanish artists such as Enrique Morente, Buika, Chambao, Muchachito, El Bicho or The PinkerTones among others.
Our Lady J
New York ex-pat Our Lady J paints the church pink with Gospel for the Godless, an exhilarating musical celebration of original songs penned by the Lady herself and accompanied by the Train-to-Kill Gospel Choir. Inspired by conventional Gospel music, this show is anything BUT traditional, promising to deliver you from your woes, sans the usual dogmatic baggage.
TRANS Formative: An Evening of Songs that Propel Us
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.
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.
PT Walkley's songs emerge as fully-formed catchy pop nuggets with hooks galore. Power pop-rock and classic R&B combine in the songs from Shoulders.
Ubu Sings Ubu Band
UBU SINGS UBU is a cover band playing the obscenely classic songs of cult band Pere Ubu, as sung by the classically obscene character of Pere Ubu from Ubu Roi. With Tony Torn (Ubu/Vocals), Julie Atlas Muz (Ma Ubu), Vera Beren (Queen Of Poland/Keys/Theremin), Emmitt Joe George (Captain Edge, Bass, Backing Vocals), Matt Butterfield (Bougrelas, Guitar, backing vocals), Patrick "Paddymyke" Conlon (King Of Poland, Drums), Dan Safer (Co-Director/Bear).
Described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star”, Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow.
International dance music superband Company Freak is the mastermind of recognized producer-DJ-journalist Jason King: their deep-pocket, sophisticated dance pop is a throwback to 1970s and 80s orchestral disco, soul and funk when groups like Chic, Change, Kool and the Gang, Boney M, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and Midnight Star ruled the airwaves.
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..."
Never Sleep Alone
Ticket Price: $25 - $30
Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! 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.
Mates Of State
Mates of State have made a new album called "Mountaintops." You already love Jason and Kori's unmistakable music, or perhaps you've managed to miss out or have simply misunderstood just how great -- and yes, influential -- they and their sound and their songs are.
Lisbon-born Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza has it all: excellent repertoire, a mesmerizing, expressive and versatile voice that glides effortlessly through a huge range of registers, and a spellbinding, charismatic stage presence. Whether she is singing the plaintive morna (the Cape Verdean variation of the blues) or an exuberant batuco, Souza is always convincing owing to her swingy jazz sense of timing and her virtuoso voice full of nuances from the highest to the lowest notes she sings.
Jesus on the Mainline / Natalie Cressman
A fifteen piece rag-tag group of New York's finest young musicians, Jesus On The Mainline has played to capacity crowds since their inception in late 2012. Led by GRAMMY-nominated musician Andrew Neesley, their music is reminiscent of The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, The Black Crowes, with a dash of Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin for good measure. Listen for their epic soul cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" and the striking original songs of Andrew Neesley and Tim Emmerick.
Susanna is the Norwegian singer and founder of the former duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, founded in 2000 with keyboard player Morten Qvenild.
Kyra Miller -- actress, singer, hometown girl -- sings from the American songbook to illustrate this classic New York story about blind ambition, fairy tales, Rabbis, baseball, and electrolysis.
The Stray Birds: CD Release
When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs.
Ben Watt with Bernard Butler
After twenty years in Everything But The Girl, and ten years as a respected DJ and record label boss of Buzzin' Fly, Ben Watt announced last year he was parking everything to complete two long-planned creative solo projects.
Roy Nathanson & Sotto Voce
It's no wonder that Roy Nathanson's forthcoming new album with Sotto Voce (Enja/Yellowbirds Records) is called Complicated Day. The consummate multitasker, Nathanson continually balances a schedule that's exhausting just to think about. Musician and bandleader, composer and poet, educator and actor, the downtown NYC mainstay is forever looking to expand his artistic reach. On Complicated Day, he's done so once again, augmenting the group's spoken word format with a greater emphasis on sung lyrics.
Storm Large is a singer, actor, author and playwright whose unique charms and remarkable voice are quickly creating a space within the performing arts world that has been awaiting such an iconoclastic talent. Born in Massachusetts yet honing her skills in rock clubs up and down the West Coast, her voice has taken her from the crummiest of dumps to the stage of Carnegie Hall in front of The Detroit Symphony, with conductor Leonard Slatkin.
The Losers Lounge
The Losers Lounge is back with at Joe's Pub on April 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2014 with all of the incredible songs, great performances, irreverent antics and special guests that you can only find at The Losers Lounge.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.