Wake Up Madagascar featuring Jaojoby and Razia and special guests Saramba and Charles Kely
Ticket Price: $30
Singer, songwriter and environmental activist Razia Said spent her childhood in the vanilla-growing region of Madagascar’s northeast coast. After years of living abroad, she returned to discover her country’s landscape ravaged by illegal logging, slash and burn agriculture and the impact of climate change.
Here Lies Love
Mike Daisey: Yes This Man
Mike Daisey tackles what we don’t like talking about: how our world is built on the subjugation and ownership of women, and how men perpetuate that violence every day. Rejecting simple catchphrases and rote thinking, Daisey doesn’t try to speak for women—instead he interrogates his own history and choices as a way of framing a human discussion about how it could be possible to live an authentic life where we actually see one another. Gender, sex, violence, and passion mix together with dark humor as he does his best to try and tell an untellable story.
Billy Lewis Jr.
Counterplay Records is proud to present Billy Lewis Jr. - EP Release and Live Performance! Billy is an emerging singer/songwriter from NYC (by way of Long Island). While Billy has a solid history as a stage performer, this marks his debut live performance as an independent, original recording artist.
Revenge, rage, grief and delusion thunder upon the Delacorte as Tony® and Emmy® Award winner John Lithgow takes the stage as one of theater’s great tragic heroes, KING LEAR. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs Shakespeare’s classic drama about a King who loses everything—including his mind—when he disowns his favorite daughter, and finds himself betrayed in return.
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.
Brasil Summerfest presents Monday Michiru
Ticket Price: $15
Classically trained on flute, Monday Michiru is credited as one of the forefront pioneers of the early '90s acid jazz movement in Japan and known for "crafting danceable but artistically significant Brazilian flavored acid-jazz and soul with an underground flair."
Freestyle Love Supreme
Freesytle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. Five performers take the crowd on a non-stop hip hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers
Midlake (Acoustic) / Chris Grace
An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties. In the case of Denton, Texas' favourite sons Midlake, it's the perfect title for a bold response to a new phase in the band's illustrious career, with a re-jigged line-up and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.
Brasil Summerfest presents BaianaSystem
BaianaSystem explores new sound possibilities for the “guitara baiana”. The sound of this unique instrument- a mini electric guitar popularized in Salvador’s Carnival -- is reinvented with influences of Brazilian, African and Jamaican musical styles. In the hands of the creator of the project, Robertinho Barreto, the little guitar harmoniously dialogues with the syncopations of Afro beat and percussive rhythms of Bahia together with the psychedelica of dub and electronica.
New Orleans musicians laid the cornerstone for a large swath of American music, and Allen Toussaint is among the city’s most gifted players. As a composer, arranger, producer, pianist and singer, Allen has created an enduring body of work that includes local hits by Irma Thomas and Lee Dorsey; songs covered by Glen Campbell, the Rolling Stones and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss; national hits by Ernie K-Doe and LaBelle; and collaborations with Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello, all in addition to his own recording career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in July, 2013.
Join Cynthia Hopkins for an intimate evening of songs new and old, drawn from her extraordinary legacy of live performance works. For this special event, Hopkins will also share experiments in storytelling, including an excerpt from her new adventure in filmmaking, the Alcoholic Movie Musical.
Dahka band's music can be described as world music sound with a modern approach. We infuse traditional music from Algeria, Nigeria, and Turkey and make it into something new by mixing rock, funk, etc. Our lyrics are in Arabic, Berber, West African Yoruba, and English. We sing to rock instrumentation, like electric and bass guitars, tenor saxophone, drums, African and Latin percussion.
Broadway Sings Its Heart Out: the 2nd Annual Big Ol' Fancy Pants Benefit for Zara Aina
Broadway's best sing for Zara Aina! The hottest voices on the stage will lead a fundraising performance to benefit at-risk children in Madagascar. Hosted by Broadway actors and Zara Aina founders Lucas Caleb Rooney and Bryce Pinkham, it's a smoking line up of talented big hearted softies lending their voices to a great cause. Zara Aina, which means "share life" in Malagasy, aims to provide children with tools to succeed as students and story tellers by producing their original works of theatre, and touring those works to communities in need.
CastAndLoose Live! Benefit Performance
Based on the Tumblr created and curated by actress and writer Lynne Marie Rosenberg, CastAndLoose brings you “your daily dose of show business misogyny, racism and general absurdity”. Submit yourself to an evening of the world’s worst breakdowns; a hilarious mix of stereotypes, pigeon-holing and requests for tasteful, non-union nudity, re-enacted by our soon-to-be-announced special guests!
Haas Kowert Tice
The Trio of Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert is a confluence of three of the most exciting young voices in acoustic music today. While each member carries an impressive resume of professional experience, it is the devotion to collaboration and the pursuit of a unique group sound that sets them apart.
Noura Mint Seymali
Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Having begun her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her legendary step-mother Dimi Mint Abba, Noura was reared in a transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce in the dynamic language of the Moorish griot.
The Pump and Dump: A Parentally Incorrect Comedy Show and Night Out, For Once
The Pump and Dump is a parents' night out, designed to laugh away a kid-filled day while throwing a few back and remembering who we all were before we had children. Comedian/musician Shayna Ferm and her sidekick, MC Doula, host this raucous evening of comedy, inappropriate music, games, prizes, drinking, swearing and parental commiseration. Live musical performances are spread throughout the evening with songs like “Eat Your F-ing Food” and “When I Die, I Want to Come Back as a Dad.”
NYC based 6-piece jazz ensemble Carte Blanche breathes new life into jazz classics from around the world. Effortlessly transitioning from 20’s and 30’s American jazz standards to 40’s Parisian swing, bossa nova, cumbia, Russian, Yiddish, and Italian selections, the band’s dynamic and engaging act is a time capsule filled with vintage international musical gems- many of them rarely heard live.
John Early: Literally Me
John Early is a comedian, actor, and filmmaker based in New York. He is an Artist in Residence and Comedy Curator at Ars Nova, where he hosts the monthly variety show Showgasm. He co-hosts Crime & Punishment at Cake Shop with frequent collaborator Kate Berlant. Their live sketch show Hey™ has been performed at Union Hall, UCB, and The Virgil in Los Angeles.
Erin and her Cello : Petits Bisous CD Release Show
Ticket Price: $14
Erin and Her Cello have been charming audiences with their quirky, vivacious, and undeniably unique (Strings Magazine) performances all over the east coast. From Joe's Pub to BAM, Rockwood Music Hall to World Café Live, this kooky songstress, her stringed soul mate, and her six person band, simply cannot be confined to one musical genre. Their new album, “Petits Bisous” packs a retro punch -- playfully melding 50’s/60’s doo wop, surf rock, jazz, funk, and french pop. And as always, this winner of Stand Up NY’s “Music is a Joke” contest, and darling of the downtown comedy scene, underscores every song with deft wit.
Gaucho with special guest Gordon Webster: Thinking of You Album Release
Gaucho, San Francisco's local heroes ( Best Jazz Band 2009 SFweekly, Pixar, Cars 2 DVD, Metropolitan Museum of Art Mymet.com) are back at Joe's Pub August 2nd to release their new 45 RPM RECORD/12 Song Digital Download. At its simplest form Gaucho is a gypsy jazz band, however their love of music stretches far beyond that to the music of the great jazz age, guitarists Teddy Bunn and Oscar Moore and Charlie Christian. The new record features 12 new songs by bandleader Dave Ricketts, who is equally inspired by Fats Domino and Hoagy Carmichal, as he is by Jimmie Rodgers, Brian Wilson and Lennon/McCartney. This concert will tie it all together! Gaucho is VERY happy to be joined by New York’s own Gordon Webster: a world-class pianist and longtime friend of the band.
The Deslondes with Feral Foster & special guests
The Deslondes are a New Orleans-based country-soul, swamp-boogie band. In their writing and performing, they combine elements of early Stax, Sun and Atlantic records with the influence of a more raw, stripped-down sound gleaned off field recordings from Alan Lomax and Mississippi Records catalogue.
Karsh Kale -Collective Sessions w special guests
Described by Billboard Magazine as a “visionary composer and producer”, Karsh Kale is one of global music’s brightest stars. In the past 12 years as a solo recording artist, producer, composer, live performer and DJ, Karsh has set the world of electronic fusion on fire and has helped to create a genre of new music and culture that continues to influence an entire generation.
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