An OG Joe’s Pub VIP who’s been a member of the family since the very beginning, Julian Fleisher is a pillar of New York’s downtown performance scene who’s been mixing his unique blend of pop, jazz, rock, and soul for audiences from Lincoln Center to the East Village’s storied Starlight Bar and Lounge. A restless creative spirit who is equally at home in a musical, a recording studio, or on the stage of a nightclub, Julian doesn’t care a fig about genre, era, or any other category that keeps great songs well-sung from being shared lustily among contenting adults. From Porter to Prince, Gershwin to Ga-Ga, from Joni to Janet, and Berlin to Beyoncé, if it swings it sings. With an assist from his barn-burning Rather Big Band — who the Washington Post accused of “blowing the roof off of Joe’s Pub” — Julian will tear through a set of songs both new and familiar that examine that feeling we call “Love” from every possible angle — bottom to top.
A favorite collaborator who has shared the stage with everyone from Kenny Mellman and Justin Vivian Bond to Molly Ringwald, Mo Rocca, Justin Elizabeth Sayre, Nellie McKay, Jennifer Holliday, Bridget Everett, Martha Plimpton, Amber Martin, C. C. White, Nathan Lee Graham, Isaac Mizrahi, and many more, Julian will be joined this time by partner-in-crime Ana Gasteyer who’ll preview some of the songs from her upcoming album (which Julian produced), Sugar and Booze. Julian’s been described as a “Downtown nightclub supernova” by the LA Times, producing “smart, genre-busting pop” by The New York Times Magazine and able to “get away with anything” by the mysterious star-chamber that is the iTunes editorial staff. Join him for this one-night-only, all-out, all-in, all-inclusive celebration of Love On Top.