Joe's Pub has announced its upcoming performances, July 16-22, 2012, including "All Aboard the Soul Train: A Tribute to Don Cornelius," Tori Scott, Jeff LeBlanc, Carolyn Wonderland, Our Hit Parade, David Dondero, Amy LaVere, Josh Rouse, Eleni Mandell, Batz, Howard Fishman, Amber Martin, Quarteto Olinda and Pedro Moraes. See full details below!
ALL ABOARD: THE SOUL TRAIN – A TRIBUTE TO DON CORNELIUS
WITH MEMBERS OF James Brown’S ORIGINAL BAND
July 16 at 9:30pm
$25 Reserved / $35 Premium
Broadway's most powerful voices join members of James Browns original band to pay tribute to Don Cornelius, Soul Train’s legendary television host who brought black culture and music into America's living rooms.100% of the proceeds will go to Hope North, a 40-acre campus in Uganda where refugees, orphans, and former child soldiers find a place to call home. Produced and directed by Amy Birnbaum/Soul Deep Productions.
Guests will include: Capathia Jenkins (Newsies), Chester Gregory (Sister Act), Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening), Michael James Scott (Book Of Mormon), C.E Smith (Leap of Faith), Maurice Murphy (Spelling Bee), Lillias White (Fela!), Saycon Senblah (Hair), Ryan Shaw (award winning recording artist), Anwar Robinson (American Idol), Jamie Cepero (TV's Smash), Destan Owens (Rent), Jerry Dixon (award winning writer, actor, producer), Darius Anthony Harper (Book Of Mormon Nat. Tour).
July 17 at 7:30pm
Belter and bad decision expert Tori Scott makes her Joe’s Pub debut with an evening of songs ranging from Judy Garland to Cee Lo Green. She has graced the stages of The Duplex, the Laurie Beechman, the Metropolitan Room, and every gay bar on the Eastern Seaboard; on television, she's counted to 20 as a singing garbage woman on Sesame Street and dubbed the vocals of a singing hooker on HBO's "Cathouse: The Musical." Now, she brings Joe's Pub her signature mix of stories, standards, and songs that were already on her iPod and didn't seem like they'd be that hard to learn. Written by Tori Scott and Adam Hetrick, Musical Direction by Jesse Kissel.
w/ special guest Rhianna LaRocque
July 17 at 9:30pm
$15 Advance / $18 Door
Jeff LeBlanc is using his college degree a little differently than he first envisioned. His immediately familiar-sounding blend of pop and acoustic rock quickly took him from dorm room concerts at Sacred Heart University to a 60-date tour of colleges across the country, where he was praised as everything from "the new John Mayer" to an artist "perfectly in tune with his audience." His new album, "Worth Holding On To", was self-released last August and quickly rose to #3 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. He's become a staple on the Sirius/XM Coffee House channel, even grabbing a nomination for their "Singer/Songwriter Discovery of 2011". Jeff's recently toured with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Nathanson, Brett Dennen, David Archuleta and many more.
Rhianna LaRocque has come a long way since spending Sunday afternoons in her hometown of Severna Park, MD, singing Spice Girls songs into her hairbrush. Today, in the midst of releasing her second EP, Rhianna has evolved into a unique and versatile singer-songwriter whose music combines a level of introspection beyond her years with the wide-eyed sincerity of someone always trying to learn and gro…w. Floating over rolling chord patterns, Rhianna’s voice has one quality that stands out above many others – honesty. Her voice is real, unembellished and reminiscent of a time when a guitar and a voice was all you needed to say something beautiful. Lucky for us, she’s only just begun talking.
July 18 at 7:30pm
A triple threat with her diverse songwriting, soulful vocals, and guitar goddess status — all featured on over twenty CDs — Carolyn Wonderland has a pedigree in this business that’s hard to match. A bit of a renegade, she likes to incorporate elements of blues, country, swing, zydeco, surf, gospel, soul, and some nights, maybe even a cumbia into the musical mix.
Recent years have seen Wonderland stretching out musically, working some expert whistling and scat singing into her shows. In addition to her trusty guitar, “Patty,” Carolyn has been regularly playing her trumpet, and even occasionally the accordion, mandolin, or keys…she is threatening to take up nose flute if someone doesn’t stop her…
Wonderland’s songs have been featured on NBC’s Homicide, Fox’s Time of Your Life, & Houston NORML even made a video PSA set to Carolyn’s Annie’s Scarlet Letter. She has toured with acts like Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, sat-in with String Cheese Incident, Robert Earl Keen, and Los Lobos, and even sang the “National Anthem” at Sturgis Bike Week 2003 — her 10th anniversary playing Sturgis — before Robbie Kneivel’s record-breaking jump over one hundred Harleys. Recently, she was a panelist at the University of Texas LBJ Library’s “Instruments of Freedom” Forum with Kinky Friedman, Marcia Ball, Jerry Jeff Walker and others. She’s been lucky enough to jam with mentors and friends like Bob Dylan, Eddy Shaver and Ray Benson. Most recently, Wonderland was named the 2009 Winner of Best Female Vocalist and Best Blues Band at the Austin Music Awards.
OUR HIT PARADE
starring Bridget Everett, Kenny Mellman, and Neal Medlyn
July 18 at 9:30pm
OUR HIT PARADE is a live top-ten countdown show created by Tony nominee and Obie winner Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb), carnal chanteuse Bridget Everett (At Least It's Pink at Ars Nova), pop song opera impresario Neal Medlyn (Neal Medlyn's Unpronounceable Symbol at P.S. 122), producer and MTV cameraman Brendan Kennedy, and writers Ada Calhoun and Peter Schjeldahl. The show is inspired by the musical sketch series Your Hit Parade that ran on radio and then television from 1935 to 1959. On that show, cast members performed the week's most popular songs as comically literal skits. In this show, the hosts and special guest stars from the local performance scene present their renditions of current popular hits live on stage!Rotating guests include: Billy Eichner, Molly Pope, Lady Rizo, Randy Harrison, Jenn Harris, Murray Hill, Sherry Vine, Corn Mo, The Wau Wau Sisters, and many more…
July 19 at 7:30pm
Few songwriters have experienced and expressed the sinking depths and uplifting optimism of humanity like David Dondero, and his ability to shine a light on the human condition (his own included) is inspiring. Dondero is best known for his narrative tales of America. Having spent most of his life on the road, Dave uses his staggering lyrical talent to paint tales of life in the US of A through clever word play and sarcastic humor (as represented in the album title) about some of life’s most sensitive subjects.
July 19 at 9:30pm
Hailed by critics as “a uniquely Memphis blend of grit and delicacy” and “filled with just enough charm to melt the heart,” Amy LaVere is an American singer, songwriter, bass player, and storyteller. She has recorded four releases on the Archer Records label - This World Is Not My Home (2005), Anchors & Anvils (2007), an EP, Died of Love (2009), and Stranger Me (2011).
Appearances on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland, Conan O’Brien, the Royal Albert Hall and Germany’s Rolling Stone Festival have introduced her to audiences around the world. Amy’s newest album, Stranger Me, was produced with noted UK producer/engineer Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire). In addition to her songwriting prowess, Amy is quite the upright bass player. As the late Jim Dickinson (her former producer) once said, “She can triple–slap the upright bass like Willie Dixon on steroids.”