Joe's Pub, Razia's Shadow, Frisk Me, Tony Kushner, Rachel Maddow, The Public Theater
This week at Joe's Pub, November 26 - December 2, 2012, features performances by Karine Hannah, a night with PigPen Theatre Co., Nicole Henry, Jack Ingram & Radney Foster, Razia's Shadow, Jonah Smith, Maia Vidal, Frisk Me: The Songs of Max Vernon, Alice Smith, Martha Redbone, Emanuel and the Fear, Public Forum Deut: Tony Kushner and Rachel Maddow, and Grace McLean and Them Apples. Details below!
TONIGHT at 7:30 PM
Karine Hannah has successfully honed her four-octave range performing in musical theater, broadcast appearances and numerous live concerts that included a personal invitation from Celine Dion to sing at her wedding. That event proved to be a pivotal moment in Karine's career as renowned songwriter, Diane Warren, after hearing her sing, sent Karine one of her original songs to record. That recording launched a series of offers from major Canadian and U.S. labels that including EMI, Elektra and Sony. However, family obligations, poor management decisions and legal disputes put all deals on hold. Karine then came to New York and with her powerful, passionate vocal delivery, legendary Grammy-winning producer, Jim Steinman, heard a demo and called her "the best singer I have heard since Celine Dion." Karine is currently working on her album for Universal Records/Cash Money Records.
A NIGHT WITH PIGPEN THEATRE CO.
TONIGHT at 9:30 PM
$15 Advanced / $20 Door
The explosively inventive work of the PigPen Theatre Co. features folk storytelling, puppetry, clever staging, live music, and has captured the imagination of critics and audiences alike since they were introduced to the New York stage in 2010 at FringeNYC with The Nightmare Story. Since then, the group has gone on to become the first company in history to win FringeNYC’s highest honor for a play two years running (2010 and 2011 with The Mountain Song), produced their work Off-Broadway, ranked as Huffington Post’s #5 theatrical event of 2011, and of course, finished their undergraduate conservatory training at Pittsburgh’s historic Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Join us at Joe's Pub for a series of shows with the PigPen boys that will feature their signature music in full concert sound. Lush harmonies, banjos, accordions, guitars, drums, pianos and more will bring to life their favorite songs from the debut album, Bremen, and their Off-Broadway production, The Old Man and The Old Moon, running at The Gym at Judson this fall!
November 27 at 7:30 & 9:30 PM
$25 Reserved / $30 Premium
Already firmly established as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed and respected young vocalists, Nicole Henry can't be categorized so simply. Brimming with warm elegance and a powerfully expressive, emotionally resonant voice, Nicole Henry embraces jazz, pop and soul in her live sets. Huffington Post recently said she "emerges hands down as this generation's First Lady of Jazz. She is the genuine article, the dream at last come true, the pretty girl in the melody that haunts you..." The New York Times called her, "a pop-soul superwoman whose every gesture and inflection conveyed confidence and mastery" noting how she "phrases songs with a freewheeling sense of play that never loses sight of the subject at hand." Ms. Henry has earned three international top 10 albums and a reputation as a beguiling live performer, enchanting audiences in over 15 countries. “She has been perfecting the art of mesmerizing audiences... Henry is a vocalist of beautiful sensitivity and solid phrasing.” (All About Jazz) Nicole Henry is able to tell her own story through her flawless connection with each song that "aims for the emotional center." (Billboard) When you see her put on a show, she tells a story, and the audience glows. Henry’s vocal skills are applied to a captivating set of songs encompassing impressive new originals, covers of some '60s and '70s classics, and a trio of vintage jazz numbers. Ms. Henry will also preview some of the songs from her upcoming Live in New York album (due January 2013) which is a tribute to music of the 70s, including songs from Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, and James Taylor.
JACK INGRAM & RADNEY FOSTER
November 28 at 7:00 PM
$25 Reserved / $30 Premium
Two of Texas’s most gifted singer/songwriters, Jack Ingram and Radney Foster, are teaming up for an evening trading songs and stories. The two have long been friends and collaborators, but this is the first time they’ve put their bands aside and headed out on the road together, side by side. Expect them to play hits, classics and a few new ones. Jack Ingram won the Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist” in 2008. The Texas-born thirty-something, steel-eyed veteran has been rocking roadhouses, theaters and stadiums relentlessly since 1997 and he’s been on the short list of next generation artists who could fill the boots of Lone Star legends like Willie and Waylon and the boys. Radney Foster first gained attention as half of the duo Foster & Lloyd (who, with “Crazy Over You” became the first duo in history to top the Country charts with their debut single), and established himself as a solo artist in the early '90s with three critically acclaimed solo albums. Known as a songwriter’s songwriter, his songs have been covered by everyone from Keith Urban and Sarah Evans to Guy Clark and Hootie and the Blowfish.
November 28 at 9:30 PM
November 29 at 7:30 PM
Razia’s Shadow was originally a conceptual rock musical album released by the indie-rock band Forgive Durden in 2008 on Atlantic Records. Drawing on a love for Broadway musicals and a childhood filled with Disney VHS tapes, writers (and brothers) Thomas & Paul Dutton brought to life a story of star-crossed lovers fighting for their love in a divided world, featuring a plethora of guest singers and soaring orchestrations backed by thundering rock drums. After a year of touring and performing Razia’s Shadow, Thomas wanted to bring the album to its next level--the stage. With librettist Lonnie Angle on board, the trio has continued developing the piece with the prestigious Public Theatre of NYC. Exploring themes of tolerance, redemption, and the strength of the human spirit, Razia's Shadow tells a tale of parallel forbidden love stories set in an alternate universe before murder exists. The show was a finalist for this year’s Yale’s Institute for Music Theatre as well as NAMT’s New Works Festival.
November 29 at 9:30 PM
$12 Advance / $15 Door
Award-winning songwriter, Jonah Smith has been a staple on the New York music scene since his debut record 2001. In 2012, he released his fifth studio album, Little Known Cure a self-assured collection of songs that range from the gritty folk of "Big Box Town" to the orchestral "There's Nothing To Do In This Town". Smith is known to lead one of the tightest bands in New York with musicians that can play over four hours of his material on command. After twelve years in New York, Smith is relocating to Los Angeles. This is his final New York performance as a local. "Mr. Smith’s folk songs are equally well suited to downtown lounges and rural front porches, and his languid, easy vocals are pleasantly textured" – New York Times
November 30 at 7:30 PM
$12 Advance / $15 Door
The 24-year-old chanteuse has quickly won the hearts of fans all across Europe and Japan with her majestic indie pop-folk songs. Maïa Vidal uses violins, accordion, guitar, percussion, toy instruments and her distinctive, strong and moving voice to compose and arrange her own unique music. She blends modern, confident songwriting with shades of old world melodies, and takes us on a journey that is at once sweet and painfully honest, yet never loses its sense of wonderment. Her debut album, God Is My Bike (Crammed Discs), was released in the US October 30, 2012.
FRISK ME: THE SONGS OF Max Vernon
November 30 at 9:30 PM
Max Vernon, a veteran of both the anti-folk and queer downtown scene has emerged as one of the most exciting and innovative voices in contemporary musical theatre. Having received raves in the New Yorker, New York Post, W, Time Out, and New York Magazine, Max Vernon is returning to Joe's Pub for a one night musical event. Frisk Me: The Songs of Max Vernon, will feature some of the most incredible performers on Broadway and in the downtown theater world. Presenting highlights from Max's musicals, including WIRED (Ars Nova) and Sugarbaby (Tisch). Special guests include Christopher Jackson (In The Heights), Robert Petkoff (Ragtime, Anything Goes), Saycon Sengbloh (Hair, Fela! Wicked), Lady Rizo (Lady Rizo: Unescorted), Sarah Stiles (Into The Woods, Avenue Q), Alyse Alan Louis (Mamma Mia), Jo Lampert (The Last Goodbye, Marie Antoinette), Maiysha (2009 Best Urban/Alternative Grammy Award nominee), Molly Pope (Our Hit Parade, The Material World), Nathan Lee Graham (The Wild Party, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Sheri Sanders (Rock The Audition), Larkin Bogan (American Idiot, Hair), and Lacrymosa (indie singer-songwriter). "Max Vernon, a pouty twenty-one-year-old piano virtuoso whose compositions are so nuanced (and so well sung)." - New Yorker