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Featured this week, January 7 through the 13th, at Joe's Pub at The Public are Noche Flamenca, Drew Gasparini, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, The Hot Sardines, Folk Wandering in Convert, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra, Samita Sinha, Cherry Poppin Daddies, Thomas Dolby, Bettye Lavette, Nomadic Massive, Lea DeLaria & Janette Mason, Globalfest 2013, JVP, del aria, Hoffman & NJJ and Marcia Ball.
Tonight at 7:00 & 9:30 PM
January 8 at 7:00 PM
$35 Reserved / $45 VIP
The dazzling Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, whose vitality, energy and passion have won accolades around the world, returns for a special limited engagement filled with spectacular dancing, cathartic song, and virtuosic guitar. Noche Flamenca maintains the essence, purity and integrity of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms, creating powerful performances that radiate off the intimate Joe's Pub stage. The company was founded in 1993 by artistic director Martin Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife Soledad Barrio. Recognized as the world's leading flamenco touring company, Noche has been hailed for its authentic performances of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms - without the use of tricks or gimmicks.
Drew Gasparini PRESENTS
THE MOST OFFENSIVE NIGHT OF MUSICAL THEATRE
Tonight at 11:30 PM
For the first time anywhere, Drew Gasparini is assembling New York's most esteemed composers to write the most offensive awful, graphic and hilarious songs to grace the stage. This completely R-rated comedy delves into the issues that matter. Like sexism. Racism. And why two siblings who love each other can't get married in the state of New York. Hot off the back of recording his debut music theatre album, the title track "I Could Use a Drink" will be recorded live at the show. Exciting? Yeah we thought so. With material written by: Drew Gasparini (Crazy, Just Like Me, Smash), Michael R. Jackson, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk (Samantha Brown), Zoe Sarnak (A Lasting Impression), Michael Kimmel (The Last Goodbye), Kelly McIntyre, Jonathan Monro, Shapiro & Christensen. Special guests include Alex Wyse (Lysistrata Jones, Triassic Parq), Brandon Ellis (ONCE), Alex Brightman (Wicked, Glory Days), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked), Andrew Kober (Hair), Nadia Quinn (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Summer and Eve, Keith White, Monet Sabel, more to be announced shortly!
Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS
With Special Guests Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band and Champagne Jerry
January 8 at 9:30 PM
Bridget Everett returns to Joe's Pub in January with special guests Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band and Champagne Jerry. Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She's been dubbed "Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks" by Michael Musto from the Village Voice. She has appeared frequently on Time Out New York's annual list of top cabaret performers, ranking number one in 2010 on a list which included Alan Cumming and Elaine Stritch. Bridget co-hosts Our Hit Parade, a sold-out monthly revue of current pop hits, with Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb) and Neal Medlyn at Joe's Pub. She starred in the original musical At Least It's Pink based on her life which she co-wrote with director Michael Patrick King (writer/director of hit tv series Sex and the City) and Mellman which played Ars Nova for 12 weeks. Bridget has performed at Montreal's Just for Laughs, New York Comedy Festival, HBO's Aspen United States Comedy Arts Festival . and the Adelaide International Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia. She played Lynn Chenney in Taylor Mac's Red Tide Blooming at P.S.122, was featured in Scott Wittman's production JUKEBOX JACKIE, and was a regular on Logo's Jeffrey Cole Casserole. She can be seen as Cathy in the Sex and the City movie and as Shonda in the CBS hit comedy, 2 Broke Girls. Bridget co-wrote and performed an evening of original music called Bridget and Neal are F*cking and Adam is Watching with Medlyn and Adam Horovitz (Adrock: Beastie Boys).
THE HOT SARDINES
January 9 & 11 at 7:30 PM
The collective - founded by vocalist "Miz" Elizabeth Bougerol and pianist Evan "Bibs" Palazzo - makes music evoking wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around: hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. (literally - the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section). In just under three years, the Hot Sardines went from their first gig - at a cozy coffeeshop on the last Q train stop in Queens - to headlining before a crowd 6000 strong at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, opening for the Bad Plus and French gypsy-jazz artist Zaz, and gracing events at the Superbowl and Universal Studios' 100th Anniversary bash.
FOLK WANDERING IN CONCERT
January 9 at 9:30 PM
After sold-out shows at Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayGround Festival and Ars Nova's ANT Fest, the youthful powerhouse ensemble of Folk Wandering returns to the New York stage for a special concert performance at Joe's Pub. Tales from tenement Manhattan, Depression-era Utah, and rural 1950s Indiana are woven together in this wistful new folk musical. With a book by up-and-coming playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and a score developed and performed by a group of New York's emerging singer/songwriters, Folk Wandering is an American celebration of the untold grief that moves us forward.
NO PLACE TO GO IN CONCERT: Ethan Lipton & HIS ORCHESTRA
***2012 Obie Award Winner***
January 10 at 7:00 PM
January 11 9:30 PM
The company where he's worked for the past ten years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn't want to go. Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, NO PLACE TO GO delivers a hilarious, irreverent and personal musical ode to the unemployed. Tonight's show is a concert version of the hit show that The New York Times calls,"immensely appealing"; Ethan Lipton "is expert at keeping music, jokes, and personal narrative tightly knitted together into one consistent human package."
With Special Guest Sunny Jain of Red Baraat
January 10 at 9:30 PM
Composer and vocal artist Samita Sinha creates bold new forms, drawing from a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, contemporary jazz and electronics, folk/ritual music, and songs and texts in multiple languages. In this evening at Joe's Pub, Sinha, joined by sound artist/engineer Dave Sharma and dhol player Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, will perform a series of songs that bring together the subtlety and precision of Indian classical vocal music with a raw and visceral exploration of voice and emotion to create an otherworldly sonic landscape. The program will merge Sinha's "band of boxes"-rough-hewn analog/digital electronic tabla (drum) and tanpura (drone) from India-with her practice of body-sound-a way of singing that unites voice, language, gesture and space. Sinha led the Indo-jazz collective Kaash, and collaborated with composer/pianist Marc Cary in two ensembles-FOCUS Trio and Anatomy-appearing with these groups at major venues including The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, BAM Cafe, The Kitchen, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival. Her solo projects have been presented at Center for Performance Research, Chocolate Factory, Issue Project Room, Roulette and The Stone (NYC); at Watermill Center (NY), Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (PA), Macalaster College (MN), and UC Berkeley; and in Delhi and Assam, India.
CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES
January 11 at Midnight
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies brand of high-energy swing music has for years had the unique ability to bring generations together. It's the only band around where high school aged Psychobilly scenesters and their grandparents can come together dancing in the same audience. As a result, the Daddies have an impressive range of popularity that makes them a hit with colleges, festivals, casinos and fairs. Onstage, the Daddies have enough of an edge to not come off as bland or plastic, and more than enough chops, class and style to satisfy any orthodox jazz fanatic. The band emerged in the late 80's with a style that wed the energy of contemporary rock and roll with influences from the golden age of the American songbook- the 30's and 40's. Prime compositional influences include: Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, and Louis Jordan. In addition to a main course of very hip influences, the Daddies don't hesitate to garnish the plate with touches of more exotic fare: Jamaican Ska, Flamenco, Samba, Rockabilly, Soca, and even Glam Rock!
THOMAS DOLBY: THE INVISIBLE LIGHT HOUSE
January 12 at 7:00 PM
A new documentary film from musician / composer, Thomas Dolby, explores the imminent closure of a lighthouse on a mysterious ex-military island near his home in East Anglia, UK. At this unique solo performance Thomas will debut scenes from the film along with live narration and a synth soundtrack spanning his musical career. Please note THE INVISIBLE LIGHTHOUSE is a work in progress.
January 12 at 9:30 PM
R&B legend Bettye Lavette is set to mark her 50th anniversary in the music world with the upcoming release of her mesmerizing album, THANKFUL N' THOUGHTFUL, on September 25 on ANTI- Records, as well as her breathtaking and no holds barred autobiography co-written with David Ritz out on Blue Rider Press through Penguin on September 27. Produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, Joe Henry, k.d. lang, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Legend, Charlie Sexton, etc.), TN'T is a selection of contemporary tracks written and previously recorded by Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley and others, which Bettye consumes whole, rearranges deep within her soul and exorcises as her own through her voice filled with longing, rage, desire, despair, survival and victory. Bettye's voice - rough, tender, sensuous - is her instrument of inspiration and her dynamic power seethes throughout each song, wringing out the pathos, sharing her hard earned wisdom and story throughout these tales of her reinvention.
January 12 at 11:30 PM
Montreal's own Nomadic Massive has firmly established itself as a group of premier performers and skilled musicians in a genre that has evolved from its early days of two turntables and a microphone. These musical nomads represent an open-minded Hip-Hop which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past; combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles.
BOOM BOOM'S BOW BY Lea DeLaria AND Janette Mason
January 13 at 12:00 PM
$10 for Children 12 and under / $20 Adult
BOOM BOOM'S BOW is a totally interactive Jazz musical romp for the whole family. Where did Boom Boom leave his bow? You and your little ones will help him find it. On the way you will make up a blues song, shake your groove thing and discover that anything can swing. Mostly,though, you and your little ones will scream with laughter at the antics of the characters they will meet along the way: Jazz (DeLaria), Boom Boom, Crash and Mrs. Tinkle (DeLaria's fantastic trio of musicians). Kids and their parents will throw their worries away during this afternoon of fun. Ages 3 to 10.
JVB, DELARIA, HOFFMAN & NJJ
January 13 at 7:00 PM
Justin VivIan Bond: "The greatest cabaret artist of (v's) generation" - New Yorker
Lea DeLaria: "Every inch a star!" - NY Times
Jackie Hoffman: "Savagely funny!" -NY Times
Natalie Joy Johnson: "One of the top 10 Downtown Divas" -TimeOut NY
January 13 at 9:30 PM
Performances on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, World Café and Whad'Ya Know?, as well as Public Radio International's Studio 360 and the nationally syndicated Mitch Albom Show. Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition into a sound No Depression described as "a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues."
Visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows and tickets, or call 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM) located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.
ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC: Joe's Pub is one of New York City's most celebrated venues for emerging and legendary performing artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting new artists while providing established artists with a safe, intimate space to develop new work. Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home. Open seven days a week, dinner and drink service is available during every performance.
ABOUT The Public Theater AT ASTOR PLACE: Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.publictheater.org
Pictured: Marcia Ball