Here Lies Love
Sandra Bernhard is #blessed
Sandra Bernhard’s new live show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed will spotlight her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque.
Garland Jeffreys: New Year's Eve
Garland Jeffreys returns to Joe’s Pub for his legendary New Year’s Eve Performance. He’s been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools.
Murray Hill’s New Year’s Eve Late Show
NYC nightlife legend, comedian, and renowned entertainer MURRAY HILL, “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business,” is a relentless retro shtick slinger, larger-than-life personality and freewheeling ad-libber. Murray’s razor sharp wit and frenetic showman antics have delighted folks worldwide for over a decade. The New York Timesanointed Murray “Downtown’s New ‘It’ Boy.”
Adam Matta is a beatboxer and vocal performance artist from New York City. His musical style fuses elements of hip-hop, house, rock electronic, jazz, contemporary and Middle Eastern music, sometimes all in the same composition. Appeared with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall and in Moscow, RU, and with The Carolina Chocolate Drops, appearing on their Grammy-nominated album, Leaving Eden, and on The Hunger Games Soundtrack.
Aputumpu Presents: POLYOPOLIS with This Is Not the Radio
New York is more than a metropolis; it’s a polyopolis. We live in an urban community with not one but many centers—cultural, commercial and, of course, musical. POLYOPOLIS is a collaborative musical experiment that celebrates the people and music of our diverse city.
Eco-Music Big Band: Year of the Queer
The Eco-Music Big Band is a 15-piece professional big band that spans many generations and includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians. Our roster includes bass trombonist David Taylor (Gil Evans, New York Philharmonic), saxophonist Jay Rodriguez (Ornette Coleman, Craig Harris), bass trombonist Earl McIntyre (Mel Lewis, Thad Jones), Zack O'Farrill and Adam O'Farrill (Arturo O'Farrill, Randy Weston).
Billy Lloyd began his musical journey learning to play classical and minimalist piano at age 6, quickly becoming frustrated with the rules and order of classical music and startingto experiment with a looping system, creating vast arrangements of repetitive piano loops, eventually learning to record and structure them into fully fledged songs.
LaChanze in Concert: Feeling Good
Tony-Winning actress, LaChanze, known for her star turns on Broadway ("If/Then," “The Color Purple,” "Ragtime," "Company," "Once on This Island,” “Uptown It’s Hot”), and unequaled performances off-Broadway (“Dessa Rose,” "The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin," "Inked Baby"), will bring her tremendous talents to the truly intimate setting of Joe's Pub, singing some of her favorites and yours.
Scream Along with Billy: First We Take Manhattan
The duo promise their darkest and dirtiest show yet, though after their recent tributes to John Waters, David Lynch and Robert Altman, that bar is impossibly high. Featuring songs by Bowie, Yaz, Nirvana and the Stones, nudity, puppets, and the usual crock pot of misdemeaners. With GarageDogs and Darlene Van Alstyne. Not for children. Duh.
The Dork Knight
A look into one man's obsession with movies about another man's obsession with dressing up like a rodent and punching people, The Dork Knight traces the ups and downs of actor Jason O'Connell's personal and professional life as seen through the prism of his love/hate relationship with the Batman movies, demonstrating how one's "inner-geek" can guide and inspire in good times and bad!
ROCK BOTTOM is what happens when you are too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. The ferociously talented Bridget Everett shares intensely personal moments next to wildly hilarious ones, baring her heart and much more to her audiences. ROCK BOTTOM features new original songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz, plus favorites from Everett’s monthly sold-out show with the Tender Moments.
Rachel Friedman CD Release
Singer/Storyteller/Songwriter Rachel Friedman is celebrating the release of her album, My Marching Band, 12 beautifully recorded original songs. Influenced heavily by her dreamworld, the sounds of her native NYC and the many musical forms she devoured growing up, Rachel is hard to categorize into one genre.
Songs from The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips
THE LIFE + DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS is a rock opera that uses an immersive rock-cabaret-variety show format to explore the past, present and future of downtown performance artist Kenyon Phillips.
What’s the difference between reality and the movies? On a split-screen set, Cineastas threads together the real lives and created fictions of four filmmakers over the course of a year in Buenos Aires. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. 100 minutes. General Admission at The Public Theater.
On a stage filled with moving boxes, three stories from different times unfold simultaneously. A love letter to the memories we collect, recreate, and invent from one of Brazil’s most exciting young companies. Performed in Portuguese with English supertitles. 100 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre.
A Supposedly Fun Thing...
Part verbal sporting event and part theatrical séance. Working from audio recordings of David Foster Wallace, four actors wrestle with the relentless rush of words streaming live from their headphones. 90 minutes. General Admission at The Public Theater.
1.26 CANCELLED: Dan Hoyle: Each and Every Thing
From the creator of the award-winning show TINGS DEY HAPPEN and THE REAL AMERICANS comes a new piece of journalistic theater about finding connection in our digital age. Fresh off his critically-acclaimed run of THE REAL AMERICANS at Culture Project last Spring, Dan Hoyle returns to Joe's Pub with his brand new show EACH AND EVERY THING.
INCOMING! Mighty Third Rail/PU
Hip-hop poetry trio The Mighty Third Rail, and the innovative PUBLIQuartet join forces in a mashup of strings, verses, and beatboxing. 30 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa First Floor Theatre.
#ItGetsBitter is a creative interruption to contemporary queer performance. Join us for poetry, politics, and panache! 75 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa Club.
Dobet Gnahore / Kellylee Evans
Dobet Gnahoré, a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, inherited the force of the “Bété” tradition from her father, Boni Gnahoré, a master percussionist who plays with the Abidjan-based Ki-Yi Mbock Company, directed by Werewere Liking.
Rising star singer/songwriter Kellylee Evans is a chameleon-like performer, whose natural charm and improvisational jazz vocal style have shined on her adventurous journey through jazz, soul, pop and hip-hop over the past decade.
The Triumph of Fame
In this one on one experience based on the Italian poet Petrarch’s “i Trionfi,” Swiss choreographer Marie-Caroline Hominal takes her guests backstage to a hidden corner of the Public Theater, where she creates a vulnerable moment of intimacy between spectator and performer.
INCOMING! Royal Osiris Karaoke
ROKE's newest work is a group meditation on masculinity, insecurity, and longing. It attempts to treat this wound to the body of Love, performing humanity's common search for love as we misunderstand it. 30 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa Club.
INCOMING! Lucy Alibar
Stories of a man, his family, his guns, and his burnpile. Lucy Alibar reads pieces of her new work, "Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up.” 60 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa First Floor Theatre.
Ike at Night
Remarkable performer Ikechukwu Ufomadu—described as the son that Woody Allen and Frank Sinatra never had—hosts a nightly talk show, with a talk show set, celebrity guests and a studio audience. 80 minutes. General Admission at The Public Theater.
Mother Falcon / Marques Toliver
Mother Falcon is an orchestral indie band born in Austin, Texas that has quickly become an award winning recording act and a top concert draw, performing in rock clubs while maintaining a presence in the performing arts scene scoring plays and films.
While Marques Toliver seemed to burst onto the scene via the UK with an arresting performance on “Later With Jools Holland”, and a declaration from Adele as her “new favourite artist,” his story begins many years ago in Florida. It was there he began his training in classical violinist at the age of 10.
M.A.K.U Soundsystem is an immigrant band form New York City. With most of its members hailing from Colombia, M.A.K.U embodies an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, and with their firery grooves and explosive percussion puts on a party for everyday people.
Bixiga 70 / Aurelio Martinez
Bixiga 70 is Brazil’s brassy Afrobeat orchestra plays the night before their sold out globalFEST show.
As the world's most-renowned Garifuna musician and the first representative to the Honduran National Congress of African descent, Aurelio is a natural torchbearer. Born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on Honduras’ Caribbean coast, Aurelio Martinez, 39, may be one of the last generations to grow up steeped in Garifuna tradition.
Inspired by the Orpheus myth and the neuroscience of memory, the Deconstructive Theatre Project collides cinema, radio play, and theater vocabularies into an art-house film created and screened in real time. 50 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa Club.
INCOMING! James and Jerome
AARON/MARIE is a highspeed literary and live music spectacle—part novella, part contemporary opera—performed by a narrator and a musician. 80 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa First Floor Theatre.
The Parable of the Sower
Toshi Reagon brings together musicians from around the city to perform a work-in-progress version of her new opera, written by Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon, based on Octavia Butler’s post-apocalyptic novel. 120 minutes. General Admission at The Public Theater.
Erin Markey’s A Ride on the Irish Cream
A Ride On The Irish Cream is a darkly psychedelic story with songs. In this work-in-progress concert showing, an original score and live band become the playing space for the thrills and terrors of a relationship between Reagan (Erin Markey), a vainglorious self-made princess, and Irish Cream (Becca Blackwell), her family's pontoon boat/horse. They are in love, but when their relationship is tested by psoriasis, waterfalls, masculinity, sex for money, cloudy weather, moms and a fatally jealous best friend, the only way to stay together is to remember all the parts of themselves their bodies tried to forget.
Timur and the Dime Museum
Based in Los Angeles, dark glam post-punk band Timur and the Dime Museum creates a rich amalgam of sounds with fierce intensity and theatricality. Led by the rising opera singer Timur Bekbosunov, featured in LA Weekly's BEST OF LA 2011, the band appeared on the prestigious ALOUD series; America’s Got Talent; and opened for Tiger Lilies, The Red Paintings, Mucca Pazza, and Prince Poppycock. T&DM premiered operas “Zoophilic Follies” by Daniel Corral at Redcat Theater’s NOW festival, and “Crescent City” by Anne LeBaron and the Industry LA.
INCOMING! TELE - VIOLET
Inspired by theories of acting, opera divas, and the emotional grammar of performance, The Power of Emotion is a new work about the form and force of affects and emotions on the stage. 50 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa Club.
INCOMING! Daniel Koren
Comedian Daniel Koren is in search of the most important thing. Together with a virtual choir of alter egos, Daniel redefines musical comedy. 55 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa First Floor Theatre.
Tanya Tagaq / Sirius Quartet
Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq's music isn't like anything you've heard before. Unnerving and exquisite, Tagaq's unique vocal expression may be rooted in Inuit throat singing but her music has as much to do with electronica, industrial and metal influences as it does with traditional culture.
Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet pushes beyond the conventional vocabulary of string instruments with exhilarating repertoire and unequalled improvisational fire.
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion / Dom Flemons
Nearly a decade after folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put out their first album together, the husband-and-wife pair feel like they’ve finally hit their stride on Wassaic Way, a collection of 11 new songs to be released last summer on Rte 8 Records.
Dom Flemons is the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds.
Three cardinals are on an evangelical mission to broaden knowledge of the Bible – through their traveling puppet theater. A hilarious and strangely moving reflection on faith and belief. 100 minutes. General Admission at The Public Theater.
French Quarter Festival featuring Airelle Besson & Nelson Veras; Cédric Hanriot: City of Poets Quintet; Grégory Privat & Sonny Troupé and Jean-Michel Pilc Trio
A History of Popular Music
Taylor Mac will emerge as a bedazzled creature, accompanied by a live band, dancing beauties, and special guests, to present a performative ritual using popular music from the first half of the 20th Century. 180 minutes. Assigned Seating at New York Live Arts.
Brickman Brando Bubble Boom
A banker smiling. Tahitian paradises. 150,000 foreclosures in Spain in 2012. Marlon Brando. An exuberant manifesto on the right to housing and the search for a home. Performed in English and Spanish with English supertitles. 60 minutes. General Admission at La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre.
Women of Letters
In a world of the short and swift, of texts and Twitter, there’s something of special value about a carefully composed letter. In homage to this most civilized of activities, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire are bringing bestselling Australian literary salon Women of Letters to New York as a monthly event. A celebration of a diverse range of strong female talent, bringing together New York’s best and brightest writers, entertainers and artists.
Mike Daisey: Great Men of Genius
Monologuist Mike Daisey presents a dazzling new work: Over four nights Daisey explores the nature of our theatrical genetics and wrestles with the genius that penned Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear and reveals how the heights and depths of his gifts have much to teach us about ourselves.
Emeline Michel presented in association with globalFEST
Emeline Michel is the reigning queen of Haitian song. A captivating performer, versatile vocalist, accomplished dancer, songwriter and producer, Emeline has recorded and appeared on concert stages throughout the Caribbean, Europe, North & South America, and Africa for the past 15 years, including Joe's Pub in the Park and globalFEST.
Geko Jones presented in association with ISPA & globalFEST
Geko Jones, founder of the Dutty Artz record label and co-founder of the Que Bajo?! party is one of New York City's top global bass DJ's. Geko finds his sound by digging through his own cultural roots like a mad dance floor anthropologist, he mixes rare, traditional, cumbia, bachata, bass and more with new dance beats and leaves his crowds with a wild dance floor.
I Beg Your Parton: Addie Sings Dolly
Once again Joe’s Pub hosts Addie Brownlee and her beloved tribute to Dolly Parton, I Beg Your Parton?! Addie Sings Dolly, on Friday, January 16, 2015. Coming a few days before Parton’s 69th birthday, the show focuses on the great songs that Parton has performed throughout her career – getting to the heart of what has made Parton such an icon.
Born in Austin, Texas, and now based between London and Paris, Hailey Tuck was raised on a diet of 1930's jazz, vintage dresses and black & white movies. Her love of the 'old school' saw her move to France aged just 18 in search of ‘la vie en rose’.
Two actors confront the distance between personal biographies and collective histories in this intimate portrait of Iranian life by acclaimed director Amir Reza Koohestani. Performed in Farsi with English supertitles. 60 minutes. General Admission at The Public Theater.
Pierce Turner: Why Use 2 Words When 10 Will Do
Award winning Irish musician Pierce Turner is not only considered one of Ireland’s greatest performers, he has won an award that says so! Also a favored son of Manhattan he is currently working on a book “Why use 2 words when 10 will do” about the colorful adventures surrounding the creation of his highly praised songbook.
Never Sleep Alone
Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and Best-Selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction. Dr. Alex insists that her audience be filled with the sexy and seeking. And she suggests you put your table/seat number, stats and sexual preference in the comments section below.
Melodic Intersect is an ongoing music project that brings together a diversity of musical styles, cultures, and disciplines. It features collaborations from a rotating ensemble of talented musicians thoughtfully integrating rhythm and melody from genres such as Jazz, North Indian Classical, Rock, Eastern and Western Folk, and many more.
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show hailed as “rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable” by The Wall Street Journal, “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post, and “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice, has returned to its downtown roots this year for another season of shows.
The Public Theater presents The 24 Hour Plays®: A Bennington Alumni Tribute to Nicky Martin
A performance of six 10-minute plays to benefit the establishment of the Nicky Martin Memorial Scholarship for Performing Arts at Bennington College.
Sky-Pony is a Brooklyn-based band led by Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominee Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) and her Obie Award winning husband Kyle Jarrow.
Jac ‘n’ Swallow: Unprotected
Since their last sold-out show at Joe's Pub, one's been a knockabout, and one's been knocked up. Come join Jac Huberman (NYMF Broadway Idol, I Love You Because) and Emily Swallow (The Mentalist, High Fidelity) for a night of raw, unadulterated singing and storytelling. Rowdy, fabulous fun. Who knew cabaret could feel so good?
The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Choir
Seven of NYC's most soul-stirring trombone players gather for an astonishing testament to the power of reason. Playing music from their album as well as arrangements of classic tunes by the Famous Blue Jay Singers, Madison's Lively Stones, and the Mississippi Nightingales.
From the groundbreaking team behind the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new show about the life, death and rhymes of a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is.
Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra: No Place to Go
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.
Toshi Reagon's 31st Annual Birthday Concerts Ft. Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely return for Toshi’s 31st annual birthday celebration. Reagon’s Annual birthday shows have become staples of the New York performance ecosystem, and these 6 performances will mark an incredible artist’s journey. Toshi's amazing band includes some of New York's finest musicians, Judith Casselberry, Fred Cash, Stephanie McKay, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Adam Widoff, and Robert Burke, collectively known as BIGLovely.
Since arriving in NY four years ago trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg has earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year", a New York Bistro Award for “Outstanding Jazz Artist”, topped the Hot House Jazz Magazine Fans' Decision for Jazz Artist, Trumpet, Female Vocalist and Best Group and was twice named a DOWNBEAT Rising Star.
Kasim Sulton has been an influential force in the New York music scene for over 30 years.
In 1980, he wrote "Set Me Free" the only top 20 hit for Utopia. He signed with EMI America in 1981 and recorded his first self-titled album. Taking a brief leave from his Utopia duties, Kasim formed his own band and played to audiences across the US. Through the 80’s and into the 90’s he toured and recorded with Joan Jett, Patti Smythe, Hall & Oates and Cheap Trick.
The Left Banke with special guest Ian Lloyd (of Stories)
The Left Banke is an American baroque pop band that formed in New York City in 1965. They are best remembered for their two US hit singles, "Walk Away Renée" and "Pretty Ballerina". The band often utilized what the music press referred to as "baroque" string arrangements, which led to their music being variously termed as "Bach-rock", "baroque rock", or "baroque 'n' roll".
Never Give Up: SAY Songwriting Project
SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young (www.say.org), a not-for-profit dedicated to helping young people who stutter find their voice, proudly presents the culmination of its Songwriting Project, with the theme of "Never Give Up."
Ali Grieb: Sin Stops Here
Having never had a Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, or even Sweet Sixteen, for that matter, Ali Grieb is no stranger to sin. Growing up in South Jersey before moving to South Georgia with her Jewish mother from the Bronx, Ali has always had a knack for finding herself in...situations... She saw the light, though, and it was at the bottom of a big bottle of champagne! So bottoms up, people!
CANCELLED: Make Some Noise with Gavin Creel: A Benefit for The Performing Arts Project
Join Celia Keenan-Bolger, Caissie Levy, and friends as they welcome Gavin Creel back to the U.S. after his award-winning stint in The Book of Mormon on London’s West End. Celia, Caissie, and more will be performing songs Gavin has either written or recorded in this one-night-only benefit for The Performing Arts Project.
Caleb Hawley / Barnaby Bright
Harlem’s Caleb Hawley is an American soul singer, songwriter and performer. Like savvy throwback crooners Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Hawley channels early Stevie Wonder and other Motown sounds into a complete, magnetic package.
Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and the brains behind Barnaby Bright, are truly the modern day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 150 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year, gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR's "Mountain Stage" in West Virgina, and sharing stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones.
Born in Israel and raised in France, the sultry voice of singer/songwriter Nancy Danino has been the highlight of everything from film soundtracks to Scandinavian pop hits. Her very first collaboration was with the Yellow Production team of techno/acid jazz sound designers, appearing on their 1999 Psychodelico album (Bob Sinclar).
Alexander BlaqqStar: The Human Condition CD Release
Coming hot off the success of his debut concert back in September, Alexander BlaqqStar returns with his CD Release show! Alexander has created a unique blend of music; part R&B, part hip-hop, throw in some gospel, and it's all electric.
Akiko Yano Trio
Akiko Yano is back with her long time NY friends, virtuoso-musicians Will Lee (b, v) and Chris Parker (dr), answering high demands from the fans who saw there last show at Joe's in Feb. 2014.
Adam Enright: Good Bitch Goes Down
Armed with a badass rock band and the voice of a fallen angel, Adam Enright takes the stage for a killer cabaret in Good Bitch Goes Down.
The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque presents The 4th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant
The Pink Room Burlesque is a tribute to and satire of the works of auteur, David Lynch and since the anniversary of Laura Palmer's TV death in February of 2011, Francine "The Lucid Dream" and The Pink Room cast have covered everything from Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, Dune, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead & more.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.