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Joe's Pub in September


(NEW YORK, NY) -- Joe’s Pub has announced their fall programming. September 2022 offers incredible performances from Latine artists: Afro-Cuban jazz grooves from Dayramir González, an evening of Latin alternative music with Jessica Medina & Mai-Elka Prado, Latin-folk influences from the Argentine female-powered band Fémina.  Plus there's the dreamy Stephanie Chou, who combines classical European and Chinese influences, Taiwanese artist Chien Chien Lu, who shares a distinctive approach to contemporary jazz, and hilarious anti-racist girl group, AzN PoP!  Here's a look at the programming at Joe's Pub in September.

Karan Casey Trio - Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00pm. Legendary Irish folk singer Karan Casey has released 11 albums to date. She has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning over 25 years. Karan is joined by Niamh Dunne on fiddle and vocals, and guitarist and accordionist Sean Óg Graham (both of the Irish folk band Beoga). The evocative trio has toured together for several years and this show premieres new material developed and recorded since the start of the pandemic as well as favorites from Karan’s back repertoire.

Dayramir González: The Art of Cuban Piano w/ special guest Willard Morgan - Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00pm. After touring the whole summer in Latin America, Yamaha artist, Cuban pianist, and composer Dayramir González kicks off his US tour at Joe's Pub! This special concert will showcase the dynamic range of Cuban piano: from Ernesto Lecuona to Chucho Valdes, from Gonzalo Rubalcaba to Dayramir González. The band just won the DC Jazz Bands Competition.

Stephanie Chou - Thursday, September 8 at 7:00pm. Stephanie Chou’s music combines Chinese and European influences with Western jazz and pop music, to create an entirely original, unique musical world. She will present a bilingual (English and Mandarin) show, that will include fresh takes on Chinese folk songs and tongue-twisters (from her album Asymptote), excerpts from her evening-length jazz-opera Comfort Girl, songs exploring her passion for math and literature, and several new tunes. Chou’s music is all about connecting with the audience and sharing her experience as a Chinese-American growing up in New York, through her music.


Chien Chien Lu - Thursday, September 8 at 9:30pm. Chien Chien Lu is a vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, and composer whose Taiwanese upbringing, classical music education, and passion for R&B grooves crystallize into a fresh and distinctive approach to contemporary jazz. Lu’s fierce authenticity and jazz mastery shine bright on her September 2020 debut solo project, The Path, which spent 20 weeks on the Jazz Week Charts Top 20, earned Best Jazz Songs in Golden Indie Music Awards, three Golden Melody Awards nominations, four Golden Indie Music Awards nominations, and led to Lu’s being named the “vibraphone rising star” in Downbeat Magazine’s 69th Annual Critics Poll.

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Jessica Medina & Mai-Elka Prado Friday, September 9 at 7:00pm. In celebration of their new releases, local artists Mai-Elka Prado and Jessica Medina bring us an evening of new Latin alternative music with rhythms hailing from Panama to the Dominican Republic.

Catherine Cohen - Friday, September 9 at 9:30pm. Catherine Cohen is best known for her hit Netflix comedy special THE TWIST…? SHE’S GORGEOUS, which premiered earlier this year. The same live show won her the coveted title of Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2019


Keith LaMar & Albert Marquès: Freedom First - Saturday, September 10 at 7:00pm. Cleveland-born poet, writer, and activist Keith LaMar, 52, has spent the last year hard at work writing and performing new material for his first album, FREEDOM FIRST…from his cell at the Ohio State Penitentiary, where he has spent almost 30 years in solitary confinement on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. A collaboration with Brooklyn-based, Catalan pianist and composer Albert Marquès, FREEDOM FIRST is the first album in history by an artist on death row. LaMar is scheduled to be executed by the State of Ohio on November 16, 2023.

The Alt feat. John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O’Leary - Sunday, September 11 at 7:00pm. The story of The Alt begins in the beautiful mountain Knocknarea in Ireland’s County Sligo where it is said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve. The ‘Alt’ is a storied glen on the side of Knocknarea, and it was in the shadow of this glen in the little village of Coolaney that the three master Irish traditional musicians in The Alt—John Doyle (Solas), Nuala Kennedy, and Eamon O’Leary—first gathered to rehearse. Each player in The Alt is a leading light of today’s folk scene and though this could be easily called a supergroup, at its heart The Alt is really a celebration of friendship and song.

Hannah Corneau - Monday, September 12 at 7:00pm. A singer-songwriter from New York, Hannah Corneau blends genres with her sweeping vocal range. With origins in the theatrical world, storytelling is paramount within her composition and expression. Hannah made her Broadway debut as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. She has also starred as Edna St. Vincent Millay in the critically-acclaimed Transport Group production of Renascence. Previously, she traveled around the country as Yitzhak in the First National tour of Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Her original show, 'beautiful little fool' is currently in development.

The Skivvies - Monday, September 12 at 9:30pm. The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, singer/actor/musicians performing stripped-down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. The New York Times calls them “a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and of course, highly toned displays of skin” and the Wall Street Journal says they're “smart, sophisticated…ingenious.”

House of SpeakEasy: Seriously Entertaining - Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00pm. Seriously Entertaining is House of SpeakEasy's acclaimed series of literary cabarets where acclaimed authors take the stage to riff and ruminate informally, dinner-theater-style, on the evening’s shared themes. The Wall Street Journal calls it “Think-y entertainment for New York’s book-loving crowd” and The New York Times says it’s “a literary mixtape [with] perfect flow and variety."

Anand Wilder - Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30pm. Anand Wilder, the co-founder of experimental pop group Yeasayer, brings his solo debut album I Don’t Know My Words to the stage with an eclectic live reimagining of his songs. Wilder sings and plays 12-String Electric guitar, and augments his album’s sound palette with a full band - tastefully arranged saxophone, Electronic Wind Instrument, synth, drums, and bass.

Gregory Dillon: Crashing on the Pavement - Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00pm. Brace for contact and enter the destructive mind of critically-acclaimed pop artist/producer Gregory Dillon. Making his Joe’s Pub debut, Gregory sheds the picture-perfect Ken-Doll fantasy of his earlier works to create a one-night-only experience of reckless punk euphoria that’s guaranteed to cause an out-of-body experience.

Al Bilali Soudan - Wednesday, September 14 at 9:30pm. From Tombouctou/Timbuktu, Northern Mali, AL BILALI SOUDAN is an extended family of musicians and craftsmen who for generations have been sought-after artists and griots. Masters of the quintessentially Tamasheq music style of the tehardant shaped by a continuous exchange between three-stringed traditional instruments and a relentless percussive calabash rhythm.

Liza Paul & Bahia Watson: MASHUP ting! - Thursday, September 15 at 7:00pm; Friday, September 16 at 9:30pm; Saturday, September 17 at 9:30pm. Bahia Watson and Liza Paul invite you with pleasure to their most amazing show, MASHUP ting! a fresh, new island-kissed vaudeville extravaganza. With tight vignettes and original songs, this vibey cabaret fuses raucous humor with whip-smart cultural critique and puts it to music. Join a pair of flamboyant hosts as they animate the stage with a revolving door of colorful acts and poke glorious fun at the abundant absurdities of life. The path to liberation sparkles with laughter. Come one, come all. It’s a celebration! This work was commissioned as part of the Joe’s Pub New York Voices program. New York Voices is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Els Amics de les Arts Thursday, September 15 at 9:30pm. Els Amics de les Arts, one of the most successful bands in Barcelona, has chosen New York to kick off their first ever tour in North America. It will be a unique and very special concert for the fans and for those who want to discover the magnetism of the band's live performance. They have prepared a special set list for the occasion, which will include their greatest hits.


Liza Paul & Bahia Watson: MASHUP ting! (Credit – Ariane Laezza; edit by Bahia Watson)

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David Amram & Bobby Sanabria: Children of the American Bop (& Mambo) Night, presented in partnership with The Village Trip - Friday, September 16 at 7:00pm. Two musical titans, one who actually worked with Jack Kerouac, will join forces at Joe's Pub to celebrate Kerouac's centennial in a special evening of bebop, mambo, and poetry. Experience David Amram & Bobby Sanabria’s Masters of the Multiverse with Amram, Sanabria, Peter Brainin, Silvano Monasterios, Leo Traversa, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, Adira Amram, & Marcos De La Fuente. This performance is presented as part of the ninth annual Village Trip Festival.

La Chica - Saturday, September 17 at 7:00pm. One side of the ocean is Latin America, an intense and mystical land. On the other side, there is Paris, Belleville: a multicultural, urban, and modern land. Through her music, La Chica unites those two worlds by proposing a collage of sound textures, borrowed from her cultural heritage and various modern influences, breaking the established codes.

Janis Siegel: I’ll Take Manhattan - Sunday, September 18 at 7:00pm. This special evening is part of the annual Village Trip Festival, which celebrates the arts and activism of Greenwich Village. Nine-time GRAMMY winner and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel, waxes rhapsodic about her beloved city in song and word. She will be assisted by two master musicians, John di Martino on piano and Boris Koslov on bass. The songs are diverse, romantic, bittersweet, vintage, modern, and full of heart and history, just like New York City itself.

Rebecca Pidgeon - Monday, September 19 at 7:00pm. Rebecca Pidgeon is an actress and singer/songwriter. She has starred in acclaimed feature films (The Spanish Prisoner, Heist, Red), TV shows (“Phil Spector,” “The Unit”), and on stage at venerable theatres across the globe (Speed the Plow, Royal National Theatre, London; The Old Neighborhood, The Booth Theatre, Broadway). Pidgeon’s prolific work as a songwriter and vocalist is akin to her mesmerizing performances on camera. In 2019, Pidgeon released two critically-acclaimed studio albums, Sudden Exposure to Light and Comfort, which follows a celebrated recording career with producers such as Thomas Bartlett and Larry Klein that includes the releases “Bad Poetry”, “Slingshot” (GRAMMY award winner), “Behind the Velvet Curtain”, (used on the soundtrack of the film Redbelt), “The Raven, (used on the soundtrack of the film Phil Spector), “Tough on Crime”, and others. In Autumn 2022, she will release her latest album, Parts of Speech, Pieces of Sound — her most ambitious album yet featuring lush string arrangements, drum ensembles, and Eastern-leaning instrumentation under the co-production mastery of Pidgeon and Fernando Perdomo.

International Contemporary Ensemble featuring Lesley Mok & Chris Ryan Williams - Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm. The International Contemporary Ensemble presents the world premieres of new works by Lesley Mok and Chris Ryan Williams as part of the Ensemble’s 2021-2022 “Call for ____” Commission Program. Lesley Mok’s Stilled leaf-chatter emerges from the contemporary improvisational sensibilities of pianist Cory Smythe, guitarist Dan Lippel, violinist Josh Modney, and drummer Lesley Mok. The piece explores a sense of the narration that can emerge from structural frameworks and is an attempt to find a poetic resonance in the simultaneity of individual expressions. Chris Ryan Williams’ Odu: vibration 1 brings together vocalist Fay Victor, bassoonist Rebekah Heller, and cellist Lester St. Louis.

Lucibela - Tuesday, September 20 at 9:30pm. Lucibela projects an intriguing intensity, moving from pure emotion to audacious gambles to firm opposition. She explores the issues including being a woman and a Cape-Verdean, living far away, and loving with sensuality and grace. The secret of Lucibela’s extraordinary vocal technique lies in her ability to explore the deep register of Brazil’s great sambistas while adding a thrilling vibrato.

Buffalo Nichols - Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00pm. Since his earliest infatuations with guitar, Buffalo Nichols—Fat Possum’s first solo blues signing in nearly 20 years—has asked himself the same question: How can I bring the blues of the past into the future? After cutting his teeth between a Baptist church and bars in Milwaukee, it was a globetrotting trip through West Africa and Europe during a creative down period that began to reveal the answer. “Part of my intent, making myself more comfortable with this release, is putting more Black stories into the genres of folk and blues,” guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Carl “Buffalo” Nichols explains. “Listening to this record, I want more Black people to hear themselves in this music that is truly theirs.” That desire is embodied in his self-titled debut album, composed largely of demos and studio sessions recorded between Wisconsin and Texas.

Puuluup - Thursday, September 22 at 7:00pm. What do you get when you mix a pinch of surrealism, a bit of modern folklore, a heaping helping of talharpa revival/rebellion and blend it through effect blocks and loopers? The answer is the neo-zombie-post-folk Estonian duo Puuluup! Ramo Teder (aka Pastacas) and Marko Veisson have virtually resurrected the ancient talharpa (bowed lyre), popular in Northern Europe since the early middle ages and played on Western Estonian islands until the beginning of the 20th century. But this is not an ethnomusicological romp. Puuluup directs the vibrations of the talharpa’s horsehair strings through effects, using alternative bowing and rhythm techniques. The mellow signs of talharpa are paired with electronically amplified echoes, knicks, creaks, and crackles, while still maintaining the instrument’s natural sound. And it is all presented with a unique sense of humor, originality, and what can only be described as offbeat charm.

BITCHCRAFT: How Bitch Became Bitch Starring Bitch (A Musical Play) - Thursday, September 22 at 9:30pm. Performance artist and musician Bitch tells the story of her life in this musical one-woman show. From the moment she ‘rides’ her broomstick onto the stage, she weaves a colorful tale of how a shy and introverted child goes on to reclaim the word Bitch for a name. This empowering, funny, and heartfelt show is woven together with violin-forward pop songs from her most recent album Bitchcraft, which came out earlier this year on Kill Rock Stars.

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train - Friday, September 23 at 7:00pm. Sharon Katz & The Peace Train perform South African music and original songs in genres of South African music such as Afro Jazz, Mbaqanga, and Maskandi, with elements of Funk, Jazz, Son Cubano, Rock, and Folk. Sharon is known as an activist and a humanitarian. She is originally from Port Elizabeth (Mandela Bay), South Africa where she co-founded The Peace Train in 1992, after the release of Nelson Mandela from South African prisons, and before his election as South Africa's first democratically elected President. After staging ground-breaking concerts with a 500-voice multicultural children's choir in Durban, South Africa, Sharon, her band, over one hundred members of the choir, and Grammy award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, toured South Africa by train, stopping to give concerts along the tour. This was prior to the election of Nelson Mandela as President, and Sharon and her projects have been known around the world ever since as "The Peace Train." The 2015 award-winning documentary "When Voices Meet'' chronicles this project in great depth and can be seen on Amazon Prime.

Fémina - Friday, September 23 at 9:30pm. Fémina is a female-powered band from Argentina that channels blissed out, harmony-soaked soul music with a purpose, lyrically poignant with hip hop and Latin folk major influences. A project of sisters Clara and Sofia Trucco who hail from the beautiful mountain town of San Martín de Los Andes in the southern region of Patagonia, the group sings in Spanish waxing on themes of gender equality and race. Their songs are characterized by show-stopping harmonies and magical on-stage chemistry and incorporate traditional Latin American instruments and melodies. A unique and thrilling combo, they have toured internationally in the US, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Europe, and have released three albums. Their breakout 2019 album Perlas & Conchas was produced by Quantic and championed by Iggy Pop.

Molly Lewis - Saturday, September 24 at 7:00pm. Molly Lewis’s compositions seem to float into our ears from distant shores. They’re otherworldly, drawn more from landscapes of a dream than from anywhere you could find on a map. Lewis is a unique presence in music today. Her trademark whistle, which brings to mind the great Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac, has graced recordings of everything from Schumann lieder and Brazilian jazz to Spaghetti Western ballads and noir lounge. 

Four Seasons of Julian Fleisher - Saturday, September 24 at 9:30pm. Better late than never! What’s a couple of years between horn sections? What a difference a pandemic makes. Say what you will, Julian Fleisher has been waiting two years to tell his story. And in that time, the story’s only gotten weirder. Just like yours has. Backed by his legendary Rather Big Band and flanked by a glittering roster of very special guests, Fleisher will spend the year in residence telling the story of the many strange seasons of Love and other things on the stage of his creative home, Joe’s Pub. Each performance will dive deeply into the elusive subjects of love, sex, nature, and time with Julian’s signature blend of humor, charm, soaring vocals, and roof-raising arrangements. It’s been a long cold lonely Winter, Little Darling. Here comes the Sun.

Nella - Sunday, September 25 at 4:00pm & 7:00pm. Merging the folklore roots of Venezuela, modern production, and Andalusian inspirations, her sound resounds in every corner of the globe. Not only has she packed venues throughout the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, and the UK, but she has also accompanied Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer López, Carlos Vives, Luis Enrique, Susana Baca, Los Amigos Invisibles, Monsieur Periné, Caramelos de Cianuro and Guaco as a soloist. Notably, Academy® Award winner Asghar Farhadi recruited her to join the A-list cast of his film Everybody Knows alongside Academy® Award winner Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín, and Academy® Award winner Penélope Cruz. Illuminating her talents, she performed songs written exclusively for the screenplay. It opened at the Cannes Film Festival to rapturous applause.


Bridget Everett photo by David Andrako

Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments - Monday-Wednesday, September 26-28 at 9:30pm. Bridget’s legendary take-no-prisoners live show is a perennial sold-out hit and has garnered a faithful cult following. Bridget’s legendary and take-no-prisoners live act is a perennial sold-out hit and has garnered a faithful cult following. She has been seen in a string of recent television shows and movies, but to experience Bridget is to experience her live. Her in-your-face comedy is mixed with one outrageous rocking and original song after another. Dripping with hard-earned sweat in her sparkling and revealing House of Larréon dresses, she swigs from a bottle in a paper bag while telling stories about her dysfunctional family a

originally published: 08/04/2022



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