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The return of JOE'S PUB IN THE PARK

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  • Bill Bragin
    As promised yesterday, here s a sneak preview of the complete line-up - some of the shows are free (thanks to the New York State Music Fund) and for some you
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      As promised yesterday, here's a sneak preview of the complete line-up - some of the shows are free (thanks to the New York State Music Fund) and for some you need to buy your tickets Among the free shows, you will notice that we not only have a concert version of the Public's FIRST rock musical, Hair,  but also a concert of songs from our LATEST rock musical, Passing Strange, too.   
      For the paid shows, please note that while the official onsale date is Monday August 6, those of you bold enough to try to buy tickets to the paid shows right away will be able to.  A little headstart for those of you who have been so patiently scrolling through all my emails each week.
      Hope you find some shows you want to see.  We're all pretty excited about this series.

      A two-week series of paid and FREE concerts

      All Seats Reserved 

       All Shows begin at 7PM at
      The Delacorte Theater in Central Park
      (accessible at 81 St. and Central Park West or 79th St.and 5th Ave)

      are announced as going on sale
      Monday, August 6th at JOESPUB.COM or 212-967-7555

      As subscribers to my weekly e-mail list,
      we’re offering you advance access.
      Get your tickets NOW!

      TICKETS FOR FREE SHOWS will be available on the day of the performance (two per person) at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1PM and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place), from 1PM to 3PM.

      Returning for the first time since it was initially staged in 2004, JOE’S PUB IN THE PARK captures the quality and range of performances that have made Joe’s Pub, now in its ninth year, one of the most acclaimed and popular clubs in New York City.  Pub in the Park brings that talent and diversity into The Public Theater’s most visible and accessible venue, the annual home of Shakespeare in the Park.  Drawing from a pool of the literally thousands of artists that have performed at Joe’s Pub, the series' programming brings together a selected cross-section of some of our favorites.

      Wednesday, September 19
      •    LESLEY GORE
      •    JILL SOBULE

      7:00 PM, $40 for general public / $35 for Public Theater members

      A new exploration of the pleasures of pure pop:  one of the great voices of our time, one of our most respected contemporary songwriters and a jazz trio that re-imagines Outkast and The Clash as modern cabaret.

      Lesley Gore burst onto the music scene in 1963 when her first single, “It's My Party,” produced by Quincy Jones, became a number one hit. She is known as the most commercially successful solo artist of the Girl Group era of the 1960s. Her first hit was followed by “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and the proto-feminist “You Don't Own Me.” In 2005, she recorded her first album of new material since 1976, entitled Ever Since. The album is a current and relevant collection of choice songs sung by an iconic, timeless singer whose voice has matured and richened in a most delicious way. Smoky, quiet, focused, simple and beautifully lethal with a pin spotlight on one of the most undeniable voices of our time.

      A remarkable songwriter, Jill Sobule sings smart, funny and poignant pop songs that transcend being merely witty and clever to strike deep emotional chords, set to irresistible, well-crafted melodies, including the 1995 hit "I Kissed a Girl,” and for "Supermodel" from the soundtrack of the hit 1995 film Clueless.  Her insightful songwriting and strong guitar work have made her a favorite among musicians like Lloyd Cole (with whom she played in The Negatives), Don Henley, Warren Zevon and others, and her latest Underdog, Victorious, has gotten rave reviews.
      The New Standards
      is a minimalist trio composed of John Munson (of Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare) on bass/vocals, Chan Poling (of The Suburbs) on piano/vocals and Steve Roehm on vibraphones. The New Standards bring a novel approach to a fresh book of classics, classics determined entirely by themselves, from Outkast’s “Hey Ya” to "London Calling" by The Clash. The New Standards performances deliver these fresh musical insights by freely mixing organic instrumentation, a traditional jazzy feel and visceral, rock performance. In October of 2005, the band released a self-titled album produced by another member of Semisonic, Grammy® Award-winning Dan Wilson, with a follow-up album scheduled for release this fall.
      Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555

      Thursday, September 20
      •    PATTY GRIFFIN
       with Bob DiPiero, Rivers Rutherford, Victoria Shaw and more

      7 PM, $50 for general public / $45 for Public Theater members

      Brilliant American songwriters are the order of the day as Grammy-winning folk artist Patty Griffin, New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint and a collective of Nashville’s best composers and songwriters invite the Big Apple in for some country cooking and musical soul food.

      Patty Griffin has twice been nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.  Griffin’s songs have been covered by artists such as Bette Midler, Reba McEntire, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others. Artists such as Lisa Germano, Emmylou Harris, and Buddy & Julie Miller joined Griffin for the recording of her fourth album, Impossible Dream, which came out in April 2004. This year she released her latest album, Children Running Through, which was also co-arranged and produced by Mike McCarthy of Spoon.  A musical based on her songs, 10 Million Miles, is currently appearing off-Broadway.

      Allen Toussaint is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer, and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. He has been making hit records for over 40 years and has been covered by and/or performed with the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Chet Atkins, and Lenny Kravitz, among others. The River in Reverse, Toussaint's collaborative album with Elvis Costello, was released in May 2006 at a premiere in Joe’s Pub.  The album received a Grammy® nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.

      The Country Music Association
      (CMA) has been holding its Songwriter Series songwriter circles at Joe’s Pub since 2005, hosted by Music Row hitmaker and raconteur Bob DiPiero.  The Songwriter Series offers a rare opportunity to bring some of Nashville’s best known performers and most acclaimed writers and composers to the New York stage.  Past guests at the Songwriter Series at Joe’s Pub include Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn, Rives Rutherford, Chely Wright, Keith Anderson and Brett James.  Tonight's show features Bob Di Piero, Rivers Rutherford, Victoria Shaw and another songwriter TBA

      Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555
      Saturday, Sept. 22; Sunday, Sept. 23 + Monday, Sept. 24
      •    The 40th Anniversary Concert of
            Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

      Books and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni
      Music by Galt MacDermot; Directed by Diane Paulus
      7 PM, FREE tickets distributed day of show

      The year is 1967, and the Vietnam War is at its height. In New York City, a tribe of hippies rails against the establishment, protesting intolerance, brutality, and the dehumanization of society. When Claude, one of their own, gets drafted, he must make a decision about what values are worth fighting for.  The original production of Hair premiered at The Public Theater on October 17, 1967 and ran for six weeks.  It moved to Broadway on April 29, 1968 and ran for 1,873 performances.  Cast for these performances TBA.

      SUPPORTER TICKETS FOR HAIR: For a tax-deductible donation of $100, $250, or $500, supporters will receive one reserved seat to the 40th Anniversary concert.  These reserved supporter seats are available only for a limited time at the box office or by calling (212) 260-2400 to assure that the highest number of free seats are available for the general public on the day of the show.

      Tickets FREE - Available Day of Performance

      Tuesday, September 25
      •    MORLEY
      •    LUCIANA SOUZA

      7 PM, FREE tickets distributed on day of show   

      Women of the world unite and sing in this intimate international singer/songwriter summit featuring Italian pop star Carmen Consoli, acclaimed Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza and New York’s own Morley.

      Carmen Consoli is a Sicilian-born singer-songwriter, whose innovative mix of indie-rock influences, bossa nova rhythms and jazz and blues-inspired riffs have engendered a sound unique on the Italian music scene.. She has released 10 albums, and for the past decade has reigned as Italy's leading female rock star. Her albums sell in the millions and she has been a multiple honoree at the MTV Italy Music Awards. Her most recent album, Eva Contro Eva, shot to number one on the Italian pop charts when it was released in May 2006.  Carmen is known for her unflinching emotional live performance of songs that examine broad themes of love, illness, solitude and friendship from a feminine -- and feminist -- perspective.

      Singer - songwriter Morley is soulful, sensual and down-to-earth. Her songs have a conscious pop, urban international bent that attract a following as diverse as her influences. Reflective of her diverse influences as a poet, dancer, choreographer, and singer, her voice and music are a distinctive hybrid of a range of artists from Roberta Flack to Sade to Annie Lennox to Joni Mitchell, with a sound that is all her own. Sensuality, soul, intellect, and relevance are qualities she shares with these artists, and Morley carries on their legacy of writing and performing music from the heart (and mind) for the heart and mind in a sound that is all her own. Recently licensed to Universal France and just released in the US on Circular Moves, Days Like These has earned stellar reviews from Rolling Stone, Vibrations, and Musiq magazines, leading to concerts with superstars Amadou et Mariam, Simply Red and Raul Midon.

      Luciana Souza, who hails from Brazil, is acclaimed for her marvelous emotional range as a singer, delivering delicate ballads, improvising beautifully crafted solos, and singing wordless improvisations with the instrumentalists - collecting a variety of voices into one distinct and unique voice.  Nominated three times for a Grammy® for Best Jazz Vocalist in 2002, 2003 and 2005, she was awarded 2005 Female Singer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.  Souza’s newest album, The New Bossa Nova, will be released on August 21, 2007 and includes interpretations of songs by such legends as Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan.

      Tickets FREE - Available Day of Performance
      Wednesday, September 26
      •    BEIRUT
      •    BALKAN BEAT BOX

      Presented in association with The NY Gypsy Festival
      7 PM, $25 for general public / $20 for Public Theater members

      Indie pop and global sounds collide with a bang!  Don’t miss the fireworks as underground sensations Beirut, raucous multidisciplinary party band Balkan Beat Box and the world-class instrumentalists of the NY Gypsy All-Stars storm Central Park, presented in association with the NY Gypsy Festival.

      Beirut, the 2006 project of musical prodigy, singer and multi-instrumentalist Zach Condon, debuted with the guitar-less Gulag Orkestar.  One of 2006's most unexpected indie success stories, Beirut combines horns, violins, cellos, ukuleles, mandolins, glockenspiels, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, pianos, clarinets and accordions (no guitars!) to build and break the melodies under Condon's deep-voiced crooner vocals, swaying to the Eastern European beats like a drunken 12-member ensemble that has fallen in love with The Magnetic Fields, Talking Heads and Neutral Milk Hotel. The debut gathered critical approbation that quickly moved from the smallest blogs to mainstream media outlets that pegged Condon as a one-man cross between Jeff Mangum, Conor Oberst, and Sufjan Stevens. The follow-up EP Lon Gisland, was released this year.

      The members of Balkan Beat Box do not believe in flags, nationalities, or borders.  Jewish, Balkan, Arabic, European, Moroccan, and American influences are united by hip hop beats and dancehall toasts.  Founding members Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan have been active for a decade in NYC's premier underground bands.  In Balkan Beat Box, they bring together folk traditions with electronic beats, with a rotating cast of players and guests including the Bulgarian Chicks, Itamar Ziegler, Jeremiah Lockwood, gnawa player Hasan Ben Nafar, and Israeli MC Tomer Yosef.  Their latest album, Nu Med, released on JDub Records this year, was praised by SPIN as “a global peacekeeping mission that you can dance to.”

      The NY Gypsy All-Stars
      , featuring the acclaimed young Macedonian / Turkish clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski, Tamer Pinarbasi on kunun, Panogiotis Andreu from Greece on bass; Seido Salifoski from Macedonia on percussion/darbouka, and Jordan Pearlman from Philadelphia on drums performing jazz-inflected takes on Turkish, Balkan and Mediterranean Romani (Gypsy) songs. The group is the brainchild of Serdar Ilhan, producer of The NY Gypsy Festival, and offers a broad perspective on various styles of Gypsy music and dance against the backdrop of New York City which, being the crossroads of many cultures, is essentially Gypsy at heart.

      Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555
      Friday, September 28
      •    TOSHI REAGON and BIGLovely: Sacred Music Project


       7 PM, FREE tickets distributed on day of show

      A trio of powerful voices and heavenly sounds from three gospel influenced musicians:  the Texan songwriter Michelle Shocked, rock/folk/funk vocalist Toshi Reagon and the Creole soul of John Boutté.

      Michelle Shocked is a traveler and a troubadour; a ‘picker-poet,’ as they say in Texas, whose bold creativity and adventurous musical style mark her as a true American original. Her musical career was ignited by a bootleg recording made around a Kerrville Folk Festival campfire on a Sony Walkman. Released as The Texas Campfire Tapes in England without Shocked’s authority, its success abroad enticed Mercury Records to offer Shocked a recording contract, leading to a trilogy of albums that stand as a captivating primer on American music. Short Sharp Shocked’s spirited folk-rock progressed into Captain Swing’s energetic jump blues, expanding to Arkansas Traveler’s travelogue of minstrel-era country. Shocked launched her own label, Mighty Sound, in 2001.  2005 saw her simultaneously releasing another trilogy: the roots-rocking ‘divorce album’ Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a Disneyfied western swing set Got No Strings and the Latin/blues blast Mexican Standoff; her new album ToHeavenYouRide showcases Michelle’s affinity with traditional gospel and bluegrass.

      Toshi Reagon calls to mind classic R&B artists, like Stevie Wonder or Prince, and old school rock groups like Led Zeppelin. Despite (or because of) her genre-bending, Reagon fits comfortably on a stage with any of the Lilith artists, at Carnegie Hall, or in a dirty rock club. Of her innovative rock crossed with gospel and soul-influenced, blues-tinged folk, Interview magazine raved, "Anyone who thinks rock is a dead medium need only listen to the music of Toshi Reagon and her almighty band BIGLovely."  Toshi’s Sacred Music Project performances have become a beloved recent addition to her annual birthday celebrations at Joe’s Pub. Inspiring audiences to clap their hands, stomp their feet and pray to the good Lord that the music keeps playing.

      Growing up in New Orleans, where he is considered to be one of the finest vocalists living in the city today, soul artist John Boutté was exposed to music as part of the city's daily life. From his Creole family's home, not far from where he lives today in the French Quarter, he could easily hear the music of weddings and funerals coming from the church out back. At a different time of year, the music of Carnival days and Mardi Gras was prevalent. Stationed with the Army in Texas, Virginia, and Korea, he sang for and directed gospel choirs. In addition to his solo recordings, he has contributed vocals to an album called Mardi Gras Mambo from Cubanismo, a dance band from Havana.

      Tickets FREE - Available Day of Performance
      Saturday, September 29
      •    20th Century Boy: Marc Bolan and T.Rex 30th Anniversary Celebration
      •    DAVID DRIVER Sings The Scott Walker Songbook
      •    JUSTIN BOND is Close to You

       7 PM, $40 for general public / $35 for Public Theater members

      An evening of tribute to three great musicians as David Driver performs the work of Scott Walker, Tony nominated performer Justin Bond recreates The Carpenters’ Close to You album and an all-star collective commemorates the memory of T. Rex leader Marc Bolan.

      Marking the sixtieth anniversary of Marc Bolan's birth and the thirtieth of his passing, this one night only event will showcase songs from Tyrannosaurus Rex through all the T. Rex favorites, including gems from the seminal Electric Warrior and The Slider and hit singles like “Ride A White Swan”, “Jeepster”, “Hot Love”, “Children of The Revolution”, “Telegram Sam”, “20th Century Boy” and of course, “Get It On (Bang A Gong.”  A stellar group of musicians including Clem Burke (Blondie/drums); James Mastro (Ian Hunter/guitar); Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith Group/bass) and Tish & Snooky (Manic Panic/backing vocals) will back a glittering array of special guest singers to be announced shortly. The night will be hosted by NYC musicians, Joe's Pub regulars, and life-long T.Rex fans, Joe Hurley (Rogue's March/The Gents) and Edward Rogers.  Special guest vocalists TBA.

      David Driver sings the songs of Scott Walker, easily the most respected and least known artist of his generation. Walker, the enigmatic and influential subject of the soon-to-be-released documentary film 30 Century Man, is ripe for re-discovery and downtown chanteur David Driver (seen alongside Deborah Harry and Elvis Costello in Roy Nathanson's Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill, and as a regular vocalist with the Losers' Lounge) is the singer for the job. Walker's gritty glam lyrics, passionate crooning and Dada arrangements are late-twentieth-century music's road not taken; the streetwise luster and gravity of Driver's voice make him uniquely qualified to resurrect these urban song-scapes. Strewn with glitter and refuse, the Scott Walker songbook is at once dark and ecstatic, sordid and innocent, deconstructive and deeply conventional. The songbook includes the classics "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "Montague Terrace (In Blue)," "It's Raining Today," and the inimitable "Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James."

      Tony Award nominated performance artist Justin Bond interprets The Carpenters classic 1970 album Close to You.  Set against the glorious backdrop of a late September Central Park sunset, Justin (star of the controversial film Shortbus and the Kiki half of the legendary downtown duo Kiki and Herb) will bring this early concept album to life in its entirety.  Follow a musical journey that dawns with the innocence of "We've Only Just Begun", continues with "Love is Surrender", the Beatles' "Help", Burt Bachrach's "(They Long to Be) Close to You” and comes to a strange, psychedelic end with the savagely dark disillusionment of "Another Song." From sun up to sun down, this song cycle addresses the complexities of modern life, the urban environment, heartbreak and romance.

      Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555
      Sunday, September 30
      •    STEW and friends: Songs from Passing Strange and More

      7 PM, FREE tickets distributed on day of show

      The enigmatic Stew rocks the house with two sets: one performing music in concert from his hit show Passing Strange (featuring members of the original cast) and another featuring classic songs and new music from Stew’s “afro-baroque” rockers  The Negro Problem.

      Direct from The Public Theater acclaimed production Passing Strange, Stew takes the stage at the Delacorte for an unpredictable evening of surprises. With a gift for hook-filled melodies, taut poetic narratives, incisive song portraits and a sardonic sense of humor, the brilliant Stew and Heidi Rodewald also recorded "Where's Gary?" for the most popular episode ever of “Spongebob Squarepants.” The New York Times raves: "(A) witty wordsmith, composer and performer, Stew can also play a mean guitar, and when necessary, he strides the stage like an evangelical preacher, or a preening rocker, to whip the audience into a froth."

      Tickets FREE - Available Day of Performance


      Reserved seating tickets to JOE’S PUB IN THE PARK’s paid shows are on sale as of Monday, August 6 at The Public Theater box office, 425 Lafayette Street; on-line at http://www.joespub.com; and by phone at 212-967-7555. Prices vary. 6 tickets per person per show limit. 
      More than half of the JOE’S PUB IN THE PARK performances are FREE.  Tickets to the FREE performances will be available on the day of the performance (two per person) at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1 PM and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place), from 1 PM to 3 PM. The closest entrances to The Delacorte are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
      Make a tax-deductible donation to Joe’s Pub and receive a reserved  seat for a free show (excluding Hair; $75, $125 donation) or a paid show ($125 donation).   Reserved seats for free shows are available only for a limited  time to assure that the highest number of free seats are available for the  general public on the day of the show.

      BECOME A HAIR SUPPORTER!   Make a tax-deductible donation to The Public Theater and receive a  reserved seat to Hair  - The  40th Anniversary Concert. Donation  levels at $100, $250, $500.  These reserved seats are available only for  a limited time to assure that the highest number of free seats are available  for the general public on the day of the show. For more information, please  call the Member Hotline at 212-260-2400.


      BY PHONE – 
      Call 212-260-2400   
      IN PERSON –  Visit The Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street (between Astor  Place and E. 4th Street) 
      Box Office hours: Tues-Sat 1-7:30PM, Mon-Sun  1-6PM
      We may delay the beginning of the performance, but will perform if and when it seems possible.
      If a performance is cancelled due to rain, tickets for paid events may be returned for refund to the Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003 by mail or in person during regular Box Office hours (Sun-Mon 1-6pm, Tue-Sat 1-7:30pm). Tickets will be refunded to the original purchaser only, using the original method of payment, and for the price printed on the ticket. Refunds will be processed for cancelled performances only. PLEASE NOTE: NO REFUNDS WILL BE PROCESSED AT THE DELACORTE THEATER.
      If a performance is cancelled due to rain, Joe’s Pub Supporters may request tickets to a subsequent performance of Joe’s Pub in the Park by calling Member/Supporter Services at 212-539-8650 (Sun-Mon 1-6pm, Tue-Sat 1-7:30pm). Supporters at the $75 level may request tickets to a subsequent FREE performance; supporters at the $125 level or higher may request tickets to any subsequent Joe’s Pub in the Park performance (excluding Hair – The 40th Anniversary Concert). PLEASE NOTE: NO TICKET EXCHANGES WILL BE PROCESSED AT THE DELACORTE THEATER.

      For additional information about JOE’S PUB IN THE PARK, visit www.joespub.com/pubinthepark or www.publictheater.org
      ***All artists, dates and set times are subject to change***

      The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public’s year-round activities.

      The 2007 season of JOE’S PUB IN THE PARK is made possible by generous funds from by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

      The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public’s year-round activities.

      Bank of America is the Proud Sponsor of the 2007 Season of Shakespeare in the Park.

      The 2007 season of Joe’s Pub in the Park is made possible by generous funding from The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

      Major support is provided by The Ford Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust—Fund for Performances at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton. Pepsi is the official beverage sponsor, Bertani Wines is the official wine sponsor and Budweiser is the official beer sponsor of The Public Theater. Gibson is the official musical instruments sponsor for Joe's Pub in the Park.

      Additional generous support is provided by Debra and Leon Black, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Susan Stein Shiva Foundation, The Starr Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Time Out New York, Go Poster, WFUV, Gibson and Time Warner Cable. Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Continental Airlines is the official airline of The Public Theater.

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