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  • Bill Bragin
    I often get asked by friends who receive this weekly email blast if I can recommend specific shows to come to. There are a bunch of artists who may be
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      I often get asked by friends who receive this weekly email blast if I can recommend specific shows to come to.  There are a bunch of artists who may be unfamiliar, and since the descriptions make so many of them sound enticing, it's hard to decide.
       
      Well, that's a little bit like asking a parent which of their kids are their favorite - even if there is a favorite, you don't necessarily want to admit it out loud.
       
      Nonetheless, I will put in a special plug for the next three shows we have coming up since they promise to be truly exceptional.
       
      First, I can vouch for Noche Flamenca, since I just watched their powerful opening night performance (and worked with them at SummerStage a few years back, when they played to an audience of over 4,000 people).  Some of you may have been there, or seen some of World Music Institute's Flamenco Festival this past week at City Center.  It is certainly dazzling seeing flamenco in an audience of several thousand, but there is a different, and incomparable power that comes when you see a flamenco performance in a room that seats 150.  The visceral impact of palmas clapping and feet stomping on the stage rumbling thru your chest, the virtuoso guitar work and emotional singers wailing, and the fierce duende spirit you see in the dancers eyes as the sweat flies from their hair as they make a sudden turn - it completely transforms the experience.  There are 8 more performances, Thursday thru Sunday at 7 and 9:30, and the Friday and Saturday shows are close to selling out, so don't wait until the DanceInsider.com review comes out in the next day or two and it's too late to get tickets.
       
      On Monday, Stella Chiwese, the leading female exponent of the mbira (Zimbabwean thumb piano) will make a rare solo appearance.  Mbira music is sacred trance music, and Stella Chiweshe, who The Village Voice has called a "national treasure" of Zimbabwe, is an exceptional artist. It's been almost a decade since her last solo NYC appearance, so don't miss this one!   If you want a less partial opinion, check out the Voice's Hot List and Time Out New York's article in the current issue for more info.
       
      And on Tuesday, East Berlin singer Wenzel makes the NY debut of music from his album Ticky Tock, in which he sets unpublished lyrics by the legendary Woody Guthrie to original music.  He has recorded the albums in both English and German (The show will be mostly in English, so yuo will really be able to hear Guthrie's humor, incisive politics and social observations.)  What does the music sound like? If you've heard Billy Bragg and Wilco's Mermaid Avenue collections, in which they had similar access to Guthrie's lyrics, you're on the right path.  Add to that dashes of Tom Waits - especially think of the music at some of his recent opera collaborations with Robert Wilson at BAM's Next Wave, as sung by the Thalia Theater, and throw in hints of klezmer and German oom-pah brass bands.  Guthrie's lyrics are timeless, and some of them resonate especially strongly these days.
       
      See below for more info on these, and other great upcoming shows.  And remember, we announce many shows on this email before they hit our ads, so big shows like Rosanne Cash and They Might Be Giants which are now sold out were first leaked here, to give you first crack at tickets.
       
      On a side note, and this is a personal statement, and not one in my official capacity at The Public Theater, I wanted to let you all know about an organization called Theaters Against War, which is organizing theaters and artists throughout NYC to make public statements opposing the war on March 2, 2003. Pro-peace statements will range from the discreet presence of their logo on programs to all-out pro-peace performance events, teach-ins, peace parties and more.  Check http://www.thawaction.org for more info.
       
      Relatedly, there are several artists who have planned performances at Joe's Pub to make their own statements about the what-seems-like-it is-now-inevitable war, including the all-star Songs of Protest: The Vietnam Songbook on March 1, and Nora York's POWER / PLAY on March 13.  See below, or visit www.joespub.com for info about their shows.
       
      Peace, y'all.

      *********************Joe's Pub Schedule of Events****************
      Visit our website at: http://www.JoesPub.com
      Location: 425 Lafayette Street between East 4th St. & Astor Place.
      Take N train to Broadway & 8th St. or 6 train to Astor Place.
      For information & reservations please call 212-539-8778,
      or, for Telecharge listed events you can call 212-239-6200.
      Questions or comments please email us: schedule@...
       

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      Special Engagement
      NOCHE FLAMENCA- Artist Director, Martin Santangelo-Featuring Soledad Barrio
      Wednesday- Sunday Feb 5th through 9th
      Show(s) at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      Madrid's dazzling Noche Flamenca, whose vitality, energy and passion have won accolades around the world, returns for a special limited engagement filled with spectacular dancing and soul-stirring live music. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, 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.

      "Soledad Barrio, the company's lead dancer...seemed possessed by smoldering, do-or-die flamenco passion...An entire evening of her dancing would probably fill the city's coronary wards. Martin Santangelo, the company's founder and director, achieves a remarkable balance between the new and the old in his savvy staging program."- The New York Times    Presented in conjunction with the New York Flamenco Festival 2003 produced by World Music Institute and Miguel Marin Productions.  Promotional support from El Diario/La Prensa. http://www.flamencofestival.org/ciudades/NY/cultural.htm
       
       
      Monday, Feb 10 * Stella Chiweshe:Queen of Mbira-Solo *
      Show(s) at 7:00 Pm 9:30 pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15 advance $20 at door
      1st Ny performance in 9 years! Stella Chiweshe, the undisputed mbira queen of
      Zimbabwe, makes her 1st NY performance in 9 years in a not-to-be-missed solo
      performance! Her soulful music moves from mourning to revolt, from suffering
      to spiritual prowess with songs of liberation, spiritual experience and social

      Tuesday, Feb 11 * Wenzel Sings Woody Guthrie: Ticky Tock *
      Show(s) at 7:30 Pm 9:30 pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15 advance $20 at door
      Last year Nora Guthrie invited former East Berlin musician Wenzel to come to New York to scour through Woody Guthrie's unpublished lyrics. Nora had met Wenzel at the Political Songwriters Festival in Berlin while she was touring the Mermaid Avenue recordings with Billy Bragg. The result, TICKY TOCK, is a new CD release of Guthrie's unknown lyrics with new music by Wenzel. Bringing his cutting-edge political cabaret sound to New York for the first time, Wenzel will appear with a full band, including brass, performing Guthrie's lyrics both in German and English. "TICKY TOCK, like the MERMAID AVE CD's we did with Billy Bragg and Wilco, takes unpublished, unrecorded songs and yanks them up out of the dusty fields and thrusts them back out on the streets, where they belong...Wenzel's background is theatre/cabaret/political/world music. Having been raised in East Berlin, he had a particular talent and perspective for finding lyrics that are filled with political double-entendre, bawdy humor, and emotion. His compositions speak in a more worldly voice, with piano, string, brass (even tuba!), another aspect of my father's voice that has gotten little attention in American-styled instrumentation. It's amazing for me to work with so many different artists who literally "see" so many colors in his work, and renegotiate, artistically, what we often conclude to be the sepia toned Dust Bowl Balladeer." - Nora Guthrie http://www.worldstrings.com/wenzel.html

      Wednesday, Feb 12 * Rosanne Cash *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM , Tickets by: Sold-Out

      Feb 12th and 13th * Jayne County's One Woman Show *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Reso/ cash, Price $15
      Which world famous rock star pays rent boys for special lewd and lacivious acts? What former popular straight punk stud got busted by Debbie Harry getting blown by a guy? Answers to questions like these and many more are answered in punk legend Jayne County's tell-all one woman show at Joe's Pub. Backed by Fisherman's Xylophonic Orchestra, Ms County will talk about her days growing up transexual in the South, "wrecking" straights on the streets of Atlanta, her wild days as a showgirl with Romy Haag in Berlin, and the early days of punk in New York and London in the 60's and 70's- and hear those stories that she was banned from telling in her book- "Man Enough to be a Woman". School is about to begin and the headmistress is not amused!! Produced by Daniel Nardicio and directed by Greg "Vinnie Dazzle" Grover

      Thursday, Feb 13 * Tammy Faye Starlite: Used Country Female CD Release *
      Show(s) at 7:30 Pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Come celebrate the release of "Used Country Female," the new cd from Tammy Faye Starlite And the Angels Of Mercy, on Diesel Only Records - Many guests, many songs of glory and faith, sung through crimson glittering lips - Much revelry and rapture in His name. Praise the Lord, braise the Lamb. And indeed, Divine Interventions will abound. We can take Him in through both holy doors. www.tammyfayestarlite.com

      Friday, Feb 14 * They Might Be Giants *
      Show(s) at 7:00 Pm 9:30 Pm, Tickets by: Sold-Out

      Feb 15th and 16th * John McDaniel *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM 9:30 Pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      Pianist, composer, Broadway conductor and arranger and daytime television's
      favorite bandleader makes his New York cabaret debut. www.johnmcdaniel.com

      Monday, Feb 17 * Akiko Yano with Special Guest Anthony Jackson *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      Japanese Pop Star, Akiko Yano, to perform with her longtime trio band at Joe's Pub. The band consists of legendary Anthony Jackson on contrabass guitar and Cliff Almond on drums. The trio was formed in 1996, and have been touring all over Japan every year since. This is their first performance ever outside of Japan. It is a great chance
      to see and hear Akiko jammin' with her band... definitely a must-see show.

      Monday, Feb 17 * Karan Casey *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Former lead-singer of US-based Irish all-star group Solas and one of Ireland's most original distinctive and thought-provoking vocalists, Karan Casey is about to release her second solo album The Winds Begin to Sing (Shanachie Records). Blending her intimate grasp of traditional music with a daring new approach, she is joined by such luminaries as producer Donald Shaw, Michael Mc Goldrick, Niall Vallely, Robbie Overson, John Doyle, and Ted Barnes. Described as "at once spiritual, sensual and strong", Casey has been acclaimed as one of Ireland's most important voices of recent years. "Like the greatest torch singers, such as Billie Holiday, she makes us believe she is sharing confidences, singing just to us." --Boston Globe www.karancasey.com www.folkloreproductions.com/HTML/kcbio.html

      Tuesday, Feb 18 * Junior: Postcards From Australia *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      As the Aussie press put it, JUNIOR's acoustic-driven pop/rock songs convey "remarkably heartfelt stories of real life Australiana. This band's gift for telling stories of humanity at its essence is undeniable." Postcards From Australia is a night of music and storytelling, where JUNIOR will draw on their energy, passion, humour and experience to share a bit of life Down Under. "Their melodic, acoustic based pop songs are filled with strong hooks and confident playing often recalling the Counting Crows, the Finn Brothers, and Del Amitri...infectious."
      - WXPN-FM
      www.junioronline.net
      Tuesday, Feb 18 * Rouge: The New Bohemain Cabaret Directed and Choreographed by Ami Goodheart *
      Show(s) at 9:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      An avant garde floor show saturated with style, inspired by classic cabaret with a surrealist twist. Starring an assault of talent: Nicole Renaud: "an ethereal soprano" -- New York Times;
      Daniel Isengart:  "One of the most fascinating talents on the scene" -- The Cabaret Press;  The dazzling Glamazon sensation Meryl "Lady" Finger; The World Famous *BOB*; along with a featured cameo performance by Ami Goodheart and  the sizzling ROUGE Coquette Dancers. Directed and choreographed by Ami Goodheart. "Bold and brave funseekers find ROUGE a deliciously fresh cabaret in Gotham." -- Time Out Magazine.  
      www.epicureanproductions.com

      Wednesday, Feb 19 * Alejandro Escovedo (With Strings) *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Austin Texas! Most celebrated songwriter models himself after Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and like them, Alejandro Escovedo has a repertory that encompasses extremes of delivery and brute force. Escovedo's performance at Joe's celebrates his first studio recording in six years 'A Man Under The Influence' along with this rare artist's remarkable gifts as a singer/songwriter and arranger you will be delighted with tiers of pedal steels, electric and acoustic guitars with strings that show a chamber rock vision coming into full fruition.
      Thursday, Feb 20 * Gemma Hayes *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $10
      Gemma Hayes is the kind of girl who breaks hearts. With a superb sultry voice, this Irish born singer delivers pop songs that quickly enchant listeners and leaves them with goose bumps all over. Having recently won a Mercury Award (the English equivalent of a Grammy award) Gemma performs songs from her debut CD "Night on My Side".

      Thursday, Feb 20 * Maxi Geil! and Playcolt *
      Show(s) at 9:30 PM , Tickets by: Reso/ cash, Price $12
      Maxi Geil! and PlayColt entertain art lovers with songs of twisted amorousness and willfully perverse self-obsession. Famous for their rock-opera "The Ballad of Bad Orpheus" ( the MoMa will be screening it on November 25 as part of their mediascope series) and the porn musical extravaganza "Nausea II" (currently in production), Maxi Geil! (Geman translation: super horny) and his kicking band PlayColt turn their handsomely aristocratic miens from the adulation of the art world to the Olympus of show business. The sextet is returning to Joe's Pub with the incomparable rock stylings of art überstar Maxi Geil!. Maxi Geil!'s music is dark and singable, complex and catchy, flashy and inappropriate. Likened to early Roxy Music, Magazine and Gang of Four, Maxi Geil! and PlayColt have been embraced by art's leading lights and pop's biggest trendsetters.

      Friday, Feb 21 * American Composers Orchestra Presents Randall Woolf *
      Show(s) at 7:00 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Mix a string quartet, alternative rock, a DJ's turntables, and keyboards, then stir in electronica, and add a pinch of gospel and country... A recipe for new music by Randall Woolf featuring the debut of Woolf's tasty new band Soup. Presented as part of American Composers Orchestra's Composers Out Front series, putting composers on stage, making connections between their musical roots as performers, and their works for the concert hall. www.americancomposers.org

      Friday, Feb 21 * Odetta *
      Show(s) at 9:30 pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $30
      Odetta, 'the queen of American folk music' celebrates her 51st anniversary in show business by paying homage to a legendary contemporary of hers, the one and only Leadbelly.

      Feb 22nd, 23rd, 24th * Ellen Greene with Christian Klikovits: Torch! *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM (9:30 PM on the 24th), Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20- On Sale Soon
      Old, new, funny, sad... a hot blond.... a cool piano... and love... At age 21, Ellen Greene, who had already made a name for herself as a nightclub chantesue at hotspots like Reno Sweeney was taken under the wing of Joseph Papp who cast her in such productions as In the Boom Boom Room and The Threepenny Opera (for which she earned a Tony nomination). She gained national stardom as the original Audrey in the hit stage musical and then film Little Shop of Horrors and continued to bring her talents to stage, film and television. Celebrating her birthday weekend, Greene returns to her artistic birthplace, The Public Theater, for three special shows showcasing torch songs performed with her tradmark wit, humor and soulful style, featuring material ranging from standards to contemporary songs by the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Queen and Jane Siberry. Musical direction by Christian Klikovits.

      Saturday, Feb 22 * The Scott Walker Songbook: Driver Sings Walker *
      Show(s) at 9:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15 in Advance $18 at Door
      David Driver sings the songs of Scott Walker, easily the most respected and least known artist of his generation. Walker is ripe for re-discovery, and David Driver (seen most recently alongside Deborah Harry and Elvis Costello in Roy Nathanson's "Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill" and in Greenberg and Goldwasser's "People Are Wrong!") 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 lustre and gravity of Driver's voice make him uniquely qualified to resurrect these urban songscapes. Strewn with glitter and refuse, the Scott Walker songbook is at once dark and ecstatic, sordid and innocent, deconstructive and deeply conventional. It includes the classics "Montague Terrace (In Blue)," "It's Raining Today," "Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James," and Walker's most startling and beautiful accomplishment, the surreal epic, "Plastic Palace People." "David Driver has a fantastic voice." -Elvis Costello "...like Jerry Vale dreaming of Chet Baker." -The Village Voice

      Sunday, Feb 23 * Mahogany:Reflections on Vanity- A Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS *
      Show(s) at 9:30, Tickets by: For tix, call 212-502-0309 NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH TELECHARGE

      Feb 24th, Mar 2nd, 3rd, and 9th * Steven Lutvak *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM (7:00 PM on March 2nd) , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      The remarkable songwriter Steven Lutvak returns following his sold-out Joe's Pub debut, playing music from his CD, The Time It Takes (Pemaco) and soon to be Broadway Show The WAYSIDE INN, based on a play by A.R. Gurney's.
      At turns poignant and hilarious, and always surprising, come hear the man Time Magazine called "Someone to Watch".  "Lutvak's LA debut had all the earmarks of Elton John's legendary troubadour bow...His music blends psychological depth, off-the-wall wit and tuneful immediacy.  His songs are chapters of a remarkably told autobiography that resonate with universal and undeniable impact."- Cash Box www.stevenlutvak.com
      Tuesday, Feb 25 * Dorothy Scott/Sloan Wainwright *
      Show(s) at 7:00 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Dorothy Scott is a passionate and powerfully seductive singer-songwriter and guitar player whose soaring melodies and captivating tunes are featured on her latest album Restless Machinery.
      "Dorothy Scott is warming iced-over-emotions till they've melted down to a dripping, cozy goo. Her blues warm voice and stinging, Celtic-inflected writing can whip even the booze-soaked sack at the end of the bar into a therapeutic frenzy." --Village Voice
      In 15 years of performing, Sloan Wainwright has mesmerized audiences throughout the country, garnering enthusiastic and rave reviews. Her audience is diverse in all manner of lifestyle and musical taste, yet all find elements that speak directly to them. Her songs fearlessly delve into topics of love, loss and self-discovery, tearing down and rebuilding old beliefs and finding strength from within. Tonight, she will be performing songs from her forthcoming release. "An extremely gifted lyricist... introspective but not self-absorbed, concerned with issues of  childhood, love, growth and clarity. Her songs, like her voice, cast a lasting spell at times, drawing the listener into a world full of unquestionably heartfelt emotion." --Washington Post www.sloanwainwright.com | www.dorothyscott.com
      Tuesday, Feb 25 * Heeb Magazine Presents: Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Heeb Magazine and Fried Egg Productions present Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, a night of Jewish chicks defying the stereotype and sometimes embracing it.
      Lizzie Grubman ain't the only one. Come share a night of comedy, music and spoken word with other wayward Jewish girls who break the rules and dare to be different as we celebrate the 3rd issue release of Heeb Magazine. Featuring the Shiskas Dancers and DJ Scribe, ss well as the talents of: Host - Susie Felber, Music- Michelle Citrin,Comedian-Ophira Eisenberg, Spoken Word-Vanessa Hildary, Comedic Music-Goddess Perlman, Comedian -Cynthia Levin, Music - Meryl "Lady" Finger.

      Feb 26th and Feb 27th * Julian Fleisher: Rather Big *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM on 26th and 9:30 on the 27th, Tickets by:Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Before the art of song was divided into narrow stylistic slices, before there was Jazz or Pop or Rock, there was Nightclub Singing. Like Sammy Davis, Jr, Ethel Water and Mel Tormé before him, Julian Fleisher (producer of legendary downtown duo Kiki and Herb) mixes masterful interpretations of a wide range of popular songs with kick-ass showmanship and a 12-piece band that -- as the Washington Post put it -- "blew the roof off of Joe's Pub." "I have seen the future of vocal Jazz! He's got a marvelous, resonate baritone, with impeccable intonation, and a wonderful choice of material...talented, funny and hip."- LA Jazz Scene, East/West Connections www.ratherbig.com
      Wednesday, Feb 26 * Soulive *
      Show(s) at 9:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Soulive is straight ripping. Their energy just tears your head off. Whether it's soul, jazz or hip-hop, it's always funky. It's gritty. It moves your butt and puts a smile on your face. Hand-picked to open for the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band, signed to the prestigious Blue Note Records, these guys are just getting bigger and bigger...check them out in this intimate setting while you still can. "Heady with jazz interplay and dripping with funk, Soulive can galvanize a room at the drop of a bass pedal." --Village Voice

      Thursday, Feb 27 * Ari Hest with Special Guest Starch Martins *
      Show(s) at 7:00 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      22-year-old New York City native Ari Hest is a growing phenomenon, winning dedicated fans the old fashioned way - through marathon touring and indie releases. Armed with a smile and a voice that's reminiscent of James Taylor and Peter Gabriel, his original acoustic rock songs reveal catchy melodies and deep emotions, while his choice of covers shows off a diverse range of influences. "Some of the best and most intense audio now being performed" - Music Dish

      Led by Dick Prall, Chicago's Starch Martins deliver a hook-laden celebration of car radio rock and roll that combines driving guitars, Beatle-esque melodies, and pure pop poetry. "Rootsy power-pop that is smart, introspective and filled with great hooks... "  - Chicago Sun-Times www.arihest.com | www.starchmartins.com
      Friday, Feb 28 * The Blood Group*
      Show(s) at 7:00 PM , Tickets by: Reso/ cash, Price $10
      Overcoming all sorts of trials and tribulations (both personal and communal) during the making of their debut album - including almost everything in the way of awfulness save perhaps for the proverbial plague of locust - Mr. James Jackson Toth and Miss Jessica B. of The Blood Group and friends have assembled a hypnotic mélange of melody and atmosphere, backed by a seductive range of acoustic instruments featuring piano and strings along with subtle, ambient beats. Breathy vocals a la Portishead (but not quite so neurotic) or Garbage (but not so pushy-bottom) float over the album's often spare beds of sound, creating mood music for moods you've not yet dared dream of. Let The Blood Group help you cleanse your psyche of the cares of the day with their special prescription for mental health. Clinical trials start immediately.
      "...a strange aural world that cascades into your ears." - Yolk "The Blood Group lift the velvet curtain on spooky, sullen musical universe."- Tokion "...you are entranced. You cannot look away." - Gear "...it's the soundtrack your soon-to-be-slit wrists have been begging for" - CMJ New Music Monthly "...head and shoulders above all the Portishead spawn scuttling around." - Yellow Rat Bastard "...catalogs every known strain of everyday paranoia and sets it to an orchestra of alarm clocks and mellotrons that do even Screamin' Jay Hawkins proud." - Time Out New York "...foreboding and seductive as a femme fatale." - Rolling Stone.com "...dark and lush like a bizarre velvet tapestry for your ears." - Outburn

      Friday, Feb 28 * Kathleen Edwards *
      Show(s) at 9:00 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Kathleen Edwards is one of the hottest new artists to come out of Canada recently. Having recently performed on The Late Show with David Letterman along with Rolling Stone Magazine listing her as one of the top 10 artists to watch in 2003, this Canadian country siren is primed to strike it big in the USA with her debut CD released on Rounder Records on January 14th. Sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General, New York www.uppernorthside.org.

      Saturday, Mar 1 * Songs of Protest: The Vietnam Songbook *
      Show(s) at 7:00 PM 9:30 Pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      A unique event celebrating the protest-song tradition through performances of repertoire drawn from the definitive 1969 sourcebook, The Vietnam Songbook featuring the book's compilers and editors, legendary protest singer/blues singer Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber, founder of Sing Out! magazine. The evening features musical performances material drawn from the Songbook and other examples of anti-war songs from that time by artists who've experienced the '60's anti-War movement including Tuli Kupferberg (The Fugs), activist singer/songwriter Bev Grant, along with noted Vietnam Vet/musicians Watermelon Slim, Joe Bangert and younger musicians such as Thurston Moore, Jenni Muldaur, Barry Reynolds, Jim O'Rourke, Dean Wareham  (Luna) , Stephan Smith, David Licht, Lenny Kaye , Dan Zanes  and Curtis Eller. The performers involved are keenly aware and intend to highlight parallels between being "waist deep in the big muddy" (to quote a Pete Seeger song) of the war in Vietnam and the current beating of war drums. The event is organized and produced by NYC musician/producer/promoters Don Fleming and Kim Rancourt. http://www.instantmayhem.com/vietnamsongbook.htm

      Sunday, Mar 2 * Alice Ripley/Angie Aparo *
      Show(s) at 9:00 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15 in Advance and $20 at Door
      Alice Ripley sings sophisticated, original pop music from her album, Everything's Fine. Her powerful voice and hauntingly melodic, intimately personal songwriting reflects moments of memory, secret longings, self-awareness, and a keen sense of social observation. Veteran of the original Broadway casts for The Who's Tommy, Sunset Boulevard, James Joyce's The Dead, The Rocky Horror Show and Side Show (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award), Ripley is part of Broadway's new generation, bridging the gap between pop music and theatre.
      Angie Aparo's vocal perfection and the airplay he received for the songs off his debut album, "The American" (Arista), have helped push him to the next level of troubadours. The single, "Cry," was recently re-recorded by Faith Hill and was the first hit single and title of her latest album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Angie is currently amazing crowds with his beautiful voice, in support of his latest release, "Weapon of Mass Construction," which is an album of cover songs with a portion of the proceeds going to a children's charity. He is also finishing up his next album, to be released in March.
      www.aliceripley.com | www.angieaparo.com

      Mar 3rd, 10th, 26th, and 31st * Melissa Errico: Blue Like That *
      Show(s) at 7:30 PM Except on March 3rd at 9:30 PM, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      A vocalist with superlative technique and interpretive power, Melissa Errico celebrates the release of her debut cd "Blue Like That" (Manhattan Records/EMI) produced by the legendary Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack). Errico will perform selections from this collection including original pop and soft-rock material by her brother Mike Errico, who will also accompany her on guitar and vocals, "new standards" by Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, and Billy Joel, as well as a jazz standard by Rodgers and Hart. Though her album is the fruition of a life-long dream, Errico already has an impressive showbiz pedigree including acclaimed performances as the lead in Michel Legrand's Broadway debut musical "Amour" and as "Dot" in Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" at the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration last summer. Other credits include: Broadway (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables), film (Life or Something Like it) and TV (Ed, The Norm Show). "A singer with taste and imagination, Errico has a lovely soprano, diction as clear as rainwater, a keen appreciation for tonal nuance and a seemingly built-in resistance to fashionably ornate melodic embellishment... She understands the pop value of understatement, and ...has a conversational ease that is seductive... smart and subtle. "-The Washington Post www.manhattanrecords.com/melissaerrico

      Mar 6th, 7th and 8th * Dave Frishberg and Bob Dorough: Who's On First *
      Show(s) at 7:00 Pm 9:30 Pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $30
      A card-carrying hipster for nearly 50 years, Dave Frishberg has had a highly successful jazz career as a pianist and vocalist., writing such eternal hits as "I'm Hip", "Peel Me a Grape," and the Schoolhouse Rocks classic "Just A Bill". Allmusic says he is "arguably the top living lyricist" and with four Grammy nominations, and recordings of his tunes by such vocalists as Mel Torme, Diana Krall, Rosemary Clooney and Bette Midler, who can disagree? Be-bop beatnik Bob Dorough is an adventurous, risk-taking master of vocalese and a swinging pianist who has worked with legends like Allen Ginsberg and Miles Davis. He, too, has had his share of Schoolhouse Rocks success as its Musical Director, composing such staples as "Conjunction Junction." Join them for an unconventional night of jazz and classic songs from their Blue Note album Who's On First -- two pianos, four hands, head-to-head, note-to-note for three incomparable nights.

      Sunday, Mar 9 * Wu Tong + special NYC guests David Cossin, Todd Reynolds, and Evan Ziporyn: Beijing - NewYork Rocks *
      Show(s) at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by:
      Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Founding member and lead singer of the bestselling Beijing rock band Lunhui ("Again"), Wu Tong performs and explores rock, jazz, and folk styles with New York downtown musicians: percussionist David Cossin\ (Bang on a Can All-Stars, Tan Dun), violinist Todd Reynolds (Ethel, Silk Road Project) and clarinetist Evan Ziporyn (Bang on a Can All-Stars). Besides his own earthy vocals and his owns band?s driving musical style, Wu Tong is also a master of Chinese wind instruments (sheng, xun), which he performed last season with Yo-Yo Ma?s Silk Road Ensemble and this week with the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of Bright Sheng?s The Song and Dance of Tears. Critics have likened Wu Tong's band Lunhui, one of the leading groups of the post-Cui Jian generation, to a Chinese Aerosmith.

      Shows that have just been put on sale:
      Les Nubians on March 11th
      Nora York: POWER/PLAY
      on March 13th
      Kid Koala Book Tour with Special Guests DJ P-Love and DJ Jester
      on March 15th
      Christian McBride Band: Vertical Vision CD Release
      on March 19th and 20th
      Richard Barone
      on March 21st
      Isaac Mizrahi
      on March 28th
      Varla Jean Merman: I've Got the Music in Me
      - March 28th and 29th
      Gerry Hemingway: Songs
      on March 30th
      Karsh Kale: Live
      on March 30th
      The Waifs
      on April 4th
      Asylum Street Spankers
      on April 5th
      Fred Hersch and Norma Winstone Songs and Lullabyes
      on April 6th
      Julia Murney
      on April 13th

      late night @ joe's pub...
      Doors at 11pm

      Thursday
      DJ Beverly Bond
      The queen of soul Beverly Bond spins her patented rare grooves and unreleased tracks at her urban music industry mixer. Guests have included Evil Dee, Tony Touch, Talib Kweli among others. This is the night to hear and see the unexpected.

      Friday
      Pure

      Big Ben and Kasper spin a mix of hip-hop, old school, and classics. This party is always live and loud till 4am.

      Saturday
      Decadence
      Escape the winter and let loose this Saturday with a special offer from Joe's Pub...(Call me so we can come up with something!!!) Brian Gefter and Michael Romer of Gaslight Entertainment host Decadence with a DJ Kasper spinning to a packed house. To book your party at Decadence call 212-539-8778.


      Sunday
      Dub Supreme with Selector Ras Kush
      The journey in dubwise explorations continue at Joe's pub. The Black redemption sounds of praises continue to present the latest releases, original classics, and most eclectic in roots steppers dubwise selections.

      Monday
      Donald McKenzie II
      First call drummer for artists such as P. Diddy, Vernon Reid, Rahzel the Godfather of Noise, Allure, Martin Luther, The Pursuaders, among many others will be performing original material with his band.
      Band members include: Leon Gruenbaum - Samchillian (Yohimbe Brothers, Math Camp); Micah Gaugh - Soprano Sax (Arto Lindsay Band, Apollo Heights); Michael Burns - Bass (Jeremy James, Russell Taylor)
      and Tim Kvasnosky - Keyboards (Arturo O'Farrill, Home & Garden).

      Tuesday
      Eclectic Ride
      KYA Entertainment
      and Belinda Becker present ECLECTIC RIDE. Guest DJs including DJ Reborn and King Life spinning Soul Samples and the underground to maintain the vibe. Unexpected performances weekly. Past guests include, Meshelle Ndegeocello, Dead Prez, Bilial, Santi White, and others.
      $10/for $5 reduced list email theerparty@....


      Wednesday
      Beat Bazaar with DJ Rekha-Special Album Release Party!

      Ninja Tunes/Big Dada Present...
      The Majesticons
      Beauty Party Release Party

      Drawing from an eclectic musical palette of South Asian sounds, DJ Rekha (Basement Bhangra, Bollywood Disco, and Mutiny) will spin a broad variety of music from the South Asian and global Diaspora on the slightly more chill tip. Each week will features a stellar guest DJ.


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