The star of NBC's hit show Smash, Megan Hilty will be joining Joe's Pub for a special release party and signing for her debut album It Happens All the Time. Featuring fresh interpretations of songs written by Aimee Mann, Ne-Yo, and Carrie Underwood, to name a few, It Happens All the Time will showcase the sheer range of Hilty's voice. Both shows are sure to sell out, so buy tickets now!
Tecla Esposito releases "We Are the Lucky Ones"
Tecla Esposito's We Are The Lucky Ones CD Release Party
A true sonic renegade, Tecla Esposito will release her second full length CD We Are The Lucky Ones on March 19 with a special show the following week at Joe's Pub. A kaleidoscope album, We Are The Lucky Ones showcases Esposito's talent for singing, rapping, producing, and DJing. The show will feature a mix of old favorites and new songs, all churning with Caribbean, pop, tropical, and funk elements.
Featuring five up and coming stars in the AfroPop scene, this year's Aputumpu Festival will be held at Joe's Pub on March 29th. With over three hours of music, the festival will give old-time fans and newcomers alike a fresh look at the new face of world music. Featured guests will include:
Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège, a group of very creative and talented musicians from a diverse variety of impressive backgrounds who've brought together a festive amalgam of musical styles. They are a powerful live act and a vivid new voice that have perpetually electrified audiences with their joyous 'Afropolitan' fusion, and one can easily see why upon hearing their newest aptly titled CD release. Their music and social movement have been featured in such major media as VanityFair.com, MTV Africa, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, MNet Africa, ABC Chronicle and BBC Worldservice, reaching 146 million listeners worldwide.
Denitia is a Brooklyn-based, soul/R&B artist, songwriter, and producer; a native Texan who grew up on country music and Motown, Denitia spent almost a decade in Nashville before settling into the Brooklyn indie scene. She continues to release music independently with her solo project as well as with her new experimental R&B duo 'denitia and sene.' Essence Magazine featured her in the February issue in the "New and Next" section of their Grammy edition. Denitia has also quickly become an Okayplayer favorite (blog launched by ?uestlove of The Roots). Here's what they had to say about her Lower East Side residency last year: "This sh*t is pure magic, Denitia seducing the microphone like she was singing for the judge of History, even though she is clearly singing for a small but lucky contingent of hardcore fans at Arlene’s Grocery in the LES..a note-perfect performance..."
Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Azania is an award-winning, multi-cultural artist was born and raised in the U.S. & in Geneva, Switzerland. Azania has performed hundreds of concerts around Europe, the U.S. and in Asia, and won the first French equivalent to "American Idol" in France. As a songwriter, Azania’s music is a mix of soul, jazz, pop & funk, and her lyrics are often enriched with uplifting messages. Her highly-anticipated new album will be released this year.
Singer Osekre sounds a bit like Ghana's answer to Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello. A open-throated rasp, he presides over a similarly multi-cultural melange of sounds. An Afrobeat verse gives way to a punk rock shout-along chorus before bursting into ska. The pieces fit better than they should, and guitarist Raja Kasis and drummer Dan Burdman move between sounds so effortlessly you wonder why no-one has really tried this before. We can only hope this is the start of a movement of Afrobeat / punk rock bands. More please. -Afropunk
Gone Quite Mad is a Brooklyn-based, heavy-hitting gypsy americana quartet. They mix soaring vocals, four-part harmonies, grinding bass lines and epic guitar solos with an infectious groove that is impossible to ignore. GQM is classic rock flecked with neo-classicism, spun with hip hop, doused in gasoline and set aflame in a beautifully dark package.
Videos of Crystal Bowersox at Joe's Pub
Performing in front of two sold out crowds earlier this month, Crystal Bowersox wowed Joe's Pub with her powerful voice and soulful rhythm. Her fans made sure to remember the show, uploading quite a few videos to YouTube. Check them out below!
The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret returns to Joe's Pub!
The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret is back at Joe's Pub!
Fresh off of a sold out debut in January - one of the month's ten best shows, according to the Village Voice, The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret returns to Joe's Pub in April for a special new show! Featuring quite possibly the world's tallest and hairiest drag queen in Dito van Reigersberg, the show is a "witty, silly, bitchy, and soulful" romp of a good time. For fans of both cabaret and a rocking good time alike, this show is not one to miss.
Condola Rashad makes her downtown debut before heading back to Broadway in April!
Daughter of theater royalty (mom is Tony winner Phylicia Rashad), Condola Rashad made her off-Broadway debut in Ruined and went on to earn a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Stick Fly. Other theater credits include Pearlat the Kennedy Center and Tambourines to Glory at the Alliance Theatre. Her film roles include Sex and the City 2 and a forthcoming remake of Steel Magnolias.
Grab your $12 tickets to see her downtown before she heads uptown to star in The Trip to Bountiful.
Jazz singer/songwriter, Rondi Charleston,
is also an Emmy and Peabody Award recipient for her investigative
reporting as a producer for Diane Sawyer at ABC’s PrimeTime Live. Signs
of Life follows up her critically acclaimed Motéma Music debut release,
Who Knows Where The Time Goes. Praised by Hot House Magazine for "the
most memorable new songs to come from a jazz singer since Abbey
Lincoln," she has integrated her journalistic and musical skills and
emerged as a gifted storyteller of indelible, poignant originals.