Joe’s Pub @ Astor – Credit: David Andrako
JOIN JOE’S PUB FOR A JUBILANT 25TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ON SEPTEMBER 23 AT 3PM
FEATURING PERFORMANCES FROM NEW YORK CITY-BASED BANDS FOGO AZUL, JINA BRASS BAND, AND SLAVIC SOUL PARTY
After 25 incredible years, Joe’s Pub, a program of the Public Theater, is celebrating its silver jubilee September 23 on Astor Place, beginning at 3PM. The event, presented in partnership with the Village Alliance and sponsored by Select Equity, is free and open to the public. The celebration will feature performances from three New York City-based bands: Fogo Azul (an American marching band drumline influenced by Brazilian rhythms), Slavic Soul Party (fiery Balkan brass-meets-funk, jazz, and Roma accordion wizardry), and Jina Brass Band (South-Asian grooves from a member of the Red Baraat family).
Saturday, September 23 @ 3:00pm
Since it opened in 1998, Joe’s Pub has played a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting artists at all stages of their careers with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. With over 700 shows annually, Joe’s Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community, and artistic freedom. Joe’s Pub’s three artist development programs: Joe’s Pub Working Group, New York Voices, and The Vanguard Award and Residency were created in response to the evolving landscape of the music and live performance industries, to uplift and support New York City-based artists.
Joe’s Pub has presented a number of influential artists including Adele, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Sandra Bernhard, Justin Vivian Bond, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Alan Cumming, Bridget Everett, Sutton Foster, Alicia Keys, Audra McDonald, Janelle Monae, Sinead O’Connor, Dolly Parton, Billy Porter, Lana del Rey, Amy Winehouse, and many more over the decades, and has cemented itself as a landmark of the New York City creative community.
The party will kick off at 3PM with Fogo Azul, NYC’s preeminent drumming ensemble. They are known for masterfully fusing the captivating elements of the American drumline with the infectious rhythms of Brazilian grooves.
At 4PM, Slavic Soul Party, named NYC’s official #1 brass band for their unique sound – BalkanSoul/GypsyFunk with Roma accordion wizardry and virtuoso jazz chops – will take the stage.
To close out the party, Jina Brass Band will bring the energy and excitement traditionally found at South Asian weddings. Expect traditional baraat songs, classic Punjabi songs, as well as upbeat Bollywood numbers.
Food and drink (including beer and wine) will be available for purchase at the Public Theater’s lobby bar between sets. Food and (soft) drinks will also be available for purchase at Astor Plate during the event. WiFi, washrooms, and water fountains may be accessed in the Public Theater lobby at no charge.
JOE’S PUB, a program of The Public Theater, was named for Public Theater founder Joseph Papp. Since it opened in 1998, Joe’s Pub has played a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting artists at all stages of their careers with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community, and artistic freedom. In addition to one-night-only concerts and multi-night engagements, Joe’s Pub is home to the annual Habibi Festival, which hosts artists representing contemporary and traditional musics of the SWANA (Southwest Asia/North Africa) region, and The Vanguard Award & Residency, a yearlong curation series that celebrates the career, and community, of a prolific and influential artist, including Nona Hendryx, Judy Collins, Laurie Anderson, Barbara Maier Gustern, and Angelique Kidjo.
With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe’s Pub presents over 700 shows featuring artists based in New York City and touring performers from all over the world, and hosts over 100,000 audience members annually. Beyond public performances, Joe’s Pub also leads artist development programs like New York Voices, a commissioning program that helps musicians develop new performance projects, and Joe’s Pub Working Group, an artist-led development and collaboration cohort. Current commissioned artists include Dan Fishback, Omar Offendum, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles.
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