Joe’s Pub at The Public is one of New York City’s most celebrated venues for emerging and established performance artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe’s Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public’s programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.
The diverse roster of programming featured at Joe’s Pub includes top performers from Broadway, cabaret, dance, world, singer-songwriter, jazz, country and indie genres as well as New York Voices, its commissioning initiative, today’s rising stars and GRAMMY Award winners. Joe’s Pub also collaborates with other Public Theater programs to present events such as the Under the Radar Incoming series and the Public Forum lecture and debate series.
The New York Times has praised Joe’s Pub as at the “nexus” of “a downtown axis of clubs whose performers gleefully fuzz the boundaries between old and new, and between pop, rock, jazz, rhythm-and-blues, swing, country, world music and performance art.” Its elegant neoclassical design, intimate atmosphere, and superior acoustics have consistently landed the venue on annual Best Of New York lists. A top-to-bottom renovation was completed in 2011, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini.
Artists that have performed at Joe’s Pub include: Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Anne Hathaway, Elvis Costello, Amy Winehouse, Jason Mraz, Adele, Lady Gaga, Richard Thompson, Paloma Faith, NE-YO, Miguel, Melissa Etheridge, Bebel Gilberto, Youssou N’Dour, Pete Townshend, Prince, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Angelique Kidjo, Akiko Yano Trio, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Dolly Parton, Amadou and Mariam, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Laura Marling,Sinead O’Connor, Wynton Marsalis, Luciana Souza, Allen Toussaint, The Bad Plus, Kronos Quartet, Alice Coltrane, Project Trio, Emerson String Quartet, Mirah, Neko Case, Doveman, Feist, Alicia Keys, Bettye LaVette, Eartha Kitt, Toshi Reagon, Lykke Li, Alice Smith, Mos Def, Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Our Hit Parade, Sharon Jones, John Andrews, Antony and the Johnsons, Lady Rizo, Isaac Mizrahi, Liz Phair, Sarah Silverman, Bridget Everett, Henry Rollins, Saul Williams, Mike Daisey, Jack Hitt, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, Mythli Prakash, DanceNOW, Sutton Foster, Ute Lemper, Jackie Hoffman, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, Norm Lewis, Sasha Allen, John Lithgow, Son Lux, Patti LuPone, Ad-Rock, Lewis Watson, Steven Pasquale, Terakaft, Willis Earl Beal, Marc Shaiman, Valerie June, Capital Cities, Aloe Blacc, Gloria Steinem, Rachael Yamagata, Men In Blazers, Julie Klausner, Diane Birch, Brett Eldridge, Amy Schumer, and many more.