From shuffling west coast pop and crashing electronica to alt-country and delicate ballads, Denver's The Czars sound like no other band. Built around John Grant's vocals and song writing, The Czars reflect his eclectic tastes as diverse as Kraftwerk, Patsy Cline, Tom Waits and Nina Simone. Their haunting yet rousing live performances are more than a match for their acclaimed albums like The Ugly People Vs. The Beautiful People, and Goodbye, the latter of which was in Uncut magazine's Top 50 albums of 2004. After 10 years, 3 full-length releases on Bella Union, 4 EPs, countless tours, and a few member changes, the strength and vitality of John's music continues to grow. "Songs to break your heart and make you feel great about it... If Harry Nilsson was produced by Brian Eno it might sound almost as heavenly as this." MOJO - 4 Stars ****
Lapis Lazuli is a neo noir landscape that might have existed in the present day if Mancini, Mingus, and Morricone had ruled the planet in the place of Beatlemania. A planet of apes vs hippies and beatniks…The blues had a baby and they named it Elmer Bernstein. A lost chapter in the history of primordial rock. In 1987 Kurt Wolf dropped out of art school to join fellow drop out Jon Spencer's band, Pussy Galore. Saying Pussy Galore failed to put the rotting corpse of 80's rock to rest is like saying Rodney Dangerfield can't get no respect. One hour later… he would join Jon and Cristina Spencer's ongoing Battle Royale, Boss Hogg. Several nude LP covers later… Out of the ashes of Pussy Galore and LA hardcore band, Crucifix, rose the monolithic sound of Loudspeaker followed by the LP "Supernatural." In 1995 Kurt Wolf joined Jim Thirwell's Foetus Inc. for the European leg of the Gash tour and in 96 recorded the "York" live LP with Jim and Lydia Lunch. Kurt will also appear on the latest Foetus album, "Love". Kurt Wolf's Lapis Lazuli is currently putting the finishing touches on the first album, working titled "Byzantine". So put away your Clay Aiken records and make room for the new sound of Lapis Lazuli! "An undulating, abrasive, and introspective mix of edgy, melodic processed guitar work backed by subtle yet effective beat-driven background loops." - Rolling Stone
Joe's Pub is The Public Theater's newest performance space. Named in honor of The Public Theater/NYSF's founder, Joseph Papp, the Pub features food, drink, and eclectic entertainment that spans a wide spectrum of cultural and performance styles. Performances are held six nights a week, and the Pub itself is open daily from 6PM to 4AM. Performance times vary. There is a two drink or twelve dollar minimum per person.
Seating for ticket holders is on a first-come, first-served basis. For table reservation information (With Dinner Only. Subject to Availability!) call 212-539-8778. Otherwise, seating is general admission for tables, couches, and at the bar. It is recommended that ticket holders arrive at least 1 hour prior to the start of the performance to locate seats and place drink orders. The Pub is an intimate room with only 150 seats. Patrons may be seated at tables with other patrons.
The Pub opens as a lounge, which includes food service and a full bar service at 6PM.
Smoking is not permitted
The Czars, Kurt Wolf's Lapis Lazuli
Producer: The Public Theater