It's Her Party: Lesley Gore Kicks Off Joe's Pub in the Park Series Sept. 19 | Playbill

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News It's Her Party: Lesley Gore Kicks Off Joe's Pub in the Park Series Sept. 19 Lesley Gore officially kicks off the Joe's Pub in the Park concert series on Sept. 19 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Originally founded in 2004, the Joe's Pub in the Park series is designed to give audiences a taste of the vast and eclectic array of talents who have performed and been nurtured by the Public Theater and Joe's Pub.

Gore, who scored hits with "It's My Party," "You Don't Own Me" and "Judy's Turn to Cry," opens the evening at 7 PM, followed by songwriter Jill Sobule ("I Kissed a Girl") with string quartet ETHEL; and the contemporary trio The New Standards, known for reconceptualizing such popular hits as Outkast's "Hey Ya" and "London Calling" by The Clash. Sobule will likely team with the New Standards and Leslie Gore for a few tunes.

Sept. 20 will feature popular singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, whose song catalogue was incorporated to create the score of the recent Off-Broadway musical 10 Million Miles; New Orleans pianist laureate Allen Toussaint; and the Country Music Association's Songwriter series (Bob DiPiero, Rivers Rutherford and Victoria Shaw).

From Sept. 22– 24 the tribal rock musical Hair, starring Spring Awakening Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and featuring composer Galt McDermott on keyboards, takes to the Delacorte stage in a series of free concerts. Diane Paulus will direct the 40th anniversary concert production.

Sept. 25 features Italy's premiere female rock star, Carmen Consoli; singer/songwriter Morley; and Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza. The Sept. 26 concert includes the indie-pop sensation Beirut; Balkan Beat Box, blending folk traditions with electronic beats; and the jazz flaired gypsy musicians of The NY Gypsy All-Stars.

Sept. 28 hosts singer/songwriter and activist Michelle Shocked and her adventurous musical style; gospel-rock and soul-influenced Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely: Sacred Music Project; as well as vocal soul artist John Boutté.

Sept. 29 features Clem Burke, Tony Shanahan, Joe Hurley, James Mastro, Jane Scarpantoni, Tish & Snooky, Ed Rogers and more in a tribute to T. Rex leader Marc Bolan. David Driver will sing the songs of Scott Walker, and Justin Bond of Kiki and Herb will interpret The Carpenters' classic 1970 album "Close to You."

The final evening on Sept. 30 will conclude with "Stew & Friends: Songs from Passing Strange and More" with some of the Public's cast reunited, as well as Stew's "afro-baroque" rockers, The Negro Problem.

Ticket information, regarding free and paid concerts, is available by calling (212) 967-7555 or by visiting

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