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The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

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JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

NOLAxNOLA

Sunday October 02
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 7:00 pm

NOLAxNOLA
September 23 - October 9, 2022

A Citywide Celebration of New Orleans Music and Culture
Music makes New Orleans special. And it's everywhere here, especially this fall. Catch your favorite artists and discover new ones at dozens of venues all over town from September 23 - October 9 as part of NOLAxNOLA (NOLA BY NOLA), a citywide celebration of New Orleans music and culture. This year's event is made possible by generous support from the New Orleans Tourism & Cultural Fund. #NOLAxNOLA


Joy Theater Events
October 3 - Bonobo
October 6 - Goose
October 7 - Goose
October 8 - Drew Holcomb

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

NOLAxNOLA

BONOBO Fragments Live Tour

Monday October 03
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm

A Winter Circle Production
Bonobo - Fragments Live Tour
w/ support from O'flynn

Monday, October 3, 2022 
Joy Theater 
New Orleans, LA     

7PM Doors     
8PM Show     

All Ages   

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

NOLAxNOLA

An Evening with Goose Dripfield Fall Tour

Thursday October 06
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
An Evening with Goose
Dripfield Fall Tour

Thursday, October 6
Joy Theater
New Orleans, LA

All Ages

Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

Venue Presale: Thurs, July 21 @ 10am-10pm
Password: DRIPFIELD

Public On Sale: Fri, July 22 @ 10am

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

NOLAxNOLA

An Evening With Goose Dripfield Fall Tour

Friday October 07
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
An Evening with Goose
Dripfield Fall Tour

Friday, October 7
Joy Theater
New Orleans, LA

All Ages

Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

Venue Presale: Thurs, July 21 @ 10am-10pm
Password: DRIPFIELD

Public On Sale: Fri, July 22 @ 10am

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

NOLAxNOLA

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Let's Go Somewhere Tour

Saturday October 08
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
Let's Go Somewhere Tour
with support from MIPSO

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Dragons

Drew Holcomb’s songs have always charged his listeners’ hearts and minds while inspiring them to think, feel, dance, and love. But with his new album, Dragons, his subject material finds the singer using a finer brush and mixing more of the joys, struggles, and specific moments of his own life than ever before to help him paint his masterpieces and connect with fans on a universal level. With its modern production, careful sense of craft and collaboration, and rafter-reaching anthems carrying profound, intentional lyrics, the album represents Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors’s biggest moment yet, a powerful portrait stretched across a wide sonic canvas.

The story of Dragons is the culmination of myriad events, connections, challenges, and years of hard, determined work for Holcomb, both as a bandleader and a family man. For the last decade, the Tennessee-based musician has established himself as one of Americana and Southern roots music’s freshest upstarts, building his following and critical appeal with every release, show, and venture. From his position as curator and entrepreneur with various undertakings—from cocreator of the successful, diverse Moon River Music Festival that makes its sold-out home in Chattanooga this Fall, to the Magnolia Record Club vinyl subscription program that he founded and curates on a monthly basis—to his role of husband for the last 14 years and father to three children, Holcomb cites the nature of his life of late as equal parts “collaborative” and “chaotic.” Having released a full-length Neighbors album, Souvenir, in 2017 to much acclaim, a co-released EP with Johnnyswim, Goodbye Road, in 2018, enjoyed the stripped-down and mostly sold-out “You & Me” tour with his wife, singer Ellie Holcomb, in 2018 and early 2019, and opened larger shows for Willie Nelson and the Zac Brown Band with The Neighbors, Holcomb’s legend and reach continues to grow. So when it came time to begin work on a new album, he forced himself to try something different and to mine untapped territory—and in a manner he had never before attempted.

As Holcomb embarked on the tour for Souvenir in 2017, he disciplined himself to write new songs in a more consistent manner than his past efforts. Where his previous work was written more in lump sum moments during specific blocks of time set aside for creative outburst, he found that spending two to three days each week with his guitar in hand and working on new material yielded better results in both quantity and diversity. Inspired to “throw off some self-imposed shackles” in terms of subject matter and style, the new material was shaping up to point him in an altogether new and exciting direction—and perhaps because he had opened himself up to writing while his “normal” life was rolling along, the songs began to take on a more intimate point of view.

To assist him with the scope of the challenge, Holcomb turned to his friends and peers for collaboration—in fact, six of Dragons’s ten songs are co-writes. Even though he was writing about his own unique experiences, Holcomb discovered that the support of other trusted ears and hearts proved valuable beyond his estimation. From working with the legendary Lori McKenna on several songs and country songwriting star Natalie Hemby on another, to previous tourmate Sean McConnell as well as Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow, Holcomb learned how to reap the benefits of sharing without being territorial while ultimately serving his own vision for the pieces at large. He also co-wrote the song “Bittersweet” with producer and songwriter Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, American Authors), loving the process and result so much that he invited Cooley to produce the entire album.

Cooley took Holcomb and the Neighbors to the esteemed Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, North Carolina, to record in January of 2019. They shared a vision for the finished album that would give it a more modern sound than Holcomb’s previous recordings, with his songs balancing the line of large, layered anthems with nuanced singer-songwriter moments—or, as he says, “expanding the emotional architecture of the songs so that the bigger themes and emotions would have space to hit harder.” Having always allowed his band—including Rich Brinsfield on bass, Nathan Dugger on guitar, and session drummer Will Sayles—to play by its own rules, Holcomb and company again embraced that ethos and remained open-minded for the inclusion of any instrument, tweak, technique, or style as long as it served the human element and earnest feeling of each song. Several were tracked live with minimal studio tweaking occurring afterwards, and others were built over time with a more fastidious approach. The result is Holcomb’s brightest and most complex album yet, a focused and cohesive affair that challenges the sonic notions of where his music can travel while still connecting directly to his listeners’ hearts.

Dragons begins with “Family,” an infectious, upbeat stomper about the universal yet unique nostalgia of growing up, as told through the reflective lens of fatherhood. “My family gave me wings to be a songwriter,” Holcomb says. “Family can drive you crazy but it can also be the tie that binds.” A staple in the band’s live set for the past year, it originally had more of a front porch feel but evolved into its worldly, amped-up Paul Simon-esque version during the recording process. Next, “End of the World” is an electrified clarion call for unity, community, and revelry in the upside-down world of today—Holcomb’s take on eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you die. “Sometimes throwing a party is the only way to fight off the darkness, and I wanted it to be an epic, boisterous, raise-your-glass-and-yell-with-me anthem,” he says. The song forced him out of his comfort zone and stretches him to new vocal and melodic heights, resulting in one of the most rewarding moments of his career to date.

A similar triumph from a different corner of his soul is “You Never Leave My Heart,” a touching and tender daydream filled with sadness that Holcomb wrote right after the New Year about the death of his brother nearly 20 years ago. For most of that time he had been unable to write in a way that captured the full scope of grief and emotional loss, but last January he found the right words and sings them through the most intense and sublime vocal performance of his career, leaving every piece of his heart on the studio floor in the process. Meanwhile, songs for his son and wife, “See the World” and “But I’ll Never Forget the Way You Make Me Feel,” showcase a similarly sensitive approach, highlighted by Holcomb’s knack for multi-level details and his ability to share the intimate moments of his most meaningful relationships in a universal way.

But the album’s true heart is its eponymous song, “Dragons,” a strong, vibrant tune about wrestling down the various roles we all play while living a life filled with love and pride. Inspired by Holcomb’s grandfather, a larger-than-life personality who embodied the spirit of living to his peak until his final days, the song imagines his ghost-like return to visit Holcomb in a dream. It is a bombastic number about bearing witness to the truth and justice the world lacks, despite not knowing what tomorrow might bring. And while searching for a title for the entire record, Holcomb recognized the song’s bigger implications and realized how its message exemplifies the larger work.

“A big part of this record for me was about taking stock of the many roles I play and synthesizing them into the emotions of these songs,” Holcomb says. “I’ve made peace with the fact that I live a pretty normal life—I’ve got a happy marriage, healthy kids, a job I enjoy immensely—and yet still I’m reminded of the quote: ‘Always be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.’ Everybody is trying to fight their way through some sort of hell; people wake up every morning and there are dragons they have to slay that day. What I’ve learned is that music is here to help us overcome and get through life and survive those moments.”

For Drew Holcomb, music is what helps us try to understand our place in a world full of equal parts chaos, confusion, love, and community, and Dragons is his reminder to all of us to keep fighting the good fight and to never give up.

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

A Winter Circle Production

Arlo Parks Collapsed In Sunbeams Tour

Monday October 10
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm

In Arlo Parks world, words are as useful as photographs. Luscious, expressive vignettes pepper the poetic lyrics in her sweet, ruminative indie pop songs. Born Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, the 20-year-old from West London - who burst onto the scene with 2018’s “Cola” - uses poetry as her songwriting compass, weaving vivid imagery and sensory touches throughout the stirring, honest stories that make up her already-rich body of work. “I was really interested in the idea of delving into a hyper-specific moment and making it feel universal, making it something that people could connect to,” Arlo says about drawing from poetry in her approach.

 

A sensitive child, Arlo grew up in a peaceful part of town. “There wasn’t that much to do, and I was a pretty happy kid, I was very much in my own little world,” she explains, describing spending her free time exploring creative ways to express her emotions. “Because I was feeling a lot, I started writing quite young,” she says, referencing poets Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver and Pat Parker and more who inspired her to write. “It’s that cinematic quality that can make you feel like you’re plunged into someone’s subjectivity,” she adds about poetry’s impact. Arlo recalls a gift from her uncle—a record collection that included classics from Sade, Earth Wind & Fire, and Bob Dylan—and choir practice as fundamentals to her musical side. Like most kids her age, she grew up digging around on YouTube for music, discovering Portishead, Odd Future, Elliott Smith, Joni Mitchell, King Krule and an eclectic range of music to root herself in.

 

When she was 14, Arlo downloaded Garageband and started making beats to rhyme her poetry to, which over time naturally morphed into singing and the dulce soprano that sets her apart in today’s music climate. In 2017, she took a chance and submitted her recordings to BBC Introducing, which led to her first interview, management and recording contract. In the summer of 2018, Arlo dove into her first EP, collaborating with producer Gianluca Buccellati on 2019’s acclaimed Super Sad Generation. “We were in an Airbnb in London, just writing, taking photos, and going for walks,” Arlo remembers - they ended up writing the songs in just 24 hours. Arlo’s Sophie EP quickly followed, alongside performances at Glastonbury and Latitude Festivals and supporting slots on tour with Jordan Rakei and Loyle Carner. A place on the BBC Sound Poll, and inclusion in Dazed’s 100 List, followed in 2020 - beginning a truly exceptional year for Arlo. Landing covers with NME and Evening Standard, winning the AIM One to Watch and BBC Introducing Artist Of The Year Awards, making her debut appearances on COLORS and Later.... with Jools Holland, all whilst gaining champions in Phoebe Bridgers, Billie Eilish, Florence Welch, Lily Allen, Michaela Coel and Michelle Obama.

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

The Emo Night Tour

Saturday October 15
Doors 8:00 pm
Starts 9:00 pm
Ages 18+

The Joy Theater Presents
The Emo Night Tour
Saturday, October 15
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

Joy Theater Presents

Steve Hofstetter For Those Still With Us

Saturday October 29
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm

Author, columnist, and comedian Steve Hofstetter is often called the hardest working man in show-business. With all due respect to the late James Brown.

Hofstetter's national TV debut came on ESPN's Quite Frankly, where Stephen A. Smith yelled at him for three minutes. Hofstetter has also appeared on CBS' "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson", Showtime's "White Boyz in the Hood", VH1's "Countdown", Sundance's "On the Road in America", and ABC's "Barbara Walter's Special", where he thankfully did not cry. He is the host and executive producer of "Laughs" on Fox networks, where he only cries occasionally.

One of the top booked acts on the college circuit, the original writer for collegehumor.com has also released six albums. Hofstetter has written humor columns for the New York Times, SportsIllustrated.com, and NHL.com, where he publicly admitted to being a Ranger fan.

After hosting Four Quotas on Sirius Satellite Radio for two seasons, Hofstetter moved to broadcast radio, and his Sports Minute (Or So) was syndicated on over 170 stations and in over 30 newspapers. Hofstetter's second live comedy album ("Cure For the Cable Guy") reached #20 on Billboard's comedy charts. His third album ("Dark Side of the Room") was the first ever pay-what-you-want" comedy album, since people were going to steal it anyway. His fourth album consisted of an hour of 100% ad-libbed material, which is, frankly, nuts. And his fifth album hit #1 on iTunes' comedy charts, which is also a bit nuts.

Hofstetter's brutal tour schedule consists of over 100 colleges and dozens of clubs every year, and is fueled by an immense online popularity, tons of press, and a Prius with great gas mileage. He reached 200,000 friends on Facebook (still the world record), 400,000 more on MySpace, and high shelves in grocery stores.

While Hofstetter's live shows are routinely sold out, he is best known for his writing, first published at age 15, mainly to impress girls. At 18, he co-founded "Sports Jerk of the Week", an irreverent website featured by press like USA Today's Baseball Weekly, Sports Illustrated and CNN. And at 20, Hofstetter took a year off of school to head up web content for the New York Yankees. The Yankees won the World Series that year, which would have been wonderful if they hadn't beaten Hofstetter's Mets. Yes, he's also a Mets fan. Poor kid.

While an undergraduate at Columbia University, Hofstetter was a well-read columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator and a voice of the Lions. After a summer writing for Maxim, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated for Kids, Hofstetter syndicated his column in several newspapers.

Without his glasses, Hofstetter also looks a great deal like Michael Rappaport.

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

Vivacious Burlesque Experience DEVIL’S NIGHT

Sunday October 30
Doors 8:00 pm
Starts 9:00 pm
Ages All ages

"Seduction, crackling with unstoppable electricity." - LemonWire

For one night only, experience a devilishly outrageous evening of all-star burlesque entertainment, death defying circus feats and a dazzling array of haunting variety acts on the big stage, brought to you by the producer of the New Orleans’ cult favorite, Psychedelic Speakeasy and the runaway hit KAPOW! Burlesque with a BANG!, Vivacious Miss Audacious.

The Vivacious Burlesque Experience stars world renowned, award winning entertainers as seen on Netflix, Spotify, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Cirque du Soleil’s HEART Ibiza, TED Talks, the Burlesque Top 50, Miss Exotic World, Venardos Circus, the International Amsterdam Burlesque Award, and includes the #1 Burlesque Dancer in the World along with the Reigning Queen of the Striptease and the Duchess of Burlesque.

Cast includes LadyBEAST, Lola Van Ella, Aria Delanoche, Mz. Juno, AYAA (Franky Canga), Vivacious Miss Audacious, The Great Dane and Eddie Lockwood along with Bri & the Sparkling Diamonds.


VIVACIOUS MISS AUDACIOUS

...known as the Technicolor Teaser, is an independent showgirl and powerhouse producer who has her hips and hands in a myriad of art and entertainment ventures. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, this Michigan native is known for her vibrant energy, megawatt smile and sell out shows. She has toured extensively across three continents from the USA and Canada, throughout Europe and across Australia. 

Highlights include touring Australia with the renowned Pretty Things Peepshow, headlining the Gangster's Ball 2013, VIP Gala performances in London in 2016, competing at the 4th Annual Amsterdam Burlesque Award and performing at Cirque Du Soleil's HEART Ibiza in Spain, among countless other prestigious events.

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski

Saturday November 05
Doors 6:00 pm
Starts 7:00 pm
Ages All Ages

All tickets on sale: 08/05/2022

Joe Dombrowski (aka Mr. D) took the world by storm in 2017 with a viral April Fools’ Day spelling test prank that landed him multiple appearances on the Ellen Degeneres show. Don’t get it twisted though! It takes at least 20 years to be an overnight sensation! Joe has been doing stand-up comedy since he was eight years old in his third grade talent show. He’s never stopped! Since Joe’s rise to fame, he has been traveling the globe with his stand-up comedy which often highlights his crazy life as an elementary teacher. When he’s not getting creative on screens and stages, Joe spends his time in Seattle, Washington producing his podcast, “Social Studies” where he recaps absolutely insane stories from teachers all over the world. See more of Joe on many forms of social media using the handle @mrdtimes3 or catch him live at one of his shows!

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

A Winter Circle Production

Charley Crockett The Man From Waco Tour

Sunday November 13
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
Charley Crockett – The Man From Waco Tour
with support from Greyhounds
Sunday, November 13, 2022

Joy Theater
New Orleans, LA

7PM Doors
8PM Show

All Ages

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

Duane Betts Electric Autumn Tour 2022

Wednesday November 16
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

Presale: Thursday, September 15 10am-10pm EST

Public Onsale: Friday, September 16 at 10am EST

Duane Betts is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter.  The Sarasota, Florida native cut his teeth as a teen sitting-in regularly with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Allman Brothers Band, before relocating to Southern California and leading rock outfits Backbone69 and Whitestarr.  Betts next spent nearly a decade playing guitar alongside his father, Dickey Betts, in his group, Great Southern.  As well, he was a touring guitarist for folk-rockers Dawes, and a member of the brief supergroup, Jamtown, featuring G. Love, Donovan Frankenreiter, and Cisco Adler.  
In 2018, Betts released his debut, Sketches of American Music, and toured as a guest of the Devon Allman Project. At year’s end Betts announced the formation of The Allman Betts Band, officially uniting with Allman, and with Berry D. Oakley, son of the late Allman Brothers Band founding bassist Berry Oakley.  The group issued two albums- 2019’s Down to the River and 2020’s Bless Your Heart- before announcing its hiatus in 2022.  Currently Betts is prepping a second solo album, furthering his impassioned six-string stories reflecting a life and a history steeped in blues, rock, and country music tradition.

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

A Winter Circle Production

Mark Normand All Over the Road

Saturday November 26
Doors 6:00 pm
Starts 7:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
Mark Normand: All Over the Road
Saturday, November 26, 2022

Joy Theater
New Orleans, LA

6:00PM Doors
7PM Show
All Ages

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

Joy Theater Presents

Turnover 2022 Tour

Saturday December 10
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

Joy Theater Presents
Turnover

December 10, 2022
Doors: 7PM
Show: 8PM

All Ages

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP special guest Gareth Pearson

Monday January 16
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP w/ special guest Gareth Pearson
January 16, 2023
Joy Theater 
New Orleans, LA 

Local Presale: Wednesday,  September 14 – 10:00 AM CST
On Sale: Friday, September 16, 2022 – 10:00 AM CST 

Anytime you talk to any of his fans, whether musicians or civilians, invariably they will speak of not one but two qualities that define his greatness. 

The first, predictably, is his extraordinary guitar playing. Considered by those in the know to be among this planet’s greatest guitarists, his playing is simply miraculous, as it would take three musicians, or more, to do what Tommy does solo. Who else, for example, when playing “Day Tripper,” can lay down the rhythm part, dig into the riff and sing the melody all at once on just one acoustic guitar? 

Which brings us to the other aspect of his music always mentioned, and without which the first might not be as powerful or as infectiously appealing: the joy. Yes, joy. Because it’s one thing to play these multi-dimensional arrangements flawlessly on an acoustic guitar. But to do it with that smile of the ages, that evidence of authentic, unbridled delight, is an irresistible invitation to feel his music as deeply as he does.

 “The joy, he says, “is there always because I'm chasing it through music. Seeing the surprise in peoples' eyes is worth living and working for... I can't help but play to the people with all my heart, which is overflowing with joy of being in that moment that I’ve worked all my life for. And here it is!”

Although his expression is instrumental, he comes to the guitar much more like a vocalist, positively singing melodies through the strings. He inhabits the tunes he performs, delivering every nuance and turn of phrase. His own songs are also illuminated always with lyrical melodies that go right to the heart, such as his beautiful ode to his daughter, “Angelina,” or his great “story without words,” “Lewis & Clark.” That they resonate so deeply without words makes sense, as words only go so far. But music, coming from a genuine and joyful source, can go so much farther. Now with The Best of Tommysongs, he brings us a complete collection of his own songs, all rich with ripe melodicism and rendered with joy in real-time. 

 Born in 1955, one of six kids in Muswellbrook, New South Wales Australia, his first years were fairly uneventful, mostly mastering necessary motor skills between naps. By age four, he got busy becoming a musician. His father, an engineer who loved music and musicians, brought home an electric guitar one day with the intention of finding out how it worked. Piece by piece, he took it apart to discover its secrets. But Tommy and his brother were much more interested in music than mechanics, so that when their dad was away at work, they’d surreptitiously sneak away with the guitar. 

Driven somewhat by sibling rivalry, they developed contests that were both fun and extremely educational. “We turned our backs to each other,” Tommy remembered, “and Phil would play a chord and I would have to say what the chord was, what the notes in it were.” It was competition which impacted his entire career, allowing him access to the rich interior architecture of songs. Though neither brother had any formal musical training, this self-schooling quickly transformed both into seriously sophisticated musicians. 

Though they assumed their father would be angry if he found out, which he did, they were wrong. He was surprised and thrilled his sons could play music. Soon their big brother Chris was enlisted to play drums, and with sister Veronica playing lap-steel, a family band was born. They joyously rocked hip guitar instrumentals such as “Apache” by The Shadows, featuring Hank Marvin on guitar, who both Phil and Tommy adored and emulated. They called themselves The Emmanuel Quartet. But when people kept mistaking them for a classical string quartet, they changed the name to The Midget Surfaries. 

They entered a band competition, and easily surpassed all contenders to take first prize,
a national TV appearance. On that show they burned through “Apache” with such aplomb that the producer told their dad he should take the band on the road. 

He agreed. Back home he told everyone the plan: Sell the house, buy a tent, two station wagons, and hit the road. It seemed to be a dream, yet it was true. What they didn’t know was that their dad had learned recently that he had an incurable heart disease and was not expected to live for much more than a year. His doctor said if there was ever anything he really wanted to do; he should do it. 

It lasted for six years. They were on the road constantly, except for a few periods when their dad was too ill to tour, and Tommy and his brothers picked fruit to make some money. When his father’s heart finally gave out, Tommy remembered, his mother grieved for a few hours alone, and then emerged to give them the choice of a “normal life” or staying on the road. They chose the road, of course, and signed up with a successful traveling show, which kept them gainfully employed for a good stretch. But that came to an end when the child welfare department forced them off the road again for perceived child labor violations.

“They made us go to normal schools,” Tommy said. But normal was not something Tommy accepted for long. Though they settled down in a little town near Sydney, the brothers quickly assembled a little rock band, playing pubs, parties, weddings, and dances. One thing he learned on the road and never forgot was that he loved performing. And he was great at it.

From these origins, Tommy’s music expanded in every direction. At 30, he was burning on electric guitar with several rock bands in stadiums all over Europe. He could have gone on to live the rock star life. Yet he yearned for something purer and closer to his heart. Casting off the reliable rock band engine of monstrous sonics blasting with chains of effects through monstrous stacks of amps, he did a reverse Bob Dylan, and instead of going electric, Tommy went acoustic. 

Stripping away everything but the essentials, Tommy found the ideal equation, and one which has led him to worldwide acclaim: one acoustic guitar in standard tuning played by one ambitiously unchained guitarist and lover of song. Always it’s about melody, of expressing the tune not with a barrage of notes, but with those which touch the heart. And it’s about his singular greatness at translating the dimensional dynamics and dimensions of arrangements onto the six strings of his guitar. Although many scoffed that it was possible, Tommy made a series of hit albums as a solo guitarist, and became a major star first in Australia, and soon everywhere.

The inspiration for Tommy’s transformation? That would be guitar legend Chet Atkins, who represented to Tommy the pinnacle of guitar playing. One man, one guitar, and unlimited, passionate song. Like Dylan, who made a pilgrimage from the Midwest to New York to meet his idol, Woody Guthrie, Tommy always knew he had to get to Chet. To let Chet hear his music, which had been so shaped by his years listening, and absorbing, Chet’s genius.

When he finally made that trek around the globe to meet the man himself, in Nashville, their bond was immediate, and like their music, existed beyond words. Chet picked up his guitar, and the two men jammed joyously for hours. It started a lifelong friendship which shaped Tommy’s music forever. Chet welcomed Tommy into guitarist knighthood by bestowing upon him the coveted title of CGP (Certified Guitar Player), an honor awarded only to four other humans ever. Though already devoted to the life of a solo player, receiving the love and esteem of Chet lifted Tommy into a different realm. Because, as Chet recognized instantly and told the world, musicians like this don’t come along that often; pay attention to this man. Of course, Chet knew of what he spoke. Tommy’s triumph on his singular solo path has been extraordinary. From the Midget Surfaries he’s become beloved and revered around the planet for the music. And, for the joy. 

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A Winter Circle Production

Angel Olsen

Saturday January 21
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

Local pre-sale: Thu Sep 22 at 10am CT: nolaolsen
General on-sale: Fri Sep 23 at 10am CT

A Winter Circle Production 
Angel Olsen 
Saturday, January 21, 2023 

Joy Theater  
New Orleans, LA      

7PM Doors      
8PM Show      

All Ages     

JOY THEATER COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The Joy Theater no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show.

If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page on TheJoyTheater.com to see what Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions.

Stay tuned to The Joy’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.

Kathleen Madigan Boxed Wine & Tiny Banjos Tour

Saturday March 04
Doors 6:00 pm
Starts 7:00 pm
Ages All Ages

Comedian Kathleen Madigan's 32-year comedy career is showing no signs of slowing down as she’s currently on her Do You Have Any Ranch? Tour. Madigan has been touring 250 nights a year on the road and has risen from performing in comedy clubs to performing in marquee theaters with sold-out shows.

Madigan has squeezed in over 40 appearances on late night talk shows and multiple comedy specials airing on Netflix, Comedy Central and HBO. She has also appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix popular Netflix series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and made the most of the pandemic by launching a podcast, Madigan's Pubcast, on all streaming outlets. 

 Her most recent special Bothering Jesus is her fifth hour long stand-up special and third special to be available on NETFLIX. She recently taped her sixth stand-up special that will air in 2023.

 Kathleen’s album of the Bothering Jesus special, was the highest selling comedy album and most played comedy album on streaming services since 2014. 

 Madigan has performed internationally at festivals in theaters in Ireland, England, Hong Kong, Australia and has filmed seven Montreal Gala Shows at the Just For Laugh’s Comedy Festival for CBC TV. 

 Chicago Tribune wrote, “She has all but perfected the art of crafting and delivering a perfect joke. That singular dedication to the craft shows in both the evolution of her material over the years and way she can make a complicated joke with a hidden nub of wisdom seem both effortless and offhand.”

 “There's nobody better than Maddy. She’s smart and just crushes it every time. She's not just one of the best 'female' comics, she's one of the best comics, period,” says Comedian Ron White

 She's won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian" and the Phyllis Diller award for "Best Female Comedian." She has written and produced for Lewis Black's Root of All Evil on Comedy Central and done multiple USO tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

 Madigan is an advocate and fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and Autism.

 Madigan originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri.

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The Joy Theater is a 1,200-person capacity historic event venue on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.

As one of the first movie theaters to open in downtown New Orleans in the 1940s, the Joy Theater has been a Canal Street icon for decades. Today, our transformed theater brings thousands of people together every week to enjoy sounds from the best on the scene — including Summer Walker, Rufus Du Sol, Galactic, Future Islands, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and GRiZ.

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