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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.

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

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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.

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.

BASSIK & Morflo Records Present

Mersiv New Years Eve Celebration

Friday December 30
Doors 8:00 pm
Starts 9:00 pm

BASSIK & Morflo Records Present
Mersiv
sfam b2b Eazybaked
Khiva
Freq
Zack Hersh

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.

BASSIK & Morflo Records Present

Mersiv New Years Eve Celebration

Saturday December 31
Doors 8:00 pm
Starts 9:00 pm

BASSIK & Morflo Records Present
Mersiv
tiedye ky
Stooki Sound
Steller
Venture 5

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. 

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

Sam Morril The Class Act Tour

Wednesday January 18
Doors 6:00 pm
Starts 7:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
Sam Morril: The Class Act Tour
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Joy Theater 
New Orleans, LA     

6:00 PM Doors     
7:00PM 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.

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.

The Joy Theater Presents

Emo Night 2023 Tour

Friday January 27
Doors 8:00 pm
Starts 9:00 pm
Ages 18+

Joy Theater Presents
The Emo Night Tour

Friday, January 27
Joy Theater

Doors 8PM
Show 9PM

18+

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.

Destroy Lonely No Stylist Tour

Saturday January 28
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

Destroy Lonely
No Stylist Tour
w/ Homixide Gang

Saturday January 28
Joy Theater

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
All Ages

Destroy Lonely makes every flex feel like an adventure. Fusing colorful melodies with labyrinthine flows and playful braggadocio, the Atlanta rapper has built a career by pushing himself to try new things—and pushing at rap’s boundaries in the process. The 21-year-old weaves together video-game synths, elastic vocals, off-kilter rhythms, and his inborn mystique and charisma to craft stylish soundtracks for a high-wire lifestyle that’s getting more luxurious by the day. His daring approach is on fuller display than ever on “NOSTYLIST,” the mesmerizing first single from NO STYLIST, his debut mixtape on Playboi Carti’s record imprint Opium.

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.

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.

Outback Presents

Drew Lynch 2023 Tour

Friday March 24
Doors 6:00 pm
Starts 7:00 pm
Ages All Ages

Outback Presents
Drew Lynch

Friday, March 24, 2023
Joy Theater

Doors: 6pm
Show: 7pm

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 Joy Theater Presents

Drive-By Truckers with Margo Cilker

Saturday March 25
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

The Joy Theater Presents
Drive-By Truckers
w/ Margo Cilker
March 25, 2023

Doors 7:00 PM
Show 8:00 PM

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.

A Winter Circle Production

Kayzo 2023 Tour

Thursday March 30
Doors 9:00 pm
Starts 10:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
Kayzo
Ray Volpe
AUTOMHATE
Thursday, March 30, 2023

Joy Theater 
New Orleans, LA     

9PM Doors     
10PM 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.

A Winter Circle Production

Kevin Kaarl Paris Texas Tour

Tuesday April 04
Doors 8:00 pm
Starts 9:00 pm
Ages All Ages

LOCAL PRESALE: Thursday, November 3rd (10AM – 10PM local)
- pwd: NOLAPARISTEXAS
PUBLIC ON SALE: Friday, November 4th (10AM local)

A Winter Circle Production
Kevin Kaarl: Paris Texas Tour

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Joy Theater 
New Orleans, LA     

8PM Doors     
9PM 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

Built To Spill

Monday April 10
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

Joy Theater Presents
Built To Spill
April 10, 2023

Joy Theater
New Orleans, LA

Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

All Ages

Built to Spill is an indie rock band from Boise, ID, formed in 1992 by guitarist/vocalist Doug Martsch.
In September 2022 they released their most recent album, through SubPop - "When the Wind Forgets Your Name". 
Known as well for its rotating line up, the band currently counts with Melanie Radford on bass and Teresa Esguerra on drums. 

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

Silverstein Misery Made Me 2023

Wednesday April 12
Doors 6:00 pm
Starts 7:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
Silverstein: Misery Made Me 2023
Dayseeker
Seeyouspacecowboy
One Step Closer

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Joy Theater 
New Orleans, LA     

6PM 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.

A Winter Circle Production

Mac Ayres Comfortable Enough Tour

Saturday April 15
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
Mac Ayres – Comfortable Enough Tour

Saturday, April 15, 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.

Bassik Presents

Sullivan King Thrones Of Blood US Tour

Monday April 17
Doors 8:00 pm
Starts 9:00 pm
Ages 16+

A Winter Circle Production
Sullivan King: Thrones Of Blood US Tour
Level Up
Benda
Vastive
Monday, April 17, 2023


Joy Theater 
New Orleans, LA     

8PM Doors     
9PM Show     

16+   

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

Neal Brennan BRAND NEW NEAL

Friday June 16
Doors 7:00 pm
Starts 8:00 pm
Ages All Ages

A Winter Circle Production
Neal Brennan: BRAND NEW NEAL
Friday, June 16, 2023

Joy Theater 
New Orleans, LA     

7PM Doors     
8PM Show     

All Ages  

About Joy

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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