New York City's Joe's Pub will celebrate its grand re-opening with two nights featuring several of Nashville's finest songwriters. The perennially popular CMA Songwriters Series will return to the completely renovated venue on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6 and 7 (6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET).
Mercury Nashville artist Billy Currington will be the featured artist/songwriter on Thursday, Oct. 6. Currington, a three-time CMA Awards nominee, has garnered 10 Top 10 hits, with seven of those reaching No. 1. His songwriting credits include "That's How Country Boys Roll," "Walk a Little Straighter," and "Why, Why, Why."
"I'm honored to be invited back to the CMA Songwriters Series, especially on such a big night as the grand re-opening of Joe's Pub," said Currington.
Featured on Friday, Oct. 7, will be Columbia Nashville artist Josh Thompson. Thompson's debut single, "Beer on the Table," was a Top 20 hit, and his follow-up, "Way Out Here," landed in the Top 15. Thompson has also had his songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Jason Michael Carroll, and Brad Paisley.
"Songwriting is what brought me to Nashville...I eat, sleep and breathe it," said Thompson. "So, to be asked to be a part of this is both extremely humbling and a huge honor for me."
Performing both nights will be Scotty Emerick ("I Love This Bar," "Good As I Once Was," and "I'm Just Talking About Tonight," all recorded by Toby Keith); David Lee Murphy ("Dust On the Bottle" recorded by Murphy, "Live a Little" recorded by Kenny Chesney, and "Big Green Tractor" recorded by Jason Aldean); and the evening's host, Bob DiPiero ("Southern Voice" recorded by Tim McGraw, "Blue Clear Sky" recorded by George Strait, and "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" recorded by Brooks & Dunn).
The CMA Songwriters Series will be part of Joe's Pub's grand re-opening celebration. The renovation of Joe's Pub - the first in 13 years - is designed to enhance the audience and performer experience by eliminating standing room, expanding seating capacity, renovating the restrooms, improving seating layout and sightlines, providing new artist dressing rooms, and moving the entrance to Joe's Pub from Lafayette Street to inside The Public Theater lobby. In addition, patrons will be able to select and reserve their seating online.
"We're thrilled to be reopening our doors with the help of the October CMA Songwriters Series," says Kevin Abbott, Managing Director of Joe's Pub. "Our newly renovated, fully-seated room offers the very best in comfort, sound, and service to both our performers as well as our patrons, and it's a privilege to host such an amazing series in our first week open to the public."
Shanta Thake, Joe's Pub Director adds, "We couldn't imagine our first week of re-opening without the help of the CMA Songwriter Series, which consistently brings to our stage the most exciting and talented musicians Country Music has to offer."
Tickets for the Oct. 6 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub are $40 for VIP seating and $30 for reserved and tickets for the Oct. 7 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub are $30 for reserved seating. Both shows will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 18 at 2:00 PM/ET. For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit www.cmasongwritersseries.com. For information about Joe's Pub or to order tickets, visit www.joespub.com or call (212) 967-7555 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM/ET. Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette St. in New York City.