Tuesday, May 18, 2010

VIDEO: Guante & Big Cats: "DRAGONS" live

Guante & Big Cats - 7th St. Entry (Live) from Pure Optics on Vimeo.

Big ups to Pure Optics for the footage and Empty for the audio. This was shot at Kristoff Krane's CD release party at the 7th St. Entry on May 15, 2010.

The band is:

Big Cats!: Bass (on this song)
Eric Blomquist: Keys and Saxophone
Mike Ries: Drums
Mike Coyne: Guitar
Chris Tures: Guitar
Guante: Vocals

Mike, Mike and Chris are also in Dragons Power Up!.

The song is from "AN UNWELCOME GUEST," which can be purchased HERE.

Monday, May 10, 2010

I'll be performing at both Kristoff Krane release parties

If you don't know about Kristoff Krane, here's what I wrote about him a while back. In short, he's a great guy, and he makes some of the most original music you'll ever hear, a mix of hip hop, folk and more. I'm posting the flyers here; when it imports to facebook, they might disappear, so check out the original post at www.guante.info.

On Saturday, May 15, Kristoff Krane will be releasing his new album "Picking Flowers Next to Roadkill" at the 7th St. Entry. The album features Slug, Eyedea, P.O.S. and others. I'll be playing the release party along with Big Cats and our band. We haven't played a full band set in a while, and we've got some very cool stuff planned. There's an all-ages show at 5pm, and a regular 21+ show at 9pm.

On Friday, May 28th, he'll be releasing his OTHER new album, "Hunting for Father" at the Cedar Cultural Center. This one is a little more experimental-- less pure hip hop-- but it's incredibly engaging. I'll be hosting this show and performing spoken-word between sets. This one is all ages!

So really, it's three shows. All should be great. I'm honored to be playing them.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

National Poetry Slam news

First of all, I made the (defending national champion) Saint Paul team again. The Grand Poetry Slam was last night, and it was pretty wild. Khary took first. Someone told me I tied for second but I don't have the scores. It was a pretty great show-- lots of growth in our scene.

For the record, I performed (in order): Handshakes, Cartpusher, The Family Business and Heartland. And yes, three of those titles are going to change when the poems are formally published.

For those who don't know, the National Poetry Slam is in Saint Paul this year. It's a five-day festival of competitions, workshops, open mics and more featuring the top slam poets from around the country (and beyond). The fact that it's in the Twin Cities this year, coupled with the fact that our team (Saint Paul) took FIRST place last year, means that there's a lot of pressure on us to be brilliant. I think we have a great team, though: Khary Jackson, Sierra DeMulder, Shane Hawley, Sam Cook and myself (assuming the people who also qualified for the MPLS team don't go over there).

It'll be August 3rd through the 7th. Here's the official website.

Lots of fun events planned for before the big slam, though, including special themed slams every first Monday of the month at the Artists' Quarter, and also this event:Really excited about this lineup. Fresh Squeeze is literally that "best crew nobody knows about," and everyone on the bill is dynamite. And the show is FREE, so come out.