Tuesday, January 29, 2013

An early February string of shows: Joe Strummer tribute, WOWPS fundraiser, Common Labor CD release

(Me and Big Cats at the Triple Rock for the Mixed Blood Majority release show; photo courtesy of Paper Antler)

Honestly, I try not to play TOO many local shows. Luckily, these ones are all wildly different and I'll be doing wildly different things at each one. Here's a guide:

Friday 2/1: Tribute to Joe Strummer in the First Ave. Mainroom
I'll just be performing one poem, so don't come to see me-- but come to see an enormous lineup of Twin Cities bands doing Clash covers and much more. And it's all for a very good cause-- raising money for Free Arts Minnesota in memory of Daniel Levy. Link with details.

Wednesday 2/6: Women of the World Poetry Slam Fundraiser at Honey
I'm just hosting this one (though I may perform a little too), but basically, I put together a lineup of some of my favorite up-and-coming Twin Cities artists-- Lydia Hoglund of Bomba de Luz, Dem Atlas, See More Perspective, Kaoz, Unfuh Qwittable from Audio Perm and more. There will also be some poets, plus a special instrumental/DJ set from Big Cats. And it'll all be to raise money to put on this beautiful festival celebrating women's voices in poetry. Link with details.

Saturday 2/9: Common Labor CD release show at Hell's Kitchen
I'll also be giving a keynote address at a leadership conference and performing a poem at a huge gala to raise money for the Child Neurology Foundation this night, but the show I want you to come to is this one at Hell's Kitchen at 10pm. Common Labor is Analyrical and Phingaz, and Mike the Martyr, Kuley and MaLLy will also be there. If you want to see me RAP, come to this show. Link with details.

Plus: 3 More Prelims in the K.N.E.W. youth poetry slam series!
This series of slams and workshops is to help pick a team to represent MN at Brave New Voices 2013. The first one was fun and we have three more coming up: 2/1, 2/9 and 2/15. If you're a poet between the ages of 13 and 19, come to as many of them as you want and perform. I'll be at some of them, though not as a performer. Details here:

And all of that is just the first two weeks of the month. I'll also be doing a 2 Chairs Telling event, heading to UM-Morris and Dakota State University, plus playing two Hip Hop Against Homophobia shows: one at Central High school on 2/22 and one at Patrick's Cabaret on 2/23. If you want to come to the Patrick's one, hit me up for tickets. Everything is in the calendar in the column on the right. Thanks!

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