Sunday, May 23, 2010
In addition to hosting The Speakeasy for the next few weeks (and shooting out submissions for publication), I will also be performing in two functions. Here's the skinny.
The first show is called the New Reason New Renaissance Art Show, and it's taking place this Friday, the 28th. Here's some info straight from the sponsor:
New Reason New Renaissance art show will take place on Friday MAY 28th at the Loose Cannon Gallery from 7-10pm. The show features both the visual arts as well as spoken word and there will be a fund raiser for the Veteran’s Association. Come out and have a good time with us…. Special AFTER PARTY at Coltrane’s on 9th.
I hope that those of you in the Chattanooga area will come out and have some fun with us. I've been told that the event is completely free to attend, so all you promosexuals be on the look out.
Next, on June 4th, I'll be participating in the Table Space series at the Hamilton Community Church. On Fridays, they feature different peeps in the arts and allow them to come in, perform, dialogue, etc. It's a very coffee shop-esque vibe, and I'm looking forward to bringing some of my peeps out to get down.
Some of the details are still up in the air, but I'll try to keep everyone posted as best I can when they become more concrete. I'm anticipating receiving confirmation by the end of this week.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the New Voices Poetry Reading at Pascha Coffeehouse in St. Elmo. This event is run by Ray Zimmerman, who used to head up the Chattanooga Writers Guild, and features an array of local poets.
I went to support some of the poets who frequent the Speakeasy, and to just have a good time. I was very happy to see a great improv jazz band called the Undoctored Originals serving as the house band for the event, and they were absolutely phenomenal.
Eventually, Ray approached me and asked me if I'd be interested in reading as well, so before long, I'd grabbed a copy of my chapbook and ran through a few poems. The drummer for the Undoctored Originals actually backed me up on percussion while I performed Night Writers, and that was great fun for me.
I encourage everybody who can to make it out to the next one. The New Voices Poetry Reading takes place every third Saturday of the month, and, for all you promosexuals out there, is FREE. Check it out. And you can hear some of what the Undoctored Originals have to offer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc7mWk7zUBo and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTUdMhc5_6k&feature=related
Sunday, May 9, 2010
It's been a while since I've posted anything here, and it's because I've been really busy. I'm definitely not lacking in my activities these days, and haven't been for quite some time. My schedule has consisted of applying for a grant, submitting poems for publication, organizing events, etc. Busy, busy, busy.
Several months ago, I was asked by a friend of mine to lay vocals on some tracks he'd put together. Due to my schedule, it took me a good bit of time to actually tend to the music and come up with anything. However, eventually, I put something together for two tracks, and we recorded about a month or more ago.
One of the tracks has surfaced, and it was very interesting for me to hear it and see what was done with it. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. You can check out the track Glide here: http://soundcloud.com/artax
Also, I'll be performing in an art show that is taking place on the 28th of this month. It will be held at Loose Cannon and will feature street art, graffiti, poetry, etc. It should be a very eclectic event. I'll post more information here when I get it.