The Speakeasy is officially back! This is an open mike for spoken word, poetry, and hip-hop. A pair of jazz musicians will improvise accompaniment for each piece. I hosted a series like this back in 2008, and I'm really excited to be doing it again.
At this month's Speakeasy, we will have Paul Mullikin on keyboard and a bass player TBA. I will be hosting, reading a bit of my own poetry, and introducing readers on the open mike.
There is a suggested donation of $5 which will go directly to the musicians. I have promised to pay them at least $50 apiece, so I will be making up the difference out of my own pocket if I don't get 20 paying guests to come out for this event. Please come out and support my financial well-being! :-)
More importantly, I hope you will come to enjoy this unique and artistic form of entertainment. If you haven't experienced jazz and the spoken word coming together like this, you are in for a treat.
Any of you who want to read your own work (or the work of a poet you admire) are welcome to get up on the mike. The musicians will make you feel like a rock star!
Make sure to ask your server for the 10% off food and drink that all Speakeasy guests are entitled to. You can also park for free in the hotel parking garage. Just ask for parking validation at the front desk.
Hope to see you there in large numbers! :-)
P.S. The event happens in the "Elevate Lounge," which will be right in front of you when you come in the main entrance to the hotel.
Video 1: I promise the poetry will be better than this, but I still love this scene from "So I Married an Axe Murderer" with Mike Meyers.
Video 2: Here's a clip of Marlon Carey, I poet I knew when I lived in Boston, performing to jazz accompaniment. This video was filmed at the Lizard Lounge in Boston, where I first encountered the idea of putting poetry together with improvised jazz.