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The Inspired Word All-Star Showcase @ Bareburger - Music, Comedy, Poetry

The Inspired Word series presents its All-Star Showcase @ Bareburger East Village. Featuring poet Nichole Acosta, singer/songwriters Stephanie Lexis and Eric Contractor, musical duo Marcos & la Guagua, and comedian Vince Royale. Hosted by Mike Brown.

When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Where: Bareburger (East Village), 85 Second Avenue (@ 5th Street), 2nd floor, Manhattan, New York

Phone: (212)[masked]

By subway, take the F train to Second Avenue and exit the 2nd Avenue side or the 6 train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place.

Doors open @7pm Show starts @ 7:30pm Cover charge: $10 for general admission, $12 for 2nd/3rd row reserved, $15 for front row reserved

Feature Bios:

Nichole Acosta is a multicultural, Brooklyn-based poet heavily influenced by rappers Narubi Selah, Eve, and Missy Elliot, spoken word poets Lemon Andersen, Beau Sia, and Amiri Baraka and comedian Bo Burnham. Though she hated writing as a kid, her English teachers pushed her to love it. She's been performing since the age of 11, and in 2006, she finished in the top 15 out of 500 youth poets in the Urban Word Slam. She's known for both her cutting and positive words, taking on human nature, popular culture, and the challenging nexus between love and relationships. She is the founder/producer of Epic XII (, a unique quarterly performance event featuring 12 collaborations between musicians and poets, and is the Director of Community Relations for her home base, The Inspired Word.

Singer/Songwriter Eric Contractor was born and raised in Boonton, New Jersey. Music has been an enchanting force in his life since childhood, from which he has vivid memories of The Mamas and The Papas, Ella Fitzgerald, Motown, and J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue. Soon after the discovery of his singing talent, Eric was off to New York University to study music, and begin his journey as a songwriter. The grand scale of New York, with its soaring buildings, diverse neighborhoods, and millions of people, sparked Eric’s imagination to tell stories through song. He calls his musical style “bel-canto art-rock.” Eric’s poetic songs center around his near-operatic, expressive baritone voice, which harkens back to retro rock crooners of yore, such as Roy Orbison, Scott Walker, Chris Isaak, and Jim Morrison. Eric’s biggest musical accomplishment to date is the completion of his debut album “Night Escape,” which received glowing reception in the indie music blogosphere. Eric’s set in the Making Music Fest New York was also featured in The Aquarian Weekly. Performing all over the New York City area for years, Eric has played at famous venues such as the Javitz Center, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Living Room to name just a few.

Marcos & la Guagua is on a musical mission of reconciliation. Our random route may connect Latino, Gospel, Hip Hop music and more. Marcos will be your guide and la Guagua will be our clean-air-hybrid-electric vehicle. La Guagua means to move you. Marcos de Jesús has roots in Milwaukee, the Bronx, Puerto Rico, and Pomerania. He has a beautiful wife, a New York City Sightseeing Guide license, and plays the drums at a local Lutheran church most Sundays. Soli Deo Gloria. His compositions have been presented by What a Neighborhood! and Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre. His musical journey is unfolding at

Comedian Vince Royale, a Jersey native, began his career in entertainment as a recording artist. Booked for a gig to perform at a local bar he finds out the gig was canceled, instead the bar was having an open mic comedy night. As a fan of comedy and a little tipsy he decided to participate in the open mic. The crowd was entertained and was laughing, which led to Vince catching the comedy bug. He started doing open mics all over town eventually taking his newfound talent to bigger stages. Vince made the seamless transition from music to comedy and never looked back. Vince eventually made the move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream to be involved in TV and film while showcasing his comedy talents in front of a new audience. Vince has performed at some of the biggest clubs in America such as The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, and even Yankee Stadium and is a regular at all the LA comedy clubs. Vince is also the winner of the "Funniest Comedian in So Cal" hosted by the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club.

Stephanie Lexis is a singer/songwriter from New Jersey, who draws influence from Billy Joel, Bjork, and Regina Spektor. A classically trained soprano and actress, Stephanie writes music with sweeping melodies and dynamic lyrics. Her most-recognized song “Diego” placed in the semi-finals of the Song of the Year contest, as well as Millikin University’s Center Board contest. So far, Stephanie Lexis has made appearances at The Path Café, The Iguana, Crossroads Nightclub, and Tammany Hall. For more information:

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