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August Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love

Featuring Gregg Shapiro & The DC Youth Slam Team

Hosted by, Sarah Browning & Katy Richey
$5 online or at the door

Gregg Shapiro is the author of the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2012) and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008). Shapiro is also an entertainment journalist whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites.
The DC Youth Slam Team uses spoken word poetry to teach and empower teens to speak up about issues of social justice. With free weekly writing workshops, monthly open mics, poetry slams, and annual travel to regional and national competitions, the team provides training and a platform for District youth to develop their poetry and public speaking skills with guidance from mentors and peers.
Check them out on Sunday August 18, 2013 -5-7 pm- Busboys & Poets- 2021 14th St. N.W. Washington, D.C.
Co-Sponsored by Busboys and Poets & Split This Rock

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The Music of Gregory Porter

One of my co-workers just stopped by my desk and told me I had to check out the music of a new jazz artist he heard over the weekend. Since his taste in music is similar to mine, I gladly took the headsets he held out to me to take a listen. Needless to say, I was blown away! This is the kind of music I crave; thinking music, loving music, driving music, chilling music . . . For me the sound was very nostalgic and reminded me of a mix between Nat King Cole, Michael Henderson and Donny Hathaway, NO Joke!

The artist is Gregory Porter and I’m in love with his smooth, soulful and jazzy sound.  I immediately looked him up and found out he was a recent Grammy nominee (not a surprise!) Take a listen and let me know what you think.

Be Good

Born in LA and raised in Bakersfield, Porter now lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area in Brooklyn.  Upcoming festivals he is scheduled to perform include the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland on Feb 15, elb Jazz Festival in Hamburg, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland (I have ALWAYS wanted to be there for that!) and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.

On My Way To Harlem,” is another stand out track from Grammy®-nominated vocalist Gregory Porter’s album, Be Good, and was selected as the Pick of the Week on the Starbucks Digital Network for the week beginning March 27, 2012

1960 What!

For those of you living in the Washington DC, Metropolitan area, jazz vocalist extraordinaire Gregory Porter will  perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts official opening of its renovated ‘Theatre Lab’ on November 12 at 6pm.  It will be an interesting evening of poetry and music curated by actress, director, playwright and Artistic Director of DC Hip-Hop Theatre, Kamilah Forbes.  Porter’s music will blend with  poetry by pioneering female poets; Holly Bass, Mahogany Browne, Vanessa Hidary, and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. The performance will be streamed live on the Center’s website and archived for future viewing.

Read more: http://dc.broadwayworld.com/article/Kennedy-Center-to-Re-Open-Renovated-Theater-Lab-1112-20121101#ixzz2B6GUfNIF



Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Free Funk/Soul Concert

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (which celebrated its groundbreaking this year) will host a FREE concert with George Clinton, Meshell Ndegeocello and Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk! Continue reading