Monday! Dec 10th! MIGHTY MIKE McGEE returns!!! Musical Guest SAMUEL J. JACKSON! PLUS DG Scavenger Hunt!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2012 by dirtygerund

So psyched to welcome back former Worcester Resident and one of the most beloved names in performance poetry!

mmmFEATURE: MIGHTY MIKE McGEE –  is an international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic. He has performed in thousands of venues all over North America, and was one of the first Americans ever to perform poetry at the University la Sorbonne in Paris, France. McGee began performing comedy and poetry to audiences at home in San Jose, California in 1998. As a Poetry Slam competitor in the U.S., Mike has competed at the National Poetry Slam on team San José several times. In 2003, McGee won the coveted National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship, besting over 300 nationally ranked poetry slammers. He has since toured over 300,000 miles throughout the United mike-nick-alex-DGStates and Canada where fellow National Poetry Slam Indy Champ, Shane Koyczan and beat-boxer poet extraordinaire C.R. Avery (of Vancouver, B.C.) joined him to form the group Tons of Fun University in 2004. They have since headlined music festivals across Canada, bringing their unique blend of poetry-laden “talk rock” to massive audiences all over the great north.In 2006, McGee became the first person to win two separate individual titles by being crowned the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, besting over 70 of the world’s best ranked slam poets. His “stand-up poetry” has been written about in Writer’s Digest magazine, and been featured on NPR, HBO and CBC. Mike McGee books internationally and is on tour damn-near 300 days a year.

garrettjacksonMUSICAL GUEST – On a strong recommendation from last week’s feature SAM TEITEL, From Northampton, Mass, SAMUEL J. JACKSON featuring the musical stylings of GARRET JACKSON who describes himself thusly… Born in Pasadena CAL 04/17/85
Been giging for about 5 years “My stuff is a cross between satire and freak folk, people often laugh.. then say o shit…. The two musicians I’d be bringing to Worcester are skilled in improv (fiddle, banjo) and my stuff suits such a school of thought although it is not stream of consciousness (but that is how the songs  are formed, so I don’t take to much offense when people label it as such, nonsensical is a word that bothers me, but what would we be with out haters?)!

BONUS RUCKUS – “Nick’s Scavenger Hunt” – Okay, we need a couple teams to do this! newyearsNICHOLAS EARL DAVIS will have poetic couplets or haiku’s which will contain your clues. Decipher his drift and produce the item he’s looking for and get it to the stage before your competitors. Top scavenger hunter/gatherer, will win yummy prizes! Get some! DIRTY GERUND DUCT TAPE BAND’s BEEN KILLING IT! Musically that is! YOSH & CHICKEN want a deep fryer for the holidays! Help them by tipping them well! Snacks will have holiday flare! Visual Arts too! Looking forward to our New Year’s Eve Party with Dump ‘Em Out Productions! Get primed, get ready! The Dirty Gerund is coming to you ALIVE in 5, 4, 3, 2…….

WON!!!!!

 

Monday Dec 3rd! Worcester is TEITEL TOWN, that’s SAM TEITEL’s book release town! Musical Guest WATER CHILD from Woodstock, NY! Plus the “Ho Ho Hum…” Haiku Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2012 by dirtygerund

samteitelNEWbookPOETRY FEATURE – Our very favorite Universalist Minister in Training- Cash for Gold man – New Hampshire Ex-Patriot – Poet SAM TEITEL is celebrating the release of his second full length collection of poetry, THE ASSASSIN & the GIANT MAN picks up where SURVIVE, SURVIVE, SURVIVE left off in 2010: (both on Bicycle Comics Press) a young but more-assured voice coming to grips with the reality, horror, and humor of adulthood. The swagger and the snivel are both still here, in classic form, but added to is is something almost approaching wisdom. Sam’s been on several poetry slam teams from Manchester New Hampshire and currently resides in Worcester! He likes the Clash a bunch, rocks a unique reading style and has indie snark wisdom for days, no, decades! Come on down and get a copy of the new cool! waterchild —–  MUSICAL GUEST – Not much is known about touring act WATER CHILD, but members Joseph Hein– Vocals, Guitar, John Voight– Vocals, Drums, Izak Hosmer-Dillard– Vocals, Bass weave an ethereal soundscape that promises to chill us all the F out! Currently on tour from Woodstock, New York, these cats are dropping in to play some songs and promote their current release that you can listen to right now on BANDCAMP! Do I day say late Beatles-esque! What the hell! I said it!

BONUS RUCKUS – The “Ho Ho Hum….” Haiku Challenge! That’s it! I’ve had it with Holiday Songs already! Haiku slash down your favorite carol or sentiment to it’s core 17 syllable essence, deliver your haiku at the end of the show! Best get’s a free one on us! Humbug, I mean, Hamburger please!

Duct Tape Band looking forward to the holiday season! Snacks and Visual Arts to be discovered! Full open mic last week! Get down early and sign up to assure yourself a spot! We’re trying to start earlier these days, don’t ya know! Fa-la-la-la! Here’s some video of Sam Teitel in action!

Monday! Nov 26th – JADE SYLVAN for the return visit win! Musical Guest TORI PARHM!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JADE SYLVAN comes from a family of vaudeville performers, scientists, professors, and drunks. She’s an award-winning poet, songwriter, and nonfiction writer whose poetry and essays have been published in over twenty journals. Jade won the 2011 Bayou Poetry Prize, and was a finalist in the 2012 Bunchgrass Poetry Prize and the 2012 Write Bloody Book Competition. She’s received artist grants from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Amethyst Arsenic. Jade has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe following the release of her first collection of poetry, The Spark Singer (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2009), and her first album of alt-folk songs, Blood and Sand (Red Car Records, 2011). She has performed her work and facilitated workshops at Harvard University, New York University, Bread Loaf, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, 826 Boston, The Boston Poetry Slam, The Seattle Poetry Slam, Asheville Wordfest, The Vancouver Poetry Slam, The Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, The Berkeley Poetry Slam, The Green Mill (Chicago), The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NYC), The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), Brandeis University, and Emerson College, among many others. check out wayyyyy  more about this 3 time poetry feature, 2 time musical guest and all around friends at www.jadesylvan.com

MUSICAL GUEST: TORI PARMZ – Local Worcester based poet & songstress TORI PARMZ has just turned 21, so we thought we’d celebrate with some tasty acoustic, soulful, folk singing with someone we hope will be a Gerunder for years to come!  Help us welcome this talented youngster to our stage for the first time ever. If you can’t wait, check out a couple tunes at www.toriparham.bandcamp.com.

Support our local artists!

Speaking of which, we may have a bonus tonight, that depends on you. Attendance has been light lately, maybe ya’ll are holiday shopping. Take a break and come down with us! We have so many high fives and snacks and open mic slots and loneliness. We miss our art friends! For real! Come on down!

 

Monday Nov 19th! Give thanks! Make-Up Feature Date w/ PORSHA O from Boston! Plus! The Live-Jive Turkey Thanks Haiku Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2012 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: PORSHA OLAYIWOLA, describes herself as Black, dyke, poet, lover hip-hop feminist, womanist friend, Porsha Olayiwola is a performance artist who believes in pixie dust and second chances. A resident of Boston, by way of Chicago, Porsha O is runner-up of 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a member of the current Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team. Her intention is to speak, love, and maintain a cypher that is undocumented, uncontrollable and just plain ole dope. She blasted onto the Cambridge Lizard Lounge Scene, gaining Championship and Slam Team Honors! A coach for the semi-finalist Codman Academy in Dorchester’s first ever Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Team, she’s recently linked up with Mass LEAP to serve as a teaching artist, organizer and all around comrade to the cause! First time featuring in Worcester, so let’s get down to the funky funky sounds! King Kong ain’t got sh#t on her!

BONUS RUCKUS – (Jive) Turkey Give Thanks Haiku Challenge! What better way to save room for stuffing yourself, than by economizing your thanks in Haiku Form! Give us your best 17 Syllables on whatever it is you’re thankful for and win frothy prize on us!!!! I’m thankful that we don’t hang donuts off of string and ask people to eat them as part of a game show! That ish was dangerous!

Open Mic needs more Open Mic-ers! Visual Arts and Snack Time to help get us through the cold winter! Duct Tape Band has been cooking wonderful holiday jams! Join us on the march to New Years with what’s sure to be another electrifying presentation!

Monday Nov 12th! All Hail 2011 Individual Poetry Slam Champ CHRIS AUGUST from Baltimore! Musical Guest TORI PARMZ! Plus! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP????

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: In 2011, Chris August was named the number one ranked performance poet in the United States at the Individual World Poetry Slam held n Cleveland, Ohio. This was the culmination of ten years of involvement in national slam scene, representing Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC at the National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2012, he left his job as a special educator to pursue poetry full time. Later that year, he represented the United States at the Poetry World Cup in Paris, France where he was ranked second in the world. His latest book, A Life Called Special, is a compilation of his poetry about special needs education.

MUSICAL GUEST: TORI PARMZ – Local Worcester based poet & songstress TORI PARHAM has just turned 21, so we thought we’d celebrate with some tasty acoustic, soulful, folk singing with someone we hope will be a Gerunder for years to come!  Help us welcome this talented youngster to our stage for the first time ever. If you can’t wait, check out a couple tunes at www.toriparham.bandcamp.com.

Support our local artists!

BONUS RUCKUS: (not set in stone yet) – Hoping for an IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-UP between current Intercontinental Champ YUNUS QUDDUS & Challenger CYNDI KEELY. Stay tuned until we get confirmation. (travel arrangements and such). IRON POET Match-ups involve two poets, 3 rounds, 3 poetic dishes (original haiku, original short poem, and incorporation). One secret ingredient will be announced at beginning of the show. Our poets will have the rest of the show to prepare 3 courses for 3 judges who will score based on 3 criteria, taste, presentation and use of the original ingredient!

DUCT TAPE BAND continues to impress and rock out behind poets like it’s their job! Wait! It is their job and they succeed! Constantly! Snack Time & Visual Arts to continue! NOTE: Visual Arts will now be auctioned off the week after the art is created to give the artist a better opportunity to sell their work to more audience members! Winter is coming through with a taste. Come to the Gerund and stay a step ahead of the winter blah’s!

We’ll leave you with some straight truth from our amazing feature!

Monday Nov 5th! DG nominates GEORGE “G” YAMAZAWA from Durham, North Carolina for President! Musical Guests: THE DOTTED EYES! Plus! “Persona Poem” Challenge Do-Over!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2012 by dirtygerund

Thanks to the handful of stalwarts who came out for last week’s open mic. Some guests are coming back this week. Some we’ll re-book real soon. We were sad not to have all our featured acts in the house due to the storm, but we also acknowledge that we were (and are) supremely fortunate to have electricity, food, adequate shelter and each other. Best wishes go out to everyone in the effected areas still struggling to secure their footing and all the things that we often take for granted. We will do an extra bucket pass this Monday to try to raise some funds for the American Red Cross. November is upon us! Let’s open up a can of “oh man! this is some great poetry show!” Let’s elect us to lead this charge!

FEATURED POET: GEORGE YAMAZAWA JR. is a second generation Japanese-American poet/emcee from Durham, NC. Raised in a Buddhist household while learning the nature of the Bible Belt, “G” quickly understood how to embrace his differences and take pride in his culture. Heavily influenced by hip hop, G first began writing rhymes at 12 years old but never considered himself a writer until he found poetry. But in 2007, G was expelled from his high school and sent to an alternative school. During that time of uncertainty and depression, he discovered the power of spoken word and used it as a positive outlet for his creativity. Since then, he has become one of the founding members of the Sacrificial Poets, the premier youth poetry organization in NC, and dedicates his time cultivating the young voices in his community. In 2010, G performed at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Nuyorican Poets Café. At only 21 years old, he is an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and a two-time Southern Fried Champion. This is his first visit to Worcester! I’m super excited to host this young firebrand on his first tour of New England!

MUSICAL GUEST: THE DOTTED EYES, based out of Boston, MA, formed in 2010 from the ashes of bands ranging from dance pop to metalcore. What emerged was an acoustic based rock band with a focus on catchy harmony and dynamic cadence. That energy was sewn together in their first self recorded and produced EP “Threads.” “Threads” has appeared on Pandora and Ourstage.com with 3 songs receiving Top 40 placement in Indie Rock, Folk, and Indie Pop. In their first year, The Dotted Eyes impressed local media, winning New England Band of The Month from the Deli Magazine as well as being featured on NECN’s Morning Show. Their new LP “Wondering & Worrying” picks up where the EP left off with 10 unique, fun, and catchy songs. Check out their super duper website: www.thedottedeyes.com then take a break from dancing in front of your mirror, to come down and dance right in front of them!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Tricks or Treat(ment) Costumes Persona” Writing Challenge! Planning on dressing up Monday? Good! We support that! Depending on your costume and writing chops, you may very well win. All you have to do is come at our mic, in costume, with a poem, inspired by, or coming from the perspective of whatever it is you freaks decided to dress up as. We’ll have a secret judge or two, maybe the entire crowd decide who best matches their outfit! Winner gets (what could very well be) an amazing prize donated by our resident October Enthusiast / Visual Director AARON WHITE!!!

Pre Election Fun! Duct Tape Band! Yosh & Chicken are voting for us! Snacks and Visual Arts! Nicholas Earl Davis is not sure what town he’s registered in! Voting is sexy! Come on down and support all the ARTS! All of em! We’ll leave you with some poetry from our feature! Boom!

Monday Oct 29th! Trix or Treat(ment) at the DG w/ PORSHA OLAYIWOLA! Musical Guests THE DOTTED EYES from Boston! Plus! The “Costumed Persona Poem” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2012 by dirtygerund

Rocktober is almost at it’s end. Don’t let Hurricane Sandy dismiss your pre holiday revelry! Get on down to your local multi-arts extravaganza and get soaked in double barrel Boston Action once again!!! Two weeks in a row, we call on our friends from the east to help juggernaut this mania!

FEATURED POET: PORSHA OLAYIWOLA, describes herself as Black, dyke, poet, lover hip-hop feminist, womanist friend, Porsha Olayiwola is a performance artist who believes in pixie dust and second chances. A resident of Boston, by way of Chicago, Porsha O is runner-up of 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a member of the current Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team. Her intention is to speak, love, and maintain a cypher that is undocumented, uncontrollable and just plain ole dope. She blasted onto the Cambridge Lizard Lounge Scene, gaining Championship and Slam Team Honors! A coach for the semi-finalist Codman Academy in Dorchester’s first ever Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Team, she’s recently linked up with Mass LEAP to serve as a teaching artist, organizer and all around comrade to the cause! First time featuring in Worcester, so let’s get down to the funky funky sounds! King Kong ain’t got sh#t on her!

MUSICAL GUEST: THE DOTTED EYES, based out of Boston, MA, formed in 2010 from the ashes of bands ranging from dance pop to metalcore. What emerged was an acoustic based rock band with a focus on catchy harmony and dynamic cadence. That energy was sewn together in their first self recorded and produced EP “Threads.” “Threads” has appeared on Pandora and Ourstage.com with 3 songs receiving Top 40 placement in Indie Rock, Folk, and Indie Pop. In their first year, The Dotted Eyes impressed local media, winning New England Band of The Month from the Deli Magazine as well as being featured on NECN’s Morning Show. Their new LP “Wondering & Worrying” picks up where the EP left off with 10 unique, fun, and catchy songs. Check out their super duper website: www.thedottedeyes.com then take a break from dancing in front of your mirror, to come down and dance right in front of them!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Tricks or Treat(ment) Costumes Persona” Writing Challenge! Planning on dressing up Monday? Good! We support that! Depending on your costume and writing chops, you may very well win. All you have to do is come at our mic, in costume, with a poem, inspired by, or coming from the perspective of whatever it is you freaks decided to dress up as. We’ll have a secret judge or two, maybe the entire crowd decide who best matches their outfit! Winner gets (what could very well be) an amazing prize donated by our resident October Enthusiast / Visual Director AARON WHITE!!!

Not nearly enough bids at the end of last week’s arts auction. BRADLEY MOMBERGER did a fine job and will be back to sell his original piece early on in the show! DUCT TAPE BAND would have bid, but they were too busy rocking the fux out! Delay Pedals and new one of a kind cymbals, all led to an intoxicating sound-scape for our poets to paint on! YOSH & CHICKEN are swapping fried turkey best practices and not focused on the holiday at hand! We expect to be at full staff capacity this week. It’s been almost a month since all of us have been together! Mix in some spooky holiday magic, special special guests and that all blends into one hell of a time! Don’t miss it! Like, don’t make us beg! Okay, maybe we’ll beg! Nick misses you or something! I could go either way, n’a mean?

Check out some video from our feature! Boom!

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