This week at the Gerund! Our featured performer for the evening is David Blair!!! BLAIR is a National Poetry Slam Champion.  He’s been nominated for 7 Detroit Music Awards, including a 2007 nod Outstanding Acoustic Artist. He’s been named Real Detroit Weekly Readers Poll’s Best Solo Artist and The Metro Times Best Urban Folk Poet.  In 2007 He won Seattle, WA based BENT Writing Institute Mentor Award. BLAIR has performed on bills with Stevie Wonder, Oscar winner Michael Moore, Mike Doughty, Bitch and Animal, Justin Bond, members of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Richie Havens, The Butchies, Tribe 8, Wilco, Cat Power and others. BLAIR was the January 2005 HBO Def Poetry Jam Website Featured Poet.  He currently studies privately with a poetry instructor as part of the writer’s collective Write Word / Write Now. BLAIR has toured the United States and Europe extensively and performed in South Africa both solo and as part of Walk & Squawk’s The Walking Project of which he is a co-writer and cast member. He’s performed at New York’s historic CBGBs and The Knitting Factory, The San Francisco Public Library, at Miyagi’s on L.A.s famed Sunset Strip, Detroit’s Hart Plaza and Magic Stick and with a string section at the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His new CD, The Line, was released in June 2009 on Repeatable Silence Records. Check out some mp3’s of Blair with his band Blair & The Boyfriends see his East Tour Schedule at Seriousartists.com

We’re psyched that Blair’s gonna be giving us a double shot of awesome! He’s gonna do a spoken word set and a music set with his band, who’s on tour with him!

or check out this video of Blair performing live right HERE


We got a special situation this week! If you were fortunate enough to have caught last week’s show, then you know we have a new IRON POET CHAMPION in the plucky Jessica Gray who dethroned the only champ we’ve ever known, Jackie Morrill, by the slightest margin in the short history of our challenges! The special situation is that Jessica’s moving to California, like THE NEXT DAY! and we’ve decided to throw one more challenge her way for a shot to keep our thrift store purchased trophy in WORCESTER 😉 – Soooooooooo – Let them Battle! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH with JESSICA GRAY vs. JON WOLF (former Worcester Slam Team Veteran and winner of the special 4-Way Challenge held at the Raven last week!) Let’s see if Jon can earn the title and hold things down for Worcester!


Lots of folks are kicking themselves this week over a certain senatorial election that may or may not have gone the way some of us may or may not have wanted! Time to get active and flex our electoral muscles! Pulse Magazine is running their annual Sexiest Bartender in Worcester County Contest! I think we got a candidate! Strike that, I KNOW we have one! Official Campaign Kickoff starts Monday!!!

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