Monday May 30th! Jump into June with a POW! Special Upstairs DG Showcase! 2010 Providence Phoenix “Break-Through Act” PRAYERS FOR ATHEISTS on tour with New York Hip Hop Group PEOPLE WITH TEETH!

THIS IS WORTHY OF PREEMPTIVE BLOG POST!!! MONDAY MAY 30th, DIRTY GERUND presents a special “Upstairs Ralph’s” Showcase, welcoming 2010 Providence Phoenix “Best Break Through Act” & 2011 “Best Garage / Punk Act” Nominee, PRAYERS FOR ATHEISTS, as they celebrate the release of their sophomore album, “New Hymns for an Old War,” the follow up to their 2010 Strange Famous Records Debut! They’re embarking on a 60 date National Tour in support of the record, the first couple weeks, being joined by New York Hip Hop Act, PEOPLE WITH TEETH! Prayers For Atheists front man, JARED PAUL, is a nationally celebrated spoken word / slam poet, who’s taking a break from poeting to continue concentrating on this musical project. Jared Paul is a multiple Providence Poetry Slam Team Member, has ranked in the top ten at two Individual World Poetry Slam Tournaments, and continues to serve on the board of the Providence Poetry Slam. Prayers for Atheists (PFA) have received the following acclaim: “Prayers For Atheists rocks like early Public Enemy bumrushing a basement hardcore matinee.” – CMJPrayers for Atheists is waiting patiently for the torch to be passed from social heavyweights like Rage Against the Machine — perhaps only to drop it and then watch it all burn.” – The Denver WestwordMusical talent amplified by the sheer passion and desire to communicate the importance of thinking, speaking, and acting with a more culturally, politically, and socially conscious state of mind.” – Back Beat Seattle Prayers For Atheists (PFA) is the first punk band signed to Strange Famous Records (SFR), the independent Rhode Island music label owned by renowned hip hop artist, Sage Francis. Fronted by longtime SFR affiliate, Jared Paul and Providence song writer, Alan Hague, PFA delivers the well-crafted and thought provoking lyrics that listeners have come to expect from Strange Famous. TO MAKE ROOM & TIME TO ACCOMMODATE THIS EXCITING SHOWCASE, BLENDING POETRY & MUSICAL FEATURES, WE’RE MOVING UPSTAIRS TO WILE OUT PROPERLY! WE’LL BE CHECKING ID’S & ASKING FOR A $3-5 DONATION AT THE DOOR! LET’S THROW DOWN, DANCE, CELEBRATE & WELCOME THESE ROAD WARRIORS IN STYLE! 

BONUS RUCKUS & MORE RUCKUS – As if that weren’t enough! In order to celebrate Punk & Hip Hop, we’re throwing down on a “PUNK BAND OR HIP HOP GROUP HAIKU GAMESHOW CHALLENGE!” We’ll have haiku’s – you buzz in and guess the musical outfit, could be punk, could be hip hop, could be all good. First to three gets a prize! There will still be DG Duct Tape Backing Band & Open Mic Slots! Doors at 9pm. Visual Arts Co-Director AARON WHITE will be throwing down on some paint! He may be joined by a contributing artist! This could be the hottest auction evah! Bring them dollars and bid!!! Head over to the staff page and volunteer for snack-time! Curator Nicholas Earl Davis is ready to smash like HULK!

We’ll leave you with PFA’s newest video, the first single off this album!

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