Monday March 5th! All hail Worcester Slam Papa REV BILL MacMILLAN! Musical Guest: Electro Dance from EVERY OTHER COUNTRY! Plus “That’s the Way the Fortune Cookie Crumbles” Writing Challenge!

Another gloriously rocking night last week at the Gerund! Let’s march right into uhm, March with another slickly sweet show!

POETRY FEATURE: Worcester Grand Poetry Slam Papa, the REV. BILL MacMILLAN has painted, iron poet-ed and graced our show a few times, but his first feature under our regime has been loooooooong overdue! Most recently a member of the 2011 Worcester Poetry Slam Team, that competed at the National Poetry Slam in Cambridge last summer. Bill is one of the original performance poetry gangsters of our fair city. Co-Founder and long time keeper of the oldest, continuous, most successful poetry slams & open mics in the city, The Sunday Night POETS ASYLUM Series is still one of the flagship locations to spit hot fire and watch premier touring spoken word poets, and we all have Bill to thank for his endless and tireless efforts over the past 20 years. So much so, that people are tempted to forget that he’s a damn fine writer, honest, reflective, humble and direct. Whether driving from Fayetville Arkansas, or crossing the Verrazano Bridge, this master weaves well crafted stories and always shows an audience where he is. A full time armor restorer over at Higgins, Bill’s taken a break from organizing poetry (letting us knuckleheads take a stab at it) in order to concentrate on poetry, painting and his obsession with food television programming. He promises to bring something special to the Gerund this Monday!

MUSICAL GUEST: EVERY OTHER COUNTRY – Ready to dance? Good! This Massachusetts Based Electro Rock Outfit is gonna make you move! These Umbrella Records Artists, RYAN SCOTT & JOE BERTHIAUME will play ANYWHERE (good thing for us…) have a stated mission of: “To lift spirits wherever we play.” by creating
larger than life dance music, exclusively on hardware synths, samplers, and drum machines, played live like any other band. They employ the following machinery: Yamaha AN1x, Yamaha DX-7, Roland Alpha Juno 2, Sequential Circuits Split 8, Roland TR-505, Roland, JX8P, Korg Poly 61, Korg X-5, Roland MC-505, Boss Dr.Sample SP.202, Korg KAOSS pad KP3 & of course, the Rocktron Banshee Talkbox! Check them out and groove to the tunes at their BANDCAMP PAGE or just come down this monday, support their electronics habit and frenzy twirl sweat the winter doldrums out to this dynamic duo!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “That’s the Way the Fortune Cookie Crumbles” Writing Challenge! Sounds simple enough, but this on the spot writing challenge may be a bit trickier than you’d think. Beginning of the night, we’ll take 4 competitors who want to play. You’ll each be presented with a fortune cookie. There are three main pieces of information on a fortune, that’ll you’ll need to play with. First the FORTUNE. This is the title of your poem and the under-lying theme. Next your LUCKY NUMBERS, each number designates the number of words in each of your stanzas. Finally the “LEARN CHINESE” WORD – you must use this word in your poem. Blend that all together, read at the end of the night, best poem will win a tasty prize!

DUCT TAPE BAND is really disappointed in my lack of beard. Here’s an artist rendition of what my face USED to look like! Truly, I have not kept the faith. YOSH & CHICKEN don’t care about the status of my facial hair, as long as folks keep coming down to rock art and their tip jar! Visual Artist, the ever wonderful TBA! Snacks? Get at Miss Emilee so you can claim your eternal volunteer glory! Have you ever bought a piece of art at the Gerund? If so, and a photo of the piece is not up on our site, take a photograph and email me the image, so we can include it in our art gallery, email me HERE with the name of the artist, so we can update! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS has nary a dart wound in his back after last week. Currently he plans on bringing ruckus with him wherever he goes, as soon as his tax return check comes through! Oh, you’ll find out soon enough!

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