Monday! Sept 17th! DG welcomes back MARC MARCEL! Musical Guest ANDREW PARKER RENGA! Plus return of “Frankenpoem” Challenge!

POETRY FEATURE: MARC MARCEL, one of the world’s most prolific and recognized Spoken Word Artist of our generation, born and raised in Baltimore MD, and diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of 10, has far exceeded the boundaries brought on by his early disability.  Not only does he travel the world performing Spoken Word, but he is also a published Novelist, Producer and Public Speaker.  Marc, a Novelist at heart, started writing poetry in 2000, Atlanta GA, several months after completing the first draft of his first published novel, ‘Saint Thomas,’ in efforts to place a poem at the end of the book that would give the same overall message.  Little did he know at the time that he would turn poetry on the Page, into one of the rawest art forms witnessed on Stage. After publishing his first novel, he then published his first book of poetry, ‘Unchained,’ and since has released 15 Spoken Word CDs. Performing in over 150 American Cities and 4 Countries, he has also showcased, performed and/or held workshops for over 50 Universities, with Harvard, Yale, Morehouse and the University of Florida just a few to name.  Having made 5 National Television appearances, including Lyrics Café, No Reservations, and a skit for The Jimmy Kimmel Show, he has also graced the stages of many legendary venues, the Smithsonian in Washington DC for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Peace Ball for President Obama, as well as performing for Scion Night at Knots Scary Farm, in front of 12,000 people.  Regularly featured in magazines, while making appearances on a number of countless radio stations across the country whether as a guest or having his work played on the air, he still finds time to stay current with his art. Check him out at! This will be his third visit to the Gerund, we’re looking forward to re-connect and see what’s new!

MUSICAL GUEST: ANDREW PARKER-RENGA (APR)’s music is a blend of 90s alternative, Counting Crows/Pearl Jam/Dave Matthews Band and contemporary singer/songwriters like Damien Rice and Ryan Adams. He has been on two national tours and performs over 50 shows a year primarily in the New England area. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, his performances are interactive, recording grooves he beat-boxes on the fly and layering parts on top of it. Listeners are always surprised to see one man on stage and hear a wall of sound. He can, also, command an audience with his just his voice and guitar. Andrew currently lives in Medford, Massachusetts where he is working on his next album Issue 5 to be released in 2012. Check out some tunes and find out more at

BONUS RUCKUS: Let’s try this again! NICK’s “FRANKENPOEM” Challenge! – We’re moving bravely towards the Halloween Season with this game that nobody wanted to play last week, so we’re offering it again. Nick has filled a fun bag full of poetry and music lyric quotes. Your job is to randomly select 3 or 4, put jigsaw them together and deliver this concoction like it was a poem you wrote yourself! Best combination wins a tasty prize on us!

Last week’s visual artist KARA OBERGFEL scored bog money on an original painting! If you ever want to bring your talents to the Gerund Auction, write AARON WHITE – you can find him on the Ruckus Staff Page! We anticipate the return of EMILEE MORREALE and her wonderful snack time snacks culinary brilliance! 10th ANNUAL stART on the Street Festival happening this Sunday on Park Ave! I’ll be stage managing and bringing poets up to perform between musical acts at the Cafe Stage in the alley near Leitrims, come hang out! Duct Tape Band Might Get Some Shaking up this week! YOSH & CHICKEN are wondering what kinds of chicanery we’re bringing to our 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY on Monday Sept24! We’re wondering too! Dig!

We’ll leave you with some footage from our Musical Guest!

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