Monday, January 16, 2012

HBO Def Poet Bonafide Rojas & The Mona Passage + Spoken Word Poet Element 615 + Open Mic - Wed, Jan. 18

The Inspired Word presents a powerful night of poetry & music with HBO Def Poet Bonafide Rojas and The Mona Passage, an experimental art rock band that will totally knock you out.

In addition, there's special guest artist Joe Brundidge aka Element 615 (in town from Texas) and, as always, our amazing 20-slot open mic open to all types of artists (comedians, musicians, storytellers, fiction/nonfiction writers, as well as poets and spoken word artists).

Hosted by HBO Def Poetry star Gemineye.



The Mona Passage is a rock & roll art experiment formed by Poet Bonafide Rojas & Painter/Illustrator Vincent Ramirez. They have performed singularly or collectively in various venues: CBGB's, CB’s Gallery, The Pyramid, Sin-E, The Bowery Poetry Club, Otto’s Shrunken Head, Binghamton University Siberia, The Underscore, R-Bar, The Annex, The Baggot Inn, Cafe Duvall (Chicago, IL), The Green Mill (Chicago, IL), Best Buy (23rd St), The Pussycat Lounge, The Alphabet Lounge, Acentos Poetry Series, Capicu Poetry Series, Caribbean Culture Center & are currently in a year long residency at Camaradas El Barrio for Helter Skelter: (the rock&roll party). Experimental, power, noise & purpose is what pushes The Mona Passage. An experimental art rock band of Puerto Rican, Dominican musicians who challenge the status quo on what Puerto Rican & Dominican musicians should create. They are loud, brash and obnoxious - just like you. They wear their brains on their sleeves and their hearts in their pockets.


Hailing from Texas, he speaks in a cadence that does not break down across barriers of race, age or geography. Soulful stanzas echoing something between Coltrane and Cyrano, Joe Brundidge aka Element 615 is unapologetically romantic, devoid of pretension, and delightfully sensual. His work promotes thought as a natural bi-product of itself, while unambiguously uniting his audience with his honest, compassionate take on the human experience. A member of the inaugural 2006 Austin Neo-Soul slam team that ranked 2nd in the nation, he's also appeared on PBS's 'In Context', YNN, ChannelAustin's EXSE Spoken Word Showcase ('09 & '10) and The Austin African American Book Festival ('08-'10). He's emceed several engagements to include showcases at the Austin International Poetry Festival, South by South West, and currently host of his own open mic, Spoken&Heard, which has been running for more than four years. He's have performed at colleges and universities, such as UT, and TX State, Huston-Tillotson, etc. He conducts workshops on writing as well as creating, hosting and maintaining an open mic. He's published 3 chapbooks and recorded 3 cds-2 EPs and a full length CD as well. Element 615 has graced many a stage in his home state of Texas, performing and hosting at poetry venues from frequent Slam performances in Austin and Killeen, His appearances on the Austin open-mic circuit are a beloved treat among local poetry fans and abroad.


When: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Where: 116 116 MacDougal Street (between Bleecker Street and Minetta Lane) Downstairs Lounge Manhattan, NY 10012 (212) 254-9996 (917) 703-1512

By subway, take the A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th Street-Washington Square.

Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 6:30pm

Show starts @ 7pm

Cover Charge: $10


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