Monday, June 10, 2013

Debut! The Inspired Word All-Star Showcase - Comedy, Music, Poetry, Storytelling - June 20!

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The Inspired Word series presents the start of new All-Star Showcase - the best of the best of our comedians, poets, musicians, and storytellers from our open mics.

Our debut night features a super-hot lineup: comedian Petey DeAbreu, rock band LTrain (Crystalla Gonzalez & Gabriel Castellar), actress/poet Michelle Seabreeze, singer/songwriter Janna Pelle, and storyteller Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner. Hosted by comedian Mike Brown.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2013

Where: Bareburger (East Village)
2nd Floor 85 Second Avenue (@ 5th Street), Manhattan, New York
Phone: (212) 510-8610

By subway, take the F train to Second Avenue and exit the 2nd Avenue side or the 6 train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place.

Doors open @7pm

Show starts @ 7:30pm

Cover charge: $10 for general admission, $12 for 2nd row reserved, $15 for front row reserved

You can purchase advance tickets online via Eventbrite:


Feature Bios:

Singer/Songwriter Janna Pelle is the lovechild of Sean Lennon and Fiona Apple with the alter-ego of Lady Gaga. Combining her classical influences with her love of pop, Janna creates piano-based electronic music that is quirky and danceable without sacrificing depth. Janna graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in advertising, which she is applying wholeheartedly to her music career. Her brand, "Makeshift Popstar," is a clothing line including shirts, shoes and jewelry, as well as an attitude and mindset demonstrated by her low-budget high-creativity YouTube music video series, making Janna the world's first DIY-indie popstar. Her debut album, "Shameless Self-Promotion," is available on as well as iTunes and Spotify. If you love pop music, you'll love her. If you hate pop music, you'll hate that you love her.

Michelle Seabreeze is an actress and poet, as well as a model, dancer, and choreographer. She has won slams at the world famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe and written theatrical poetry with the New Street Poets Collective. Her theatre credits include Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, Henry V, Third and Indiana, and Measure for Measure. Her Film credits include Edge City (Feature), and Whisper Lolo(Short). She began acting at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and then continued her training in NYC at Marymount Manhattan College where she earned a B.F.A. in Acting. For more info, please visit her site @

A product of the streets of South Philadelphia, 70-something storyteller/poet Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner obtained his deviant perspective on life listening to Jean Shepherd on WOR radio back in the ‘50s. Fleeing Philly at seventeen, he served in the military, has been an actor, hairstylist, stoner, janitor, writer, drifter, recording engineer, hired hand, poet, traveling salesman, barfly, banker, biker, bronco buster, announcer, mail-order minister, photographer, and “Computer Guru.” He arrived in NY City in ’68, joined the Hippie pilgrimage to St. Marks Place, and never left. He’s attended too many schools to mention and blown several scholarships, studying nearly everything but without ever attaining a degree in anything. His self-published websites “Ancient Mariner Tales” and “Confessions of A Repeat Offender” offer bored web surfers a glimpse into his futile search for self-discovery and meaning. He can be found in downtown NYC, regularly spinning yarns and telling tall tales at The Inspired Word, Barnes & Noble, Black & White Bar, Kairos Poetry Café, Pianos, and anywhere else that will tolerate him. For more info on Phillip, please visit

LTrain are native New Yorker's caught up in a romance with NYC. It's members, Crystalla Gonzalez (Vocals), and Gabriel Castellar (Guitar/Vocals) are of various ethnicities and cultures, and grew up on various genres of music like from Heavy Metal to Funk and from Jazz to Punk. This enabled them to blend all the different styles and cultures from people that can be found traveling through the NYC Subway. LTrain began in January of 2011 with a song called "On The Train" and a dream; A dream to make a funky rock band with a punk attitude, in which they interpreted as describing the spirit of NYC. "On The Train" was a song that Gabriel and Crystalla wrote as a project for Gabriel's creative writing class at his University (BMCC), which led to a vision about making music which described the sights, sounds and stories of people who rode the LTrain. LTrain began the NYC bar/venue circuit in March of 2011. In July of that year, both David and Chris became permanent members and by December of that year had already played in venues like The Knitting Factory, Don Pedro's, Trash Bar, The Bitter End, Gramercy Theatre and many more. L Train believes in spreading the message of love, understanding...and the funk. For more info on LTrain, please visit

Repping the tough streets of the BX, Petey DeAbreu is a fast-rising star on the New York City comedy scene. He's a 3-time winner of The Inspired Word's LOL! Comedy Slam and has appeared at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, and EastVille Comedy Club. He recognized the power of humor at an early age, using it as a pre-emptive strike to keep from getting beaten up at school and around his 'hood. With his unique view of the world, influenced by comedy legends Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Woody Allen, Petey loves to take crowds on unexpected journeys and believes his feel-good style cuts through prejudice and provokes laughter without boundaries.

Host Bio:

Mike Brown is a standup comic and writer based in New York. In 2012, He was named one of Rooftop Comedy’s Comics to Watch, Caroline’s Best of New Talent and a semi-finalist in NY Funniest Stand Up competition presented by JetBlue. Along with featuring at various comedy festivals (New York Comedy Week, The San Francisco Sketchfest, The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival) Mike Brown regularly hosts/co-produces the monthly stand up comedy showcase COMEDY OUTLIERS featured in Time Out NY. He also hosts the COMEDY OUTLIERS podcast available on iTunes. For more info on Mike, please visit


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