Reading dedicated to Baba Amiri Baraka and Maggie Estep
Keith Roach hosts THE LAST POET STANDING with Reg E. Gaines, Miguel Algarin, Bob Holman, Rome Neal, Cheryl Rae Fidelman, Carmen Bardeguez-Brown , Carlos Manuel Rivera, Nancy Mercado, Jeff Wright, Jesus-Papoleto Melendez, Papo Swiggity Santiago and introducing the Mandarin and English poetry of Liuyu Chen
Accompanied musically by Zenitram: Jon Martinez, Eddy Jo Martinez, Willie Martinez, R! plus other very special musical guests.
The photography of Layla Love and Dora Espinoza, the art work of Peter Missing and Candace A. Goodrich
Proudly Presented and Produced by RA "R!" Araya & Pura Vida Productions.
Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery (between Bleecker and Houston) East Village, NYC $10
By Train: Bleecker St. (4, 6, 6X) 2 Ave. (F) Broadway - Lafayette St. (B, D, F, M)
BIO: Reg E Gaines is a two time Tony Award and Grammy Award nominee, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, Heideman Award Finalist, The Beatles Killed Jazz and winner of the 2003 Downtown Urban Theater Festival’s Best Play Award, Other Aspects. Directing credits include, Underground Voices, Jerry Quickley's, Live from the Front, Regie Cabico’s, Straight/ Out, Marcella Goheen’s, BLAK, Aileen Reyes' Sadico, Brick City Blues, Lesson On The A Train and Other Aspects.
Reg has published three volumes of poetry including, The Original Buckwheat and appears in the anthologies, Aloud: Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Café, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Bum Rush The Page, City Works Literary Magazine and The Paterson Literary Review. This former Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champ has read his poems on The Arsenio Hall Show, Jon Stewart Show, MTV's Spoken Word Un-Plugged, Woodstock '94, MSNBC's Edgewise and Seasons Four/ Five of HBO's Def Poetry. His work as a composer includes the score for, Senior Year, a thirteen episode series for PBS.
Reg has facilitated his popular, “Is Poetry Theater?” workshops during various residencies including, The University of Southern California, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's, Hip-Hop Theater Boot Camp, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Voz Alta Project Gallery. reg is working on a solo performance piece, “The Last Celebrity”, and returns for his fifth year as Artistic Director of the 2013 New York City Downtown Urban Theater Festival.
Based in California, Reg E. Gaines is US hip-hop artist has laboured hard to escape critical comparisons with Gil Scott-Heron, though that artist has also been a useful advocate. Gaines shared the bill with Scott-Heron at his first concerts for several years, held at the Troubadour club in Los Angeles in 1994. The title of Gaines’ debut album of the same year for Mercury Records, Please Don’t Take My Air Jordans, gave notice of his sense of humour and cynicism at the preoccupation of modern rap with the trappings of fiscal success. The album, which sold particularly well in the UK, combined such rich humour with Gaines’ deeply held philosophical convictions, narrated in thoughtful spiels which combined lyricism with a deep-seated realism forged by his own experiences of urban ghettos. Gaines subsequently toured as part of MTV’s ‘Free Your Mind’ spoken-word tour, alongside Maggie Estep and John S. Hall of King Missile, before the release of his second album, Sweeper Don’t Clean My Street. Cited by Mojo reviewer Lloyd Bradley as ‘blues for the new millennium’, it was another critical triumph.