Tonight's featured poet will be Yva Las Vegas.
Yva Las Vegass was born Venezuela in the 1960s and has been playing Venezuelan folk music since she was five. She moved to Seattle when she was eighteen, immediately started working as a musician on the streets, and later formed the bands Dos Mundos, Tres Mundos and sang in Cochinche, the only salsa band in Seattle at the time. In Seattle, she also played with the Florists, a funk rock band, and Delusions of Grendeur, a pop, folk, punk and rock fusion band. In 1994, she formed the band Sweet 75 with Krist Novoselic, the bassist and co-founder of Nirvana, and spent six years recording and touring the U.S. and Europe with that project. Other bands Yva has played with include The Stinky Punk Bitches, My Aunt Cuca and The Children of the Revolution. She relocated to Brooklyn in 2007, where she continues to play rock and Venezuelan music. In 2012, she released the album, "I Was Born in a Place of Sunshine and the Smell of Ripe Mangoes," through Moniker Records, and it was voted one of the 25 best albums of the year by NPR.
Bowery's Premier Poetry Night, with the best OPEN MIC, Featured Poets, and Music in NYC. Vote for your favorite poem to be published online at www.thepoetinnewyork.com.
$10 admission at the door. Come at 8:30 to sign up for the OPEN MIC – 10 slots, first come, first served.
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