Saturday, January 4, 2014

Spoken-Word Series 'Out of Space' Launches Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

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Back in 2012, performance poet Sebastian Jones, then 18, told the Scene that he'd wanted to be an astronomer at one time, and that “everything I do has some kind of celestial reference.”

Not only does that explain the tattoo of Saturn on his left arm, it explains the name of his new monthly spoken-word series Out of Space, which he says is “more than an open mic, it's a movement with a cause.” It's intended to galvanize an underground scene Jones knows well from his work with the Southern Word program, which encourages Music City's up-and-coming spoken-word talents in underserved communities.

For the first showcase, Jones has lined up Rashad tha Poet, Silvia “Simply Sil” Lewis and Imani Rhema, and he'll perform some of his own pieces with house band the Street Band Clan (SBC). If anyone wants to contact him about a slot, whether they perform poetry, hip-hop or even jazz, write sebastianjones11 (at) gmail (dot) com.

If you saw the notice in the Scene print edition, the show has changed venues: it's now 7 p.m. Sunday at Madison's Venue 109, located at 109 Cude Lane. Cover is $5.

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