In honor of National Poetry Month, Spitfire Poetry Group along with other local literary organizations presents the 8th Annual Savannah Spoken Word Festival. This community event is different from other poetry festivals with its emphasis on spoken word instead of traditional text work. The Savannah Spoken Word Festival looks to offer a fresh look at one of the city’s best kept secrets, as well as highlight the hard work of those keeping the craft alive. Most importantly the festival will provide activities for the entire family through the week of April 21-27.
The “Grown Folks” Adult Poetry Slam is a competitive event in which seasoned poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Admission is free and registration is a onetime fee of $10. Proceeds go to the 1st place prize of $500, and any extra will be split between 2nd and 3rd place. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and show starts at 8:00pm.
The host will select 5 judges from the audience, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 scale using decimals) based on the poets’ content and performance. Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30. The poet with the highest score at the end of all three rounds, wins 1st place along with $500 cash prize.
Like the great folk artists before him, Kwesi K continues the legacy of Folk Music. The Alaskan-Ghanaian-Ohioian songwriter uses contemporary stylings that pull from the diasporas of American heritage. Soulful and simple, Kwesi K draws his listeners in with colorful story lines and a melodic fervor.
Husband/wife duo, Jordan Rivers & Lucy de los Rios created Another RoadSide Attraction in January of 2010. They create an intimacy amidst the spectacle, as their unique shows invite the child out in all of us! They play some covers but write most of their own songs that range in style and mood: from abstract and otherworldly to playful and interactive to dark and moody to simple and silly…foot stompers, hip shakers, sing-a-longs & contemplators = exploring a wide range of the human condition.
“The music is as distinctive and colorful as its look—beautiful, bizarre, sometimes eerie, and always fun.” – Gemma de Choisy, Garden & Gun Magazine (Oct 01, 2012)
“The band mixes the sound of an offbeat cabaret with maybe a circus midway, even as some of the unusual instruments recall familiar sounds from old-time and traditional music…Then there are the homemade instruments, often pieced together from shopping expeditions and serendipitous discoveries.” - Douglas Imbrogno, The Charleston Gazette (May 23, 2012)
“Lauris Vidal creates innovative and unique folk music with dark undertones, but always carrying a message of hope. His lively performances include ukulele, tenor banjo, lap steel, guitar and sometimes even lap bass. Seeing Lauris Vidal is an experience all its own; we cannot tell you quite what to expect.” – WMNF 88.5FM TAMPA
The monthly Open Mic Comedy Night gives you a chance to test out your comedic skills, or just bring your sense of humor and enjoy the show! Usually not family friendly!
“It’s hard to put your finger on Laura Meyer,” writes Glen Starkey of SLO New Times. “Alternating between folk and blues, she’s a skinny white chick with soul to burn, and inside are tough-minded songs that simply don’t seem like they could have come from her.”
Although she started out playing folk clubs in New York City, Meyer quickly stood apart from the singer-songwriter crowd. Less than a year after graduating from NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study she was performing on the main stage of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival alongside heroes David Byrne and Benmont Tench. In late summer 2013 she returned to Telluride for the Blues & Brews Festival, where she was named Winner of the Acoustic Blues Competition.
“Elegant singing and playing… a brilliant guitarist… a poetic lyricism that not many new people have. Often times it takes people decades – she’s already there.” – Steve Traina, WCSB 89.3 Cleveland