Tuesday 24th September @ The Thirsty Dog
Cnr K Rd and Howe St
Mental Health Awareness Week
Guest Poet: Kate Kelly
Kate Kelly likes to pretend to be a Doctor to allay the stress of worrying about the environment. Please plant a tree!
She currently works in Mental health as a Residential support worker and as Peer support. This is a challenge that she relishes.
Poetry is an outlet that she really cherishes, please bring your Mental Health poetry along, this is something to be supported and celebrated.
Guest Musos: Glevie
Glen and Yvie have always had a love affair with music. Yvie has been singing since before she could talk and Glen has been playing music for most of his life. After meeting seven years ago, they found common ground with their favourite music and have been playing together ever since.
MC: James Crompton
8.40pm Open Mic Part 1
9.20 Kate Kelly
10.00 Open Mic Part 2
Please bring koha to support our artists.
Open Mic is a 5 minute limit.
Get clicking, people!
The second Heat of the Going West Poetry Slam is coming back to the Thirsty Dog Tavern on the 3rd of September at 8:00pm.
Trust me, the words are going to be so hot, the bar is stocking up on ice-packs to cool all of us down! It’s going to be positively sizzling.
Got a spoken-word poem that you’ve been meaning to get out about an ex-lover? Climate change? A string of delightful haiku? Why not put your name down and try out to get into the grand finale on the 13th of September at Hollywood Avondale?
There’ll be cash prizes for the grand winners, no doubt. A very friendly clicking audience too!
So on the 3rd of September, the night will be welcomed by a lovely Going West host who will invite those to the stage to share their wonderful spoken word poems. After the Heat winners are announced and given their golden tickets to the grand finale, the night will continue with Open Mic as usual.
The always energetic, Jamie ‘god-loves-a-trier’ Trower will be the MC.
Poetry Live! Presents David Grierson and Sindbad
Tuesday 27th August, 8pm @ The Thirsty Dog Tavern, K Rd.
Guest Poet: David Grierson
David Grierson has found that he is quite good at inventing his life history. He writes about his life and the experiences he has in it before his future passing. He has self-published and been published in Live Lines and in Toi Ora Live Art’s therapeutic collections. Last year he destroyed 34 years of written diaries and letters and kept what he felt was the best of it. He is a Remi winner director. He has appeared in crime documentaries and rom-coms and music videos. He survived his two dear older brothers. He was raised by a couple who cared and did not agree. He was a family babysitter for sixteen years. He has been hustled by his doctors and the Church and consorts.
Guest Muso: Sindbad
Sindbad is a wayfarer of musical inclinations and adventures with an alternative view on music that voids the inclination towards money and stardom but rather embraces the idea of doing it for love it whether as a solo act, a musical contributor or song writer to various acts. The last 4 years have been an interesting set of circumstances where he has been lucky enough to be in the company of a diverse range of Musicians, DJs, dancers and actors often chiming in on guitar or vocally, playing bluesharp over DJ sets and exploring what it is to truly lose the ego amongst the volition of the jam. Karangahape road is his earth wire and inspiration.
“I am not here for accolades but rather a conduit for music to flow and evolve. So I am not limited to merely what is my own but will work in tandem with whatever and whoever fits, that could be a busker on the street or a dancehall DJ. It’s about the music and only the music”
Stylistically Sindbad is free-form with nuances of Rock, blues, grunge, punk, classical, alternative and Latin. Completely self taught, original and largely uninfluenced by anything other than his own style and what music happens serendipitously within the ethos of a lifestyle.
MC: James Crompton
Please bring koha so support our guests.
Open Mic is a 5 minute limit.
8.40pm: First Open Mic (approx 6 only)
9.10 pm Break
9.20pm David Grierson
10pm Open Mic Second Section
Poetry Live: 38 years and still strongEvery Tuesday night at the Thirsty Dog on K Road.www.poetrylive.co.nz
Come join us on the 6th of August!
Saskia is the Assistant Operations Manager for The Sound and Magic Music. She is also an active youth mentor for the Healing through Arts Trust, and actively contributes compositions to their performances. Saskia is additionally currently working on a podcast for the Healing through arts trust looking at methamphetamine addiction in New Zealand.
A dabble of open mic next and then Madison O’Dwyer at around 9:20!
Madison O’Dwyer is a poet and visual artist in Auckland, New Zealand. Her poetry has been published in journals such as Blackmail Press and JAAM; and two of her poems were chosen for the We, Society anthology by Printable Reality. Her first collection Baby Teeth was released in November 2017.
Madison’s poetry has been displayed as a part of the 2016 Studio One / Toi Tu Matariki Exhibition curated by Selwyn Vercoe and the 2017 Visualis Poetry Exhibition curated by Rachel Naomi during the New Zealand Poetry Conference. By day, Madison works in community-led development.
MC’d by the all-powerful Jamie ‘Can’t Stop Moving’ Trower.
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Former academic, top commerce honours scholar, public servant, musician, and in recent years a fledgling poet, Sam’s work has appeared in Landfall and Kingston Jamaica’s The Gleaner. In February he formally debuted as a poet at the Auckland Fringe Festival in the production Psychopomp, directed by multi award winning actress Willa (O’Neill) Cameron,
featuring the Vogue Italia portfolio photography of American Alana Clarke (Cleveland, Ohio), collaborating with poets Peter Le Baige, Rose Northey and Katerina Makri, NZ guitarist Nigel Gavin, and guitarist/singer/songwriter Sonia Wilson (Franco/US). He has collaborated and performed with Ben Ferdandez of the famed Ben Ferdandez Jazz Quintet, and read during a recital featuring world renowned violist Milisavljevic, rincipal violist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is a periodic informal assistant to poet and writer Anita Arlov at Inside Out Open Mic for Writers, and becomes an MC at Poetry Live in August. He
loves many things, including cats and pilsner beer.
Tough Tiger Fist
Ben Cleland and Matt Parker are two country bumpkins from the small rural town of Waiuku trying to make it in the big city. Together, this dynamic duo are Tough Tiger Fist, New Zealand’s fourth best folk comedy music duo (that we know of). A frequent performer in the Auckland comedy scene, Tough Tiger Fist recently performed a sold out show at this year’s Auckland Fringe Festival. Known for their catchy songs, high energy performances and dark sense of humor, Tough Tiger Fist has amassed a cult following of loyal fans (who clearly have real questionable taste in music). For a performance you won’t soon forget (for better or worse) look no further than Tough Tiger Fist.
open mic 8pm. Music 9pm. Poet 9.40pm
please support Poetry Live! and our guests by giving Koha
Musician: Permission to Speak, comprised of musicians Jono and Sam, are almost regulars now at Poetry Live, their unique blues/ rock/ contemporary folk/ alternative sound uses a healthy mix of influences to produce untamed sounds that always go down a treat.
Poetry Live! Presents: Annette Huia Morehu& Will Saunders May 14th