The Dec PD Showcase was an incredible sight to see and experience.
Standing room only with a roster of artists that was simply amazing.
Marc Marcel, Tavis Brunson, Hawk The Poet, Danielle The Girl Genius,
ERYK Moore, Tabu, JB, and of course the hosts Max Parthas &
A Columbia local, JB
opened the show with an outstanding dexterous level of abstract
He also began the second set with a poem about Darfur that took
everyone's breath away with its realism and poetic pleas for help
JB is the new host of the Phoenix Tongue
in Columbia SC. Located @ The Red Tub.
A pleasant and unique performer by the name of Hawk
really made an impact. His comedic performance of "Gun Range"
left the crowd in stitches.
A later piece called BOO BOO (That's POO POO) was a wake up call
to the aids epidemic in a way we never would have expected.
Tavis Brunson. A multiple
slam winner offered a wonderful dedication to poets which gave the
crowd a glimpse of the reasons poets do what they do. As a spectator
I couldn't help but be moved by his later performance of a personal
crisis during his childhood.
Poetry can be the most intense form of performance art of any genre.
Wow. This ATL poet had to be the show stopper. From his performance
of "Renee" to the outstanding "Therapy" we were
captured by his every word. As a review writer I don't usually promote
products. (Conflict of interest and all that) But I highly suggest
you get his CD "This Mans Life" I got it that night and
it's been in rotation on my player since.
Also out of Atlanta came Danielle
Reed AKA The Girl Genius.
This powerfully endowed poetess took us all for a ride. At one point
her poetry was performed forward AND in reverse! I would have never
imagined such a thing could happen and still have a coherent flow.
She is one to watch without a doubt.
From the 2005-06 Columbia slam team, the poetess Tabu
recited in such a smooth and memorable fashion that we were
drawn into her words like bees to honey.
Fluid, melodic and empowering are all words I would use to describe
the strengths this poet possesses.
She told us her main forte was as a thespian. I find that hard to
believe but will certainly be looking for her on the stage at some
Marc Marcel. In my experiences
of reviewing spoken word events I rarely come across poets with
such a high level of awareness about the world.
To combine that awareness with spoken word transcends poetry and
becomes something more. The crowd was literally elevated by his
performances. Marc is a national performer with a long track record
of personal achievements in his field. I sincerely hope to catch
a glimpse of his work in the future. I would think he leaves behind
an awakening of the mind as his calling card.
As a new addition to the Showcase. Nyne
Elementz was added as a co-host.
He and Maximus
blended together as if they had been doing this for years. Even
finishing each others sentences naturally.
Nyne performed several poems including a finale that was aimed
at those in the industry who offer very little substance and claim
much more than they possess in a poem entitled "I'm not impressed".
What a way to end a show!
As a Columbia native myself, I'll be here each month to keep you
updated on the performances @ The Prysmatic Dreams Spoken Word Showcase.
This city has a new jewel in its bonnet and I hope it never stops.
Maximus Parthas & Prysmatic Dreams Keep doing what you're doing
because this city needs it.
Till January of a new year. Stay blessed.