Sha Cage performs w/ Jayanthi Kyle and the Crybabies

Jayanthi Kyle and the Crybabies consists of Robin Kyle, Jayanthi Kyle, Jamez Smith and Rachel Kurtz.  Together they will produce a series of outdoor concert style performances in neighborhood parks featuring some of the Twin Cities finest artists. The band will lay a musical foundation with cultural and children’s songs  accented by extravagant performances layered throughout including puppetry, spoken word, juggling, hip hop dance, storytelling, hula hoopers, commedia dell’arte and more.

Although the ensemble is relatively new to producing, they have a long performance history in the Twin Cities and are passionate about presenting accessible art and performances for families.

“I am developing a children’s show because as a mom I have seen my two sons respond deeply to tactile and sensory experiences including music and theatrical elements. I want to provide a quality context to families where they can participate and also give resources to parent’s for enjoying and nurturing their kids. I believe we cannot appreciate enough what children have to teach us and I think it’s our duty to foster an environment for this exchange and encourage them to express themselves and their gifts.  Children know so much inherently and I want to support them in areas like manners, respect, sharing, health, and joy.”   –  Jayanthi Kyle.

Each all ages performance will also feature interactive activities such as hands on puppets, face painting, bocce ball and more.

Saturday, July 30 • 10:30am
Jackson Square Park
2212 Jackson St. NE Mpls, MN 55418

Saturday August 13• 2:00pm
North Commons Park
1801 James Ave. N Minneapolis, MN 55411

Saturday August 20 • 10:30am
Jackson Square Park
2212 Jackson St. NE Mpls, MN 55418

All shows free.

Sha Cage stars in ‘Agnes Under the Big Top’

Sha Cage starring in ‘Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale’
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
written & directed by Aditi Brennan Kapil
featuring Virginia Burke, Nick Demeris, Ankit Dogra,
Nathaniel Fuller and Linda Kelsey

Mixed Blood Theatre
February 18 – March 6, 2011
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

You will want to see this funny and powerful new work! It’s the story of immigrants in America today, and how their lives intersect under the figurative Big Top. A city subway station is the central point for all the action. A Liberian home care worker, an itinerant busker, a Bulgarian ringmaster and his wife, along with an Indian call center escapee, discover and redefine themselves through the telling of this magical fable. For more information, you can link to Mixed Blood Theatre.

‘Architextual Design’ Release Party

ARCHITEXTUAL DESIGN RELEASE PARTY
CD RELEASE PARTY: FRI DEC 3RD
@ HELL’S KITCHEN (80 9th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55402)
featuring Mayda, Guante, Fresh Squeeze, DJ Rube + More
10:00pm 18+ $5

E.G. Bailey co-curates 13th season of Late Nite Series

Where can you see Twin Cities storyteller Amy Salloway share the stage with Julliard-trained powerhouse playwright/actress Stacey Karen Robinson from the Bronx? Or folksoul singer Gina Breedlove, who has worked with Ani DiFranco, Toshi Reagon, and on Broadway in The Lion King, in the same evening as local dancer/choreographer Julie Warder, authors from the Givens Black Writers Collaborative, and “sound composer” Mankwe Ndosi?

At the Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series, curators e.g. bailey and Laurie Carlos enter their 13th year bringing some of America’s most dynamic interdisciplinary performers together to explore the cross-currents of contemporary culture through music and sound, text and images, and movement and dance.

Pillsbury House Theatre presents Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series on Saturdays, October 23, October 30, and November 13.

When you attend a Late Nite performance, you’re part of a family and every good family has a good meal. That’s why we always serve up great food before you digest some amazing art. Be sure to bring your appetite when you join us for Late Nite. Food from local chefs served at no extra charge starting at 8 pm in the lobby where audiences can mingle with artists before the show. The show starts at 9 pm.

Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-825-0459

Free Food at 8:00pm.
Show at 9:00pm.

$10 Adults
$5 for students/seniors
FREE for anyone under 16.
Tickets at show or online at
pillsburyhousetheatre.org

Strange Perspective’s JAZZ FUNERAL Halloween Extravaganza


Strange Perspective’s Jazz Funeral Halloween Extravaganza
featuring Mayda, Guante, The Rube, Sideshow Oddities,
Burlesque by Giza Sangria and more
Costume contest with prizes!

Saturday, October 30th
Hell’s Kitchen
80 – 90th Street South
Downtown Minneapolis
10:00pm – 2:00am
$10 • 21+

Two accomplished musicians in their own right, artists SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE and Dameun Strange join forces to create Strange Perspective. Their first collaborative effort, a Halloween suite of spooky sounds and story telling, is an eerie, lighthearted and clever exploration of the New Orleans Jazz Funeral sound, but that’s just where the concept starts. A witty and quirky blend of Hip Hop, Jazz, and dancey, catchy song writing, ‘Jazz Funeral’ is an amalgamation of the many eclectic interests of these two gifted artists (namely, ghosts).

Joining Strange Perspective will be a host of musicians, story tellers, hip hoppers, artists, dancers and psychics, along with Guante and Mayda. A flow of music, atmosphere, art and dance for the evening, with a dj to warm us up, keep us nodding between acts and encourage us to dance the night out at the end.

About Sideshow Oddities: Professor Oscar is working to preserve the art of the classic sideshow and dime museum- featuring hand painted banners and a traveling museum of rare and fascinating exhibits on display to amuse, intrigue, and enlighten the audience before and after the music. Pieces from Professor Oscar’s collection have been featured in galleries throughout the United States, have garnered attention from artists worldwide, and have been used alongside internationally touring musicians such as Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers and Jack White of the White Stripes.

Guante + Inky unite for the “Bricks and Bones” Tour

At first glance, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre and Cole “Inky” Sarar have very little in common.  Guante is a fiery underground rap star and two-time National Poetry Slam champion who writes about radical politics and working-class struggle; Inky is an unabashed nerd who writes with equal verve about nursery rhymes and science.

But as writers and performance artists, Guante and Inky share a commitment to dismantling stereotypes and social norms, whether through the lens of the grocery store cartpusher asserting his very existence or the “handsome prince” dreaming of being something more than a stock character.  Both are interested in the places where everyday life, magic and social justice overlap, a world where janitors, fairies, farmers, zombies, soldiers, talking roaches and countless more come to life.  Finally, both Guante and Inky refuse to settle for simple platitudes and clichés, instead reaching deeper, seeking to create art that is as transformative as it is entertaining.  As Guante says: “we don’t want your smiles; we want to dig into the wet, grey wilderness behind them.”

10/14: Still Waters at Sweet Black Coffee in Milwaukee, 8pm
10/15: Voltage! at Milwaukee Public Library, 6pm
10/16: Genna’s Lounge in Madison, 7pm
10/18: Mental Graffiti at the Butterfly Social Club in Chicago, 8pm
10/19: Young Chicago Authors workshop and feature, 6pm
10/22: Root Note in La Crosse, 8pm
10/23: Indianapolis, details TBA
10/24: Green Mill in Chicago, 7pm

Ruts Revival

RUTS REVIVAL

featuring GUANTE + BIG CATS!, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, SHA CAGE, TRUTHMAZE, E.G. BAILEY, CHANTZ EROLIN, QUILOMBOLAS + others

with special guests I SELF DEVINE (Rhymesayers), ANALYRICAL (Background Noise Crew), SKETCH TC, DJ STAGE ONE, 2013 (featuring members of Junkyard Empire) + others

The Tru Ruts crew has been putting in work, both on stage and behind the scenes, for a very long time. A record label, a theater production company, a film studio and a Twin Cities cultural institution, Tru Ruts is dedicated to supporting talented, forward-thinking artists, putting on events that go beyond the same ‘ol, same ‘ol, and nurturing the next generation of young writers and performers. Join us in celebrating some big steps made over this past year: national distribution, slam championships, high-profile performances, critically-acclaimed album releases, successful youth programs and much more. And THANKS for all the support!

May 1st • Fine Line Music Cafe
318 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
www.finelinemusic.com

8:00pm doors • $5 (21+) • $8 (18+)

Freestyle Theatre presents Experiments in Hip Hop Theatre

EXPERIMENTS IN HIP HOP THEATER
+ ANNUAL URBAN GRIOTS Spoken Word GATHERING
WED. APRIL 21st, 2010

Tru Ruts/Free Style Theater is excited to showcase an evening of 10 Minute Hip Hop & Spoken Word theater spotlights.  This effort is a precursor to a larger festival the company is organizing in Fall 2010 under the curation of  E.G. Bailey and Sha Cage. Tru Ruts is known locally, and nationally, as a cross genre producer whose mission is to bring innovative artistic endeavors to fruition that honor and celebrate culture and tradition.  Bailey and Cage move effortless as spoken word performers, actors, directors, community organizers and educators. The two had been in conversation with the national Hip Hop Theater Festival (NY) and the  Walker Art Center about the viability of a festival of this nature and have since moved to nurture Twin Cities based works and artists. Participating artists range from newcomers to heavy hitters including: Hip Hip lead artist of the BLEND, Toussaint Morrison;  Slam Champion, Guante; Writer and Director, Anton Jones; Playwright and Poet, Ed Bok Lee; and selections by Cage and E.G. Bailey featuring Amiri Baraka’s work along with Spoken Word luminary J. Otis Powell!, dancer Aneka McMullen, musicians Kevin Washington, Chris Cox (Junkyard Empire/2013), and Josh Granowski.  The community is invited to witness this provocative (experimental) evening spotlighting selections from each artist followed by a short dialogue about this developing art form.

Tickets can be purchased at www.bedlamtheatre.org. The Theater show is at 7:30pm and is followed by the big annual URBAN GRIOTS gathering bringing the spoken word community together in music, dance, and community at 9pm. Tickets for both shows are $15 or $3 for Urban Griots. Music by DJ Steely (Kinda Cloudy). For more information call Bedlam at 612-341-1038.

“This evening will be a great snapshot that allows the larger Twin Cities community to see what an incredibly diverse urban theater community is burgeoning right here under our heels. In recognition of the absence of artistic access for developing actors and directors involved…we hope to help nurture this ‘locally grown’ voice and talent for the next few years and ultimately produce a larger Midwest festival that brings artists together to cross pollinate. There are already so many talented artists on the precipice of the form. We are excited to have Bedlam on board as a Partner.” e.g. bailey & Sha Cage

Tru Ruts on Rift Magazine

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records secures national distribution. The local upstart label/community based arts collective has started using IDC (Independent Distribution Collective) for their distribution.  This label has had many great releases over the last year and is releasing American Afrikan – E.G. Bailey’s debut album this Saturday at the Bedlam Theater.

Originally posted on Rift Magazine on 19 February 2010.

Spoken-word work gets right to the point

CD review: Spoken-word work
gets right to the point

By John Ziegler, Duluth News Tribune

He can come on like a freight train. Words are his medium. He will make you laugh. He will make you cry. He will make you think.

His name is E.G. Bailey and his brand-new release “American Afrikan” combines spoken word, poetry and music to explore what it is to be an Afrikan in America today. It doesn’t just skim along the surface in that exploration, it heaves from below like a bulldozer churning up slabs of concrete, tree roots and old asphalt in its quest — Bailey leading the narrative charge.

Using language like John Coltrane used the tenor or soprano saxophone, Bailey — together with friends such as Aimee Bryant, Katrah Quey, Sha Cage, Hipgrosis, D.J.Limbs, plus African poets Ibe Kaba and Sankaradjeki; Dubai jazz ensemble Abstract Collision, and Mankwe Mdosi, the singer from Atmosphere — uses bits of pre-recorded sound, field recordings (including Liberian work songs from the Mano Tribe) and jazz. He rails, he whispers, he implores, he exhorts and subtly weaves his spell.

“K Street Blues: The Bailout Plan” sounds like it could have been Sonny Rollins captured on the Williamsburg Bridge in 1952 talking to the skyline with his horn.

“America” is Bailey (with Abstract Collision giving an eerie, angular backdrop) holding a mirror up to our own country with all its actions and how they have morphed over time. “America with your varicose veins and Catholic guilt, I fear you and I love you … America, it’s getting harder to defend you.”

Aimee Bryant’s stirring multi-tracked version of “Motherless Child” is a riveting take on this black spiritual.

“Afrikan is the New American” has an almost Prince-like groove smothered in chicken grease.

Bailey is the real deal. He has created spoken word dynamics in film, theater and recordings during his travels through this country as well as England, South Africa, France and Serbia. He is the founder of the MN Spoken Word Association, Tru Ruts Endeavors and the Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute at the University of Minnesota. He’s been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in the New York Modern Museum of Art.

“American Afrikan” is not just a journey but an adventure that, during February’s Black History Month, explores identity, history, culture and what it means to be black in America today.

The CD release of this wonderful piece of art takes place Saturday evening at the Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis and should not be missed.

E.G. Bailey / “American Afrikan”
Genre: Spoken word/Poetry/Jazz/Hip Hop/Electronica
Label: Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records
Web site: www.egbailey.com, myspace.com/egbailey
Produced by: E.G. Bailey and Ben Durant

Upcoming show: Saturday at 9:30 p.m., the CD release party at the Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis. Cost $5. Ages 18 and older. Includes special guests Guante, Sha Cage, Mankwe Ndosi, Ibe Kaba and more.

John Ziegler has worked in the music industry for the past 35 years as a radio host, interviewer, record producer and professional musician.