Michael Zapruder with Billy Blake and the Vagabonds

Apr 02, 13


(This event is the third of three events featuring Michael Zapruder’s Pink Thunder project. Come by Rational Park, 2557 W. North Ave, March 30 at 7p.m. to hear Michael Zapruder and friends perform a full set from the album Pink Thunder. Rational Park also has all 22 Pink Thunder portmanteaus on display for your listening pleasure, through April 12. For more info: www.rational-park.com.)

April 2, kick off Poetry Month by spending an evening with two poetry/music projects. Members of Billy Blake and the Vagabonds will join San Francisco-based musician Michael Zapruder and friends to perform a few selections from their latest albums, then discuss the process of writing songs around the framework of poems—for Zapruder, from his contemporaries, and for Reid Coker, Kennedy Greenrod, and Saleem Dhamee, the poems of Romantic poet William Blake.

Danny’s Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens Ave, Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by writer Fred Sasaki and MAKE Poetry Editor and Danny’s Reading Series curator, Joel Craig.


Michael Zapruder is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist, and a co-founder of San Francisco’s Howells Transmitter arts collective and record label. His albums include 52 Songs, This is a Beautiful Town, New Ways of Letting Go, and Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope, which won a 2009 Independent Music Award for Best Folk / Singer Song-Writer Album. His most recent work is Pink Thunder, a collection of free verse pop art-songs made from the poems of more than twenty contemporary American poets. Contributors include Noelle Kocot, James Tate, Bob Hicok, David Berman, D. A. Powell, and Valzhyna Mort. http://michaelzapruder.com/

Billy Blake and the Vagabonds is songwriters Kennedy Greenrod and Reid Coker, guitarist Saleem Dhamee, bassist Jason Labrosse & drummer Seth Vanek. Inspired by 18th century Romantic mystic, William Blake, the Vagabonds have arranged 15 new tunes from his canonical collections, “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience”. Contemporary interpretations of Blake’s classic work, the Vagabonds breathe new fire and meaning into William Blake’s iconic words, helping to re-illuminate his incendiary visions to both casual and most devoted of Blake enthusiasts. Drawing from Stones-y-rock, mellow pop, countrified folk, gospel music and hopping Bo Diddley blues, “Billy Blake and the Vagabonds” are a wholly modern representation of William Blake and his work. http://www.billyblakemusic.com/

Fred Sasaki is associate editor of Poetry magazine. His most recent writing can be found on VICE. http://www.vice.com/read/fred-sasaki-fund

Joel Craig is the author of The White House (Green Lantern Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, Fence, Iowa Review, and Typo, among others. He lives and works in Chicago, Illinois where he also curates the Danny’s Reading Series and is the poetry editor for MAKE: A Literary Magazine. http://press.thegreenlantern.org/?p=450


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