Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Collective Purpose presents…

Thursday, 7/30/09 @ 9 PM

The Battle for San Diego will be an epic slam. Four teams will compete for the title of Best in San Diego. The San Diego Slam Team won the Battle for LA and the Battle for the Empire. Come out and see the San Diego Slam Team, Empire Mindstate Team, Inland Empire Youth Slam Team, and a surprise team slug it out in the third and final slam for bragging rights in Southern California...who will be the last team standing????

Eveoke Dance Theatre
2811 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
$5 at the door

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

San Diego Slam Team Unveiled

written by Tomi Barnett, Shakema Martin, & Christopher Wilson

On Thursday, July 16, 2009 over one hundred and forty people attended Elevated. Elevated serves as an outlet for creative expression and is the largest open mic in San Diego. It is a place in the community where artists from all over San Diego can come and express themselves and not worry about getting booed. The show consists of two segments: the open mic and the feature. The open mic segment is open to people of all ages and topics; people come from all over San Diego to perform or to watch the performers. The audience is always deeply engaged in the show and very enthusiastic about the artist’s performances.

On this night the San Diego Slam Team featured at Elevated. The Slam Team members are Rudy Francisco, Ant Black, Deacon Blair, Jro, and Simply Kat, who couldn’t make it because she was attending the Youth National Poetry Slam. All of the artists had an outstanding performance. Rudy Francisco’s performance made the audience look deeper into life and the way that things can be prevented. He spoke to all ages; the younger audience had a chance to experience a young person talk about things in a way that they could understand, while the older audience could relate to through their own experiences. Ant Black expressed a lot of emotion while he performed. If you didn’t shed a tear, then you weren’t fully there! Deacon Blair had a different delivery than the other poets; the tone of his voice was strong and his message was hardcore. Jro’s performance was very surprising. While he used some strong language, it was very artistic. By the end of the night the team received several standing ovations.

Elevated was created to give local artist an opportunity for self-expression and unite people in the community. Through the performances at Elevated you see that life can be different and its okay to try new things. At Elevated people from all walks of life are welcome. So, don’t miss the next show on July 30th when we have the Battle for San Diego.

Friday, July 17, 2009


bkSOUL and Collective Purpose will take you through a journey of Hip Hop culture from its roots to today. Combining poetry and live music with contemporary and hip hop movement, the work presents a fresh view of the influential and growing global art form.

Sat. July 18 @7 pm (Open Dress Rehearsal -Suggested Donation $10)

Sun. July 19 @ 2pm and 6pm
Tickets: $15 general $10 Students

Limited Seating.

Ant Black, Kendrick Dial, Rudy Francisco, grace shinhae jun, DJ KrazyKut, Jesse Mills, Lavina Rich, Misa Suiter, Keomi Tarver
and Guest Artists Melissa Adao and Nick Zavala
The Vine @ Bernardo Winery Suite 5
13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego, CA


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ELEVATED! featuring The San Diego SLAM Team!

Thursday, 7/16/09 @ 9 PM

Featuring: The San Diego SLAM Team!

This week the San Diego Slam Team is featuring at Elevated! The Slam Team is traveling to West Palm Beach in August to compete against 64 teams from all over the world for the coveted National Poetry Slam Championship. The members of the team are Simply Kat, Ant Black, Rudy Francisco, Deacon Blair, and Jro. Don't miss this opportunity to come out and support your local team!Come experience the resurrection of spoken word! Elevated! is a creative arts experience that is guaranteed to uplift, inspire and move you through spoken word, music, and visual art.

Elevated! features nationally, internationally, and locally renowned poets. The open mic encourages up-and- coming artists to showcase their skills and talent. Come to listen, express, and get ELEVATED!

Eveoke Dance Theatre
2811 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

$5 at the door

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The San Diego Poetry Slam Team will host a fundraiser at It's A Grind located at 204 N El Camino Real #204 in Encinitas, California, on Sunday, July 19 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. The funds will be used to send the winners of San Diego's Grand Slam to represent San Diego in the National Poetry Slam (NPS) in West Palm Beach, Florida in August. NPS is the largest team performance poetry event in the world and the San Diego team will have the opportunity to compete against 83 other teams.

"Last year San Diego's team ranked in the top 20 and we're excited to help support this year's team," said Sam Yago, the event promoter.

The members of the San Diego team are Simply Kat, Ant Black, Deacon Blair, Rudy Francisco and Jro. The fundraiser at It's A Grind will include live performances by members of the San Diego Poetry Slam Team and special invited guests from the Full Moon Poets. Raffle prizes were generously donated by UNIV Shop, RobustFlavor.com, Koastal Distribution, Plan B Skateobards and more! The fundraiser will include a silent skateboard art auction with handpainted boards by local artists.