0 0 4
thru January 2005
recover, record, holiday BS.
in to Nuestra Palabra on KPFT.org
10 - 11pm NYC time
9 - 31
International Cervantino Festival
Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico
Current Known Venues:
(Check GuestBook for Updated Dates and Locations)
Thursday, October 7
7-10pm with George Mack, Ozzmodiar, & Kienyo
Wednesday, October 6
The Front Row
KUHF 88.7 FM Radio (Houston)
3-4pm (local time, 4-5pm NYC)
Go to kuhf.org to listen
8pm with special guests
KPFT 90.1 FM Radio (Houston)
9-10pm (local time, 10-11pm NYC)
Go to kpft.org to listen
KUHF FM Radio (Houston)
Wednesday, September 1
Friday, August 27
11pm w/George Mack and Ozzmodiar
Thursday, August 26
Monkey Wrench Books
June thru Mid-August
Extended Vacation (you know I needed it bitch)
Rack 'n' Roll
11pm, w/ Dharmata
11pm, w/ Michael Severens
Damn near dying in Mexico tour
Rack 'n' Roll
11pm, w/ Dharmat
9pm W/Michael Severens and Joshei
Thursday, February 5
11pm W/Michael Severens
Extended Travel Break through Mexico
0 0 3
Sunday, December 19
W/Members of Antibalas and others
9pm, w/ Sicboy and Dharmada
Saturday, November 16
Kamakaze Coffee House
Tuesday, October 21
w/ Michael Severins, Chandler, Joshei, Chewe and friends
w/ Michael Severins
International Cervantino Festival:
Ferguson Harry Bennett Branch Library
w/ Drew Trudeau and various guests
Some Random Café in Vancouver
(Hell I don’t remember when it was)
Family Tragedy, tour postponed
Rack N Roll
starting from the last update and that sorely needed break…
Following the end of the festival, Me, Kienyo, Jessica, our Chilango
friend Polo, and our Aussie friend Brooke hit the road south and
went to Oaxaca. We stayed in the city one night to get our bearings,
found a spot to park my car, then took the chicken class busses
necessary to get down to the coast. We arrived in Mazunte, a dope
sleepy little fishing village near Puerto Angel and Zipolite.
After one night with all of us crammed in a little thatched hut,
we proceeded to find more thatched huts and hammocks and spread
out. What followed was a blissful week of chillin in the sun and
drinking by the ocean all night long only occasionally heading
off to dance some salsa or watch drum circles.
When we got back to Oaxaca we stayed a night checking out cafes
and bars with our friend Kaitlin then dealing with a truly Mexican
fiasco with my car (some asshole Gringo wandered in the lot, damaged
my side panel then told some poor Mexican couple that they must
have hit the car and to pay him). After another long hellish drive
(we saw a bus accident where the entire bus was just cinders and
they were shoveling ash and possibly remains off the road) we
got back to GTO and got ready to dip. Kienyo DJ’d a couple
nights and we ended up recording some of our stuff with Michael.
We hope to have an album in the next few months completed. Currently
it is myself, Kienyo and Michael, with Seahag and Lego slated
to fill in guitar, bass, and scratching. More info as it comes.
The rest of the month has been travel and recovery as well as
friends weddings and thanksgiving madness (thanks to my family
and the Wilsons for the fun and grub). I did one interview on
the road for “Nuestra Palabra” on KPFT and plan to
do another at the end of December. Happy holidays to all y’all.
Look for photos, music and videos real soon.
so where to begin… Well the first week of this month me,
Kienyo and Jess drove down to Houston. Jess did our entire PR
and scheduling work for the month, Kienyo starting writing beats
for the upcoming shows and I did an interview on KUHF for the
“Front Row”. Xplaura should have that interview and
a couple others up in just a bit. A week in Kiener and I
started the tour up with an interview on KPFT for the “Living
Arts” show (you’re awesome btw Dean). We then played
a show at Helios, which is always pleasant, followed by an event
at the Artery (thanks so much to Mark). For the Artery show we
had the pleasure of playing with Aaron Trumm (Houston slam veteran)
and EK Keith (super sexy author and poet goddess). The show was
filmed I’ll let you know more details on that soon.
Afterwards we headed 16 hours south to Mexico’s central
highlands and the massive Cervantino Festival (the largest arts
festival in Latin America). This years invited guests were South
Africa and Italy, as you might imagine Kienyo who is Trini got
pretty fucking sick of being asked what the motherland is like
and after awhile started sporting a Brazilian jersey and Jamaican
flag - which of course only added to the confusion. Rather than
detail each show we played for the festival that were many and
varied, I’ll just lay out the line-up. Kienyo played Maestro
using a combination of Reason and Nuendo on my PC as well as orchestrating
and engineering the accompanying musicians. I played MC on all
evenings going between poetry, rhymes, and excerpts from MO. For
most of the shows we had Michael Severens on Electric and standard
Cello playing leads and ambient sounds. We also had our
friend Daniel from Mexico City on Saxophone playing leads for
most of the shows. Additional Rhythm section was composed of Paris
and Amad from the Latin funk band Barro Negro on bass and guitar
respectively, as well as Caspar on didgeridoo, flute, and horn.
DJ Dylan from Portland sat in as a scratch DJ for one show as
well. The venues were as follows: we played two low-key shows
at Café Zilch with myself Michael and Kienyo. On Halloween
we played Bar Ocho with myself Daniel and Kienyo (Kiki even managed
to come up with one track spoofing Ghostbusters though I’m
not sure if my words leant the light-hearted spookiness he was
looking for). We played around five shows at the club Bar Santo
(named after the infamous Mexican wrestler), always with me and
Kienyo, and alternating additional musicians. The largest shows
we played were in Plaza San Francisco set up by my buddy Marco
from Invocarte (literally invoke-art) with several thousand screaming
kids watching and moving through while we were filmed for national
television and generally acting like drunk rock stars. We played
the Plaza the two biggest Saturdays of the festival back to back
and it was nuts - autograph picture posing interview fucking up
On the personal tip, me Kienyo and Jess all stayed in the construction
site that is our Mexican home. It’s a former Volkswagen
shop that I bought some months ago and have been converting and
designing into a three level home with the help of Jess and master
architect David Chavez and his crew. As you can imagine all of
my preparation fears came true when we first rolled in at 2 in
the morning and I did not have electricity yet, nor hot water,
nor doors and windows for that matter. That first week was chaos
remedying that and buying appliances. Also, Jess and I were crashing
in the guest bedroom, which seems kinda Asbestos filled (I’ll
still haven’t stropped sneezing and coughing), and multiple
guests showing up for the festival (my brother for his 25th b-day
mid-month, and Ethan from the book amongst others). Between this
and shows you might imagine that by the time Halloween rolled
around we were pretty burned up and looking for a break.
beginning of this month I spent in Houston with Jess’ incredible
family. Virgil is a well-known artist and you should check out
his work at your local museum or gallery. Andy is an up and comer
as well (btw sorry for continually passing out on you bro). Deb
is super non-profit outreach crusader extraordinaire currently
doing Project Row Houses. You should check out all their respective
stuff before they finish reading my book and realize what a shit-head
I did an open mic at Helios, which is
a real cool little poetry scene. I’m set to be a spotlight
there next month. I also recorded a bunch of pieces for Diverse
Works which will be available to listen to this
month on their website. Jess also managed to set up 3 radio appearances
and a featured event at the Artery.
Look out for all of that.
I plan to spend the rest of this month packing up my stuff in
CT. I’m headed south the end of the month for the shows
in Texas and following that the Cervantino festival in GTO. I’d
like to give a shout out to all my heads in CT where I’ve
been spending a lot of this last year. You’ve made intolerable
situations that much more bearable. I’d also like to shout
out my mom who passed away a year ago July 11th and my pops whose
ten-year passing mark was August 16th. Wherever you are, I’m
thinking of you.
It’s been a hell of a time since I last updated. I’ll
summarize. I spent June and August in Mexico. I’ve got a
small property down there that I’ve been building into a
home. At the time of this writing it should be ready to stay in
come the Cervantino festival in October (ready as in having windows
July was a party month. As well as the usual extravaganza for
the fourth at the Decarlo’s (yes that includes you Tony)
I also threw a ridiculous bash for my 29th in Stamford, CT on
the 19th. By the middle of the party around 4am the noise was
out of control and kids were electrifying each other’s nuts
in my living room. By morning I had people asking for a spare
bedroom and video equipment. Regardless to say everyone had a
blast except me who spent half the time trying ineffectively to
control the noise and mayhem. I took the rest of July to chill
except for doing one reading at the Harry Bennett Library at the
end of the month.
August as I’ve said was spent down in Mexico. I was a featured
poet on the Rogue Scholars website so you should check that out.
Me, Jess, and pal Dan Jenson hit the road the beginning of the
month and drove the 2,600 miles from CT to GTO. Muchos gracious
to Chandler (pinche fucking loco) and Steve Lightner for giving
us spots to crash on the account of my house not yet having electricity,
windows, water, or walls for that matter. A shout out to Stef
Randel as well who made the leap from Colorado to come hang out
with us and go buck fucking wild like I knew she always could.
Polo, Luis, and everyone else, ustedes conocen quien son.
I started to get literary stir crazy so I ended doing some shows
in Austin at the end of the month. Austin, incidentally, is a
fantastic town. I spent a week at my friend Nakisha Guevara’s
place going to various water spots and drinking far too much (would
ya expect anything else?). Shout outs to Steve, Bobby, Ben(s)
and all the cats at Groene River, Rod (hope the road to Cali was
smooth bro), Cori, Stacey, and Josh for keeping it down.
okay let's get the good stuff out of the way first ok? You can
get Malas Ondas at Borders Books in Stamford, CT, which I assume
means it's available at every Borders in the country. The book
is still available at St. Marks in Greenwich Village so go buy
a copy. Press kits went out the end of this month and I should
be starting my whole publicity interview nonsense when I get back
from Mexico mid-April. All in all cool right?
So, I'll try to make it concise and brief. I arrived in Guanajuato
on the 15th. Partied for a few days with assorted lunatics (my
buddy Chand, Americans Whitney and Ryan, "Las Brujas"
Paulina, Katelyn and Hannah (insane party chix)) and then a funny
Two weeks ago I came home went to the bathroom and proceeded
to spit up large amounts of blood. My buddy Alex was justifiably
freaked as I informed him at 6 in the morning that it seemed I
was dying. The next few days I went to the hospital 3 times and
was precribed half a dozen super anti-biotics and painkillers
as well as several completely inappropiate items (Dramamine is
for motion sickness, not fucking vertigo). No one knew what was
happening to me and I even got misdiagnosed with Typhoid at one
It turns out that as best as 3 doctors and my hollistic healer
can tell I am recovering from the following: deterioration
of the stomach lining, ulcers, and bleeding, swollen intestines,
possibly ulcerated, massive viral infection to the internal organs
(stomach, intestines, liver, spleen) resulting in fever, light
headedness, confusion and vertigo, as well as assorted effects
(DT's, night terrors, cold sweats, migraines) from going cold
turkey off cigarettes and alcohol.
In other words, two weeks ago I thought I was dying and fucked.
My girl Jess rushed here two weeks early, and assorted friends
(thanks a million Alex, Julie, Michael, Sam, Susan) have been
trying to help me. Last Friday I finally ventured out of the house for
the first time in 9 days to go to an art opening and the mere
presense of other human beings sent me into panic attack. Needless
to say, it's been a scary fucked up experience.
Obviously I have cancelled my shows here this month though I do
hope to do some in May both here and in the states.
I'll keep y'all posted. Anyway, from a burnt but coming back poet
south of the border all the best to all of you. Peace, love and
month. Played a show at the beginning of this month with
Dharmata, who have been getting better and better and you should
definitely check out and support. My girl Jess got here in the
middle of the month and we've been having a blast and figuring
that all out and it was her birthday as well as Ethans (of the Zipolite
chapters) and we partied like it was 99. Also got to check out
some good friends in DE for my friends Holly and Jerimiahs' housewarming.
Many cool heads in attendance, Seahag of Sound of Urchin (go buy
the new album dammit!), Dr. Long Ghost (ditto on the album), the
always charming Xplaura and Davey of Squeezebox, along with
many old and close familiar faces. I've been gearin up for my
next jaunt down south in Mid-April so catch me if you can before
then. The book is now available at St. Marks Bookstore in Manhatten
for all you city heads. That's 9th Street and 3rd Ave (Bowery),
for those of y'all that don't know. Force your friends to buy
some copies and get the word out there. Alright then, more soon,
nos vemos cabrones.
from my little "vacation" has been hell. After
the two shows in GTO the beginning of the month I came back to
the states abandonning my buddy Cam's palacial hacienda and spring
weather for the ice and cold of the northeast. Hanging for approxiametely
a week I did what any sane poet would do and fled to an even colder
locale, upsate Vermont. Well I am a masochist after-all... Anywho,
spent the middle of the month hiding out in Burlington with
some buds doing my typical insomniac binging thing, including
a Mardi-Gras celebration and parade (never have cheap brightly
colored beads and snow seemed at such odds). Then came back to
the good old NYC area to get back on the ball (yeah right). Oh,
btw, my buddy Carl Restivo (Wyclef guitarist and generally representer
of NJ) has a new band and album out. They're called Colfax Road
and I dare you to listen to "Hip-Hop in the Morning"
and not start humming. Check em out at CarlRestivo.com. Later.
I took this month off to travel through Mexico with my buddies
Artt and Dan and my girl Jess from Texas (yee-haw). I hit all
the spots I hit in the book, which was actually kinda bad (see
my guestbook for updates from then). Managed to get into beef
with local thugs on the coast and witness a double execution over
dinner in the jungle. Not cool. At the same time though it was
good reconnecting with some old friends (hey Rob, Bill, Mike,
Sexo, Antonio, Caroline, Gamma). Plus got to meet some new ones
(sup Ali, Dan, Babylon crew). Also went to Xalapa and Villahermosa
for the first time (well first time longer than 3 hours waiting
for a bus anyhow), and had a blast in DF. At the end of
the month went back to GTO and chilled out with friends, did two
shows the beginning of February and went out into the desert to
horseback ride and camp the weekend before I took off with my
good friends Mike (Severens, cello player, check out stuff he’s
done with Tom Petty, etc). Jules (owner Bar Ocho), Steve (Lightner,
check out his art work, it’s everywhere), Jess, and our
guide Bernardo (chido, chido hombre). All in all a good
way to end a somewhat stressful trip. Oh, BTW, check this out:
a review for the album I did with Volker that just came out. It’s
available everywhere and this is the first review I’ve found
that I’m mentioned in that’s NOT in German!
then, so let’s try and summarize… This month was kinda
nuts for me. I did the show in Burlington at the beginning of
the month with these experimental political puppeteers (hilarious
btw, I wish I could remember the name of the troupe, ask around
Vermont) which was cool till an after party where some 20 year
old art student proceeded to call my writing “obnoxious,
vulgar, and to be honest a bit clichéd”. It always
seems to be these types who fail to realize how small and shitty
the art world can be and the need for us to start picking each
other up rather than pulling each other down. Oh well, she turned
out to be all right anyhow, just a bit young and insecure. Later
in the month I did a show at 23 Windows in Brooklyn. It was apparently
one of the last before the space was done. The guys from Antibalas
did a cool set though and everyone was super cool. Though in the
end we mostly traded stuff, as the whole audience was broke artists
like myself. X-mas I did a little party that I barely remember
but I guess that’s what holidays are for. This being my
first X-mas without any living parents was pretty rough but everyone
that’s been around made it a lot easier thanks. At the end
of the month I headed back to GTO to relax.
got back from Cleveland and one of the sweetest open vibes I’ve
ever performed in. Did a show last Sunday at Kamikaze Coffee shop
with Chief Rocka (awesome Akron/Cleveland hip-hop collective).
Much love, amazing MC’s, check their site and support if
you’re ever in Ohio.
Meitz new album, Vertikal, has just been released and is being
distributed by Giant Step in the States. Yours truly has been
remixed on track number 4 (White Powder). The album is dope, go
get it and get funky uber-style.
I’ve got some friends playing at Green’s in Stamford
on the 29th (Sicboy and the band Dharmada) and have agreed to
show up a do some pieces if you guys are in the CT area.
Oh, thank you all for supporting, it’s been a crazy ride
so far and you all have been super cool (even you weirdos posting
odd stalker shit on my guest page J).
I’m in Mexico from December 30th till February 10th. Hope
to catch you all prior or post.
Ok so this update is incredibly belated so I’ll make it
I did three shows at the International Cervatino Festival this
month. The featured artists this year were from Germany and France.
I did poetry with an American cello player (Michael Severins of
Tom Petty and Hootie fame), a Mexican and Dutch guitarist (Joshei
and Chandler), and two Mexican percussionists (Chewe and Chandler’s
bro), go figure. From what I remember the festival was a blast.
Of course I spent 72 hours in blackout so who really knows. Anyhow,
if you’re in Guanajuato go pick up a book at Barfly, Bar
Ocho, or Spanglish. Tell em I sent you.
my little friends, thanks to the intense, wonderful, not to mention
amazingly talented Xplaura, kentevans.com is up and running. The
past few months have been a rollercoaster of timing and chaos,
and as usual I'm attempting to make some sense of it all with
little success. This section of the site is dedicated to that
end, tracking my descent into madness, signing hell, and the general
drama of existence. I'll be posting shows, thoughts, poetry, and
updates on the book with as much vigor as I can muster through
the foggy hungover haze that is my current state. That said...
Loki Kevorkian just interviewed me for the Rogue Scholars btw
which should show up on their site any day now when the little
bitch can get his shit together :). Digs Magazine (the magazine
for the the post-college pre-marriage generation) just put me
on their recommended reading list. My book is in Connecticut Public
Libraries, and could possibly be on the syllabus for some college
classes. Yikes, I always said I would know I had made it
when kids were forced to read and interpret my shit. Dope, redemption.
Take that Faulkner!
I just got back from Seattle, lovely town that it is, this week
and I'm now headed up to Burlington. Washington was cold and rainy
but had sporadic moments of sunshine. I think I may have SARS
now though since my usually frightening smokers cough has now
transformed into an alarming wheeze/death rattle. On the up side
I got to hang with my dear friend Jess who is lovely and charming
as ever as well as a certain Megan who seems to have gotten her
shit together to the point I feel like the laziest man on earth.
I spent the week playing chess, drinking expresso (they just pulled
some crazy Boston Tea Party shit out there in protest to a 10c
tax increase on the stuff), and basically hanging with people
I love. Good vibes, thanks Jess, you're the best babe.
While in the Northwest I also managed to get up to Van Couver and
visit my friend Steffen and the baby Jesus (inside joke, gross
in fact, definitely immoral, possibly illegal, probably blasphemous,
don't worry about it - really). Did a local reading hosted by
this really cool cat T. Paul Ste. Marie (wow man, that's a mouthful)
who runs Thundering Word Heard productions. It looks like he'll
be setting up my shows in San Fran up to BC. Rock on! I always
said I liked Canadiens, eh.
So now I'm heading to Burlington to chill with the amazing Phish
sisters, my buddy Fred, and a cast of characters best met
rather than described (what up Mac and Gin?). Burlington College
apparantly thinks I'm sober - wait - I mean qualified enough to
do some appearances. Ya know, q&a, serious academic type
stuff. Hmmmm..... they are a dry campus... interesting. Anyhow
I'll keep you guys posted on when that's going off.
So, I'm off to cold green Vermont to get in some trouble. I'll
be in Mexico from October 8-23 for the Cervantino festival, most
likely doing readings at Bar Ocho, Barfly, and Spanglish if for
some reason you're south of the border and looking to support.
I'll keep ya posted. Much love, K