Monday, August 20th at 9:00 – 11:00 pm
Join us for DC’s only weekly variety open mic (poetry, music, comedy, storytelling, etc-ing) where the show is appropriate for all ages (please and thank you to performers). Each week includes a featured artist and guest co-host, as well as resident co-host Gowri K.
Sign-up list opens at 8:30 pm
Show starts at 9:00 pm
Featuring: TARA TRINITY
Tara Trinity Villanueva, singer, songwriter, pianist and all-around performer, attributes her profound dedication to music to her mother, Maritza. Near Trinity’s hometown in New Jersey, Maritza encouraged a local piano teacher to take a chance on her three-year-old daughter. Trinity quickly proved her brilliance and the child prodigy proceeded to win multiple classical piano competitions. Trinity discovered her voice while performing with the bilingual children’s traveling choir, Voces Celestiales. She won the Tito Puente Award three consecutive years in the instrumental category of the Hispanic Youth Showcase in Newark, NJ. She then played the role of Aurea Agron in Paul Simon’s musical, The Capeman, on Broadway alongside Ednita Nazario, Mark Anthony, Ruben Blades, Sara Ramirez, Frankie Negron, and Oscar Hernandez. She was later accepted into the esteemed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University on a musical and academic scholarship to study classical piano performance. Indiana University offered Trinity invaluable opportunities where she excelled at the guitar, sang as an alto II in the Grammy-award-winning ensemble, the Singing Hoosiers and its subgroup, Vocal Jazz. She sang bass in Indiana University’s only female a cappella group, Ladies First, who opened for The Four Tops. Testing her vocal range, she sang soprano in the highly competitive IU Soul Revue, sponsored by the African American Cultural Institute. Trinity tested out her songwriting skills by entering and then winning the Indiana University Unplugged competition with her originals “Perfect Love” and “A Christmas Song.” When her music is on pause, Trinity is a columnist for online magazine New Latina, works for multiple businesses as a graphic designer, and runs an online support group for mothers dealing with mental illness. Trinity is also the co-founder of the polynesian dance company, Aloha Island Revue, whose mission is to share the polynesian island culture through dance and music for people of all ages. She stays true to her Puerto Rican, Hawaiian, and Filipino roots by singing in Spanish and playing instruments like the ukelele. Her life experiences and her son Kai inspire her to create heartfelt, deeply expressive music.
Guest co-host: JOSEPH LMS GREEN
Joseph LMS Green is a performance poet and educator with more than eight years of professional experience. As a solo artist and member of the Intangible Collective, Joseph has performed at venues and schools throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. For five years, he has coached the Hayfield Secondary School Forensic Speech Team. A four-time qualifier and participant in the National Poetry Slam, he has twice represented the Oneonta Slam team as their Grand Slam Champion, as well as Slam Richmond and DC’s Beltway Poetry Slam Team, which ranked 5th in the nation in 2011. After representing the Beltway Poetry Slam at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam, Joseph is the 16th ranked poet in the world. Joseph is currently producing his first book of poetry, recording his second full-length spoken word album, and working to create the first city-wide youth slam in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia under the Louder Than a Bomb banner.