The Amistad Research Center in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art will present a music and spoken word performance by the Chris Perkins Trio. This performance builds upon the current Beyond the Blues exhibition at NOMA.
Poet and performer Chuck Perkins has garnered a lot of attention in New Orleans and beyond with his blend of spoken word and music. In addition to a host of local musicians and poets, Chuck has performed with former Poet Laureate Mark Strand, Mark Smith (creator of the Poetry Slam) and Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets.
In early 2009, Chuck performed to a sell-out crowd at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club backed by Antoine Drye, Donald Edwards, Kevin Ferrell, Lezlie Harrison and Brian Lynch. He followed this performance with his first international showing at the Banlieues Bleues Blues Festival in Paris.
He ended the year by opening New Orleans’ 2nd annual Song Writers Festival. His poetry appears in the best selling anthology Spoken Word Revolution and in his 2008 book Voices of the Big Easy: A Love Song for NOLA. Chuck has performed with many of New Orleans top musicians, including Donald Harrison, Henry Butler, Bill Summers, Nicholas Payton, Herlin Riley, Glen David Andrews, Dave Torkanowsky, and Shannon Powell to name a few.
Chuck’s recent performance at The Jazz Gallery in New York City on May 15th with New Orleans piano great Henry Butler can be viewed here. Come see Chuck’s unique blend of words and music as the Amistad Research Center and the New Orleans Museum of Art continue to celebrate the Beyond the Blues exhibition.
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