Forwords: A Benefit For SMART
DJ Anton, DJ Ronin Roc, Alex Falcone, Open Mike Eagle
1001 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214
9:00 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Forwords: A Benefit For SMART
Forwords is a multi-faceted event of music, comedy and art benefiting the children's literacy organization SMART (Start Making A Reader Today). Your attendance will directly impact students' reading skills and self-confidence, and help them discover a lifelong love of reading. Since 1992, this nationally recognized, statewide nonprofit organization has engaged more than 118,000 community volunteers to help 180,000 students. Help empower Oregon children to read and succeed by sponsoring the SMART Associate Board's Forwords benefit at Holocene on October 15.
Alex Falcone is a comedian of average height living in Portland, OR. He writes a column about movies for The Willamette Week and is the creator and host of the live talk show Late Night Action w/ Alex Falcone and the surprisingly popular podcast Read it and Weep, in which people pay him to suffer through bad books and movies. One time he was on the IFC show Portlandia and he still gets emails about it.
Despite these modest accomplishments, he somehow remains totally down to earth and approachable.
Open Mike Eagle
Michael Eagle grew up in chicago listening to alt-rock on q101 and taping underground rap shows on WHPK. He also occasionally snuck and ordered music videos on the Box.
He went to college at southern illinois university and battled everybody everywhere and freestyled all the time. He graduated with a degree in psychology but somehow it never occurred to him to go to Scribble Jam.
He moved to LA and linked up with Project Blowed. He toured with Busdriver, Aceyalone, and Abstract Rude. He started a rap group called Thirsty Fish with Dumbfoundead and Psychosiz and the Swim Team with Alpha MC, VerBS, Sahtyre and more. He worked as a teacher during this time and usually had a hangover.
He put out his first solo album in 2010 with Mush Records. He put out his second LP with Hellfyre Club/Alpha Pup and his third with Fake Four Inc.
He's toured with Blu, Aesop Rock, Dessa, Homeboy Sandman, Ceschi, Moka Only, Louis Logic, and more.
In 2012 he participated in and co-authored a study with the National Insititues of Health that had him freestyle in an MRI machine to study the brain activity that occurs during improvisational rap. Articles were published on nature.com, wired.com, discovery.com, nbc.com, npr.org and more. The articles have become infamous for the unabashed racism in each of their comment sections.
in 2013 he was the first rapper to appear as a guest on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. He's also appeared on the Paul F. Tompkins show, Hannibal Burress's comedy show, the Eric Andre live show, and the WITS show produced by American Public Media.
He produced the first "Mike Eagle Show" in January of 2014. It was a night of rap and comedy lauded by LA Weekly 'as something they look forward to seeing more of'. He too thought they could have written something nicer.
His most recent work is alongside Busdriver, Nocando, milo, and more under the guise of Hellfyre Club. Their 2013 mixtape "Dorner Vs Tookie" was praised by Pitchfork, the Chicago Reader, LA Weekly and more.
He was named Impose Magazine's Rapper of the Year for 2013. The rapper of the whole entire year.
His new album is Dark Comedy. Its 45 minutes of attempting to giggle at the abyss. It features raps from Hannibal Burress and Das Racist's Kool A.D. Beats from Jeremiah Jae, Dibia$e, Busdriver and more. Its his first release on Mello Music Group.