Award winning, internationally touring poet and activist, nicole reynolds, Mary Lambert
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with their truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led them to the forefront of the spoken word movement -- the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam -- Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.
Their work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV, and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.
Now, on their fifth full-length album, FLOWER BOY, and their second book, THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson's poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart's most compassionate room.
In their most recent book, PANSY, Gibson balances themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, illness, family and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploration of what it means to truly heal. Each turn of the page represents both that which as been forgotten and that which is yet to be released. While this book is a rally cry for political action, it is also a celebration of wonder and longing and love.
"Gibson is among the nation's most admired and emulated poets. [Their] verse is at once personal and political, feminist and universal, filled with incinerating verbs and metaphor, and delivered with gut punching urgency." - Metaphor Media
Nicole Reynolds has just released her fourth full studio record, "a fine set of fools," after mostly being migrant for the past few years and working on farms. She credits the farming environment with easing her writing process. "Most of the time, I get stuck [while writing a song], and here I can just go do physical labor for a while when that happens," she says. "In the city, I was writing in my apartment, and it was a little more claustrophobic. I could go to a coffee shop or something, but I didn't have work I could be doing that was so different from music." There's an air of authenticity to what Reynolds writes and records, and perhaps it goes deeper than the fact that she's the rare young folkie who actually bales hay now and then.
Mary Lambert is good at two things; crying and singing. Nowhere is this better reflected than on her debut EP 'letters don't talk' released in July of 2012. Burrowed away with her friends in the woods of Sequim, Washington recording with the production team of Dungeness Records, she spent 2 years finessing the poignant and earnest collection of songs. In 'letters don't talk', Lambert has carved a niche for herself, winding profound lyricism around breathy, haunting melodies.
As a performer, Lambert exemplifies the traditions of a singer/songwriter while melding a background in spoken-word. With the powerful body-image poem "I Know Girls (Body Love)" going viral on youtube, letters firmly established Mary as a formidable unsigned artist. This status was cemented when the lesbian singer-songwriter paired up with the internationally acclaimed hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to help write and sing their revolutionary single, "Same Love". The track, an honoring of gay marriage, has led Mary to tour nationally with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, allowed her to reach millions by performing live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, VH1, and garnered tens of millions of views on YouTube. "Same Love" has reached platinum in Australia, charted #1 in January, and has peaked at #101 on Billboard. It is no wonder that Mary has become one of the most talked about new artists in Seattle.
Mary is a music composition graduate of the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts. Surrounded by talented composers and faculty such as Janice Giteck and the Seattle Symphony's Adam Stern, it was at Cornish that she honed her classical composition skills, wrote quartets, world music and a full symphony piece for the Seattle Philharmonic. Although established as a bright modern composer, Mary's songs are far from the pretension of academia. Her writing is accessible and thoughtful, and her charisma and sense of humor shine on stage, providing a striking juxtaposition for her thought-provoking and sometimes dark lyricism.
Lambert self-released her debut book of poetry, "500 Tips for Fat Girls", and embarked on a Northeastern U.S and Canadian tour. The book is a vulnerable depiction of body image, rape, incest, and homosexuality. Lambert says of the work: " To me, most curvy women end up having to navigate themselves through a frustrating process to find self-love. I think that that navigation to self-love is universal. This book is a collection of poetry exploring that… I believe in the power of vulnerability. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we have the most beautiful opportunity to find human connection, to see humanity in it's greatest light."
Mary Lambert is also revered as an accomplished spoken word artist. She competed in Russell Simmons' "Brave New Voices" International Competition in 2008 (on HBO), and was a co-founder of Seattle's first College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) collegiate team. Mary Lambert is Seattle's 2011 Grand Poetry Slam Champion and the 2012 Northwest Regional Slam winner.