Friday, November 4, 2016

Tonight! SFPC Presents: Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. I

It's that time fam! Introducing...Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. I featuring live soul music by The JMat Band, an exclusive spoken word performance by M-Dot da Poet, and the incomparable vocals of the sensational soul diva herself, Arica! This will be a phenomenal spoken word and soul music experience! 

Appetizers and adult beverages available, free shuttle parking. Tickets for this concert are only $15 day of show online (see the "Buy Tickets" page or scroll below!) or at the door. The open mic list is full - and we have some of Middle Tennessee's hottest poets and vocalists ready to blaze the mic!

This is the last show of the year, and it seems that we may have saved the best for last!! Don't miss this exciting new concert series! Be a part of a historic night...Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. I!  Already planning on going? Click here to visit our Facebook event page and let your friends know you're going, share the's YOUR movement! 

See you tonight, fam! Your SFPC Hostess, Imani Rhema

Poetic Soul Sessions

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. 1 is This Saturday Night!

People are always asking "where is the poetry in Nashville?" Well have we got the show for you! Live music, spoken word, great food and drinks, and a classy mature vibe...The Soul Food Poetry Cafe! 

We have been doing this around town for almost 10 years...see what we are about this Saturday November 5th at Venue 109. We present the first volume of our new concert series: The Poetic Soul Sessions! Open Mic, a featured poet AND vocalist! The place to be this weekend! Discounted advance tickets are available here on the "Buy Tickets" Link!

Want to know more about our featured artists? Just scroll below for their bio! You are definitely in for a treat!! The Poetic Soul Sessions, featuring M-Dot Da Poet and Arica. Just what the soul doctor ordered! Click here to view the Facebook Event Page and say you're going! See you there!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

M-Dot Da Poet: Da Man. Da Mic. Da Music.

Marquise Person, artistically known as M-Dot da Poet, is originally from Chicago Illinois. He moved to Nashville from Jackson, Tennessee in 2011. M-Dot attended Middle Tennessee State University where he honed in on his love for poetry, and found a group of like-minded artists on campus: The Word Up! Poetry Collective.

M-Dot burst on the Nashville spoken word scene in July of 2011 at Soul Food Poetry Café, hosted by Nashville poet Imani Rhema. Since then, he has perfected his craft as a performer and has added another artistic vein to his repertoire: Author. M-Dot has published 3 books: "Poetically Speaking", "LateNiteWriting Vol. 1", and "Poet...Speak".

In 2012, M-Dot co-founded the That's That Juice Movement to help promote the awareness of the craft of spoken word, provide a stage for up-and-coming and seasoned artists, and produce poetry events around the Middle Tennessee area. #Thatsthatjuice then spawned his own open mic series, "A Night with da Poet & Friends", a creative production featuring local artists, dancers and lyricists.

M-Dot da Poet continues as an ongoing member of Word Up! and spends time mentoring students on MTSU’s campus in the art of spoken word poetry. He continues to promote his brand as well as the spoken word community of Nashville... one show, one mic, one poem at a time.

In September of 2016, he released his first spoken word EP, "Da Ode to Harlem" which is now available on Soundcloud. Here is the link below:

M-Dot is excitedly anticipating his opportunity to represent spoken word as our featured poet, and looks forward to sharing his craft with us at the Poetic Soul Sessions on Saturday November 5th. Don’t miss his phenomenal performance! See below for the ticket link!

Poetic Soul Sessions

Friday, October 21, 2016

Introducing...ARICA! Our Featured Vocalist at Poetic Soul Sessions Volume I.

"Arica possesses a rich, powerful, and soulful voice.  She is a trained professional with captivating vocal skills”.

“Her melodic voice effortlessly manages all genres of music to include jazz, Negro spirituals, neo-soul, pop, R&B or classical”.

“She is a true song stylist and sings for the pure joy of it.

Arica is an accomplished performer who hails from Indianapolis, IN.  Arica exhibited a talent for performing at an early age.  She regularly earned leading roles in elementary school plays, sang, and played the flute.  She honed her artistry in musical performance through middle and high school, landing a spot in top singing group, The Madrigals, in her freshman year and sang with them throughout her high school career.  She performed in some of the top venues in the city of Indianapolis, and continued gaining accolades singing the national anthem during various events, with orchestras, and her girl group “Spectrum”.

Arica moved on to Fisk University, and during her freshman year, she was immediately accepted to the Grammy-Nominated World Renowned Fisk University Jubilee Singers. This gave her the exposure she needed in Music City! Arica sang background vocals with Grammy winners: Take 6, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Trisha Yearwood, and appeared in a Shania Twain video!  Once again she was asked to perform our national anthem and this time it was for a celebrity basketball game for Keith Bullock of the Tennessee Titans. Arica has performed all across the country; even internationally at The Umbria Jazz Festival in Umbria, Italy.   
Recently relocated back to the south, Arica is now performing at sold out events all around Nashville, Atlanta and Indianapolis.

Arica credits her love of performing to her mother (the first voice she heard singing), Anita Baker, Stephanie Mills, Angela Winbush, Phyllis Hyman, and Ledisi. These influences, studying music, working with great talent, and her gift from God has made her an unstoppable force to be reckoned with!

Don’t miss her show stopping performance at the Poetic Soul Sessions! Click below for your ticket – they’re moving fast! 

Poetic Soul Sessions

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Imani Rhema Presents...The Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. I f/M-Dot, Arica, and The J.Mat Band!

Ready for an amazing night of poetry and live music? 
We have you covered!

Been searching for poetry in Nashville? How about this... a phenomenal live music and spoken word experience! 

A SFPC/Venue 109 series of shows featuring some of Nashville's hottest spoken word and soul music artists. Volume I of the series will kick off on 
Saturday November 5th!
We are excited to feature live soul music 
by The JMat Band
an exclusive spoken word performance 
by M-Dot da Poet
and the amazing vocals of the soul diva herself, Arica!

Appetizers and adult beverages will be available. 

Venue 109 will also offer 

free valet/shuttle parking for the evening.
Tickets only $12 in advance and $15 at the door
 In person (text 615-568-7144 for ticket pickup) 
or just click below! 
Contact us at 615-568-7144 
to register for the limited open mic.
Check out our artist interviews over the next few weeks to find out more about the artists and musicians!





Poetic Soul Sessions

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tonight's the Night!

We have a phenomenal show planned! Black Diamond Band, a special limited open mic, members of the next generation of Five Men on Stools, Dichotomy, and Aubrey... this one will be for the history books!
We still have tickets available, click below to buy now, or you can pay with cash or your card at the door! Be prepared for an amazing live music and spoken word experience!

Aubrey and Dichotomy

Trey Daniels

Desmond Champion

Black Diamond Band

Your Hostess, Imani Rhema


Black Diamond Band Center Photo L to R:
Jonathan Boddie, Jerami Matlock, Special Guest Vocalist J. Worthy,
Derek Q. Sanders, Craig Bailey, Special Guest Vocalist Willie Butler

Black Diamond Band, led by TSU Alumnus and percussionist extraordinaire Craig Bailey, is one of the busiest bands in Nashville. Specializing in Neo-Soul, R&B, and Jazz, BDB became a Nashville household name several years ago after performances around the city at awards shows, spoken word events, album releases, and local concerts, backing some of the most talented vocalists, spoken word artists, and lyricists in the area. These distinguished gentlemen have garnered several accolades in the musicians community including being nominated for Best Funk/R&B Band during the NIMAs (Nashville Industry Music Awards) in 2012. If you are coming to our Poetry Double Feature Show featuring Aubrey and Dichotomy, you are definitely in for a treat! Craig has some surprises up his sleeve as usual, including the amazing crooner Willie Butler, and cannot wait to open the night with a set from Black Diamond! Get ready to throw up your Black Diamond Band Sign!
The band members are:
Craig Bailey, Drummer. Entrepreneur. Knoxvillian. Alpha Man.
Jerami Matlock, Award-Nominated Vocalist. Keyboardist. Producer. Fisk Jubilee Singer.
Jonathan Boddie, International Musician. Lead Guitarist. Vocalist.
Derek Q. Sanders,All About that Bass. Author. Blogger. Relationship Expert.

See you at the show!
Get your tickets below before they sell out!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016


What do Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and Prince have in common? Most of their top-selling hits are sung in the silky, fluttering vocal range of falsetto. Add a dazzling smile, his guitar, and some southern swag, and you have a hint of what Desmond Champion is all about!

Desmond burst onto Atlanta’s popping music scene several years ago with this one thought in mind: chasing his dream of bringing his satiny-smooth vocals into the ears, minds, and hearts of many as possible. Since then he has performed his one-man show at café’s and open mics, and has been featured at countless live music events. Desmond has become well known for mesmerizing audiences all over the state of Georgia. He recently was nominated ATL’s Hottest Male Vocalist and is in the running to win the competition! (*Check his music out below and help him be the Champion at!) Desmond also is a part of the next generation of Atlanta’s epic jazz group Five Men on a Stool.

Born not too far away in Decatur, Georgia, Desmond grew up with a passion for music. He has developed his vocal range to rival some of the best crooners in the business and cannot wait to share his incredible talent with Middle Tennessee. He has traveled around the country and even internationally this summer, and will kick his autumn season off right in here in Nashville. He is one of the special guests at the Soul Food Poetry Café Double Feature show this Sunday.

Check him out here!

Get your Tickets here before they're gone!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Trey Daniels: Special Guest at our next show - Sunday Sept 11th at Venue 109!

“A distinctive sound that’s attached to a defining story.” 

Alto Saxophonist Trey Daniels’ multi-faceted artistry is influenced by an old school Gospel Jazz vibe. Born in Tampa, Florida weighing in at two lbs., 8 ounces, as an infant he was unable to use his own lungs to breathe – so, he says, “It’s truly a miracle that I am able to do what I do today, and a testament to the grace of God. It’s also the reason I am able to play with such passion, energy and honesty.”

Those characteristics have been part of Trey’s musical life from the beginning until now. Attracted by Atlanta’s vibrant neo-soul scene, Trey moved there immediately after he finished college at FSU and began establishing his presence as a force in local clubs with regular performances. His group plays regularly around Atlanta. Trey has also performed at the Columbus Jazz Festival, Essence Music Festival, and at the July 4th Extravaganza at Lenox Square.

Trey proudly launched his philanthropy called “Music on a Mission,” in which he visits schools, teaches kids about jazz and encourages their own musical dreams before performing a set.

Trey recently performed The National Anthem at an Indianapolis Colts game, and is looking forward to being a special guest artist at Soul Food Poetry Café for our Double Feature on Sunday September 11th. See you there!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Soul Food Poetry Cafe's first DOUBLE FEATURE!

We have been wanting to do this for YEARS...and finally we will have Aubrey the Poet and Dichotomy on the Soul Food Poetry Cafe stage on the SAME NIGHT! Both have become Nashville poetry legends in their own right, and we are honored to have them both at our show.

Aubrey, originally from Chattanooga, has been performing spoken word for at least 13 years. We first saw him performing at Kijiji's on Nashville's historical Jefferson Street, and Aubrey the Poet has since expanded his poetic wings all over the country, presenting his poetry collaborating with Strange Fruit and Bittersweet Verses, his production and promotion company. He has several album releases under his belt, and we will hear pieces from his latest, #BetterManProject.

We first met Dichotomy about 10 years ago and he was already killing the game. He has established himself as an amazing influencer in the artist community performing and hosting his show, "Aural Fixation", all over the globe. He regularly encourages the youth at schools, and often travels internationally to share spoken word at different events. We are excited to have Dichotomy back in his hometown Nashville for our show!

Both these talented gentlemen have distinguished themselves as poetic artisans. They both are amazing wordsmiths and can't wait to share some of their classic pieces as well as new ones with Nashville's poetry scene!

This will be a great date night, girls night, or guys night out. Tickets are selling fast, and will sell out...see below for your ticket!


Friday, August 12, 2016


We are so excited about our next Soul Food Poetry Cafe show!! We are proud to have the opportunity to feature not ONE hot, amazing, talented spoken word artist...but TWO! That's our next show, Sunday September 11, our current home venue, VENUE 109...we will have none other than AUBREY and DICHOTOMY in the building!!! You don't want to miss this hot event!! Tickets are an absolute STEAL at only $12.00 in advance (see link below to purchase your ticket!) will be able to witness poetry at its finest, hear an amazing live band, of course it's none other than BLACK DIAMOND! We also will have a limited open mic, food and drink specials, and free valet parking! Can't beat that! See you at the hottest poetry event to kick the fall season off right!


SFPC Double Feature Tickets

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tonight's the night!! The band is ready, the open mic list is set with some of the dopest poets in the area, and I have quite a few surprises to reveal still! Thanks so much to all of you who have bought tickets in's going to be a packed house! We have a phenomenal night planned. Can't wait to see you there! And if you still need tickets, no worries - the day of show ticket link is below fam!!

SFPC Reunion Show!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Another Reunion...The BLACK DIAMOND BAND!

 if you LOVE Live Music, brace yourselves...another reunion is happening on June 26th... Their fans have been waiting for them to do a show together again, and...
THE BLACK DIAMOND BAND will be in the house!!!
Craig Bailey (drums) Jerami Matlock (keys, vocals) Derek Sanders (bass)

Monday, May 30, 2016



We are hosting The Soul Food Poetry Cafe REUNION SHOW 
Sunday June 26th at 7pm at Venue 109! 
We will have a live band, DJ, and an open mic featuring some of the hottest 
spoken word artists, vocalists, and lyricists in the city! 
Advance tickets are only $10, or $12 at the door for this exclusive event. 
See link below to purchase your tickets! This show WILL sell out!
The venue will feature food and drink specials for the evening.

Contact Imani Rhema at 615-568-7144 
to reserve your slot on the open mic
Or to purchase a live ticket!!!

SFPC Reunion Show!

Hosted by: Venue 109
109 Cude Lane
Madison TN 37115