Monday, May 29, 2017

Review - Poetic Soul Sessions III F/Rashad thaPoet

Can I use the word eclectic? Yes, that is what I experienced at the Soul Food Poetry Café’s Poetic Soul Sessions v. III - Powerful, sensual, soft, sweet, delicate, rough and kick me in the derrière thought-provoking.

The SFPC nourished every part of what makes us Be. The lexical stimulation gifted to the audience by M-Dot da Poet left us sad that he had to share the stage.

Addy B. delivered not only what was on her heart, but also what was the pulse of a nation – only she articulated it better than most would dare to even attempt. Her flowing words empowered the audience to be better and to speak love-words in the midst of hate.

Aubrey the Poet took the stage and made it his classroom. We were his very attentive and eager students as he reminded us to speak, to be heard, and to live out loud reminding us that only our voices remain when we are no longer. But that wasn’t all! Yes, there was more.

In between our sips of smooth poetic bliss, we were blessed with Alexxis, a virgin to the Café, who braved the mic while the audience cheered her on. (Can I just say that SFPC has the most supportive audience I’ve ever encountered?) 

Jermaine J. swooned the ladies with stirring riffs that titillated and energized the atmosphere. We were a mesmerized clan who sang along with him (though when your voice resembles a mocha latte, extra hot, extra cream, you just don’t really need any help).

Mera Cox, statuesque with a heavenly voice, bolted out beautiful tones and got us all to sing along – and we were more than happy to be her chorus.

The feature for the evening, multi-award winning lyricist Rashad thaPoet, whisked us between the blurred lines of intellectual hip-hop and pun-laden spoken word, ending his set with a smooth and neo-soulful freestyled joint that made us think, feel, and relax.

The night rounded out with the incomparable J-Mat Band! Can I tell you that I love this band?!?! Playful, engaging, soulful, and down-right fun! They keep the party lit until the last note is played.
Imani Rhema, keep this movement going. I’m still on a soul-high and frankly I don’t want to come down. Since I know that I will have to recover, I beg you, make sure you have another hit waiting for us soon.

-Tai Berry, Blogger-Beauty4Ashes

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Well... we are SOUL'D OUT!!

Thanks so much for the love fam - 
we SOUL'D OUT in ADVANCE! See you tonight!!  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Hello Soul Food Poetry Cafe Fam!

We are excited to announce that our next show will be at one of Nashville's premiere venues... we will be in the Lounge at The City Winery!!

Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. III: Unplugged

Saturday May 27th 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm

We will have a special set featuring spoken word artists Imani Rhema and Hi Q, and three show stopping Nashville vocalists, Jermaine J., Alexxis, and Mera Cox! And of course we will have the amazing JMat Band supplying the soulful sounds we are known for!

Our headliner for the evening will be none other than Nashville's Triple Threat...he's a poet, he's a lyricist, he's an educator...A Soul Food Poetry Cafe Spoken Word Artist of the Year...the multiple, hip-hop artist, and entrepreneur... Nashville's own...
Tickets only $15 in advance and $20 at the door! You know how we do...we expect the show to sell out! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Tonight's the Night...Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. II





Poetic Soul Sessions

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. II Special Guest...Evan Acklin!

You may remember this young man from a previous 
Soul Food Poetry Café event…he effortlessly sang AND danced “You Got it Bad” by Usher – blew us all away!

Meet Evan Acklin. Singer. Dancer. Stage Professional. 
Raised in Chi-Town, earning his chops as a member of the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers, Evan moves crowds from Atlanta to NYC to the Ville with his smooth silky voice and his streetwise limber dance moves. 

Gritty and Funky. Soft and Sensitive. Hardcore and Street. Ballads, Party Anthems, and everything in between - he can do it all!
Don’t miss him this Saturday night…and he has a special surprise for you!

Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. II featuring The J.Mat Band and Mera Cox!

Limited Open Mic, Food and Drink Specials, Special Shuttle Parking.

Advance tickets still available until 11:59pm on Friday!

Poetic Soul Sessions

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Poetic Soul Sessions II Featuring Mera Cox!

Featured Vocalist Mera Cox
An amazing vocalist and passionate lyricist, Mera Cox’s artistic gifts can breathtakingly color any canvas. Her passionate delivery captivates each of the senses. Music is not only what she does, music is who she is.  

Much like everyone one else tucked neatly away into the Neo-Soul category, Mera garners her soulful influences from the early greats of her youth. This 30-something Pisces came up in a time where Diana Ross’ "Upside Down" was gaining mainstream popularity. Who wouldn't want to follow in the footsteps of R&B's princess of soul, and pop-and the most sampled female in hip hop? 

Born and raised in a forgotten Rust Belt city in Ohio, Mera emulated the vocalists that would later fashion her unique style. Her parent’s shelves were adorned with records form artists like Sade, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Patrice Rushen.  There were no “genres” in her house - just feel good soul-stirring music. 

Mera’s voice has been shaped by the trials & triumphs of her life. Her vocals are soulful and melodic with an earthy grit that leaves you enraptured in her mystery.  Her versatility causes a question to stir: Who is she and where did she come from?

Raised in Youngstown, there were not many places for an eclectic girl like her, so like many greats before her, she sought solace in church and school choirs. As a young adult she sang anywhere there was an opportunity: open mics, weddings, and birthday parties. If there was a microphone, there she would be. Although she worked for a time as a paid performer, she could often be found singing just for the love of it.

Don't miss Mera's Nashville debut at The Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. II, Saturday March 4 7pm at the home of Soul Food Poetry Cafe, Venue 109. Also featuring the J.Mat band, and our famous open mic... and some very special guests! Click below for tickets before they are SOUL'D OUT!

Poetic Soul Sessions

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Poetic Soul Sessions Vol. II!

You’ve been asking and waiting…it’s time!! Fam…mark your calendars…The Poetic Soul Sessions Volume II is coming up on Saturday March 4th!! The first session SOUL’D OUT! Don’t miss this one!
People are always asking "Where is the poetry in Nashville?" We have the show for you! Live music, spoken word, great food and drinks, and a classy mature vibe...The Soul Food Poetry Cafe! 
February marks 10 years that we have been providing a stage for spoken word artists, poets, vocalists and positive lyricists in Nashville...people are always calling us wanting to know what the poetry nightlife is about when visiting our city…see what we are about Saturday March 4 at Venue 109 7pm! We present the second volume of our new concert series: The Poetic Soul Sessions! Open Mic, featuring the hottest artists in the area AND the soulful vocalist Mera Cox! Backed by and featuring the SFPC House Band…The JMat Band!! Discounted advance tickets are only $12 and are available below on the "Buy Tickets" Link!
Want to know more about our featured artists? Look out for our next blog entry!!

Poetic Soul Sessions