I've returned home from what can only be expressed as a truly uplifting evening out. Tantalizingly described on Facebook by its organisers as "vibrant spoken word, emotive, intimate live music and saliva-conjuring short films", I had to ask myself: 'how can I possibly say no to Writer's Block?'.
The event, which was scheduled to start at 7:30pm, was held at Juno Bar in Shoreditch, East London.
My favourite performers included songstress Floetic Lara, hip-hop verbalist Breis (pronounced breeze), soul artist Martyna Baker, poet Deanna Rodger and of course the 7 piece band The Illersapiens.
Floetic Lara was truly delightful. Her ultra positive aura had me smiling throughout the whole of her performance. She freestyled so well with the band that it could have almost been mistaken as rehearsed. You can tell that this lady is doing what she loves: the passion, and spiritualism is infectious. The tone and balance to her vocals was so soothing that I just had to buy her album. Love, love, love.
Breis. I remembered his name purely because he spelt it out when performing one of his tracks called Identity (It's da B to da R to da E to da I to da S...) Loved the song and loved his humour and free-spiritedness even more.
MB effortlessly played the guitar as her impeccable voice told a story so touching, I was almost moved to tears.
DR kept me so engaged that I almost felt as though I was right there, living her 'Love Story': her ups, her downs, her woes fears, realizations, and her tears.
The Illersapiens topped off the night with spectacular live music (and yes my right shoulder bounced along to the beat, as requested by the band's frontman). The band's singer has a beautiful voice and the MC was so on point with his flow, his content and his finesse.
That's not to say the others weren't amazing but these acts really stood out to me.The poetry was deep, conscious and inspiring. Admittedly, many of the acts put me in a trance and all the performers definitely gave me food for thought. I left the bar feeling somewhat elated and strangely wanting to rhyme every sentence and speak in iambic pentameter. I suppose that's how I know the 'writer's block' has had its affect on me. Can't wait for the next event.
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