Acoustic SpokenWord Café
ASWC__artspace Downtown in East Central
ASWC opened downtown in East Central the spring of 2009 as an Afrikan-centered downtown venue where creative artists come to increase the visibility, and be heard. While most local music venues cater to an audience as interested, if not more-so, in socializing as in the music, ASWC is dedicated to providing local talent with a room where they engage, create, collaborate, present, and perform new and tried works of literature, music, song, dance, and theatre to an audience primarily attuned to their presentation. ASWC’s means to explore and stimulate a cross-cultural exchange in the arts community.
The Acoustic SpokenWord Café is open between 7 and 10PM on the second and fourth Saturday of each month except July and August. During November and December the Café opens only on the second Saturday. Most evenings consist of mixed genre presentations by two artists–a musical act, and a poet–plus an Open Mic session.
Genres presented since the Café opened in 2009 have included poetry, rap, short stories, novels, acoustic and electric jazz, blues, gospel, folk, traditional Native American flute, Afrikan drumming, and film.
While our audience is mainly adults, young people are encouraged to come and share their talent and cultural gifts at the Café.
Artist who’ve appeared at the Café include:
Helen Frost, Curtis Crisler, George Kalamaras, Cathy Serano, Duane Eby, DL Russell, Michael Patterson, Erik Mollberg, Seeds of Faith, Victor Brown, Kent Kiwi Fingerlee, Emanuel Ortiz, Jill Mozena, Zynette Paige, Mike Slagle, Mary Ann Cain, G-Money, Bernadette Gleeson, Julia Meek, Jonathan Tankel, Craig Nix, RasAmen Ayo, Diane Riley, Will Clark, Tom Sable, Megan King, Kerry Rutherford, Tanika Burt, Mike Moses, Brandon Neal, Kim Wiley, Lizz Straight, Mary Quigley, Kétu Oladuwa, John Dortch, Linda Bess, Keith Flye, Troy Bigelow, John Ward, Fatima Washington, Carol Lockridge, Sunny Taylor, Erika Martinez, Adosh, Jason Green, Freddie Dunlap, Phil Shurger, Three Rivers Jenbé Ensemble, Continuum, Derek Curry II, Kathy Young, Rae Surface, Jesse West, Sataria White, Domonica Malone, Adam Gaile, Will Certain, Danielle Brewer, Susan Howard, Beth Frayser, Terel Lynn, Dodie Miller, Ngozi Rogers, Rob Emmett, Jessica Lopez, Mathis Grey, The Bryan Nellems Trio, Clif Wallace Trio, Kemit Oladuwa, Teresa Vazquez, AfroDisiacs, Paula Ashe
Bring your work to the Café!
To sign up for a possible feature or Open Mic spot at an upcoming Café, hit the Application button below and download the form. Email it back to us and we’ll contact you.
ASWC Feature Artist Request Form