Help us share the good news of BONK! with Kenosha at this special event. This will also be the release of our very own Nick Demske’s next chapbook, so be sure to snag one!
Dasha Kelly had to cancel because of another fabulous opportunity, so Mexico City is Sinking (Marco Jaimez) stepped up to fill in.
Watch out for news about another BONK! event coming up fast–on April 25th we will BONK! again at the Racine Business Center for Get Behind The Arts.
Musician Brent Mitchell
Musician Mexico City is Sinking
Poet Nick Demske
Emcee, Artist Nicolas Moore
BRENT MITCHELL worked for five or six years as a cowboy in Texas after dropping out of high school to hitch-hike the country. During that time he began playing his music and soon he was playing it throughout the US, Mexico, and the UK. His kudos include a 2005 Grammy listing for his song Hand of God, and spots on PBS’s Texas Music Cafe, SXSW, and on a number of festivals including a number of appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival. His songs are included on the soundtrack of the movie Partners in Crime and have been recorded by Colin Boyd, Bonnie Whitmore, and other Austin and Nashville artists, and he has shared the stage and studio with a long list of top, Americana, blues, and country acts over the years. Of all these, he is especially fond of his work with jazz bass player Drew Phelps on Phelps’ debut, which they later performed in Texas and New York. He now resides in Kenosha with his wife Stephanie, who teaches at Carthage College, and his four children.
MARCO JAIMEZ has been playing music under the moniker MEXICO CITY IS SINKING since he was exactly 1 and a half years old. Paxia Records released his first album in 2013, titled “Michi Gami.” He recently successfully crowd-source-fundraised over $3,500 to fund a new EP titled “The Queen of Monster Island,” which was recorded at Skies Fall Studios (located just near the Kenosha/Racine county border), and will be released in late Spring. Marco also plays in the hardcore band “Anchors of Empires.”
NICK DEMSKE lives in Racine and works at the Racine Public Library. He is the author a self-titled collection of poetry, which was picked by Joyelle McSweeney for the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series prize. He is also the author a chapbook, Skeetly Deetly Deet (Strange Cage press, 2012) and has a chapbook forthcoming in April of 2015 from Spork Press. Nick was featured in 2011 as one of fifteen emerging poets to watch for by Poets and Writers magazine and his self-titled book was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of Poetry in 2010 by a Believer Magazine reader survey. In 2011, he completed a month-and-a-half-long book tour that traveled over 10,000 miles across the whole of America. His work has been taught at Notre Dame, Columbia College, Illinois Wesleyan, Marquette, Emory, Cleveland State and dozens of other schools across the country. In Racine, he curates the BONK! performance series and occasionally blogs for thebonknessmonster.com
NICOLAS MOORE is a singer, actor, dancer, and spoken word artist. Born in Racine, he has lived in Kenosha most of his life. Nicolas has been performing and sharing his art (as he prefers to call it) for over 12 years. He has traveled to many places around the country sharing art with various students, organizations, churches, random crowds at open mics, and the people who life finds it necessary for him to connect with. Nicolas believes that life is to be lived and love is to be shared. His expression of art is a reflection of that message.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH
KENOSHA PUBLIC LIBRARY SOUTHWEST BRANCH
7979 38TH AVE
6PM (doors open 5:30!)