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100TPC &TMC 2016

Houston’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change and 100 Thousand Musicians for Change will recognize the international day of celebration in 2016 with 100 Thousand Poets for Change & 100 Thousand Musicians for Change blended performance and concert featuring a reading by top Houston poets and a jazz concert featuring the legendary Tex Allen.

Expect some high jinks along with some very powerful performances. The night will be mixed with poetry and music with the musicians sitting in with various poets extemporaneously.

Featured poets are Billie Duncan, Chris Wise, Winston Derden, Gerald Cedillo, Bucky Rea, Joseph Machado, E, Tina Cordona, Elina Petrova and BGK (Glenn Burns). We are finalizing one more incredible poet and will update the info when we have it. Singer/songwriter David Fahl will also perform. Features are limited to five minutes each, so it will be a intense—in a good way.

Because of the enthusiastic response and addition of features, we have had to have to change the open mic part of the show. The first five poets who show up and want to participate can sign in and each do one short poem during the show. It will be great!

As for 100 Thousand Musicians for Change, composer, arranger, trumpeter, and pianist Tex Allen has been an integral part of the world music scene for many years. Originally from Houston, Tex has spent most of his life in New York City and touring the world. He is back in Houston for his current project, “American Folklorical,” an arts collaboration that includes art from the Museum of Fine Arts, poetry and dance.

The members of the organizing committee are Joseph Machado, Tex Allen, John Locke, Billie Duncan and E.