Riled Up and Wasted On Light World Tour
BUDDY WAKEFIELD is the three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch.
In 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship again and has gone on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in hundreds of venues internationally from The Great Lawn in Central Park and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and First Avenue.
Wakefield’s energetically disarming delivery and humorous knack for baptizing failure into fireworks promises to drop jaws and warm hearts. Having moved away from the competitive world of Poetry Slam in 2008 his startling command over language has continued to afford him the privilege of being himself for a living, speaking to practical metaphysics, life after survival and calling out tragedy addicts everywhere, Buddy Wakefield throws his cards on the table for a big-me-big-you experience not often offered from the stage.
Buddy, a Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, is honored to be published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions. An author of Write Bloody Publishing, Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart.
Show at 8:00pm, Doors at 7:00pm
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