Taína Asili

Taína Asili is a Puerto Rican singer combining powerful vocals with an energetic social justice fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. Taína Asili brings love, resistance, reclamation, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, and protests across the globe. During Taína Asili’s 20-year career of creating music for social change she has toured the country many times, toured Europe from Ireland to Germany, and has performed in Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Cole, Pamela Means, and The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor for freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.

Website | Youtube | Instagram: @tainaasili

Photo by  An Xiao

Photo by An Xiao

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene opens the night with a powerful spoken word performance. She is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, educator, actress and mixed-media visual artist. Etaghene has performed in Nigeria, South Africa, Canada and the United States, produced 4 solo visual art exhibitions and is the founder of Sugarcane, an LGBTQ of color writing workshop series. She wrote and performed in two multi-media one-woman shows, Volcano’s Birthright{s} and GUAVA. Etaghene has published 4 chapbooks of poetry: afrocrown: fierce poetry (2000), write or die (2004), tongue twisted transcontinental sista (2006) and skin into verse (2014.) She released an album of poetry and music entitled liberty avenue, nigeria, usa (2004.) In 2015, she was awarded the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in short story fiction for her manuscript, From May to October. Etaghene is the author of For Sizakele, a novel that addresses transcontinental identity, intimate partner violence, queer gender, and how we love as illuminators of who we are.

Website | twitter: @myloveisaverb

Door 9:30pm, Show 10pm
$10-15 sliding scale

** No refunds or exchanges are permitted **