Oral Funk Poetry Productions’ Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show continues its ninth season with the show “Poetic Transformation and Identity” from 9 to 11 pm on Friday, July 15, at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St. The Signature Lounge will open at 8 pm in the lobby, with cocktails and live music, and the show will start at 9 pm.
The show will feature the two-time Grammy Award winner and American soul singer-songwriter Timothy Bloom, along with spoken word artist Sha’Condria iCon Sibley. Dayton band Vibe5 will perform its mix of genres of music from classical to jazz, polka to gospel down to hip hop and R&B. The show also will include a variety of local poets, comedians, singers and visual artists.
Timothy Bloom performs a brand of music he’s branded “Rock and Soul,” which he attributes to the styles he heard growing up, including rock, folk, gospel, and R&B. He’s worked with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown. The video for Bloom’s single ʼTil the End of Time has more than three million views on YouTube, and his last album was in the top 100 in the Billboard R&B charts. Bloom will release a single and EP in September. In addition, Bloom speaks at high schools about pursuing music goals and the reality of the music business. He also works with the Gospel for Teens Youth Choir in Harlem, and has invited teens to be backup singers for shows and TV appearances. Bloom is working with Make Room USA, highlighting the rental crisis in America, as well as the Grammy Foundation, reminding people of the importance of music in the classrooms.
Sha’Condria iCon Sibley is a nationally acclaimed championship poet, spoken word artist, multi-disciplinary performer, teaching artist and activist. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Marie Claire and BET. She is a two-time national slam champion and was on BET’s list of Black Girls Winning. She was a featured performer on the third season of TV One’s Verses and Flow. Recently, she became the first woman and non-Texan to win the Texas Grand Slam, the largest individual poetry slam in the South, and placed first in the regional slam competition 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Sibley is the current Rouge Roulette Slam Champion and is ranked the No. 2 female poet in the world. She also teaches poetry to inmates at a federal correctional facility, is the host and organizer of the Rhythm & Rhymes Spoken Word Performing Arts Series at the Alexandria Museum of Art, and is the founder of the Little Girls Big Names Project. She will be performing at the 2016 Essence Festival.
Sibley is the current Rouge Roulette Slam Champion and is ranked the No. 2 female poet in the world. She also teaches poetry to inmates at a federal correctional facility, is the host and organizer of the Rhythm & Rhymes Spoken Word Performing Arts Series at the Alexandria Museum of Art, and is the founder of the Little Girls Big Names Project. She will be performing at the 2016 Essence Festival.
Tickets are $25 and available online or by calling 937-228-3630. Season tickets are also still available.
Aug. 19: The Last Poet Standing slam poetry competition
Sept. 16: Tribute to the black arts movement and Nina Simone
The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is co-sponsored by the Human Race Theatre Company. Other sponsors are Oral Funk Poetry Productions, Signature Education Solutions, and the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet, . The Signature has earned a reputation across the Midwest for being edgy, thought-provoking, groundbreaking, funny, engaging, sexy, diverse and spontaneous.
More information and details are available online at www.tripplecroxxent.org, Home of Urban Creative Arts.