Wed 4/15 @ 7PM & 9PM
Musician/writer/actor/performance poet Saul Williams has a rich and complex background. Highly educated, with a B.A. from Morehouse College and an MFA in acting from New York University, he first came to public attention as part of New York’s slam poetry scene, which drew heavily on hip-hop emceeing for its attitude and style. He was featured in the Sundance and Cannes award-winning film Slam about that scene.
He was soon drawn into the music scene as well, putting out a string of releases, collaborating with a who’s who of rock and rap performers, and even going on tour with Nine Inch Nails. He’s also written for numerous publications and published four books of poetry. But the printed page doesn’t do him justice. He’s a gifted stage performer who intuitively understands how music and words can word effectively together and a knack for blending the cerebral (he was a philosophy major in college) and the gritty.
Williams will be performing twice in one evening here in Cleveland and, given his range and his backlog of material chances are the shows will be very different. He’ll start off at MOCA at 7pm; tickets are $12. Then he’ll head up the hill to the Grog Shop where he’ll headline a show that starts at 9pm with a set by Sons of an Illustrious Father. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door.