July 1 event to include music, slam poets

Creative Happiness Institute (CHI) has teamed up with Thank You Five (TY5) Theatre in Port Orange for an evening of pyrotechnic poetry and music to celebrate the holiday weekend.

The program, 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, will feature singer/songwriter Ysa Fernandez and her band together with prize-winning slam poet Troy Kody Cunio.

Volusia Poet Laureate Dr. David B. Axelrod and slam poet and music producer Scott Velazco will host the evening, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County.

There will also be an open mic for all styles of poets, singers, and songwriters. A cash prize will be given for the best performance of the night.

Central Florida native Ysa Fernandez is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter weaving her style from the foundations of jazz, rock, and pop. The front woman and bassist will be accompanied by Matt Marseglia and Matt Cecil, who are also the owners and head engineers of Bable Blue Studios in New Smyrna Beach.

Velazco is a poet, recording engineer, and assistant professor of Music Production Technology at Daytona State College.

Cunio lives in Orlando and tours extensively as a slam poet. He won the first Poetry Slam Incorporated online slam.

“You ought to try this evening of entertainment,” Axelrod said. “Slam is like fireworks and it should be a great way to celebrate the 4th of July.” Admission is $5.

The theater is located at 4606 Clyde Morris Blvd. in Port Orange (Unit 2N) and can be reached at 386-295-5695.

For more information, email David Axelrod at axelrod@creativehappiness.org, or call 386-337-4567.



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