March 3, 2006

CONTACT: Rich Villar
rich at louderarts dot com


NEW YORK CITY – The organizers of the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase today announced the featured performers for their anniversary month of March, including singer-songwriter Eliane on March 14, and the acoustic group Trío Con Cuatro rounding out a showcase of poets from the past three years to celebrates the series’ third anniversary on March 28. The series takes place every second and fourth Tuesday at the Bruckner Bar and Grill, located at One Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx.

On March 14, Acentos will reach into the worlds of Brazilian and Latin-style guitar to bring singer-songwriter Eliane to the Bruckner. She has previously toured Europe and has appeared at such popular NYC venues as Joe’s Pub and the Blue Note. The popular Acentos open mic begins with a signup at 7 p.m.

Then on March 28 at 7 p.m. sharp, the Acentos 3rd Anniversary Show will feature a performance by Trío Con Cuatro, an acoustic group whose music is a fusion of new sounds and the traditional folk rhythms of llanero, jazz, blues, and calypso. In addition to the open mic, there will be a special set of showcase performances consisting of past features from the acclaimed series’ three-year run. More names are forthcoming, but already set to perform are HBO Def Poet Rachel McKibbens, Mahina Movement, and Carlos Andrés Gómez. In the DJ booth for the evening will be Acentos’ own DJ Geko Jones.

In the past weeks, the ownership of the Bruckner Bar & Grill has undertaken an impressive expansion into the adjacent building, adding a state-of-the-art performance space to the existing lounge areas. In addition to the drastically improved acoustics and audience capacity, the new space boasts four front and rear JBL speakers; a full PA system and DJ booth; and a brand new stage, spotlight, and house lighting scheme. With this exciting new setup, the organizers are set to launch their fourth year with a stellar March lineup.

For three years, Acentos has stood at the vanguard of the burgeoning artistic scene in the South Bronx, providing a renewed spotlight for Latino/Latina poetry in a venue that fosters an encouraging atmosphere for writers of diverse backgrounds and experience. Based in the Bruckner Bar & Grill (Corner of Third Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard), a part the ethnically rich Mott Haven section of the Bronx, Acentos showcases nationally recognized poets alongside emerging voices in a setting that stimulates open dialogue and an increased sense of community.

Acentos is a program of the louderARTS Project, Inc., a not-for-profit arts organization committed to developing challenging spaces for artists to create, critique, present and teach poetry, and is presented in conjunction with the Bronx Writers’ Center, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts. Acentos is brought to you every second and fourth Tuesday of the month by Jessica Torres, Fish Vargas and Rich Villar.

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