The Jazz Poets Social Club “Rap Up” by Stevie Kalinich

Photo by L. K. Thayer

The evening started with Lisa Thayer.
L. K. Thayer as she is known.
She gets better every time. She is seductive, she sucks you in. She  moves,
she is animated. Some of her images were sizzling and she spoke
with such passion and emotion.
I was definitely taken in.
She commands the stage and she is hot, sultry, sexy and comes
from her gut.
I would tell everyone to listen to Lisa.
She has a great voice as a poet,
a sweet caring soul and she wants to keep the poem
of life alive and squeeze its juice for all to sip and share.
Michael C Ford could recite a phone book
and it would feel like Othello.
His voice resonates and has a timbre
and a musicality
that borders on an instrument
that is a trumpet. He blows the words out at you with fun humor
passion great wit and he calls you into check.
He shows me the energy of the past in the now.He wakes me up and he makes us accountable for
the environment the air we breathe acts we do and he gives in his poems.He promotes other.
Tonight his poem on Silence of the lambs brought the house down.
It is also a great commentary on the times we are living
in this age where
people care more about being a star than being an authentic.
Michael is a unique voice but he rise through the tradition from
the Age of the Doors and the old days on Sunset when Sunset was the place to be and experience a great troubled time in history. He restores order in the chaos. At least for me but hear him yourself
experience his brilliance.
These God damn nights are fun between
liquor stores tattoo parlors and Elderberry Juice
which the Elderberry cafe so gracefully presents a forum for our time where the poets can come back to life.
The third poet
Joe Kennedy who I have never heard before. I liked him very much. He read from his hand written notebook
He speaks clearly and has a great voice.He has the gift he is alive with his words. I have never experienced him before. I liked it. He touched me made me laugh. He took everything from our daily life. The thoughts we have the feelings to hesitations and presented them in a way that I could relate to and understand. He leaves me wanting to hear more from his endless flow. I just touched the hem of his quilt  of work but I want to experience more of it.

I love to Elderberries, I love Aurora and Dottie and thank them and all the talented musicians like Michael Camacho and the Jazz players Adam Alessi Trio, for making this little spot on Sunset shine again.

Stephen John Kalinich

L. K. Thayer writes: I feel so blessed to work with Stephen Kalinich’s poetic genius that lives in him as if it were life and death, and to him, I truly feel that’s what the words he writes mean to him and he makes you feel every syllable. Like a soft tornado his words fly through the room and hit you with full force, leaving no stone unturned. He is magic and must be seen and heard to be believed.

“The Jazz Poets Social Club” every Sunday Night


  1. lkthayer · September 28, 2010

    So much fun Stevie, thanks for all you are!!

  2. Lordy · September 30, 2010

    I would have loved being there!!

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