Rock and Poetry, organized by local musician Chris Rockwell, was held at The Saint in Asbury, this past Friday. The sold out event left the room packed with people who came to see the local musicians as well as spoken word performances.
Rock and Poetry was flawless. Josh Matson, also known as Dogmatic, had the whole crowd laughing during his “camping” poem. Savon Bartley showed off his alphabet skills by starting his set with a poem speaking in alphabetical order. Starting with all A words and ending with Z, Savon managed to write a deep, intriguing poem all while following the order of the alphabet. Now that’s talent.
Rachel Ewan’s poetry, in my opinion, was easily one of the most moving performances of the night. Her poem “God’s Buried in Jersey” left me speechless. You could see the emotion in her eyes as she recited her poems about personal struggles and heartbreak. The solo musical acts, Rachel Rourke, 1L, and June Cannon, killed it as well. 1L is definitely the only ukulele rapper I know.
Foxanne and Chris Rockwell & The Stickball Social Club took the stage by storm as they rocked out the last two sets of the night. Foxanne’s lead singer Chelsea Gohd has an incredibly unique voice. I was completely captivated throughout the entire set. Chris Rockwell & The Stickball Social Club’s rock hip-hop style takes spoken word to a whole other level. They rocked the crowd and had everyone grooving to the beat.
The night ended with a poetry open mic to give everyone the opportunity to read their poetry aloud. Here’s a little video I put together highlighting the acts, as well as a couple photos I took throughout the night.