UPR!SE is a blog dedicated to The Shrine's Patron Saint and inspiration, Fela Anikulpo Kuti.

The blog focuses on music, fashion, art, design, politics and culture. It is a celebration of trailblazing souls who rise up without compromise.


Friday, August 27, 2010


Hosted by Discopoet Khari B with DJ Marbll
followed by . . .
Featuring DJS Tone B Nimble & King Scratch (aka Joe Bryl)

Every Wednesday starting Weds. Sept. 1 - 6pm - 2am No Cover
The Shrine - 2109 S. Wabash - Chicago, Il. 60616 - 312.753.5700

Spoken Word joins the celebration of Afrobeat, Funk & House

CHICAGO (August 27, 2010) – Chicago has never had a shortage of open-mics since the days a little notorious spot called Spices closed its doors in ‘93 and launched her children out to all corners to create new houses of expression and words of inspiration. Those very same children have gone on to create movies, albums, books, and further generations of artists in and beyond the Chicagoland borders. Wednesday, September 1st marks the birth of yet another baby. The Shrine in conjunction with Discopoetry Arts & Edutainment present “FreeVerse ForeRun/UPR!SE: Revolutionary Sounds,” a beautiful, high powered blend of music, open-mic, and masterfully conducted good times.

Discopoet Khari B., infamously energetic poet and frontman for the Spoken Word Funk/Rock band, “the Rockstar Poetry Project” mans the bow of this ship, returning as a weekly host for the first time in four years. Adding an innovative dimension to the word, he is joined by DJ Marbll, recently returned from NY as a highly respected producer/drummer, with his unique ability to dig into a record crate and pull out just the right cut to accompany a poem. Together this super team intends to attract back audiences that have grown weary with so many open-mics, shape a new experience for both old and new crowds and create a fresh new platform to foster the creativity of Chicago’s imaginative artists all within the bold yet sensuously comfortable accommodations of the Shrine.

As the name alludes, FreeVerse ForeRun is but the beginning of the night. After achieving a mentally satisfying meal of word and music stay as creator Joe Bryl aka DJ King Scratch and the renowned Tone B. Nimble bring you an international flavored sounds rooted in Afrobeat from Fela to James Brown and some of the funkiest stuff around to move your soul, your mind and behinds! The aim is to offer an all-encompassing entertaining evening for an audience to express and enjoy themselves in a myriad of ways. From the eye-catching video presentations on the wall to the spirit-inducing drinks at the bar, this is THEE night to assist one thru their midweek hump.

FreeVerse ForeRun/UPR!SE: Revolutionary Sounds opens its doors at 6:00pm at the Shrine, 2109 S. Wabash in Chicago’s South Loop area. The open-mic begins promptly at 7:00 with sign-up closed at 8:00 or until list is full. The poetry rolls until 10:00pm whereupon patrons should be motivated and charged up enough to continue their evening with dancing until 2:00am with UPR!SE. This incomparable evening is guaranteed to send you home with a song in your heart and smile on your face.

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