We are absolutely tickled to announce that Shayfer James is coming to Maine and will be making a stop in Portland to share his music and charm with all of us!!!
The evening will also feature performances by members of Portland’s street vaudeville troupe Dark Follies and spoken word by Portland poet Samuel Hunter Mercer. There may a few more surprises too!
This evening will have something for everyone!
“Shayfer James weaves surprisingly genuine musical landscapes that evoke the gauzy, sweaty sexuality of gulf-coast barrooms but also the fantastical, narcotic mysticism of a Lewis Carroll-inspired three-ring circus. The swill and splashy barroom pound of the ivories is central here, along with clattering percussion, and of course, James’s own wildly theatrical vocals..” – Never Learned To Swim – 2/2012
Dark Follies is an award winning vaudeville style variety show based in Portland, Maine. Family friendly while still keeping an edge, Dark Follies features the live music of the Dark Follies Rhythm Orchestra, dancing, juggling, side show acts, fire performers and more.
Born of a love of street theater, vaudeville and a desire to create a space to showcase the performance talent present in Portland’s goth community, Dark Follies began bringing its special brand of street Vaudeville to life in the dark hours of Portland’s summer First Friday Art Walk nights in the Autumn of 2008.
Sam Mercer is an Ohio raised, Maine based poet. He writes about depression, superheroes, and sobriety. He drinks too much coffee, smokes too many cigarettes, and dreams of dinosaurs. He has competed at the National Poetry Slam with Slam Free or Die and Port Veritas, and represented Portland at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam. He’d love to talk to you about nuclear bombs, dragons, or the expanse of nothingness that is the universe.