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The Writer's Block Poetry Show featuring Sapient Soul

The third in a series of monthly shows featuring the powerful Sapient Soul hosted by Queen It Shall Be.

Each month on the 4th Wednesday, this show will include an open mic, a segment called The Showdown and a feature.

The show will be begin promptly at 7:00 PM sharp! Sign-up for the open mic begins at 6:45 PM.

Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase within the venue.

Contact Queen It Shall Be for tickets at 770.727.5717, FB inbox or email at

Wednesday, May 27 2015
7pm (doors at 6:45pm)
$5 in advance / $7 at the door

Passing Worth ~~~ Adjy ~~~ Pretty Static

Come out and hear Passing Worth ramping up for their July tour of their upcoming debut album, Getting Over You. Passing Worth features an eclectic alternative sound with influences from jazz, soul, pop and rock.

Bringing an artistic and elegant indie-pop sound from Black Mountain, NC will be Adjy . An inspirational description on their bandcamp: "medium not genre". Listen and know them.

Pretty Static formed by Sean Jones takes the stage at Conundrum Music Hall for their first time to kick the night off in style.

Thursday, May 28 2015
9pm (doors at 8pm)

Summer Day One

Friday, May 29 2015
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$3 in advance / $5 at the door

Blueprint ~~~ Supastition ~~~ DJ Rare Groove ~~~ Supra Mario ~~~ Sympl ~~~ H3RO

Music Mind Productions is proud to present to you a night of rare underground hip hop in the Soda City. We have put together a lineup you will not want to miss!!

Blueprint (Rhymesayers): Blueprint first gained underground attention as a member of the crew Greenhouse Effect.[5] He then reached a wider audience when he appeared on the track "Final Frontier" from RJD2's debut album Deadringer in 2002. Since then, he has released two albums with RJD2 as Soul Position,as well as several solo albums on Rhymesayers Entertainment, including 1988 and Adventures in Counter-Culture. In 2014, he released Respect the Architect.
With his fourth studio album, King No Crown, critically acclaimed mc/producer Blueprint has continued his constant evolution by combining the boom-bap chops of his 2014 project Respect the Architect with the genre-defying aesthetic of his 2011 album Adventures in Counter-Culture. The end result is 60-minutes of uninterrupted music that effortlessly transitions from song to song without a single moment of pause or silence. Dense and dark, optimistic and poetic, King No Crown is unlike any previous Blueprint effort. Lyrically, Blueprint provides his trademark honesty-paying tribute to hip-hop, lost loved ones, and the legacy of fallen artists Eyedea and J. Dilla-making King No Crown his most personal and conceptual project to date.
Blueprint's new album King No Crown will be available April 28th.

Supastition Kam Moye (aka Supastition): In early 2009, Kam Moye joined forces with the Bay Area-based MYX Music Label and Hall of Justus Management (Little Brother, 9th Wonder) to help take his career to the next level. Kam Moye's Splitting Image is currently slated for an October 27, 2009 release date with production from the likes of Jake One, Vitamin D, D.R., M-phazes, Marco Polo, Symbolyc One, Veterano, and SICBEATS as well as guest appearances from Phonte (Little Brother), Invincible, Ayah, Neenah, and many more. As the title Splitting Image describes, Kam may appear to be the same physically but there's a more mature mentality and sound about to surface starting from this day forth. You may not be able to change your beginning but you can always change the way your story ends.

DJ Rare Groove grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Cincinnati OH to escape the hustle and bustle of wild city life. After becoming a big part into the local scene by playing beats, breaks, and grooves back when nobody else was doing it, he crossed paths with Blueprint, who had recently relocated to cincinnati as well after college. The two immediately became friends and Blueprint told raregroove that if he ever decided to pursue a solo career that Rare Groove would be his DJ.
That day came in late 2004 and Rare Groove has been Blueprints touring DJ ever since, touring the United States, Canada, and Europe together, rocking shows and making people dance.
DJ Rare Groove is a avid vinyl collector. That mastery of classic beats and breaks allowed him to assist Blueprint in the creation of his debut solo album 1988, a record that many consider to be a classic concept album.
Touring with Blueprint has also opened up many other doors for DJ Rare Groove; he was asked to tour with Atmosphere as their opening DJ, as well as fill in as Abstract Rude's touring DJ in 2008.

Sympl: As an author, emcee, promoter, booking agent, and tour manager, sympL has worn many hats and his resume includes some of the best in the business. First and foremost, however, he is an artist raised, groomed, and tested by the d.i.y. ethos. As founding member and manager of the group, Projekt Lotus, he was able to establish a solid and loyal fanbase around the U.S. He worked up the touring ranks both solo and with his group to share the stage and support highly publicized tours with Wu-Tang Clan's Cappadonna, Del the Funky Homosapien and Hieroglyphics, Chali2na and Akil the MC of Jurassic 5, Cypress Hill, Das EFX, the Artifacts, and more.
With a discography that would rival some signed artists, sympL has released countless mixtapes, 13 projects with Projekt Lotus, 4 solo EPs, and album features - such as the single, "We Got This" with Amiri and Bukue One - released on Hip Nott Records.
Always moving, sympL has kept his pace and since early 2014, he has released 2 Drum-N-Bass mixtapes, a handfull of exclusive singles, and was featured on Full Blast Movement's album "High Volume" - alongside Cappadonna, Billy Danze of M.O.P., Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, and Bizare from D12. sympL is also preparing to release several projects - a new solo EP - "D.O.P.E." on Lovelorn Records, "Universal Boogie" with Bukue One on NowFreedomMusic, "Handgrenades and Serenades" by Russian producer, Dray Yard, and a concept album with "Verbal Pestilence" in Australia. sympL's kept a busy touring schedule too - working w EDM acts - Liminal, Soul Prophets, and Shadow Council, touring with Hieroglyphic's Casual for his 20th Anniversary tour, and was added to a few dates on the famed Van's Warped Tour. His plate continues to fill.
sympL is available for select dates this fall for performances, tour support, speaking engagements, and features. For current schedules and booking information, contact the email address listed below.
video links:
"For The Kids"
"MurderRap," "For The Kids," and "Universal Boogie" (live)
"Just One" (w/ Projekt Lotus)

H3RO: A real lyricist by definition, H3RO's verses touch on both personal and political matters facing him and today's generation. He describes himself as a genuine artist who is creative, real, inspirational and yes, SUPER! Others often describe his music as an ingenious melting pot of genres, which comes as no surprise since H3RO notes some of his favorite artist as being the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Linkin Park, Eminem, Lauryn Hill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Royce Da 5'9, Brand New and J. Cole. Just to name a few. This same variety also presents itself in his cross genre music, where he often successfully blends hip-hop and alternative. Maybe this is also how the H3RO Nation, composed of fans and supporters who are just as diverse as H3RO's music, have opened up the opportunity for different performance venues for the 21-year-old music artist. Either way, when listeners press play on a H3RO track for the first time, there's usually more than one topic up for discussion.

William Chad Leaphart and DJ Peoples: Chad L. is an MC from Lexington South Carolina. He began his journey in hip-hop in the fall of 2000. Released The Cool Nerd Story in 2010/2011. Dropped The Chicken Scratch EP and the long awaited A Black Man Working hosted by DJ Peoples of The Cut Fresh Crew in 2012. October 6th L. released Blue Ribbon Music co-produced by DJ Hi-C! and himself

Sunday, May 31 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Music Mind Productions presents

Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights

One of the Modjeska School's prime missions is to teach grassroots activists the best practices for understanding, organizing, and leading, a movement for social justice in South Carolina. The 2015 Summer School session consists of six classes, held the first and third Mondays between June and August. Students will meet for 90-minute classes (estimated 45 minutes of instruction; 45 minutes of guided discussion).

Participation in the Organizer/Leadership Training classes is limited to individual members of the SC Progressive Network. To enroll, prospective students must submit an application, indicate a commitment to attend all six classes and complete required homework. A $120 fee covers expenses, class materials, personal copies of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States and the book A Place at the Table.

Class fees can be paid monthly and scholarships are available. We encourage sponsorships by organizations and individuals.

Click here to download the application. Questions? Call 803-808-3384.

Summer School classes will be moderated by SC Progressive Network Director Brett Bursey, with the assistance of faculty advisers, each lending their own expertise and teaching skills. Class sizes will be limited to facilitate interaction.

The Modjeska School will be developing a web-based curriculum to allow activists from across the state to participate. Classes will be videotaped, edited and archived online, along with recommended reading material and links to other resources.

In the fall, a new semester will repeat the core introductory courses, and add advanced classes to focus on specific issues and skills.

Modjeska School Summer Session 2015

June 1, A People's History of South Carolina, Part 1: Exploring the historic dynamics that shape the state's politics and culture, from native people through the Civil War. Click here for suggested readings and video clips for this class.

June 15, SC People's History, Part 2: From Reconstruction to today.

July 6, Palmetto Politics: How does our history influence our current democracy and civic engagement? This reality-based civics course is critical to enable activists to be effective political organizers.

July 20, SC Progressive Network history: The SC Progressive Network was founded in 1995 by activists with decades of experience working in this state's mean vineyards. Much can be learned and gained from studying the work that has gone into one of the nation's best models of state-based movement building.

Aug. 3, Strategy and Tactics: What are our sharpest tools for building and sustaining a popular movement for a revolution of social values? We will examine tactics ranging from armed insurrection to prayer; review strategists from Lao Tzu and Jesus, to Che, Malcolm X and MLK.

Aug. 17, Enough Theory; Let's Practice! To graduate, our students will work on an actual organizing project. Over the years, the Network has started sound projects that didn't gain the traction they deserve simply because we lack enough trained and dedicated organizers to carry them to completion. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, we need to grease it.

Monday, June 1 2015
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)

6/8 Songwriter Showcase
THE Dubber ~~~ Steve Bennett ~~~ Frederick Ingram

The Musician and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina celebrates local talent in support of the growing culture of local music aficionados by hosting a "Songwriter Showcase" event. This showcase presented "in the round" will feature: THE Dubber, Steve Bennett and Frederick Ingram.

The Musicians and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina is a group of singer, songwriters, and musicians. Founded by Vicki Whitehead and Danielle Howle in 2007, the Guild aims to unite the creative community, non-profit organizations, broadcast professionals, filmmakers, songwriters, musicians and others to work together to promote public recognition and the practice and teaching of music. Their vision is to promote self-improvement, cultural exchange, and the betterment of music throughout the state. Come be a part of this movement and support these 3 fine singer-songwriters.

THE Dubber confronts the world with only his words and a guitar in the tradition of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen. The self-taught singer/songwriter reinvents himself by infusing the styles of a 30 year musical journey. America's Rock, Jazz and Funk, flavored by the International sounds of Reggae, Middle Eastern and Afro Beat comprise the complex stew which distinctively expresses his blues sound. Enjoying radio airplay here and abroad, a U.S. and European tour, plus three albums under his belt, THE Dubber is currently touring to promote the recently released Cleaning Up The Dirty South (2014). Partially funded by the South Carolina Art Commission, this project delivers a candid message on the status of social and cultural progression.

Steve Bennett has been playing acoustic music, mainly on guitar and mandolin, in Columbia for the past 35 years ... bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Americana and blues. He currently plays with the bluegrass band The Blue Iguanas and in a duet, Bennett and Coolidge, both of which feature many of his original songs. In early June, Steve is releasing his first ever solo recording effort, Date on the Moon, featuring 9 original songs and one original tune, showcasing his instrumental prowess and vocals.

Frederick Ingram is a bard for our time. An original voice of the Carolinas, he accompanies wide-ranging vocals and evocative lyrics with a signature brand of finger style guitar. In an age of narrative-driven journalism and government transparency that is anything but, Ingram beckons listeners to ponder hidden depths, drawing on ancient reserves of myth and metaphor. He also engages a lighter side, occasionally roasting politicians and friends with incisive parodies. An outspoken antismoking advocate, Ingram possesses a wild, independent voice that's weathered smooth over time, like stones in an Appalachian creek.

Monday, June 8 2015
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)

presented by The Musician and Songwriters Guild of SC

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit
at 701 Center for Contemporary Art

(they're too damn big for Conundrum!)

Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world's most prolific and active musicians that came out of Norway for the last 20 years. With thousands of gigs and hundreds of recordings the drummer is known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians like Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark, Jim O'Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Michiyo Yagi and many others.

In 2013 Nilssen-Love decided it was time to start his own big band ensemble. Consisting of mostly younger Norwegian musicians, Large Unit manifests as an intense powerhouse force on stage, but also veers into more subtle and textural passages. The group is also fortunate to include members from the other Nordic countries; Finland, Sweden and Denmark. In other words, Nordic music as it'īs best!

Large Unit burst into life at the Molde Jazzfestival July 2013 and has since then toured Norway and played festivals all over Europe. A small taste of what to expect came with the two-track EP "First Blow", but during autumn 2014, Large Unit unleashed its full load with the massive debut album called "Erta Ale" -- which is released in four different formats totalling more than two hours worth of new music.

"Erta Ale" is a combination of live and studio recordings of the pieces Large Unit has played in the last 12 months. All compositions are by Nilssen-Love, but the musicians are given great freedom to contribute their own flavours to the music. The band is stripped down to single players, duos etc and at times split into several groups. The power of the whole groups is of course a treat in itself when in full blast. Traces of Nilssen-Love'īs experience from groups like Peter Bötzmann Chicago tentet, Ken Vandermark's Territory band andFrode Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale Orchestra are of course evident. There is no doubt that Nilssen-Love has taken inspiration from his years in these bands but still with the aim to create a new group with a sound of it's own.

Tuesday, June 16 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10 for 701CCA members / $15 for non-members;
available online RIGHT HERE


It's Conundrum's 4th birthday and we're throwing a party!
15 bands, 3 comedians, 4 artisans, 2 food trucks.

Featuring music from:
Danny Joe Machado
Bologna Eyes
falling off a building
Daddy Lion
Glowing Screens
Ritual Abjects
Ahomari/Tape 1
The Post-Timey String Band
William Glenn Christopher
Ross Swinson
DJ Pat

The comedic stylings of:
Jenn "Jinx" Snyder
Topher Riddle
Derek Smith

Art by:
That Godzilla Guy
The Kitsch Mobile
J. Beads
Alicia Hope

And tasty treats by:
Crepes & croissants
Happiness Bomb Boiled PNUTS

Saturday, June 13 2015
5pm (doors at 4pm)

RB Morris ~~~ Jellyroll and Delicious Dish

RB Morris: In terms of his life, his career, and his persona, Morris is a tough nut to crack. "A riddle wrapped in an enigma stuffed in a time bomb" -- that's how Morris summarized his then-delayed forthcoming record, Spies Lies and Burning Eyes, when he first sat down to deconstruct it roughly a year ago, though he might just as well have been talking about himself. His previous two major musical releases, 1997's Take That Ride on John Prine's Oh Boy Records and 1999's Zeke and the Wheel on New York's Koch Records, have earned him the friendship and respect of Lucinda Williams (who once called Morris "the greatest unknown songwriter in the country"), Tom T. Hall, and Steve Earle. Legendary rock journalist Dave Marsh is also a fan. Yet for all the promise of a wider recognition, Morris remains a perennial outsider in the music biz.

Jellyroll and Delicious Dish is a cover band which is a side project of Bentz and May Kirby of Alien Carnival, Chris Lawther of Alien Carnival, and other bands, Jenn McCallister of Stillhouse and Tough Mama. On bass we have Paul Russo of Alien Carnival and Rusty Davis Band or Mike Mahoney of Stillhouse and New Potato Caboose. Thomas Coolidge plays harp and mandolin with us as well. Also, we have Marv Ward on guitar, Steve Sancho or Matt Fenech on drums from time to time as well. Rock on with Jellyroll and Delicious Dish. While we play some original music, we mostly play the cover tunes we love like Gram Parsons, Grateful Dead, and more.

Friday, June 19 2015
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
$15 in advance RIGHT HERE / $18 at the door
(online sales end 12 hours before doors on the day of the show)

presented by Cathy Stayman Promotions