Ten Cent Poetry
Dear Ten Cent Poetry Friends, Fans and Supporters,
This past year I have continued to work as a full time independent poet, songwriter and composer. As Ten Cent Poetry, I played 216 shows throughout the South East in 2012 and am happy to announce that all of the efforts to bring Ten Cent Orchestra to fruition culminated in a successful and enchanting debut performance on December 20, 2012 in downtown Asheville. I began sketching out the logo, writing the spoken word narration, drawing animations to go with that poem, video recording, meeting with arranger, Silas Durocher, to discuss and hammer out string parts for violin, viola and cello , scouting venues, calling string players, securing rehearsal spaces, designing posters, drafting press releases A YEAR AGO. It all came together, beautifully. Strings at my side, friends and fans in the audience. We performed 8 full length Ten Cent Poetry originals and will continue to bring you these live string performances throughout 2013. Silas and I will continue to write more material and the biggest show of this project will take place at the Isis Theater in West Asheville on September 27, 2013.
All of this has been done with NO FUNDING. Fun-raising efforts are on the horizon! Please join the Ten Cent Poetry email list to be informed of upcoming performances, and please offer any support you may think we may find useful.
Carrying on the Tradition of Strings,
Chelsea Lynn La Bate
Last year was amazing. In 2011 Ten Cent Poetry played a total of 246 independent shows throughout the South East. I played the main stages of festivals with a full string section, intimate, red velvet curtained theaters, sloped front porches, laundromat parking lots, live radio shows, buzzing craft fairs, tear jerking weddings, alternative schools, private house concerts, community fundraisers and block parties. I played for thousands of dear folks like yourself, with only one blown tire, one episode of sweet talking a tow truck man, and one excruciating episode of sciatica.
In October 2011, we took a trip to Tennessee and recorded a Ten Cent Poetry LIVE album at the WDVX Blue Plate Special featuring unreleased songs “The Spice Market,” “Throw a Little Glitter in My Eyes,” “Into the Woods,” “The River Rises.” We also took a trip to Greensboro and had the honor of making a music video with Monkeywhale for the song “The Spice Market.” Check it out below.
I have grown quite fond of playing house shows. These intimate gatherings strike my strings and hold all of the reasons we come together. Food, song, stories, candles, neighbors. If you would like to host a private concert in your home, I can send you an electronic pamphlet and the how to.
I begun 2012 by enjoying the magic of my hometown, recording in my home studio, drawing images for Ten Cent animated videos, and drafting plans for the biggest project yet, Ten Cent Orchestra. 2012 will bring the Ten Cent Poetry Orchestra, a larger than life display of song, combined with rich costumes and projected imagery.
The Ten Cent Poetry Orchestra will debut in Asheville, NC. Please use this site to join the mailing list, find upcoming shows (I am always playing somewhere), stay tuned with projects and donate and contribute to the path of song. Thanks for all of your clapping and high fives, all of the emails of encouragement that you send, every ticket you buy and every dollar you put in the tip jar to keep the Ten Cent Poetry mission ALIVE.
In Song, Chelsea Lynn La Bate