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Poetry Thieves – 8pm Headliner
September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$15 – $35
Poetry Thieves the band is the product of the international entertainer and true rock royalty James “Big Jaye” Nelson. He is known also by many as the “Apprentice of Rock-n-Roll” a nickname earned while performing with and being taught by none other than the “Architect of Rock-n-Roll” Little Richard. In 1987 Big Jaye’ was dis- covered by the rock-n-roll icon in Hollywood, Ca. after pleading for an autograph and then giving an impromptu song & dance audition. Seeing that it factor that can not be taught the legend that he from that day to this so lovingly calls “King” hired him on as a featured dancer/background singer. From what was supposed to be a one concert engagement at Little Richard’s coming home concert in Macon Ga. They went on to tour the world together for over 15 years while also developing a father/ son relationship that continues to this day. The experience was a life changing ca- reer making endeavor. Big Jaye’ was filmed performing with his mentor for the archives at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and he was awarded a Pre-Grammy Certifi- cate for his special contribution to the Music Industry cementing his place in rock history with what can be only described as a storybook beginning. Just Google the three words Little Richard Dancer and its Big Jaye’ Nelson’s image that appears connected for all times to one of the most important artist the world has ever known. When asked about these formative years Big Jaye’ replies “I went to the Harvard or Yale of Rock-n-Roll just like Jimi Hendrix, Billy Preston and The Beatles and I too got my degree”. This journey would take him on countless world tours, televised appearances, award shows and even President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball. Getting career advice from the likes of James Brown, Chuck Berry, BB King, Chubby Checker, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis to name a few was a staple in being a member of such a Legendary band. In 1997 He co-created the funk-rock band Jaye’ Swift & Co. Inc. This was the start of scheduling conflicts as he had to choose either to attend the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies with Little Richard or open with his own band for Van Halen, he chose the later. A few short years later he officially retired from the back up position with LR to focus full time on his own career as a performing artist.. This decision lead to living and touring in Europe were there was a band name change to Sexxxy Cirkus. He returned eight months later a polished, more experienced and a very confident artist. Blending choice cover songs with well written originals (In 2000 Big Jaye’ recognized by ASCAP as one the 20 most gifted songwriters in America) there was an explosive crowd pleasing stage show. Sexxxy Cirkus quickly became an in demand supporting act for a wide range of A-list artist such as (Van Halen, Hootie & The Blowfish, The B52’s, The Average White Band, Morris Day & The Time and even Little Richard). They toured nationally and re- turned to Europe now headlining large nightclubs and notable concert venues such as The Tabernacle, The Roxy Theater, The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and rock’s right of passage The Whisky A Go-Go on Sunset Blvd where they headlined 3 times (once with Little Richard in attendance), along with festivals and elite private book- ings. As an known industry artist Big Jaye’ delivered “The Sermon“ on Stuck Mojo’s 1996 PIGWALK LP. He was a highly requested singer/songwriter on many other projects writing and performing a rap on the hit “Lucille” for what would be the final studio recording of LR entitled “Little Richard Meets Takanaka” a collaboration of the Japanese jazz great and the Rock pioneer. Deciding it was high time to start his own recording career. The band Poetry Thieves was formed in 2015 and the re- cording sessions quickly became a star magnet. Country music Grammy winning superstar and good friend Zac Brown dropped by to assist loaning a keyboard for Big Jaye’, while also playing guitar, congas and singing backgrounds. Bonz and *Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo and *Fozzy) both contributed respectfully. The debut sin- gle. “Wings Of My Soul” with lead guitars are played by Troy McLawhorn multi Grammy winning, chart-topping guitarist from Evanescence. Morgan Rose drummer of the 2016 Grammy nominated metal-rock band Sevendust shared his signature style that’s purely legendary. Corey Lowery bassist of the hard rock band Saint Asonia co-wrote and co-produced the project. Multi-platinum producer/musician Russ-T Cobb (Avril Lavigne, Bowling For Soup, Butch Walker, Rehab) co-produced, co-mixed, co-engineered with Lowery and added an assortment of other needed instrumentation including a noticeably great performance on baritone guitar. Pro- phetically entitled “Wings of My Soul” is a Southern-Rock anthem showcasing Big Jaye’s vocals and exceptional songwriting. The record debuted in mid November of 2017 and quickly enter the top ten in Rock on All Access Music Group where it climbed in 4 days to both #1 spots in downloads and streaming for a record 3-1/2 weeks the first for a new artist. The record also even broke into the top ten charts in Hot/Modern/AC which is Pop. As if that was not enough the record also to the #2 spot on the recent downloads charts ahead of The Rolling Stones and John Fogerty. The video for the single was released aon Halloween and had over 10K views in the first week. It was also accepted into the 2018 MayDay Film Festival in Indiana being the only music video to receive such an honor. Directed by Jim Dougherty (House of Cards, Chicago PD) the video captures Poetry Thieves unique stage presence and performing style. Big Jaye’s distinct tenor vocals, powers through the song reminis- cent of Ben Harper/Steven Tyler with a slight hint of a southern drawl. Combined with his Atlanta Super Friends it truly makes this debut studio effort an legitimate timeless song. Rodney Mills engineer of (“Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”) did the mastering thus completing the true revival of Southern Rock-N-Roll alive and well in 2018 and beyond. With a ascending independently self released hit record that is playing on the radio in over 87 countries while literally charting on 5 conti- nents (North & South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and the UK) Poetry Thieves has began the touring campaign to support it while scheduling to finish recording the EP. Poetry Thieves as a band is loaded with talented musicians another hallmark of how to bring excitement to audiences new and fans that are familiar with Big Jaye’. Shaun Andree from St. Louis, Mo. on bass guitar is a veteran of the stage and studio he is a gifted sound engineer that has worked sound for Tony Robbins for over a decade and has played bass on over 1,500 shows in a career that includes working with George Clinton, Snoop Dogg and Buddy Guy. Shaun also played on the award winning movie score for “Voices of Grief” in 2016. Tanner “TanMan” Tobi- as from Reading, Pa. is a gifted 21 year old protégé on lead guitars he has been amazing everyone that has seen or heard him play since he first pick up a family members guitar at the tender age of 7 and with no formal lessons can shred with the best of them or “He would not be in my band” exclaimed Big Jaye’. On drums there is Omar Colon from Folly Beach, Sc. Who was the only drummer to play with Big Jaye’ for the last 20 years that speaks for itself he is the heartbeat of the band and perfect time keeper. Also on second drums is Kenny Poole Jr. and honorary lifetime member of the Comets as in Bill Haley’s Comets though he is not the origi- nal member his career in the music industry has taken him from the stage of many great acts to president of his own label with major distribution with Universal Rec- ords. It is not every single show but there are times when the two drummer cobo is used by Poetry Thieves like a double barrle shotgun all hits no misses. Poetry Thieves is a buffet of musical energy and flavors a once in a lifetime combination of Southern Rock, Soul, and just plain good times a musical adventure sure to please all music fans palettes.
Venue opens at 5 PM for cocktails and dinner in our lobby lounge**
Theater doors open at 6 PM, dinner service begins for sections P1-P5
Opening artist begins at 7 PM
Headliner begins at 8 PM
If a ticket is purchased for a table seat, each seat must purchase a minimum $15 of food. If the $15 minimum food purchase is not met, the remaining food balance will be charged to the customer.
**If you would like to eat dinner in our front room before the theater doors open, dinner service is available in our lobby lounge beginning at 5 PM. However, regular dinner service for sections P1-P5 begins in the theater at 6 PM.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.