On a cool Saturday evening, (October 20th to be exact), TL Publishing Group, with the help of supporters, held its fourth open mic event at The Bunker (f.k.a. Tre Amici). This event brought new and familiar faces together as artists, family, friends, and the general public gathered to support and promote the local arts scene in Tampa, Florida. This event was also held as a celebration for the release of TL Publishing’s most recent publication, the Torrid Literature Journal Volume IV – The D.N.A. of a Poet.
R.J. Kerker and Todd Murphey served as the guest hosts and sound technicians for the night. This dynamic duo also performed individual songs with their respective instruments. R.J. and Todd have a long history of hosting open mic events, most notably at Café Kili. Both of these talented artists are long time friends as well as musicians, having served and performed in the same band at one time (Todd Murphey and the Rift).
In between performances, Tiffani Barner and Alice Saunders, staff at TL Publishing, took the opportunity to raffle off gift certificates and free copies of their journal. This also gave the ladies the chance to share information and facts about the journal. This was a successful effort on TL Publishing’s part to familiarize the public with their products and events.
Performances from that night included musicians, singers, comedians, and spoken word poets. The featured poet for the night was Angela Lawrence, an emerging artist who currently resides in the Tampa Bay area. Her heartfelt poetry connected deep with the theme of that night which was “The D.N.A. of a Poet”. Angela read five original poems that evolved around her growth and journey as a poet. The entire diverse collection of artists that took the stage that night was an evident reminder of how powerful the voices of artists can be when they come together.
A special moment occurred when Tiffani Barner, who also happens to be a Zumba instructor, was joined at the stage by her Zumba buddies to perform a sample routine in demonstration and support of the “Purple Masquerade Zumba Party”, an event that will be taking place next Saturday, October 27th. This event is to help benefit the Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County and to bring community awareness to domestic violence. Several audience members also joined in at the stage.
Visit TL Publishing’s Ustream website to view a few clips from that night. Also, make sure to like their fan page on Facebook to stay current on the latest event involving TL Publishing, its staff and artists.
According to TL Publishing, this was their last open mic event of 2012 as the team prepares for 2013 projects and events. If that night was any indicator of the future, TL Publishing has a very promising journey ahead as they continue to position themselves as a beneficial resource in the community and publishing industry. It is also worth noting that 2012 was their debut year.
The Bunker, formally known as Tre Amici, is an independent coffee house busines located in the heart of Ybor City in Tampa, Florida. The Bunker serves a vibrant selection of coffees, teas, wines, sandwiches, appetizers, and deserts. The Bunker is also known for its long standing history of being an independent business that supports the local arts community. Jim Gaus and Canadian Mike, local musicians, co-host the ‘First Friday Open Mic’ event that takes place at The Bunker the first Friday of every month. Another event worth checking out is ‘Singer/Songwriter Night’ which is hosted by Amy Snider, a D.J. with WMNF 88.5.
TL Publishing is publisher of the Torrid Literature Journal, a quarterly international publication. Print and online copies are available for purchase through their website. TL Publishing also sponsors quarterly open mic events in the Tampa, Florida community. To learn more, please visit their website.