Monday, June 18, 2012

Jazz @ the Library

With funding from the San Marcos Foundation, we were able to invite "Bourbon Street Jazz Band" to perform at the San Marcos Library’s “Summer Reading Kickoff” last Saturday. Trumpet player Keith Larson played great jazz classics from artists such as Lois Armstrong and Fats Domino with touching and humorous stories about Josephine Baker, New Orleans style funerals, and an encounter between Louis Armstrong and the king of England. 

The band also featured Bernard Jackson on the clarinet and George Harvey on the trombone. George has previously played with Count Basie and many other famous artists. Check them out at

Under Grounds Spoken Word

This June, we sponsored a literary reading/spoken word event at Under Grounds Coffee. The event was hosted by CSUSM’s Creative Writing Community Workshop (CWCW). Meagan Huerta, Jermane Cooper, Joanna Baguio, Karla Cordero, Ryan Allen Kelly, Mario DeMatteo, Jessica  Mulqueen, Wyatt Reno, Jane Sim, and Stephen Di Padova shared their poems and stories. Readers included CWCW members, recent CSUSM graduates, Palomar Poets, and a student of San Marcos High School.

The event was a success and Under Grounds Coffee has invited us to host Open Mics on the third Thursday of each month. We plan to hold the next open mic on Thursday, July 19th and call this recurring event “Thir Thur.” We encourage any and all community members to dazzle us with your poems and other written works, but can’t guarantee a “pg” performance.  More information soon!