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Passing the Mic Tribute Showcase - Lemon Andersen, Gia Scott-Heron - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2013 - 8:00pm</span>

Passing the Mic Tribute Showcase

10/19/2013 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This special evening will celebrate the lives, achievements and legacies of three pioneers through poetry, music, dance, spoken word, and hip hop theater. OMAI will celebrate, with the entire Madison community, the recent announcement that UW-Madison’s own legendary bassist Richard Davis was named the 2014 NEA Jazzmaster, the highest honor in his field. A special First Wave performance will be premiered in his honor that will be presented at the gala award ceremony in January (tentative).  Gia Scott-Heron will read some classic works from her father’s collection and  perform original pieces from her own collection and friends and family of Vietnam will read and perform pieces from his recently published poetry collection.

Lemon Andersen

About Presenter Lemon Andersen


LEMON ANDERSEN is a critically acclaimed and award-winning renaissance artist. As a poet he has the greatest number of appearances on HBO'S RUSSELL SIMMONS PRESENTS DEF POETRY--Eight times in six seasons. He is also an original cast member of RUSSELL SIMMONS PRESENTS DEF POETRY JAM ON BROADWAY--in which he won a TONY award for his writing and performance, as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination. He has been a mainstay in the spoken-word and theater scene for the past decade, performing in and selling out venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Apollo Theater, Chicago Theater, and Hollywood's Kodak Theater. He received a standing ovation after a stellar performance in front 500,000 people at Philadelphia's Live 8. Lemon was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he currently resides.


County of Kings

Gia Scott-Heron

About Presenter Gia Scott-Heron


Over the years, she has published three books of poetry: Introducing Me, Scott Free, and Contagias and produced an LP called Souletree, a compilation of 12 of her favorite poems set to music. In 2008-2009, Miss Gia took a break from the scene to start a children’s science fiction book with her cousin Kia Lyons. They hope to complete the manuscript for publication in 2012. In the meantime, Miss Gia is also working on her second album Different from the Majority which she hopes to come out with in 2011.  Miss Gia Louise Mitsuko Scott-Heron, who has come to be known as “Miss Gia” among friends and fans, has been writing songs and poetry since the age of 10. She began pursuing poetry full time after graduating with honors from Pitzer college in 2002. Her major, not surprisingly was in English World Literature and Creative Writing. She has performed at various venues such as: Spreadin’ Love N Spoken Word, The World Stage, The Regent, ‘Da Poetry Lounge, Remedy, Reflections, Shades of Afrika, Green, and Natural High to name a few. In 2005, she was chosen to host A Night of Spoken Word and Jazz for KJLH.

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