The Fourth Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash will take place on Friday, February 1st, from 7-9pm, upstairs at the Mercury Café located at 2199 California Street in Denver.
The Bash features readings, music, poetry and a special performance by David Amram, a close friend and collaborator of both Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac.
Octogenarian musician and composer, Amram’s integration of jazz, ethnic, and folk music has led him to work with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Arthur Miller, Pete Seeger, Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp and many more. Amram will also perform at Dazzle in Denver on January 29th.
Others appearing at the 4th Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash include: Neal Cassady’s son Robert Hyatt, slam poet Leah Scott, Swallow Hills’ Scott McCormick, Beat scholar Hugh Bingham, author Jon Leslie, songwriter C.P. Carrington, and writer and performer Chris Shugrue from the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University. The Bash is free, open to all ages, and will be hosted by Denver Beat historian Mark Bliesener.
In addition, a Mayor’s proclamation declaring February 1, 2013, as “Neal Cassady Day” in Denver will be presented to members of the Cassady family at the Bash.
Denver’s self described “unnatural son,” Neal Cassady would have been 87 years old on February 8th.
What: 4th Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash
Where: Mercury Café 2199 California Street Denver, CO 80205
When: February 1, 2013 7-9 pm
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