As the weekend draws near, people are on the lookout for creative and enriching activities and outlets. Having such options can provide a positive and productive release from the rigors and stress associated with one's place of work and other elements within their existence.
If people are able to get SMART, then it can lead to opportunities to support the creative and interpretive arts, ranging from music, poetry, and spoken word. Each Thursday, there's an opportunity to do so.
Since the beginning of the year, SMART Thursdays provides audiences at Acoustix Jazz Lounge with opportunities to celebrate and cultivate the performing arts, along with a few pleasant surprises. With the creative team of Christopher "Cocktails" Cornell, Focus ATL (one of the area's more highly regarded spoken word artists), and the D Rhodes Trio, cus ATL, one of the area's more highly regarded spoken word artists, every Thursday at Acoustix Lounge, there is something positive, engaging, and empowering in store.
Ranging from up and coming artists, including an on-site artist (painter) creating work as people listen, or established musicians showing up for an impromptu jam session, the series is a platform to fostering and honing the importance and relevance of creative arts and learning. At a time when arts and music programs in some school systems (and other venues) are being reduced or eliminated, SMART Thursdays provides a creative voice to those who need one.
Tickets normally start at $10 per person.
Last Thursday's event served as a fundraiser and awareness program for community based organizations Ian Weeks' Hearts of Steel and The LEAD Foundation, so not only does the event give, but it gives back. Combine the surprise jam sessions by area poets such as Dichotomy and legendary keyboardist Frank McComb, audiences have a great opportunity to partake of the evening's event. As an added bonus for tonight (August 29th), Cocktails is celebrating his birthday.
The featured artist for the evening is Dave Tolliver, formerly of the group Men at Large.
The doors for the weekly series open at 8:30pm, and by 9:00-9:15pm, the tone is set for what is a more than creative time for all in attendance.
Support for the creative and performing arts each and every Thursday? That's pretty SMART.