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I’m going Parasailin’ with Sarah Palin!

Sarah Palin is upset about Common being invited to the White House. I’d like someone to ask her how she felt when George Bush invited Eazy-E. In fact, I’ll ask her myself as I have two shows coming up in Alaska! Click my 2011 show schedule for full details.

Also, for old time’s sake, download my “Strange Fame” song for free.

“Strange Fame” is off of my Sick of Wasting mixtape which you can get as an autographed CD by CLICKING HERE.

Also, I have some big show announcements about to be happen on THIS FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE or you can follow your boy on my twitter page.

Apr 26

“Little Houdini” – He (Almost) Got Away With It

Christopher Daniel Gay

Tonight the ID Discovery channel aired an episode on a show called “I (Almost) Got Away With It” about the guy who I wrote “Little Houdini” about. I wasn’t able to catch the episode but people on facebook and twitter messaged me about it in complete surprise that this was a true story. I’ll let you know if this episode pops up on Youtube unless you let me know first. ‘Til then, you can listen to me tell the story about Christopher Daniel Gay by clicking play below.

“Little Houdini” – Sage Francis

LI(F)E is available on CD and vinyl at www.StrangeFamous.com or you can forego the lyric booklet and go all iTunes with it.

Apr 13

New SFR garments, demos, hecklers & more

TWO NEW GARMENTS:

1) “What Doesn’t Kill Hip-Hop Only Makes It Stranger” t-shirts

From size small through XXL

2) New olive green “Strange Famous” zip-up hoodies

olive green Strange Famous hoodie

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2011 has been BEASTLY as far as shows go. It looks like Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 08

Prolyphic Interview With Greek Magazine Vibe Rated

Here’s a link to an interview I did with the Greek magazine Vibe Rated. I very rarely share things with the public about the happenings in my life, so here is a little glimpse into the past 3 years of my life and what I have planned for the future.

What up Nickos!  http://tinyurl.com/6e4wrq7

Mar 05

SAGE FRANCIS shows in 2011

All of my 2011 show updates are being made on THIS FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE so please “attend” and share with your friends if you are in ANY of these regions. The extra promotion is much appreciated.

There will be more shows added soon so please stay tuned to updates on my facebook page and my twitter

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Feb 14

Humanitarian Work in South Africa

2011 kicked off in a very unique way for me. For those who’ve been following my facebook updates you would have seen the pictures from my trip to Durban, South Africa. The purpose of the trip was to assist orphans infected with HIV and get them treatment. I was with a group of poets who were there to make  a connection with the kids and relay the story to our people back home. This was filmed for a documentary directed by Jamie Catto and will be released in 2012. When I have a chance to collect my thoughts I will post the full story along with the song I wrote, “Water Into Wine.” Until then, check out the photos & read the captions for additional info.

Feb 14

Church Bulletin #3: Get to Know Ms. Nicholle Pride

When I’m not on tour or trying to promote something,  I make it a practice to never leave my house.  There’s people out there, y’know.

Which is why it’s a testament to my good friend Madge of Honor (a performer you should know in her own right) that she somehow got me out of the house and into a venue of any kind a few years ago, just to watch a show.  I don’t remember the exact circumstance, but I know she must have worked hard at it.

The event she brought me to was Perestroika, a monthly alternative drag show at Boston’s historic Jacque’s Cabaret.
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The mark of a great stage performance, to me, is when performers show that they

1.) have mastered the form they’re attempting and

2.) are pushing it’s boundaries and using it to challenge the audience.

The normal drag format is something familiar enough to make it a Bachelorette Party destination; that’s a MAN up there!  Dressed like a WOMAN!  He’s lip-synching a song and dancing up on people!  Laughs!

In the hands of a great performer, though… what happens is something like Miss. Nicholle Pride.  Thomas-Andre Bardwell created Nicholle, and is an actor-playwrite who fuses spoken-word, song, and traditional African dance into his performances in a way that is smart, subversive, and jaw-droppingly sexy and energetic.

As a heterosexual man, I’d read/been told about/understood in an intellectual way what it meant to be “genderqueer” and sort of… taken people’s word for it.  “Oh, that’s how you feel?  Ok.  Well, I don’t feel that way… but I can appreciate that that might exist.  Do you!”

But it’s entirely another thing to watch someone like Miss Nicholle Pride, and for the first time really understand that a wider spectrum of gender exists.  As you’re sat there in the audience watching one of the most intensely feminine things imaginable, and one half of your brain is reacting to that while the other half goes “wait! that’s a man doing that to you!”  It was an honest-to-god moment of epiphany for me,  giving me a window into a trickier, less polarized idea of gender than the one I’d lived my whole life with.   I felt challenged as an audience member in a way that I’ve been striving to challenge audiences for my entire career.

She knows what she’s doing to say the least.  Watch the way she turns her back to the crowd and presents a feminine side in the first video, then whips the hood off and turns around to reveal a wigless ‘male’ rapper impression.  Or her incredible performance of “This is a Man’s World” below,  portraying a glitter bearded, corset wearing, swagger on a hundred thousand, MONSTROUS reincarnation of James Brown.

Needless to say, I left Jacque’s Cabaret in awe of Thomas Bardwell’s craft and determined to work with him.

The videos and photo available online come nowhere close to doing this lady justice, but the Church of Love & Ruin audiences are about to get leveled by the realness.  Vockah Redu, The Cru, and DJ BeesKnees are already in the van heading north.  Jamie & Sissy arrive in 3 days, and I’m headed to my last practice with the What Cheer? Brigade.  Here we come, muhfuckas.

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THUR 2/10 – NYC, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall w/ The Metermaids – Doors 8pm – 19+

$10 advance, $12 door.
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FRI  2/11 – BOSTON, MA  – The Western Front – Doors 9pm – 21+

$10 advance, $12 door.
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SAT 2/12 – PAWTUCKET, RI – The Met – Doors 8:30pm

GENERAL ADMISSION $10 advance, $12 door.
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SUN 2/13 – PORTLAND, ME – Space Gallery – Doors 7pm – GENERAL ADMISSION

$10 advance, $12 door.  $18 for Couples!
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Feb 04

Church Bulletin: Get to Know Vockah Redu & The Cru


Vockah Redu & The Cru were the last addition to the Church of Love & Ruin Tour, along with DJ BeesKnees.  Daniel of the What Cheer? Brigade brought them to my attention just as the tour was coming together.  During their numerous performance trips to New Orleans, members of the What Cheer? gradually became aware of the Sissy Bounce movement.  “We’d find ourselves on these weird shows with all kinds of crossover… where someone from the punk band that played would be DJing hip hop… marching bands… bounce emcees… other weird acts… and we’d constantly be running into Sissy Bounce acts and people like DJ BeesKnees.”

For my part, I’d been enjoying Bounce music as a fan and studying it as an emcee for years, and jumped at the opportunity to include it in a show.  If you’re not familiar with Bounce as a genre, use the internet or something.  Emcees like Juvenile, Birdman, and Lil Wayne have all been described as Bounce or kept a foot in Bounce through the years, but I’d also recommend you check out artists like Cheeky Blakk and Magnolia Shorty and get familiar, ehhhh?

“Sissy Bounce,” is a sort of subgrene or scene-within-a-scene, characterized by openly gay emcees on the mic.  For more on that aspect of the story, check this Vanity Fair piece featuring Vockah.

As for Vockah Redu, he couldn’t be a more perfect fit for the Church of Love & Ruin.  The Times-Picayune put it nicely when they said “Vockah Redu & The Cru combine street-level ass-shaking, combining spiritual and sexual energy with straight-up New Orleans Bounce roots, like if Prince and Erykah Badu had a baby and raised it in the Magnolia Projects.”

I might add Afrika Bambaataa to that list, as well as a few others.  Whoever you compare them to, Vockah & The Cru get it.  I couldn’t be more excited to bring them to the Northeast and my audience for the first time.  Don’t start no stuff won’t be no stuff!

Video for your face:

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11 DAYS LEFT TO GET YOUR TICKETS AT DISCOUNTED PRICE!

THUR 2/10 – NYC, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall w/ The Metermaids – Doors 8pm – 19+

$10 advance, $12 door.
BUY TICKETS

FRI  2/11 – BOSTON, MA  – The Western Front – Doors 9pm – 21+

$10 advance, $12 door.
BUY TICKETS

SAT 2/12 – PAWTUCKET, RI – The Met – Doors 8:30pm

GENERAL ADMISSION $10 advance, $12 door.
BUY TICKETS

SUN 2/13 – PORTLAND, ME – Space Gallery – Doors 7pm – GENERAL ADMISSION

$10 advance, $12 door.  $18 for Couples!
BUY TICKETS

Jan 30

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