Friends of Joshananda Put The Power In Me Fundraising Event 3/4/11

Put The Power In Me
Friday, March 4Th
Doors open at 9pm. Showtime Promptly at 10pm.
Churchill’s Pub
5501 NE 2ND Avenue in (Little Haiti)
Miami, Fl. 33137

Tickets: General Admission: $7
Open To The Public
18 & Up Welcome

Put The Power In Me: Cornerstone and the Friends of Joshananda
“Put the Power in me Lord, put the power in me, save my soul from the depths of hell and set my spirit free….”, lyrics from the song “Put the Power in Me” by Joshua Weiss aka Joshananda. kindergarten school teacher by day, dedicated musician, by night.

The Back Story.
From 2005 – 2007, with the help of a close-knit group of fellow artists who shared a similar vision, “Joshananda” Weiss founded the now legendary Cornerstone: an experimental art space on N Miami Ave in Wynwood. Cornerstone was a gallery/black box theater, a venue for a wide array of performances but most importantly it was a birthing place for many artists including Weiss himself, who in that time was honing his own craft as a singer/songwriter. Wednesday and Thursday nights were dedicated to open-mikes. Where anything was able to be presented, comedy, dance, theater, improv, song, poetry, or merely for someone to just go up on the small stage and share whatever it is was on their heart and needed to be said, whether personal or universal. Nothing was ever too planned at Cornerstone. The space breathed and organically the magic would happen, night after night.

Cornerstone, was Miami’s answser to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC, The famed: Black Lily ( the Philadelphia open mic home of The Roots, Jil Scott, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild and others, Second City in Chicago) proving ground for many of today’s biggest comedic stars such as Tina Fey, Will Farrell and others, and in many ways was Miami’s proving ground much like the iconic:Apollo Theater in Harlem. Your talent either worked there, or you had to go back to the drawing board, and work it out. The performers who graced the stage were SERIOUS about the word ART.

On Christmas weekend 2010, the home of Joshua Weiss was burglarized while visiting family in San Diego for the holidays.Thousands of dollars in musical equipment, among other things were stolen and never recovered.

Currently Joshua Mapp Weiss teaches young children in the Miami-Dade County public school system. Outside of the classroom he can be found performing his delicately crafted songs throughout the city as a featured performer or at an open-mike.

The burgurlary incident sent waves of concern throughout much of Miami’s artistic community. As Emails were written and phone calls were made expressing worry, frustration and sadness for a good friend who is an inspiration to so many. Fairly quickly, the concern sparked a fundraiser in order to help Weiss replace much of the items that were stolen from him.

The fundraising event – “Put The Power In Me – friends of Joshananda”, will be a variety show featuring a large array of musicians, poets, and performance artists, It will be held on March 4, 2010 at Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti. 100% of the door proceeds will go to help recoop the losses incurred.

Some of the biggest musical/spoken word/performance art acts in South Florida are on the bill including: The Cornerstoners, Dreaming in Stereo, Juan “Nacho” Ignacio & Eddie “Spaguetti” Moreno of Arboles Libres, The Oscar Fuentes Combo, E. Grizzly of Alukard , Alonso the Poet, Benjamin Shahoulin and Chris Da’Imperial & Project i.T. alongside many others.

Please join us at Churchill’s Pub on Friday, March 4th for what is sure to be the talk of the town on March 5th. This will be nothing short of an emotionally charged event.

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