Featured Poet

“Whether they’re the fierce undercurrent of a poet’s musings or simply jammin’ on their own, the Jeff Robinson Trio exhibit a power and confidence that flirts with perfection.” Patricia Smith


May 31

Erik Andrade
Erik Andrade

Erik Andrade is a Cape Verdean and Irish American artist from Providence, Rhode Island now living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. A renaissance man, Erik is a published poet, spoken word performance poet, event & conference planner, web developer, fashion designer, online radio host and personality, radio disc jockey, videographer & editor, graphic designer, motivational & keynote speaker, social entrepreneur, non-profit program manager, community organizer,social justice & civil rights activist, community service project planner, feature film associate producer, poetry script writer, voice actor, creative advisor, small business owner, and the founding member of La Soul Renaissance. Erik Andrade is available for booking at:LaSoulRenaissanceBooking@Gmail.com

Erik is a 2014 SouthCoast Emerging Leader Nominee recognized for the passion, advocacy, and commitment he brings to the SouthCoast Community. This recognition was given to Erik by a collaborative panel consisting of The SouthCoast Media Group, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership SouthCoast, Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, SouthCoast Business Bulletin and South Coast Young Professionals Network.

As a performance artist Erik was awarded 2012 SouthCoast Music Awards Poet of the year. He has opened up and shared the stage with Mos Def, Sonia Sanchez, Everett Hoagland, Askia Toure, Climbing PoeTree, Wise Intelligent, Dead Prez, Masta Ace, Killah Priest, Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Foundation Movement, Dirty Durdie, Caliph, Sofia Snow, Ashley Rose, Christopher Johnson, Rudy Rudacious, E the Poet Emcee, Jared Paul, Marlon Carey, Matt Ganem, Saul Williams, Masta Ace, Jean Grae,  Akura Naru, Shiesty L, Batchart, Jamaal St. John, Chance Acevedo, Rainmaker, Matt Ganem, Candida Rose, Fred Ho, Royal Hartigan, Andy Mcwain, Grand Army, and many more.

Erik has presented nationally and internationally touring the Islands of Cabo Verde, Africa. With experience performing  at music & poetry venues, college campuses, slam poetry competitions, high schools, community organizations, conferences, cultural festivals, rallies, and protests for intimate gathering and large showcases with audiences of 3,000 plus.


“The Lizard Lounge is the Blue Note of spoken word. Backed up by The Jeff Robinson Trio, my words felt held or rather anointed, in the garb of jazz, which, of course, they were. I cannot wait until I can get back!” Award-winning poet Taylor Mali

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