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"Frank Messina has become a classic." New York Times

2018 Dates:

Friday, February 16, 2018, Frank Messina & Friends: 50th Birthday Concert, Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY, Doors: 6:30PM. Show: 7:30PM. $25.00 seated / $20.00 standing room. SOLD OUT

Frank teams up with an all-star line-up for an eclectic evening of words and music.
Mark Egan – bass (Pat Metheny Group)
Brian Jackson – keyboards (Gil Scott-Heron)
Erik Lawrence – sax/flute (Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble)
Larry McDonald – percussion (Gil Scott-Heron, Dub is a Weapon)
Mark Mercier – piano/keyboards (Max Creek)
Shawn Pelton – drums (Saturday Night Live Band)
Shane Theriot – guitar (Hall & Oates / Neville Brothers)
Michael Callaghan – soundtracks
Ron Whitehead (legendary poet and Messina collaborator)

Guests Musicians:
Arjun Bruggeman – tabla (Krishna Das)
Johnny Markowski – drums/guitar/vocals (New Riders of the Purple Sage / Stir Fried)

Actors and Guests Reading Works by Messina: Joseph Aniska, Wendy Makkena, John Messina, John Ventimiglia.

Thurs, March 29, The Annual Reading of Dante's Inferno at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City The annual reading of key selections from the Inferno by Dante Alighieri. This dramatic literary event will take place in the Cathedral, with selected Cantos read by honored guests, distinguished poets, eminent translators and visiting scholars including Michael Palma, Charles Martin, Frank Messina, Marilyn Nelson and others. Hosted by The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Cathedral Dean, and Cathedral Poet-in-Residence Marilyn Nelson. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave @ 112th St. New York. 9pm-midnight. Followed by Pipe Organ meditation at midnight. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 8, Boog City Opening Day Poetry and Music Event with Robert Farrell, Frank Messina, Elinor Nauen, Martin Kleinman, and more. Music by Robert Bashear. Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 1:00PM

Wednesday, April 11, Threes Brewing, Brooklyn, NY, Three Ring Bender Tribute to John Perry Barlow
Three Ring Bender at Threes Brewing pays tribute to John Perry Barlow with a night of words, music, and thought rendered by a stellar cast of musicians and voices, many with ties to Bob Weir's Campfire Band and Blue Mountain recording. Singer Tyrone Cotton, percussionist Conrad Doucette (Takka Takka, Bob Weir), saxophonist Erik Lawrence (Levon Helm Band, Bob Weir), drummer/guitarist Johnny Markowski (New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Stir Fried), poet/actor Frank Messina (Boardwalk Empire), bassist Annie Nero (A Nero, Yellowbirds, Bob Weir), drummer/singer Ray Rizzo (Josh Ritter, Bob Weir), keyboardist/singer Stephanie Sanders, and other special guests tba.

John Perry Barlow died in early February leaving behind a human legacy that included cyberlibertarian political activism, internet civil liberties, cattle ranching, poetry, and songwriting with the Grateful Dead. Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11217

April 23, The Jersey City Poetry Festival, Village West Gallery
Frank performs at the first annual Jersey City Poetry Festival.
Mark Egan – bass (Pat Metheny Group)
Brian Jackson – keyboards (Gil Scott-Heron)
Erik Lawrence – sax/flute (Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble)
Ray Rizzo – drums (Bob Weir, Josh Ritter, Michael Shannon's band Corporal)

Village West Gallery, 331 Newark Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302. Doors: 7:30PM. Show: 8:00PM. Free. Limited Seating. RSVP Suggested

April 15-June 27: Filming in New York, Los Angeles and Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Thurs, July 19, The Joe Nardelli Celebration: A Benefit for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY, Doors: 8:00PM. Show: 8:30PM-11:00PM. $20 includes free drink. Reservations Strongly suggested: Frank hosts this special show in memory of longtime friend and filmmaker Joe Nardelli. Feautring Mark Torgl (from the classic cult film, Toxic Avenger); Michael Trapp – guitar; Kevin Twigg – drums; Rene Hart – bass; Ron Korb – harmonica; Kristine Rommel – vocals; Jackson Nardelli – guitar; Ray Rizzo – drums/vocals; Johnny Markowski –  guitar/vocals; Robbie Winterhawk Deloney – percussion; Frank Messina – poetry; Eliot Peper – bongos and special guests Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Lloyd Kaufman. All proceeds benefit Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.

Friday, October 19, Kerouac at the Cathedral: A Benefit Concert for Kerouac Project and the American Poets Corner The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY, 10025. Doors: 6:30PM. Show: 7:30PM. $25.00 seats / $40.00 premium seats


Legendary composer and jazz musician David Amram and his band (Kevin Twigg - drums; Rene Hart - bass; Eliot Peper - bongos; Erik Lawrence - saxophone; Adam Amram - congas) perform original and American classics and accompany Academy Award nominated actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Shape of Water); Broadway star Kate Arrington (Grace; Our Mother's Brief Affair); poet/actor Frank Messina (Full Count; Disorderly Conduct; The Irishman); poet Quincy Troupe (Earl the Pearl: My Story; Miles & Me); and surprise guests from the film and theater world as they recite the works of Jack Kerouac. Proceeds support the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project of Orlando, Florida, home to nearly 60 writers since 2000, and the American Poets Corner, housed at the Cathedral.

"A star-studded and soulful tribute to an American classic."- Time Out, NY

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 316-7540


Proceeds will support The Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project of Orlando, Florida, home to over 60 writers since the year 2000, and the American Poets Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.



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