for immediate release: April 8, 2003

The Bowery Poetry Club is proud to present the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Frank Messina & Spoken Motion on Saturday, April 19. It's hard to believe it's already been a decade since the sounds of "SpoMo" hit the streets. From those hot summer nights at the Nuyorican to the bright lights of Lollapalooza & Woodstock, the band has seen it all. Come join the celebration at New York City's premier spoken word venue in the heart of the Bowery. The original line-up features legendary percussionist Larry McDonald, Bob Susko on guitar, bassist Joe Isgro and drummer Wes Jensen. Special musical guests include Elliott Levin, Billy Bang with very special appearances by Frank's rock n' roll/jazz legend friends. Special guest poets include Kentucky legend Ron Whitehead, Andy Cook, Zoe Artemis. Surprises abound!

"For the past decade, Frank Messina and I have performed throughout Europe and the USA. Our recent WAR POETS Tour of Iceland, England and Scotland was wonderfully intense. Frank is one of America's best young poets. It will be an honor to share the stage with him at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of his work with the always fantastic Spoken Motion," says Ron Whitehead, Pulitzer Nominee and founder of the Literary Renaissance.

"In the 1990's, "SpoMo" was the biggest touring 'spoken word' band in America", says Jim Muzer, of DownBeat Magazine. "When Frank erupted on the scene with his band in 1993, you got the feeling of permanance...a performer who obviously loves turning people on...a road hog...a spoken word warrior. I'm glad to see Frank still hammering away at it like the work horse I've always known him to be..."

Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club booked the show in a heartbeat. He says, "I've contracted to have the roof lowered after this gig...I expect to see it raised to unparalleled heights April 19th. He's the rock n' roll Poet Laureate."

"I always knew there was something wrong with that boy." Mrs. Caruso. Frank's childhood neighbor.

Don't miss this special show. Come one. Come all! Tickets on sale at Bowery Poetry Club box office or at This show will sell out, so get em soon.