Sunni Patterson & J.IVY On Stage at The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, July 18, 2014 (Press Release)


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Sierra Leone, 937-241-4957

Next Installment of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show to be Held July 18

Dayton, June 19, 2014 – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host the second show in the seventh season of its Off Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 18.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting Season tickets also are available, and subscribers receive 15 percent off single ticket prices, priority seating, an invitation to attend an exclusive meet-and-greet with artists and more.

New Orleans native and artist Sunni Patterson will headline the show. Patterson has been a featured performer at the many of the United States’ premier spoken word venues, including HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and has appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show. She has spoken at the Panafest in Ghana, West Africa and has worked with several well-known artists and performers. Patterson also received the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Award for the “most inspirational poet.”

“Words just cannot describe Sunni’s spirit, grace or gift of healing,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “In every word she utters, you hear the grit and grim grit and grime, hope and love, problem and solution, optimism and faith. She is a mouthpiece for the ancestors, a vessel used to promote goodness in a world where oppression and injustice seems the order of the day.”

Chicago native and Grammy Award-winning artist J. Ivy will be the other featured performer. He has appeared on numerous TV networks and was the first African American poet to represent Chicago on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam. Ivy has worked with Kanye West, Jay-Z, and other artists and celebrities. He recently released his debut book “HERE I AM: Then & Now,” which is a follow up to his album “HERE I AM.” J. Ivy’s video “WAR” landed rotation on MTV Jams & MTVu. Ivy is in the process of completing his second book and album and continues to support community arts through his Write To Live Academy Workshop and The Dear Father Initiative, which encourages young people to explore careers in the arts.

“We are excited to continue our seventh season and continue our partnerships with the Human Race Theatre Company and University of Dayton’s ArtStreet,” Leone said. “This show will be an exciting mix of creativity and talent sure to inspire, enlighten and entertain.”


Singer Renee Dion and poet Naki Akrobette of Columbus will give spotlight collaboration performances. Eric Jefferson, also of Columbus, will be the featured visual artist. PLAYHOUSE wil featured house band, performing jazzy house music, R&B, neo-soul and funk.

The July 18 show supports: University of Dayton’s ArtStreet, Signature Educational Solutions, Wright State University and the Historical Lincoln Theatre (Artist Incubator Program).

The third installment in this season of The Signature will be held Sept. 25. The show’s theme will be “Signature Acoustic.”

Also this fall, Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host two workshop classes for potential spoken word competitors and those interested in learning more about spoken word and poetry. Poets from throughout the Midwest are expected to participate. More details will be available later this summer. Those poets can then practice what they learn at the final 2014 installment of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, which will have a theme of “Last Poet Standing,” a live spoken word competition with a grand prize. Held Dec. 5, the show will be a tribute to the different styles of performance spoken word within the genre of poetry.

“The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” has earned a reputation across the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, groundbreaking, funny, engaging, sexy, diverse and spontaneous. More information and details are available online at


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