Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word

Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Join the Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word from 5:00-7:00p.m. inside on our Klipsch Main Stage for their CD release concert.

Free and open to the public.

With the spread of viruses like West Nile and Zika, there is a lot of attention placed on the impact and effectiveness of the mosquito. While tiny in stature, the mosquito’s impact is best described by the African proverb: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito”. Northeast Ohioans have been sleeping in the room with a poetic mosquito called The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word have felt their bite for years. through service and poetic lyrics that address social and community ills (violence, drugs, bullying). They have heard their buzz through the spoken word performances they render at nursing homes, schools, churches, festivals, conferences, and annually at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, Tutajenga Conference participants will enjoy spoken word at the “We Will Rise” explosion by Cleveland’s premier performing poets, Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word. For thirteen consecutive years this group of performing poets have seen the challenges in their community and stood up against them with unified poetic voices.

In 2015, the group travelled to Paris, France, performing at schools, youth centers, and  at the US Embassy and before the consulate. This community based project comprised of adolescent males, now has an international reach. Their poetry buzzes with hope, fulfillment of dreams and a commitment to serve others through the power of performance arts. If you have ever heard their words, sat in the audience and felt the power of their presentation, then indeed you have been locked in a closed room with a metaphorical mosquito that impacts, challenges and inspires!

The group firmly stands on the foundation of three tenets that the brotherhood calls the CBs:
1) Community Building, 2) Character Based; 3) Committed Brotherhood.

Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word