Beat Night

Beat Night is a poetry reading in its 23rd year, originally started and run for 14 years by Larry Simon and hosted by myself for the last 8 in Portsmouth New Hampshire.  Beat Night began its first year at the Crazy Cat Lounge (formerly the Elvis Room) and quickly moved to The Press Room where it held sway for the next 16 years. Lengthy repairs and upgrades at The Press Room forced us to find a new venue and Beat Night landed in its current home at Portsmouth Book & Bar where it continues to be held every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm.

What sets Beat night apart is that the writers get to read with a full band. They give a few words about the tone, style or mood they want for their piece and the band improvises something just for that. The results range from fun to amazing. Beat Night is a mutual exchange of inspiration between the writer, the band and the audience and it’s never the same thing twice.

The Beat Night Band is Frank Laurino, percussion. Mike Barron, Drums. Chris Stambaugh, Bass. Dave Tonkin, guitar. Scott Solsky, guitar. Scip Gallant, Keys. Occasional members are Don Davis, Sax. Cynthia Chatis, flutes and voice

Interview With State Laureate Alexandria Peary about Beat Night with Frank Laurino and Mike Nelson
Article about Beat Night by Denise Wheeler
Interview about Beat Night with Chris Hislop

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