I’m in love with poetry, poets, spoken word and open mic events, however I cheat on it with live music every chance I get and if its R&B I leave poetry for a little while even though I can barely carry a tune in a bucket. This is part of the reason I love and admire Marc Avon Evans. His smooth baritone was made for the mix of funk, house and R&B he performs. After years of bumping into and waving hi at each other at different open mic venues in the Baltimore Area, we formally met in late 2014 when I ventured into the weekly venue he host in Baltimore called Acoustic Thursdays, an open mic venue originally designed for musicians however poets come in to perform all the time. We’ve since become friends and, he is one of my favorite hosts that I’ve had the pleasure of featuring for; his natural wicked sense of humor is disarming however it will relax the nerves of any artist.
Marc performs covers from all genres of music as well as his own songs and occasionally poetry. My favorite by far is Anytime/Outside Your Door as seen here when he featured at Storytellers in 2010:
His fellow band member and longtime friend guitarist Kevin Jackson praises him as “a passionate songwriter”, they have recorded together a few times however the tracks have not been release.
Performing together with Chuck the Maddox Should I Change:
“He possesses this amazing ability to welcome you and treat you like family. Almost as if he was expecting you. You almost forget that is an international star.”
Once in Marc’s presence it is easy to forget that he is an internationally known artist residing, singing and supporting the arts right there in Baltimore.
Stepping from Behind the Microphone: Marc Avon Evans
Sherri: Tell us more about what brought you to writing poetry/songs.
Marc: As an aspiring singer-songwriter, I desired to be a better lyricist. Mainstream radio is full of great voices with little to say. I wanted my lyrics to be able to stand on their own. In the late 90s I was part of a touring poetry ensemble ‘The Minista (now known as Urban Ledjen), Jahipster, & The Songbyrd’.
Sherri: Tell the story of your first experience performing. (Include where, when, how you felt afterwards.)
Marc: Sitting in at TJ Remington’s in Silver Spring with Spur of the Moment. It was my first time performing with a professional band. I sang a Will Downing tune. It was exciting, inspiring, gave me a hunger for more. There I met John Stoddart, the first producer I worked with on 3 tunes that are on my debut indie album 10 years later. Nothing is by chance.
Sherri You don’t use a stage name, why?
Marc: I used to perform/be known as The Songbyrd from a previous group. In order to be consistent in building my brand I use my legal name which helps ensure writing credits, publishing, etc are protected and that my work is easier to find.
Sherri: Who is your favorite writer?
Marc: Currently it’s Gregory Porter. Simple, honest, full of emotion
Sherri: You have one hour to have a conversation with anyone in history, living or dead. Who will you choose, and why?
Marc: Ray Charles because of his musical legacy, diversity, and ability to overcome personal & professional challenges to impact the world of music & society.
Sherri: Your perfect concert: who are three acts, living or dead, you would like to see perform?
Marc: An intimate concert unplugged with Donny Hathaway on piano/vocals, Bob Marley on guitar/vocals, Meshell n’degeOcello on bass/vocals
Sherri: Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
Marc: I was a rapper/beatboxer in the 80s. West Baltimore group called The Devastating Crew. I was Marky C
Sherri: Do you have another creative outlet? If not, what is something you have always wanted to learn how to do?
Marc: Fashion & beauty. 25+ years of retail clothing, accessories, beauty/makeup/wellness
Sherri: [Borrowed from Inside the Actor’s Studio] If heaven exists, what do you want to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Marc: Welcome to the jam session. Here’s your stool & microphone
Marc Avon Evans features at Off the Wall Wednesdays on Wednesday August 26, 2015 at Culture Coffee 709 Kennedy Street, NW Washington, Dc. Cover $10.00
He host/performs every week at Acoustic Thursdays in Baltimore at Peace and a Cup of Joe 713 W Pratt St, Baltimore, Maryland
To Contact him directly:
For US booking:
Marc A Evans
VOR Music Group
For International booking:
+44 777 376 9311