Celebrate Black History Month!!!

Coming to 3 Library Branches:

reg e gaines

Jersey City-Native & Tony Award-Winning Author of

“Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk”


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   January 23, 2014 – Quick! You have three tries to get it right!

On February 14, 19 & 22, the Jersey City Free Public Library will shine from the light from its native son, reg e gaines, who will perform at the Lafayette, Miller and Greenville branches, respectively, in celebration of Black History Month.

Reg e gaines, best known for his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, has been performing in various programs his entire career, including poetry/ theater performances and workshops, guest speaking events, and public readings. Gaines is well qualified in the spoken word and stage arts. His peers have awarded him with accolades reserved for the finest of performers and writers. His list of achievements includes being a two-time Tony Award/ Grammy Award nominee, yet reg e gaines’ most laudable achievement is that he is in his absolute element when working with people. He has designed and facilitated programs, commanded the stage with an electric presence, and engaged both staff and patrons alike with an improvisational ability that had people asking about him for months afterward. Reg e gaines is a truly dynamic performer capable of taking the reins and driving the show. He speaks with authority about the arts in a non-performing context, with a commitment to the arts, service, and the cultivation of creativity. Gaines is a strong supporter of public libraries (in his hometown, Jersey City, and his current hometown, San Diego) and is utterly enthusiastic about working with the community in an effort to bring the arts into focus, especially in regards to young people. This multi-talented lecturer, teacher, poet and Grand Slam Champ reg e gaines has appeared on MTV’s “Spoken Word Unplugged,” and his recording of Please Don’t Take My Air Jordans is a first rap-poetry crossover for Mercury Records.

Here are the listings for each branch, where and when reg e gaines will be performing:

Lafayette, 307 Pacific Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304. 201-547-5017 – For Everyone: Solo Performance by Jersey City-native reg e gaines, Tony Award-winning author of Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk. / Friday, February 14 @ 2 p.m.

Miller, 489 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304, 201-547-4551 – For Everyone: Solo Performance, excerpted from The Last Celebrity, by Jersey City-native reg e gaines, Tony Award-winning author of

Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk. / Friday, February 19 @ 2 p.m.

Greenville, 1841 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305, 201-547-4553 – For Everyone: In performance, reg e gaines, Artistic Director, Downtown Urban Theater Festival; and Author, Tony Award-winning musical, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk. / Reg e gaines gives an encore presentation of his solo performance piece, Black in the Day, an afternoon of poetry. / Saturday, February 22 @ 12 Noon.

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