Tomas Doncker And The True Groove All-Stars Present “Endangered” at the 19th Biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, NJPac, Saturday, October 22nd, Reviewed
a lot of people who live in fear, for an hour ten Doncker and Dodge put a headlight on it
Tomás Doncker and The True Groove All-Stars Honoring Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet: Yusef Komunyakaa” At NYU-Kimmel Center, Saturday, May 11th, 2019, Reviewed
the depth of imagery of the spirit, and the romance of art of poetry
where the world changes places and the sensual overload blurs the darkness into light
The True Groove Allstars’ “Another Kind Of Night” At Parkside Lounge, Thursday, March 21st, 2019, Reviewed
a deeply gorgeous and brooding dissertation on the need to face nihilism with hope
a vision of unsurpassed power and sorrow
“I am honored to serve as New York State poet. I embrace this historical support of artists and I shall endeavor to cultivate this atmosphere where poetry and the lives of working people intersect.”
The vibe was magical, it was like watching a preacher converting people to Christianity, Doncker was converting people to the blues and you could see the kids come alive, perk up, smile, like they couldn’t believe how great it was. Like they were being changed.
This is an electrified tour de force, a statement on the art of the art of music and an important addition to the myth that is New York City. It has been called a journey through black America but that is to damn it with faint praise. This isn’t about black people, it is about what human people should and do and don’t do for each other.
The eagerly awaited Yusef Komunyakaa – Tomas Doncker Band collaboration Big Apple Blues will be released on Tuesday, and the afternoon gig at NJPAC on Friday is the one to keep your eye on for sure. But Komunyakaa has any number of other performances coming up