Gig Dates & Venues

Thursday, October 8  Los Angeles, ROCKPILEE performance, Hammer Museum

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Theo Saunders (piano), Johnny Lee Schell (guitar), Joe Sublett (saxaohone, and John B. Williams (bass) and Debra Dobkin (drums)

Admission: free

Time: 7pm-9pm

Billy Wilder Theater

10899 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90024

phone: 301-443-7000

Thursday, October 15 Albuquerque, ROCKPILE Performance, Outpost Performance Space

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with JB Bryan, alto saxophone, rumba box, rattles; Mark Weber, hubcapaphone & glockenspiel; Leif Rustebakke, koto, hurdy gurdy, percussion; Jon Baldwin, cornet; Mark LeClaire, cello; Daisy Kates, mellophone, percussion; Lou Liberty, taiko, little instruments; Jim Burbank, djembe,

didgeridoo, wooden flutes; John Tritica, rain stick, cowhorn rattle, percussion; Riha Rothberg, balafon & percussion; plus special guest Terri Carrion, accordion.

Tickets: $7, $5 for members

Time: 7:30 pm

210 Yale SE 2 blocks south of Central

Albuquerque, NM 87196

phone: 505-268-0044

Friday, October 23, ROCKPILE  Workshop and Open Mic at “Dr. Bob’s Compound”

A Workshop and a Poetry and Music Open Jam Session:

An open conversation with David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, Terri Carrion and Bill Lavender…about “Poetry & Music & the Troubadour Tradition, Art, Activism, Collaboration & the Source of Creation” followed by an open mic jam session of poetry and music

Time: 7pm-12pm

“Dr. Bob’s Studio”

3027 Chartres Street.

New Orleans, LA

Contact Lewis Schmidt for questions at (504)202-1971

admission free

Sunday, October 25, New Orleans, ROCKPILE Performance, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Blodie with members of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gregory Davis (trumpet), Roger Lewis (bari sax), Jarmal Watson (drums), Julius McKee (sousaphone) and Jacob Eckert (guitar)

Tickets: $5-$7

Time: 8pm

1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

New Orleans, Louisiana 70113

(504) 827-5858 or (504) 352-1150

Sunday, November 1, 2009 The Writer’s Center

“All About Rockpile” with David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, and celebrated pianist and composer Burnett Thompson with members of The New Columbia Orchestra. Guest readers include Terri Carrion, Sarah Browning, Carlo Parcelli, and Brian Gilmore.

Time: 2pm-3:30pm

4508 Walsh St

Chevy Chase, MD

Tuesday, November 3, 12 noon-1:30pm, ROCKPILE Symposium at IPS

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg discuss

“Art and Activism, Poetry and Music and The Troubadour Tradition” with David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Burnett Thompson.  Moderator: Sarah Browning

Co-Sponsored by Split This Rock and The Institute for Policy Studies

Poets in the (Think) Tank

The Institute for Policy Studies

1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600

Washington, DC

Farragut North or Farragut West Metro

For more or 202-787-5210

Wednesday, November 4th, DC ROCKPILE Performance at Busboys and Poets

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Burnett Thompson and The New Columbia Orchestra. The New Columbia Orchestra includes Tango, Flamenco, Traditional Chinese and the original Big Band repertoire  among its many influences.  Eclecticism and a desire for musical adventure mark the NCO’s partnerships with artists from Brazil, Spain, China, Argentina, and Peru.  Pianist/composer  Burnett Thompson leads the ensemble. The Orchestra includes vocalist Nicki Gonzalez, flautist Joseph Cunliffe, guitarist Richard Miller, bassist Don West, and Burnett Thompson at the piano.

Tickets: $10

Time: 9-11pm

2021 14 St. NW

Washington, DC 20009


Saturday, November 7, ROCKPILE Symposium at St. Mark’s Poetry Project:

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg host a discussion on “Art and Activism, Poetry, Music and The Troubadour Tradition, Censorship and The Academy, Community and Collaboration: Open discussion with Ammiel Alcalay, Teresa Carrion, Jim Christy, Marty Ehrlich, Murat Nemat-Nejat, Wanda Phipps, Harris Schiff, Suzi Winson and Bill Zavatsky. We welcome audience participation. Moderator: Jim Feast, Refreshments and admission free.

Time: 2-5 pm

Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church

Parrish Hall

131 E. 10th St. (& 2nd Ave.)

Manhattan, New York

November 9, Reading and Discussion Segal Theater-CUNY

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg discuss ROCKPILE, Poetry, Music and The Troubadour Tradition with hosts David Henderson and Ammiel Alcalay

Segal Theater, The Center for the Humanities

Time: 12:30- 2 pm

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Monday, November 9th New York, ROCKPILE Performance, The Gershwin Hotel

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with Marty Ehrlich (multi-reed player) ,Bill Zavatsky (piano), Lindsey Horner (bass), Michael Stephans (drums)

Tickets: $10

Time: 8 pm

The Gershwin Hotel

7 East 27th Street

NY, NY 10016


November 11th Rochester Institute of Technology Reading and Discussion

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg reading with guest musicians Carl Atkins (saxophone) and Jay Jackson (drums)

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Lounge

Bldg. 6, Rm 1251

Time: 4-5:15 pm

92 Lomb Memorial Dr

Rochester, NY

(585) 475-4922

November 11th 7:00 pm Writers and Books Reading

David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion reading

Writers and Books

Time: 7 pm

740 University Ave

Rochester, NY

(585) 473-2590

November 12, Rochester Institute of Technology lecture

Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion class on “Editing The Literary Magazine”

Time:10:30 am

92 Lomb Memorial Dr.

Rochester, NY

November 12, Reading at Just Buffalo

David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion reading

Just Buffalo

Time: 7pm

Just Buffalo @ WNYBAC

Western New York Book Arts Center

468 Washington St. @ Mohawk Place

Second Floor

Buffalo, NY 14203

Friday, November 13th, ROCKPILE Toronto event

With David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, Terri Carrion, Robert Priest and Jim Christy

This Ain’t Rosedale Library

86 Nassau Street at Bellevue in Kensington Market

Toronto, Canada

Readings start at 8:00pm

For more info call 416-929-9912


November 17 Columbia College Chicago

Symposium-Music and Poetry: The Art of Poetry Collaboration

5pm to 8pm

Columbia College Chicago

Ferguson Hall

600 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

+1 312-663-1600‎

About: Since Kenneth Rexroth and Langston Hughes first collaborated with jazz musicians (but then Jelly Roll Morton claimed to have collaborated with authors, as well) poetry and music have enjoyed a special relationship. The subject ranges far and wide: Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, Allen Ginsberg’s manic rock combos, modern hip-hop, the singer-songwriter tradition of troubadors such as Bob Dylan and Lou Reed–the relationship between music, specifically jazz, and poetry has been percolating for generations. Sit in with these artists as they discuss this tempestuous relati. Panelists include: David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, Art Lange, Dan McNaughton, Tony Trigillio, Ed Roberson, Dan Godston, Larry Sawyer, Francesco Levato, Terri Carrion, Bob Malone, and others.

Thursday, November 19, Chicago, ROCKPILE Performance, The Hideout

Poetry & Jazz Festival, David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg with The Spider Trio and The Bob Malone Band, special guests Art Lange, Ed Roberson,  Theresa Carrion, Francesco Levato, Larry Sawyer and The Dan Godston Group

Tickets: $8

Time: 8pm-12pm

The Hideout

1354 West Wabansia

Chicago, Il 60622

Tuesday, November 24 St. Louis, ROCKPILE Performance, Regional Arts Commission Performance Space

David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg w/ Zimbabwe Nkenya (Bass), Dave Black ( guitar), Bob Malone (piano), Shirley LeFlore, Michael Castro, K. Curtis Lyle and David Jackson (assorted percussion and electronics), Alexander Balogh, Sean Arnold, Terri Carrion, Howard Schwartz, and Philip Gounis.

Tickets: free admission

Time: 7:30 pm

Regional Arts Commission

6128 Delmar Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63112-1204

(314) 863-5811


  1. Justin T says:

    Hey David!

    Oh my gosh I’m so excited to learn about your tour! Still out there tearing it up, I see. I’ve been trying to email you, but I must have an old email, it keeps bouncing back. Will you send my your updated one? I have an academic favor to ask, which I think you may be to busy traveling around a breaking hearts to be able to do (yes the letter of recommendation question).

    Much love,
    Justin T.

  2. Michael says:

    Burnett Thompson has been great help and inspiration on the DC trip. I learn a lot talking to him about the DC scene and the whole collaborative process. I am really curious to see this project evolve and to meet Burnett in person.

  3. Wendy B. says:

    Hey, the DC performance is really intriguing! I think I might see you there. Good luck with all of them!

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