Wed­nes­day Night Poetry to fea­ture singer, song­writer

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Con­way singer and song­writer Alex Ball will be this week’s fea­ture for Wed­nes­day Night Poetry at Kol­lec­tive Cof­fee+Tea, 110 Cen­tral Ave. The reg­u­lar open mic ses­sion for all po­ets will be­gin at

6:30 p.m. and Ball will per­form at 7 p.m., fol­lowed by an­other open mic. Ad­mis­sion is free and open to all ages.

Cur­rently a culi­nary arts stu­dent at Arkansas Ca­reer Train­ing In­sti­tute, Ball be­gan writ­ing mu­sic in 2001. “Be­fore then I wrote po­ems about what most 16- and 17-year-old guys write about,” he said in a news re­lease. “Things like girls and get­ting drunk — stuff like that.”

Then, Ball learned to play the gui­tar and his po­ems turned into songs. These days, those songs are about cur­rent events, his strug­gle with schizophre­nia and the pain and frus­tra­tion that comes with that, the re­lease said. “I use mu­sic as a way to get stuff out of my sys­tem.” Some of his songs are about grow­ing up in south­west Lit­tle Rock. “When I lived there it was a re­ally rough part of town. Writ­ing about that vi­o­lence helped to keep me from get­ting caught up in it,” he said.

Over the years, Ball has played pro­fes­sion­ally with nu­mer­ous bands. In 2009, he toured na­tion­ally as a backup mu­si­cian with the Cal­i­for­nia rock band Buckcherry. “When you play on that level, mu­sic be­comes more like a com­mod­ity in­stead of art,” he said in the re­lease. “Af­ter awhile I got to where I didn’t en­joy play­ing very much. So I got out and went back to mak­ing my own mu­sic.”

In­spired by artists such as the group Sound Gar­den, Isaac Hayes and James Brown, Ball’s mu­sic is a mix of rock, soul, blues and hip-hop. Over 30 of his songs can be found on­line at http://www.sound­cloud.com/ djan­gopanda.

Email budon­foot@ya­hoo. com for more in­for­ma­tion about Wed­nes­day Night Poetry.

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OPEN MIC: Con­way singer and song­writer Alex Ball will be this week’s fea­ture for Wed­nes­day Night Poetry at Kol­lec­tive Cof­fee+Tea, 110 Cen­tral Ave. The reg­u­lar open mic ses­sion for all po­ets will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. and Ball will per­form at 7 p.m., fol­lowed by an­other open mic. Ad­mis­sion is free and open to all ages.

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