Derrick Brown, the Long Beach-based slam poet who's as funny as he is sharp with his words, is giving Bend two shows tonight.
Before becoming one of the most lauded touring poets you're likely to find, Brown was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, making him probably the only ex-military performance artists you'll see this year. Brown is also well known in the music world, having toured with the Decemberists, Cold War Kids and Flaming Lips, just to name a few. His show incorporates music and sound effects, but rides mostly on Brown's personality.
Like most poets, Brown also writes stuff down on paper, and you can read that stuff in his latest book,