Tongue & Groove on September 26

Tongue & Groove
Tuesday September 26th
6:30 to 7:30 (open mic)

7:30 to 8:45 (main show)
Tongue & Groove presents: an offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month featuring: Kevin P. Gilday, Eddie Pepitone, Rick Lupert, Lianne Stokes, Nathan Elias and some songs by Drennon Davis
$7.00 to enter after 7:30

The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

A rare opportunity for an OPEN MIC. If you’ve wanted a chance to participate with Tongue & Groove here it is. And if you miss the old Cobalt Cafe, then don’t miss this. Show up with something that you’d like to read. It can be a story, some poetry, a personal essay. It just has to be good.  Put your name in the hat.
Show up by 6:15

 Guidelines: don’t stink up the joint. Your material should be no longer than 3 mins. Or if you have some music, limited to 1 song.

Bring somebody.

$5. ( then after stick around for Kevin Gilday, Eddie Pepitone, Lianne Stokes and others)

Hosted by Rick Lupert ( Cobalt Cafe, Poetry Superhighway and numerous books)


Kevin P. Gilday is one of the UK’s foremost spoken word artists. He is the winner of the StAnza Digital Slam, the Creative Stirling Slam, the Four Cities Slam, the Four Styles Slam and a four time Scottish National Slam finalist. He is the curator and co-host of Glasgow’s spoken word cabaret Sonnet Youth and the presenter of Rhyming Optional, a dedicated Spoken Word podcast.

Kevin has performed all over the world including the BBC 6 Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Toronto Fringe, Wickerman, Belladrum, Lingo (Dublin) and Glastonbury Festivals (on two occasions). He has supported artists such as Saul Williams, Sage Francis and George the Poet.

Kevin has published two pamphlets of his poetry – Notes From A Quarter-Life Crisis and The Man Who Loved Beer – as well as releasing four albums and four EPs of recorded material. His collaborative single with The Sea Kings, Glasgow Overture, received national radio play. His third pamphlet, Gigantic Lying Mouth, will be released later this year.

His writing has appeared in publications and websites around the world while his series of videos created for the BBC have been viewed by over a quarter of a million people.

Eddie Pepitone is a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. They call him the Bitter Buddha. He is a master of the dark art of comedy. Hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle.  Few comedians working today channel the power of the rant better than Eddie Pepitone.
Twitter: @eddiepepitone

Rick Lupert has been involved with L.A. poetry since 1990. He is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Slade Awrd, and the 2014 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Distinguished Service Award and was a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets for 2 years. He created the Poetry Super Highway ( ) and hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading for almost 21 years. His first spoken word album “Rick Lupert Live and Dead” featuring 25 studio and live tracks was released in March, 2016. He’s authored 21 collections of poetry, including “God Wrestler”, “Donut Famine”, “Professor Clown on Parade”, “Romancing the Blarney Stone”, “Making Love to the 50 Foot Woman”, “The Gettysburg Undress”  (Rothco Press) and “Nothing in New England is New”, and edited the anthologies “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”, “A Poet’s Haggadah” and the noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night. He also writes and draws (with Brendan Constantine) the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” and writes the Jewish Poetry column “From the Lupertverse” for He is regularly featured at venues all over the world.
Twitter: @rickpoet 

Lianne Stokes is the author of the memoir, Below Average: A Life Way Under The Bar.  If you’re having a bad day, read her book. You’ll feel better about yourself. She’s written for Interview, The Rumpus, and Hello Giggles.  Her personal essays have also appeared in the anthologies : The Drinking Diaries and Rejected: Tales of The Failed, Dumped and Canceled. She’s quite fond of a quality tacos.

Drennon Davis has made a name for himself as one of the most innovative minds in today’s comedy scene. His live performances of the Imaginary Radio Program combine live music and beat-boxing with one-man sketches into a show that the Los Angeles Comedy Bureau writes “not only lives up to its name, but exceeds expectation in what you could possibly think it is.” Drennon was recently featured on Comedy Central’s new show Adam Devine’s House Party, NBC’s Last Call and was a semi finalist on Last Comic Standing.  His new animated show The Long Legs can be seen on MTV’s rebirth of Liquid Television. His new band with Karen Kilgariff  has played on Conan.
Website –
Twitter: @drennondavis

Nathan Elias is the author of the novelette A Myriad of Roads that Lead to Here (August 2017) and Co-Editor of Varnish: A Journal of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in The Blotter, Eclectica Magazine, Hobart, Literary Orphans, Birdville Magazine, and Drunk Monkeys, and forthcoming in Moledro MagazineMonzano Mountain Review, and Stonecoast Review. In 2015 his short film “The Chest” premiered at Cannes Film Festival and is currently available for streaming on FEELMAKERS.

Come early!  Seating is limited and we start on time!

The club is a two story black brick building 1/3 rd of a block below Hollywood Bl. There are parking lots on Selma as well as Cahuenga. Meters need to be fed till 8pm.