Hey Barbershop Stories Fam, Thanks for those of you who were able to join us for the kickoff of our event! We had a great time telling good 'ol fashion stories at DeLuxe Gallery in Fort Greene, Brooklyn about growth and transitions. We kicked off the show with Ja Poet, who graced the stage some pretty sick lyrics flowing over the buzzes of people getting their du's did. Next up was Kerri Doherty, who shared with us the secret language of flight attendants, and how she will never be able to see the phrase 'it looks like its raining in Dallas' the same way ever again (spoiler alert- it means someone is having a heart attack in first class!) David Crabb shared a heart felt tale about returning to his home city in Texas, and reconnecting with his long lost friends in a way that showed them all how much they had grown. Ja Poet came back up during the intermission with some soulful grooves with beat boxing by one of the resident hair stylists- Ya Main Man Mike Walker. They both are truly renaissance brothas!
In the second half, we had Ronica Reddick share with us the story about removing an 'unwanted visitor' and built in a classic analogy to Beyonce. Lastly Aaron Wolfe finished off the show, with a new haircut that we did on site, with a story about trying to fit in with a band of 'rejects' and a misogynistic lesbian at Hampshire College.
When it was all said and done, we had a great time grubbin' on some empanadas and fruit salad, hanging out, and building a diverse community of people who enjoy connecting through stories, poetry, and music. For more information on the performers, please check the Community or the Kickoff Show page. We'll be posting up pictures from the show soon, as well as details for the next show. Stay tuned!