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An evening with Buddy Wakefield @ The Auditorium - UHeights

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The Auditorium @ UHeights

5031 University Way Northeast

Seattle, WA 98105

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Abbey Arts presents:

5/6: Buddy Wakefield, w guest Oliver Klomp - live @ The Auditorium

Buddy Wakefield: WEBSITE

3-time world champion spoken word performer Buddy Wakefield returns home to Seattle with special guest Oliver Klomp!!

@ The Auditorium (UHeights)

5031 University Way NE, 3rd floor

A new performance space inside University Heights Center,
a historic 1902 school building on 50th/University Ave in the U-District Free parking onsite.

7:30p show, 7:00p doors

$10 student w/ ID, $12 general advance (not including fees)

$15 Day of Show (no fees at the venue)

All ages, bar with ID, seating available (not reserved), standing room in back

More venue info below


"BUDDY WAKEFIELD is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 1500 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.

In the spring of 2001 Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda Civic and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues through 2003. He has not yet stopped.

Having spent most of his career based in Seattle, WA, now claiming Los Angeles, CA as home, Buddy has been a busker in Amsterdam, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a re-delivery boy, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, an incredibly slow triathlete and a facilitator at Quantum Learning Network. He loves crunchy peanut butter, long-form napping, chopping firewood and Vipassana meditation. Wakefield is an actor, a writer, elated son of a guitar repair woman, wingman of Giant Saint Everything and pays attention.

An author at Write Bloody Publishing and an original Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, Buddy is published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions. Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart."


“Buddy Wakefield!” –Norman Lear

“Buddy Wakefield…” –Mos Def

“Buuuddy.” –Amy Poehler

“Buddy Buddy Buddy Buddy, Buddy!” –Whitney Cummings

“Buddy F*!@#^g Wakefield.” –Ani DiFranco

“Hi Buddy.” –Van Jones

Buddy Wakefield” –Flavorpill

“Budderfield!” –Amber Tamblyn

“Wakefield!” –Utah Phillips

“Buddy Wakefield.” –Gregory Alan Isakov

“Buddy Wakefield?” –David Cross

Buddy Wakefield.” –Saul Williams

Buhdy” –Amy Schumer

“Bobby was it?” –Tilda Swinton

“Buddy Wakefield is an unbullshit artist… and he’ll make you laugh your ass off while he does it.” -Gabrielle Bouliane

“Buddy Wakefield is a honey badger. Lions will go completely out of their way to avoid a honey badger.” -Don Beck, Theory of Spiral Dynamics

“I think he’s proof that there is a God.” -Graham Moore, Academy Award-winning writer of The Imitation Game

In her book, Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, New York Times best-selling author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz named Wakefield “the modern poetry slam role model.” She wrote, “…[Wakefield] sold everything he owned and toured the country, living out of his car when he wasn’t crashing on couches. He was not the first slam poet to do this and certainly not the last, but he was definitely the most high-profile, and he really set the stage for what I like to call the ‘Troubadour Movement’ in slam, the whole desire simply to tour, to reach out and be with your community.”


ABBEY ARTS EVENT INFO for The Auditorium @ UHeights:

- Venue is all ages, bar with ID.
- Best entrance is from the south (50th St) parking lot
- Note: This may be a quiet show and may contain language of an adult nature

- Show times are approximate

- There is no elevator at this historic venue, however a wheelchair lift system is available from the Southwest entrance. Look for signs and instructions at the base of the stairs and ring for assistance. ADA restroom available on 3rd floor. You may also email arts@fremontabbey.org with 3 business days advance notice to request additional assistance. UHeights onsite phone (day of show): (206) 527-4278

- Arts Connect provides free tickets for nonprofit workers, low income families, and veterans
- Volunteer opportunities are available for most shows (include free entry) www.fremontabbey.org/volunteer

- Kids 10 & under are free at Abbey Arts concerts & arts events unless noted.

- Some chairs may be available, seating is not reserved

- All performing artists & attendees agree to abide by the Abbey Arts respect policy. www.fremontabbey.org/respect


Presenting welcoming music, arts & cultural experiences for people of all ages & incomes.

We support low income families, veterans, and humanitarian nonprofit workers with free event tickets. http://www.fremontabbey.org/artsconnect

Home Venue: Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103 / 206-414-8325

+ Ballard Homestead: 6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle
+ St Mark's: 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle
+ The Auditorium @ UHeights: 5031 University Way NE (the old school on corner)

Concert & events calendar: http://www.abbeyarts.me

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