Saturday, June 3, 2017


Creative Happiness Institute (CHI) has teamed up with Thank You Five (TY5) Theatre in Port Orange for an evening of pyrotechnic poetry and good music to celebrate the holiday weekend. The program, 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st,  will feature singer/songwriter Ysa Fernancdez and her band together with prize-winning slam poet Troy Kody Cunio.
Volusia Poet Laureate Dr. David B. Axelrod, and slam poet and music producer Scott Velazco will host the evening, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County. There will also be an open mic for all styles of poets, singers, and songwriters. A cash prize will be given for the best performance of the night.  
Central Florida native Ysa Fernandez is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter weaving her style from the foundations of jazz, rock, and pop. Standing as front woman and bassist, she'll be accompanied by Matt Marseglia and Matt Cecil, who are also the owners and head engineers of Bable Blue Studios in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Ysa is currently in the studio working on her debut album.
Scott Velazco is a poet, recording engineer, and assistant professor of Music Production Technology at Daytona State College. As a recording engineer, Scott's name can be found in the credits of #1 hit albums, platinum singles, plus a whole lot of music nobody ever heard. As a slam performer, Scott has won local competitions and
brings a powerful, lyrical style to the stage.
Troy Kody Cunio lives in Orlando and tours extensively as a slam poet. He won the first Poetry Slam Incorporated online slam. His work has been published in voicemail poems, NYSAI, Rising Phoenix Review, the Literary Bohemian, The Beech Street Review, In Between Hangovers, and he is the editor of the online magazine, Rejected Lit.  
“You ought to try this evening of entertainment,” says David Axelrod. “Slam is like fireworks and it should be a great way to celebrate the 4th of July.” Admission is $5. There will be plenty of food and beverages for sale. The open mic in an invitation for everyone to take the stage and the bonus will be the cash prize for best performance.
TY5 Theater is located at 4606 Clyde Morris Blvd. in Port Orange (Unit 2N) and can be reached at 386-295-5695. For more information on the entertainment and the open mic, Email David Axelrod,, or call 386-337-4567.

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