“He’s such a treat, such a joy,” says event organizer Mark Bliesener. “He has an undeniable link with those guys — Neal, Jack and the whole Beat ethos. Amram is so inspirational; he makes getting older actually look pretty good.
“I also reached deeper into Naropa this year,” he adds, “by bringing in a guy who’s a student there named Chris Shugrue. He’s such a Neal freak. And he brings a whole different take to it because he’s so much younger.”
Along with Cassady’s Denver-born son, Robert Hyatt, Beat scholar Hugh Bingham, slam poet Leah Scott and musicians Scott McCormick and C.P. Carrington round out the assortment of characters, literary and otherwise, who will be there to sing Cassady’s praises.
The free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street; for more information, visit www.mercurycafe.com or call 303-294-9281.
Fri., Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m., 2013