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Folk poet, comedian to perform in Estacada with American Roots guitarist

Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit take stage at Estacada Public Library on Feb. 8

Nationally recognized performance poet and American storyteller, Chris Chandler, will appear Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Flora Community Room at the Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade St. 

Chandler has performed on thousands of stages across the United States and Canada as well as for hundreds of organizations seeking social justice. He has worked with everyone from Allen Ginsberg to Ani DiFranco and Pete Seeger to Mojo Nixon. Utah Phillips says, 'Chris Chandler is the best performance poet I have ever seen.'

Originally from Stone Mountain, Ga., Chandler, the son of a Baptist minister, has been on or around the stage his whole life. As a teenager, he was in bars and on the road working as a roadie for bands such as the Georgia Satellites. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts in 1988. That summer, which was supposed to be a 'summer away from college,' he hit the road as a street performer to fund his way to audition as a lighting designer in theaters across America. He actually landed a job on Broadway, but turned it down to become a performer in his own right. He has been on the road ever since.

Joining Chandler is American Roots Guitarist Paul Benoit. For the past 20 years, Benoit has performed and recorded his own music and collaborated with numerous songwriters. From 1996-98 his electric/acoustic roots rock band Crosseyed released two albums and toured successfully throughout the western United States. In 1997, Benoit co-founded Hanuman, a four-piece all-acoustic instrumental ensemble blending jazz, bluegrass, country and rock'n'roll with African beats. Benoit has just released his third solo CD, 'Lazy Eye,' a collection of 10 new songs recorded primarily with acoustic guitar and band. He continues to perform throughout the United States and Latin America, both solo and with his band, and with performance poet Chris Chandler.

A $10 donation will be requested at the door, but no one will be turned away.