Texas, Minneapolis and Louisiana walk into a bar

January 17, 2014

In the poem,
there was a pitch black woman dressed in a slow tornado
who carried out the tune of “Pretend” (2000-present) with Huntsville, TX
and The Soul Lifter’s Gospel Choir.
That was with reference to a reviving crew of singers
at a service I regularly visited while attending Sam Houston State University.
I’m pretty sure they have no idea I exist
but I can hardly wait to see if they’ll join me
at my first and only show at SHSU since I graduated in 1997.

Also, AUSTIN, NEW ORLEANS, LAFAYETTE and MINNEAPOLIS are added February dates on the Riled Up and Wasted On Light world tour! “So is Illinois,” Spoke Anne Montana… (awful… forgive me that far reach… too far).

All ticket links are on
Details are updated daily as they roll in.

February 1, 2014 Texas Yoga Conference, Houston, TX

February 3, 2014 with Derrick Brown, Woody Hill and the Pillow Princess, and Anis Mojgani at The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin, TX, 7:30pm

February 4, 2014 University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, 8pm

February 6, 2014 Hemmerling Gallery of Southern Art, 733 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 7:30pm (tickets at door only)

AFTERNOON SHOW! February 7, 2014 Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA, 2pm

February 16, 2014 The Bartlett, 228 West Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA, 8:15pm

February 17, 2014 public workshop, Spokane, WA details TBA

February 18, 2014 Northern Idaho College, 100 West Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID, 7pm (noon workshop)

February 19, 2014 Missoula, MT, details TBA

February 20, 2014 Machinery Row, 202 2nd Avenue South #103, Great Falls, MT, 8pm

February 22, 2014 The Poet’s Room at Keiran’s Irish Pub, 85 6th Street N, Minneapolis, MN, 7pm

February 23, 2014 Naperville, IL, details TBA

The Associate

January 14, 2014

The British woman in this photo
showed up to The Northwest School in Seattle yesterday
claiming to be my “associate” to students and staff
while I presented workshops with no knowledge of her presence on campus.
She was allowed to roam freely.
After classes I noticed being slightly stalked
(if not just strangely distracted) by her ostentatious presence.
When I tried to leave campus alone she caught up to me
and asked if I would take her picture.
When I held the camera up she had it on video already
and began to strike curious poses; somewhere between sexy and Martin Short.
I recognized that I was being played somehow
but stayed calm and did not react,
specifically and genuinely thinking, “Lady you got nothin’.
I’m friends with Nichole Appel Cole [official member of The Daremaster Squires].
I’m gonna let you have this for a minute
until I decide most effective table-turning/exit strategy.”
The poses continued.
She was wearing sunglasses at night and finally peeled them off.
It was actually Nichole Appel Cole
all the way from Lincoln, IL on my first job of 2014.
Hugest smile. Total disbelief. Perfect timing. Belly laughter. Great dinner.
Thank goodness for your work bringing you as far as Tacoma, woman,
and God bless you for making up the difference.

A Little Ditty Called Happiness

January 11, 2014

Was it really 18 years ago I wrote this song?
I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to my prunes.

Thank you kindly to username Taunie65 who made this years ago
as a school project I believe.
Just rediscovered it.

Juneau you know

January 10, 2014

My heart is so warmed up to see y’all, Shona and Suzanne.
Thank you for making this happen

January 24th for Woosh Kinaadeiyí at Silverbow Bakery, 120 2nd Street, Juneau, AK, 6:30pm
January 25th at Hangar Ballroom, 2 Marine Way, Juneau, 8pm, 21+ TICKETS

Train’s comin

January 7, 2014

AUSTIN! We finally nailed down a venue with little time to spare
and boy am I lookin’ forward to a visit with family and friends.
Bring those bright eyes and spend the night with us.
Here’s details: February 3rd
Hosted by Derrick Brown, with Woody Hill and the Pillow Princess and a special appearance by Anis Mojgani at
The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX, 7:30pm TICKETS
Sorry about all the sweetness joining me onstage.

For a look at the rest of the Riled Up and Wasted On Light world tour dates
as they roll in, go to
For booking information see

All artwork for Riled Up and Wasted On Light by Javier Piñón

Inside voice

January 3, 2014

Hi All,

About 3.5 hours after the flippant and ineffectual post I made to Ani D’s page, as perspective poured in, I was mortified by my reactionary behavior and made the following apology within that same thread:

“I appreciate all the feedback and acknowledge that my statements added unnecessary fuel to the fire. I apologize for any hurt I may have caused you, or others. I will consider your concerns and comments as I recommit to growing [in] compassion and clarity.”

I stand by that apology from December 29th, and would only amend the “will consider” to “am considering.” I am continuously considering your concerns and comments, especially with deep regards to race and privilege.

As I follow closely online it’s clear that many folks never saw the original apology (subsequent missteps noted) and are still questioning why I seem to have bailed on this dialogue altogether. I haven’t bailed on us; not even a possibility. What I have been doing is heeding sound advice from a friend who said, “This is one of those places where taking it in, the parts you agree with and the parts you don’t and just sitting in them is essential to the dialogue. This is [a] place where you just listen. Not forever but certainly for now. The dialogue is happening all around you. You don’t need to conduct it. Sitting and listening even when you have tons to say, even when you just wanna say ‘see i am not the only one’ is uncomfortable but is an act of solidarity. It is relinquishing just a bit of privilege. You know what you see. It is what you don’t see, that is where the growth is.”

I’m gonna go back to abiding by that instinct now.

Warmest regards,
Buddy Wakefield
P.S. Please, white people, do not rally around me on this matter in any way. It serves no one well.


January 1, 2014

New Year’s Eve? Not much.
Ran into a bulldog skateboarding…

A Route the World

December 14th, 2013

Australia, we’ve got a booking agent especially for ya
who you probably know.
He knows you, your geography and your ways.
To book
Riled Up and Wasted On Light – Buddy Wakefield’s 2014-15 World Tour (Skipping Chechnya)
in Australia contact Miles Merrill (miles at wordtravels dot info).
For all other areas (except Chechnya), and a look at the route so far,
view the TOUR PAGE on this site
or contact Danny Oliver (bookingbuddywakefield at gmail dot com).

All artwork for Riled Up and Wasted On Light courtesy of Javier Piñón.

off the gridish

December 6, 2013

No need to get worked up and worried
because I ain’t scared
but I have decided to route the tour
through two places few have journeyed.
One’s called Wyoming.
The other, South Dakota.
Specifically Laramie, Cheyenne and Sioux Falls.
Holler with Danny Oliver (
if you’ve already mapped some of this territory
and can directly connect us to the path
[of rad venues]…

All artwork for Riled Up and Wasted On Light –
Buddy Wakefield’s 2014-15 World Tour (Skipping Chechnya)

courtesy of Javier Piñón.

Places bigfoot might go

December 4, 2013

Guys, It’s not that far (as far as treks go).
Strap into them snowshoes and trek on over to the show this Sunday
December 8th at The Broadway Theatre, 715 Broadway Avenue,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 8:30pm TICKETS

Riled Up and Wasted On Light – Buddy Wakefield’s 2014-15 World Tour (Skipping Chechnya)
goes full swing in 2014. For booking information
(U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe/U.K., Anywhere, except Chechnya)
contact Danny Oliver:

All artwork for Riled Up and Wasted On Light
courtesy of Javier Piñón.

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