51 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC, 28801
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Chelsea La Bate is a poet, composer, songwriter, performer. She likes sparkly things. She likes solitude and long walks by the sea. She constructs songs with colored markers, a notebook, a rhyming dictionary, a kids keyboard and a guitar.
She went to the same school as Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen Dylan Thomas, Patti Smith, and Bob Dylan – it’s called New York City. Her dad did not pay for it. She lived in a monastery overlooking the Chelsea Hotel. She had to wake up very early. The bed was very small. She wrote and prayed a lot. She spent every night in a bar listening to music. Playing music. Eating music.
She played in the Anti-Folk scene in the Lower East Side. She is not against folk. She went to the open mic at 7pm on Mondays at SideWalk Cafe. She had to buy a drink. The waitress was named Crystal and she was very nice. People who played there that she liked were- Kimya Dawson, Langhorne Slim, Jaymay, Darwin Deez, Wakey! Wakey!, Ivan Sandomire, Dan Asselin, Paleface, Regina Spektor, The Fools and The Creaky Boards. It was a lottery but she would always get #1-15. It lasted until 3am. Lach would give everyone mint tea at the end. She liked it when Mike Grubbs banged on the piano and sang in his theater voice. She would pass out little slips of paper with drawings and invitations to her shows. They would have a poem on the back. These cost ten cents to print at the monastery. She would pay in dimes.