Thugs, The Musical (Sorta) Live in NYC!

NEW YORK, the Thugs, The Musical (Sorta) Live show is finally coming to you TUESDAY NIGHT, June 17th at The Creek and the Cave in Long Island City!

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Thugs, The Musical (Sorta) Live is a night of standup, along with comedians and singers doing live performances of songs from Thugs, The Musical, followed by a screening of the film (trt 26 mins). And all of that is FREE and will feature comedy from Nick Turner, Jean Grae, Julian Vance, Janine Brito, and Kevin Avery, with a special performance of “Oh No, She Di-in’t” by singer Taylor Ferrera and friends!

The show starts at 8pm. Join us or break yo’self!

The Creek and the Cave is located at 10-93 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101.

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Thugs, the Musical: Film and Album Release!

Here comes the wrongness!

You can download the short film, Thugs, the Musical, for just $1!

We want as many people as possible to see our film, so we have set the price low and tried to make it easy to share. If you like it and want to support, please embed it on your site, your Facebook, your myspace (is that still a thing?) and your blog!

Here it is:




Aaaand…if you like the music from the film, you can buy Thugs, The Musical, The Album RIGHT NOW on iTunes!


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“Thugs, The Musical” Available THIS TUESDAY!

Hey friends, it’s been awhile, so let’s get right to the new news: Thugs, The Musical will finally be available THIS TUESDAY, April 22nd on this-here site, as well as on the site. Aaaand…if you like the music from the film, you can buy Thugs, The Musical, The Album RIGHT NOW on iTunes!


That’s right – if you CLICK HERE you can buy all the songs from the film, including tracks like “Who’s That Keepin’ it Real”, “Oh No, She Di-in’t”, “Break Yo’self”, and more! So cop dat shit, yo (that means go get it).

“Wow, Kevin, what could be better news than this?” Well, I’m glad you asked, Random Stranger…Because we want all of you to see the film without thinking about whether or not to shell out a handful of cash, we’ve made “Thugs” available for $1. Yep, a buck. That’s it.

So on Tuesday, we hope you’ll go buy the film (and the soundtrack) and then spread the word about it, cause we’re really excited about having as many people see the film as possible.

Also, again, I’d like to thank everyone who came out to the “Thugs, The Musical (Sorta) Live” show in LA last month! We had so much fun doing this show and showing you the film. And of course a big thank you to the Nerdmelt Showroom and Meltdown Comics! And if you happen to be in New York, we’ll be bringing “Thugs, The Musical (Sorta) Live” to you on May 23rd at the Creek and the Cave!

Thank you again for supporting Thugs, The Musical! We hope you love the film and the soundtrack as much as we loved making it! Stay tuned for more updates.

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New Orleans Film Festival

Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2:15 — Theaters at Canal Place 1
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Tacoma Film Festival

Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8:05pm — Grand Cinema
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San Diego Film Festival

Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30pm  — Reading Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter
Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:00pm — Reading Theater in the Gaslamp Quarter
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San Francisco “Thugs, The Musical” Ticket Links!

Hey, San Francisco & SF Bay Area friends!

If you wanna see Thugs, The Musical at the San Francisco Black Film Festival NEXT WEEK, here are the links to purchase tickets!  The film will be screened twice:

Our regular screening is scheduled for Saturday, June 16th at 6pm at the African American Arts & Cultural Center (762 Fulton Street).  “Thugs” will be shown in a film block with 3 other short films, including a pretty awesome documentary from Law & Order’s S. Epetha Merkerson (I saw it in Dallas – it’s amazing).

You can buy tickets for the SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH screening here!

And if you want to catch an early screening of “Thugs”, there will be a pre-festival screening & reception on Thursday, June 14th at 6:30pm at the Jazz Heritage Center (1330 Fillmore Street).  This will be a special double-feature event featuring “Thugs” and another short film, followed by complimentary food and drinks (1st drink is free).

You can buy tickets for the THURSDAY, JUNE 14TH screening here!

Both theaters are somewhat small (I think the Jazz Heritage Center only seats 39), so these screenings will very likely sell out.  I’d definitely recommend buying tickets as soon as you can.

Also, despite what the link page for the June 14th show says, I will NOT be appearing as “Elrus Pearsley” – that’s someone else.  I will be at both screenings though, so I hope to see all my SF peeps there!

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“Thugs” in San Francisco: Official Screening Date & Time!

Hey, San Francisco!  Thugs, The Musical will be appearing in your city on Saturday, June 16th at 6pm at the African-American Arts and Cultural Complex (in the Buriel Clay Theater) as part of the San Francisco Black Film Festival!

The festival runs from June 15-17.  “Thugs” will be appearing in a short film block that includes 3 other films, including S. Epatha Merkerson’s (yes, “Lt. Anita Van Buren” from Law & Order) film, The Contradictions of Fair Hope, which is an amazing documentary that I had the opportunity to see earlier this year in Dallas.  In other words, it should be a really cool screening, and we’re honored to be in the company of such great films and filmmakers.

Tickets go on sale today (June 1st), so we’ll post an update with the ticket link as soon as we get one!  But you’ll want to get them quickly because this event will likely sell out soon (the theater only seats about 200).

You have no idea how excited we are to finally bring Thugs, The Musical to San Francisco!  Can’t wait to see you all there!

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“Thugs” Festival News

So this happened…

Kevin holding the envelope and Audience Award trophy, which was made by 3rd graders.


Okay, let me back up! It’s been a minute since you guys have heard from me, and a lot of stuff has happened. So let’s start with the craziness that is the above photograph.

On April 26th Thugs, The Musical made its west coast premiere on the opening night program of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. And what does a packed opening night look like, you ask? Just like this!

Sold out opening night of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival at the Downtown Independent Theater

And as if that wasn’t cool enough, later that weekend, “Thugs” took home the Audience Choice award!

In addition to Los Angeles, “Thugs” has continued to hit the festival circuit, playing the New York No Limits Film Series on May 2nd and the Tupelo Film Festival on May 19th, where it won 1st prize for Best Short Film and the Ron Tibbett Award for Best of Show!

“Thugs” Executive Producer Daresha Kyi at the Tupelo Film Festival

But let’s talk about what’s coming in the next few weeks. On June 9th, Thugs, The Musical will be screening at the Bonnaroo Art & Music Festival in Manchester, TN! Yep…WE’RE GOIN’ TO BONNAROOOOO!!! Music, comedy, hippies, and now thuggin’.

Saturday, June 9th at 5:30pm. You can get all the info at the Bonnaroo website!

And finally (almost), as “Thugs” was originally born in San Francisco, it’s only appropriate that we bring “the wrongness” back home. So, I’m incredibly excited to announce that Thugs, The Musical will come to SF for the San Francisco Black Film Festival on June 15-17.

We don’t have an exact date and time, but I’ll update you guys as soon as I have a schedule.

We expect/hope to be hitting other cities in the next few months, so stay tuned!

That’s all (and probably enough) for now. Thanks for reading and, of course, thank you guys for your super-awesome support. Talk to ya again soon…for real!

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Introducing “Thugs, The Musical”…The Trailer

Hey everybody, wanna know what Thugs, The Musical looks like?  Yes?  Well, then kick back and enjoy the official trailer…

And check out this link to a cool write-up about “Thugs” along with the trailer, from the good folks at!

Also, just a reminder: If you’re in Los Angeles this Thursday, April 26th and wanna see Thugs, The Musical make its West Coast/LA premiere, come see it screened on the opening night program of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Fest.  “Thugs” will be shown at the Downtown Independent Theater at 8pm!  Grab your tickets HERE!

And if you’re in New York, come see “Thugs” on May 2nd, as part of the New York No Limits Film Series at The Wild Project.  Showtime is 7:30pm.

And although, the exact date hasn’t been selected, Thugs, The Musical will also be screening in Tupelo, Mississippi at The Tupelo Film festival May 16-19.  So, if you’re in Tupelo that weekend, or know friends in the area, go check out or spread the word.  The official Tupelo screening date and time will be posted at and here at soon, so keep checking in!

Thanks everyone!

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