Angelo State University’s Club Café will launch the fall semester’s entertainment with stand-up comedian and actor Deon Cole at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, followed by a free Crossroads Live performance by singer/songwriter Rachel Brown at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. for Club Café’s coffeehouse-style entertainment series in the Houston Harte University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive. Admission prices will be $2 for ASU students and $5 for the general public at the door. Brown will perform the next day to the lunchtime crowd in the lobby of the University Center.

A native of Chicago, Cole has been featured on “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” “Laffapalooza,” “Mash Ups” and his own “1/2 Hour Special,” all on Comedy Central. He also has been a finalist in NBC’s “Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase” and won BET’s Robin Harris Award for most original comic. In 2009, he made a stand-up appearance on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and was hired as a staff writer, making weekly appearance as a commentator/performer and touring with O’Brien on the “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.” Cole has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Writers Guild Award for his work with the writers of “The Tonight Show” and the TBS show “Conan.” He has been named one of the “Top 10 Comedians to Watch” by Variety magazine. As an actor, Cole has appeared in MTV’s “Short Circuitz” and “Wild N’ Out with Nick Cannon” as well as in the movies “Barbershop” and Barbershop 2.”

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Raised in New York City, Brown’s music reflects her Ethiopian, Bermudian and Southern roots. She fuses pop, Caribbean, Hawaiian, country, hip-hop and world sounds, performing with voice, guitar and ukulele. She is the 2010 recipient of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for Excellence in Songwriting. She has opened for Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, John Legend and Quincy Jones at Bermuda events.

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For more information on Club Café or Crossroads Live, call ASU’s Center for Student Involvement at 325-942-2062.