Jason Butler is a slam winning spoken word poet who loves performing at venues and festivals as either headline act, eager open-mic participant, slam entrant or host.

His work spans a plethora of topics from the emotional confessional, the occasional rant, grossly exaggerated anecdotes through to stand up silliness. Also, if asked nicely he can merrily weave an improvised verse from thin air.

Based in Cornwall, he arrived oven-ready on the poetry scene in 2014 after two decades performing as a renowned MC under his alter ego Vegas.

During 2020 he has written and performed over 80 "Poem a day during Lockdown" videos all available on his facebook page, each piece based on current events or a myriad of weird and wonderful topics suggested by his followers.

To find out the latest info on gigs and for regular new poetry videos go to jasonbutlerpoetry on Facebook.

As well as his poetry performances he's currently frontman for the bands Antimatador and Freshly Squeezed performing on stages all over the UK and beyond.


  • Tim King

    Linguistic wizardry...
    endlessly inventive

  • Robert Garnham

    Jason Vegas Butler is a rocket of sheer spoken word energy, his pieces are a mix of humorous and human, he blends words and rhythms with a literary dexterity

  • Malaika Kegode

    Jason Vegas Butler’s poetry is like a really good cup of coffee. Carefully honed to hit all the right notes, smooth; leaves you feeling energised and always wanting more. Fusing his love of spoken word with evident hip hop and soul influences, he creates a unique voice and a stage presence you can trust in. His stories of life, from the mundane, the waggish to the beauty all ring so true. Butler really takes care of you through his words. I’d like another cup.

  • Alexander Rhodes

    Jason Vegas is an accomplished and entertaining poet. His undeniably urban edge fuses with passion and feeling to form his own unique style. A great poet and a real gentleman

  • Gina Sherman

    Jason has an engaging, accessible and comical style that saw him win the Spokes Amaze Slam and countless others I'm sure. Bringing to life his personal stories with well crafted rhymes, lashings of puns and a good dose of heartfelt honesty, Jason Vegas Butler is a wicked poet.


We Do Not Fear the Dark

Written to capture the atmosphere of the Flaming Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary for this mesmeric short film by Amanda Bluglass and Danny Cooke. Narrated by Tim McGill.

This film was shortlisted in the national Outspoken Prize for Poetry 2020, in the film category.

The crab

Based on a true story of hard boiled vengeance.

Recorded in a Honda Civic while waiting for a ferry.

When the penny dropped

A poem regarding that moment when you just know they're the one.

Recorded in Switzerland whilst waiting for a taxi.

One Day

A poem exploring existential apathy and procrastination.

Animated by OMVdigital

Rhymewarp (Host)
@ Bbar Plymouth

A bimonthly event. Spoken word for spoken nerds.

Comedy word-nerdiness, crackpot crowd participation and a platform for aspiring performance poets.

Poet for hire

Have words, will travel.

Available for performances at venues, festivals, hosting duties and commissions.

Simply send an email to oldmanvegas@gmail to get in touch and we'll get straight back to you.