In this episode Kwasi brings back Dutty Bookman to discuss the movement he has helped dub as the Reggae Revival after a panel at SXSW 2027. He also speaks to Koro Fyah of the Bevel Rock camp about his ABC’s at SXSW as well. Bomani interviews the founder of the Uganda’s Bavubuka Foundation, Babaluku, and their chief archivist Gilbert Daniels about Hip-Hop in Uganda and the Lugaflow movement. Bomani and Kwasi also discuss spirituality in independent music, and how the community discusses things like sin. A must listen!
Once again, this is a test of the “get the hell out of the house on a weekday” emergency system. There is never a reason to be bored in Washington DC, so here are the places to catch live entertainment. Each venue and event is unique and entertaining in it’s own way, and each approved by notarapper.com for a guaranteed great time.
Chill Out DC, Steve A Burch & notarapper.com present
The Upper Room Wednesdays at Club 12
This is not an open mic, but a showcase of the upper echelon in poetry, singer songwriters, hip-hop, stand up etc. come to Club 12 to see the best of the best. hosted by Bomani Armah & Monika “Le Doodlebug” Pearson. The first 4 weeks will be absolutely FREE! That’s right, no cover at one of the most posh spots in DC. They will feature DJ Live Wyah and one feature performer every night. Starting April 26th we will have Bomani & Immaletchufinish as the feature performer, and 3 featured acts every Wednesday After that. The cover will be only $7, still a great price for this level of high quality entertainment.
Busboys and Poets Open Mic
Check the Busboys and Poets website for all the poetry events this week, including Gowri Koneswaran hosting at 14th & V on Tuesday with Slangston Hughes as the feature, and Regie Cabico & Danielle Evennou hosting SPARKL Eat the 5th in K location on Wednesday.
Click the Busboys & Poets logo to the left for more info.— $5/person. Wristbands for Tuesday night open mic at 14th & V are sold all day in the Bookstore beginning at 10 AM and online until sold out. Limit of 4 wristbands per person.
The Garden Open Mic at Bloombars
The Garden Open Mic features poetry, music, comedy, storytelling and other talents that can be shared in 5 minutes or less in an all-ages arts space. Come to share, listen and meet people in our community! Sign-up list opens at 8:30 pm and the first performer goes on at 9:00 pm $7 donation. Feature and guest co-host: T.J. Natole is a recent resident of Arlington VA. He helps run Poetry Now, an organization focused on spreading spoken word in Northern Virgina through writing and performance workshops. He has also been involved with running the Beltway DC poetry slam, and is a regular host there.
“Wednesday Verses” special anniversary show at Liv!
I’m really excited about this anniversary show and I’m sorry I’m going to miss it. Trust me, Lorna is one of the best event hosts in the business. Other hosts should come and take notes, or just soak in a night that flows effortless and leaving residue of smiles all over you. This week 3 Years for Wednesday Verses feat. Kimberly Nicole and Maimouna Youssef! is going down at LIV, 2001 11th St, NW, Washington DC, 8pm, right upstairs from Bohemian Caverns! Tickets are $20 and will also feature Jazminia C. Griffith, Douglas Roscoe-Burnems Powell, David James, LaToya ‘Lyndre’ Ransom, Florence Carey, Komplex and host of other outstanding perfomers! For tix click here: http://wednesdayversescelebration.eventbrite.com/
“Will Work For Food” at Sweet & Natural
Sweet and Natural’s, “Live and Breathe” and Ra Brown’s, “Will Work For Food” brings you the eclectic word sound, the spaced-out grounded rhymes round a lyrically lucid dream of ghetto life and hood themes…please welcome SLANGSTON HUGHES! Wednesday, Mar 28th. 4009 34th St Mt Rainier, MD. Open mic, great vibes, beautiful art and artist and the best audience…anywhere! Showtime: 8:30p. Hosted by Ra Brown. Video-taping by DG of 4.0 Media. See you there!
For more info, please contact Ra at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday #SpitDatDC at the ECAC Building
SPIT DAT is a weekly open mic held every Thursday @ 9pm at the ECAC (733 Euclid Street, NW, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20001). Consistently named one of the best poetry spots on the east coast because of it’s serene scene based on a sincere love of the art of poetry. Drew “Droopy the BrokeBaller” Anderson and Dwayne B aka “The Crochet Kingpen” keep the energy flowing and always have the best features! The cover is only $1 (ONLY $1!?). Yep, that’s right. Only a dollar.