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!
Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week.
The Upper Room at Club 12
This is the last night the Upper Room will be hosted downstairs in the lounge at Twelve Restaurant & Lounge. I will be the final feature before we literally take it to The Upper Room. Join me and Mark “The Professor” Hatcher and Wanda McDonald and we do a guitar and vocals set of some of my favorite joints on the Circumlocution Vol II project. This is where you go to experience the upper echelon of food, drink and entertainment in Washington DC. Located in the historic H Street corridor, The Upper is is the perfect evening out with guests for fine dining and a tasty helping of DC’s finest artist. This week is our last occupying the downstairs bar area with DJ Live Wyah and special guest every night. Shout out to Juno Brown, Patrick Washington and Javier Starks for being our guests artists the last few weeks.
MAY 1st WE MOVE UPSTAIRS AND ON TO TUESDAY!!
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Busboys and Poets Open Mic
Check the Busboys and Poets website for all the poetry events this week, including Gowri hosting 14th & V on Tuesday with special guest T.J. Natole, Reggie Cabico hosting 5th & K on Wednesday LGBTQQA open mic and reading featuring
Richard Lorange, Love the Poet hosting Hyattsville on Thursday ,DJ SUPALEE Host the ASL Open Mic 14th and V. Click the Busboys & Poets logo to the left for more info.— $5/person.
The Garden Open Mic at Bloombars
The Garden Open Mic feat. Carbon Dioxide (guest co-host: SolSis). We welcome poetry, music, comedy, story-telling, dancing, juggling, political rants, relationship tirades and other special talents as long as they are within the realm of human respect and dignity. BloomBars is an all all-ages, community-oriented art space, so please keep this in mind when deciding what to perform. 8:30pm $7 donation
Beltway Slam Semi-Finals ft. National Slam Champion, Sierra DeMulder!
Come see the top 12 poets from the season battle it out for a chance to compete in our Grand Slam on May 8th AND enjoy the outrageous talent of our feature, National Slam Champion and Write Bloody author, Sierra DeMulder! You’d be a damn fool to miss this!
The poets competing in no particular order are: Candice Iloh, Clint Smith, Danny Fox-Moles, Drew Law, Jonathan B. Tucker, Joseph LMS, Mark Doss, Natalie E. Illum, Pages, Roscoe Burnems, Slangston Hughes, Twain Dooley
Hosted by Shelly Bell
$5 at the door (cash only)
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Up and Up Open Mic
Peace & many blessings to all, this is your weekly invitation to The Up And Up Open Microphone. This week’s show features Scooby aka Frank Sirius of Familiar Faces with special guest visit from the founders of Up And Up Fashion. The show is hosted by Brother Victorious & Black Boo of Mambo Sauce and features a live painting by Demont Peekaso which will be raffled off at shows closing. Showtime is 9 p.m. and is preceded by an happy hour featuring a Dj T-Why? with food and premium drink specials. Admission is free before 8p.m. and $10.00 after. This week House Band is Sound Of The City.
The UAU Open Mic| LIV Nightclub | 2001 11th Street NW| Happy Hour 7p-9p | Free before 8p| $10 After|Hosted by Brother Victorious & Black Boo| www.theuauopenmic.com
“Wednesday Verses” at Bohemian Caverns
Stop by Wednesday Verses: THE OPEN MIC to experience the best new talent that the country has to offer- this is that place that the “Good Stuff” resides. Located in the historic Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th St NW), where legends have played, Wednesday Verses: THE OPEN MIC is where to experience legends in the making! Arrive as fly as you already are- enjoy delicious food and signature drinks in a classic Jazz club setting. This week at Wednesday Verses: the open mic, we are featuring Drew Brokeballer Anderson and from the 804 poet Nikkea Smithers! Both poets are dooppee! See you there!
“Will Work For Food” at Sweet & Natural
Author and Speaker, Resurrection Graves this Wednesday at Sweet and Natural. Celebrating National Poetry Month and bringing awareness to child sexual abuse, Resurrection is in the house to entertain and educate. Please welcome her and join us, April 18th…4009 34th St Mt Rainier, MD. Open mic and featured artists! Show at 8:00p. Hosted by Ra Brown. DJ SeanStyles spinnin. See you there!
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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 host. flowing $1 (ONLY $1!?).