The week of June 11, 2012

Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week.

We are still perfecting this weekly blog about the best places to be for live entertainment, especially music and poetry.  Feel free to forward this to your friends asking for where to be, and hit me with feedback and places that I haven’t mentioned here yet!

The Upper Room at The Red Lounge

The Upper Room June 10thWelcome to the Upper Room Thursdays at Red Lounge. This is where you go to experience the upper echelon of food, drink and entertainment in Washington DC. Located in the historic U Street corridor, The Upper Room is the perfect evening out with guests for fine dining and a tasty helping of DC’s finest artist. This weeks features are poet and Bloombars “The Garden Open Mic” host and curator Gowri K, Emcee extraordinaire Javier “Midas” Starks, Singer songwriter Juno Brown, all hosted by our special guest Ms. Shelly Bell

Busboys and Poets Open Mics

Priska Neely features at Busboys & Poets 5th & KCheck the Busboys and Poets website for all the poetry events this week, including Benny Blaq hosting at the Shirlington VA location, Pages is hosting 14th & V on Tuesday with special guest Se’Lah from NJ, I’m hoting at the 5th and K st location with Priska Neely as the feature,  and 2deep is hosting Hyattsville on Thursday. Click the Busboys & Poets logo to the left for more info.— $5/person.

The Garden Open Mic at Bloombars

Elahe Izadi and Danial Orange at The Garden Open MicThe Garden Open Mic feat. Danial Orange (guest co-host: Elahe) Starts: 8:30 pm Join us for DC’s only weekly variety open mic (poetry, music, comedy, storytelling, etc-ing) where the show is appropriate for all ages (please and thank you to performers). Each week includes a featured artist and guest co-host, as well as resident co-host Gowri K. Sign-up list opens at 8:30 pm and the first performer goes on at 9:00 pm! $7 donation

SpeakEasy DC

Join SpeakeasyDC for a night of true stories told live on the theme “Jekyll and Hyde: Stories about the dark and light of human nature”. This show is part of a monthly storytelling series on the second Tuesday of every month. Sign up to tell your story at See videos from past shows at Visit for more.

Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 8pm. BBQ Bus will be there starting at 6:30.

June 12, 2012
Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 8pm
at Town Danceboutique
2009 8th St, NW,Washington, DC, 20009 (near corner of U Street)
$15 online or cash at door
Open mic is full
Must be 21 and must have ID.
Bring-your-own-food or buy some from the BBQ Bus.
Full bar – credit or cash
There is an ATM on the premises.
Wheelchair accessible
Up and Up Open Mic

Peace & many blessings to all, this is your weekly invitation to The Up And Up Open Microphone. 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|

“Wednesday Verses” at Bohemian Caverns

V. Rich at Wednesday VersesStop 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.

Poetry, singing, instrumental music throughout all genres are expressed on stage along side a live band staffed by super heavy musicians like Dennis Turner, Dre King, “Chris Biscuit” Bynum, Marcus Parker, Chooky Caldwell, Vohn Higgz, and Aaron Hardin. The first hour is filled the funky sounds of DJ Lance Reynolds, providing the perfect Happy Hour mix.

Will Work For Food” at Sweet & Natural

Lamar Hill featuring at Sweet & NaturalLamar Hill is an inspiration…a spoken word artist, actor, producer, film maker and…very good at what he does. I have had the pleasure of featuring Lamar at one of the “ole skool” U St. venues, then known as Mangos, and absolutely LOVE his work. His “preacher-like” cadence, robust delivery coupled with clever lines and tight messages, like a great hip hop song…makes for an unbelievable feature. Please welcome Lamar Anthony Hill II! Wednesday , June 13th at Sweet and Natural. 4009 34th St. Mt Rainier, Md. Showtime: 8p. Hosted by Ra Brown.

For more info, please contact Ra at:

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!?)


Saturday  Youth Open Mic

Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock


Co-hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker (Coach, DC Youth Slam Team) and high school students Kosi Dunn and Nichita Mason


5th & K | 3rd Saturday of every month: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


$5 Cover. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased online here starting at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM in the Global Exchange Fair Trade Store (cash only). No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door if available. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.

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