Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week.
“Where Langston Hughes meets Mos Def,” is a great way to describe DMV poetry and hip-hop vet Komplex. Whether back in the day as an original member of the seminal poetry collective “The 5th L”, or as the emcee half of the Fly Gypsy, Komplex has been wowing audiences for years.
His accolades include consecutive season performances on BET Lyric Café, works aired on VH1 Soul and MTVU as well as reviews in The Source magazine (May 2009, P. 88). Above all that however, his fans love him, his peers respect him and his pen trusts him. Kom is an artist among artists and will always push the envelope and the margins forward.He’s the guy the women love and the fellas respect, and you can see why when you experience his free-flowing lyrics and infectious stage presence. In the next few weeks catch new music videos and albums from this guy, and don’t miss him Thursday at The Upper Room at Red lounge.
Busboys and Poets Open Mics
Check the Busboys and Poets website for all the poetry events this week, including Gowri Hosts 14th & V Open Mic feature:Featuring: The Beltway Poetry Slam Team
The Beltway Poetry Slam Team is currently the 5th ranked slam team in the nation and is comprised of returning team members, Twain Dooley and Drew Law, DC Grand Slam champion, Pages Matam, and Graffiti DC Slam champion, Clint Smith. Founded in the Summer of 2010, The Beltway Poetry Slam hosts monthly competitive poetry events featuring nationally renowned featured artists on the last Tuesday of every month at The Fridge in Eastern Market. The team is made up of the top ranking poets from each season and will represent DC at the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte in August. To learn more about the Beltway Poetry Slam, go to http://www.facebook.com/beltwaypoetryslam
Regie Cabico & Danielle Evennou Hosts SPARKLE (LGBTQQA open mic and reading) 5th & K Feature: Featuring Candice Danielle and Saida Agostini
Candace Danielle is a writer and emerging teaching artist originally from the Midwest who entered the world of performance poetry amid that awkward falling-apart phase of finding one’s self in college on the east coast. Her strong desire to piece together again drew her to craft her own literary therapy that self-defined and freed her from past muffling traditions and religious aesthetic. Now an elementary school educator by day, Candice is continuing to share her journey of discovery with the intent of influencing all who experience her work to step beyond the walls of communal silence and engage in a life of independent thought and open conversation.
Saida Agostini is a fierce queer love centered poet, clinician and trash talker. Her work bridges worlds all at once joyfully erotic, raw and unapologetically present. She has two chapbooks, Wild Witness and Hunger.
Click the Busboys & Poets logo to the left for more info.— $5/person.
The Garden Open @ Bloombars feat Shane Evans guest hosted by Baba Ras-D
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.
Feature and guest host: BABA RAS D Baba Ras D, which means “Father of Kings and Queens,” is a percussionist, guitarist, performing artist and educator with more than 10 years of experience in youth development, education and conflict resolution. He is the creative director of Revel Youth Shine, Inc., a program designed to keep young people (aged 7 to 21) engaged in positive community oriented activities through music. Baba Ras D performs regularly at schools and juvenile centers in the DC metro area. He also leads sessions of Harambe each week at BloomBars to bring children (aged 6 months to 6 years) together to dance, play an instrument, shout and sing-along to songs that build character, confidence and community.
Special appearance by SHANE EVANS Shane Evans is a creative force. You can visit him online http://www.olusdream.com.
Up and Up Open Mic
Join Brother Victorious & Black Boo of Mambo Sauce as they celebrate the 3 year anniversary of one of the livest open mics in the city! Featuring, as always, 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.
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
This Wednesday, July 25th at Sweet and Natural…the incomparable, talented… Jabari Exum! Jabari is a musician, actor, emcee, teacher, poet, and all-around good brother. An intricate part of the arts scene in DC and a member of the African drumming orchestra, Farafina Kan, I can tell you, we’re in for a lovely night where hip hop meets theater and the sound of Africa!…Please welcome my friend to the stage next! 4009 34th St in Mt Rainier, Md. Show at 8:00p. Hosted by Ra Brown. Get there early to enjoy the cafe’s vegan “themed” selection. See you there! – Raquel
For more info, please contact Ra at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Upper Room at The Red Lounge
Welcome to the Upper Room Thursdays at Red Lounge. This is where you go to experience the upper echelon of food, drink and entertainment. This weeks features include Komplex as the emcee, Rebecca Dupas as the poet and Sitali as the singer-songwriter.The singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Sitali Siloywe spent his childhood crisscrossing the globe with stops in Egypt, Russia and England. At the age of 13, Sitali had his first recording session with veteran producer Glynn Johns (of Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones fame). After stints in New York and Seattle, Sitali settled in Washington DC, where he formed the band christened with his name in 2005. Their latest release Aluta Continua is now available on iTunes. Please support this talented brother.
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!?)
Christylez Bacon @ Washington Sound Museum XII featuring DJ Nick tha 1da
Christylez Bacon • Progressive Hip-Hop Artist
DJ Nick tha 1da (DJ, Turntablist, Producer)
$15 Suggested Donation
ABOUT WASHINGTON SOUND MUSEUM
Washington Sound Museum is a cross-cultural collaborative music experience, a monthly intimate celebration of music and beverage, in partnership with Christylez Bacon & BloomBars. The purpose of the event is to introduce audiences to a variety of musical genres while bringing them together each month through collaboration. At 7pm, prior to the performance, patrons can enjoy a tea reception on the upper level of the Bloombar’s building. Each month, a different tea will be featured along with a presentation that gives a brief history of the tea and some little known facts and trivia.
BloomBars • 3222 11th St NW • DC