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Tuesday Night Open Mic! A Busboys and Poetry Event For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.
Forged in Washington DC's now legendary U Street Poetry Scene, Patrick Washington has consistently proven himself a master of spoken word / hip hop fusion. The 4 time DC representative at NPS and 2001’s Washington DC Def Poetry Slam Champion became a semi-regular performer on HBO presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, along with his right-hand man natural law DP, as one of spoken words most dynamic duos, The POEM-CEES.
In 2009, he was hired by Tavis Smiley to narrate his national museum exhibit, “America I Am” which was seen by over a million people, and as part of the POEM-CEES, he was honored to write and perform an original piece along with Grammy-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder & President Obama, among others on October 16th 2011.
The U Street activist still abiding within, he remains a constant presence representing for artists rights, and as a teaching artist for Words Beats & Life & The American Poetry Museum, Patrick enjoys conducting poetry/hip-hop workshops with young people locally & nationally, spreading his love for the spoken, written & the rhythmic word.
godchild is an award winning poet/host from norfolk va. BNV Coach of the hampton roads youth poets, host of fuzzy wednesdays, the mic fiend cafe, the wet poetry spot, conversation over cocktails and lyrically inclined.
Our Tribal Statment
Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.
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