Thursday 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.
DJ Tao (pronounced 'Dow') began as a philosophy major who loved to spin records during his free time. In his heart Tao never strayed far from college. He dreamed of returning to campus, not as a student, but as a performer. It was therefore a very exciting time when he first linked up with E-Baby, a fellow poet from the DMV. Tao and E-Baby joined their creative forces and formed a poetry duet called “The Pen & Paper”. Together they took their high-energy act to students across the country as part of Jus Wiggin's “All Star Poetry” tour. After years of experience and artistic development he stands as a well-seasoned writer and performer, ready to inspire lovers of poetry just as he was inspired so many years ago.
Given the name KaNikki, being interpreted as “great writer” at birth, KaNikki is living up to her name. With over twenty five years of writing and over a decade on the poetry scene, KaNikki Jakarta has toured the US and the UK sharing the stage with Jill Scott, Raheem DeVaughn, and Lyfe Jennings. KaNikki J. writes and recites what she calls “real life fiction” that touches her listeners to the core.
She has published two fictional novels: IN REAL LIFE & THE COLOR BLUE and she will release a third in late 2013 entitled THE OTHER SIDE OF PRETTY.
KaNikki J is a success at multi-tasking wearing many hats: poet, host, and ASL Interpreter. She is the founder of NUSPA (National Underground Spoken word Poetry Awards. If you think that something she says on the mic might change your life, you’re probably right.
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.