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.
Eric "E-Baby" Smith began writing and reciting poetry in July 2000 with 95.5 WPGC’s Thursday Night Love Talk & Poetry Café. Since then, he’s opened for R&B artists Musiq Soul Child, Me’shell N’degeOcello, and Heather Headley to name a few. He has featured his poetry, hosted poetry shows, and taught classes as a special guest instructor at over 200 colleges and universities across the US. E-Baby has competed in, and won, numerous poetry slams from Virginia to New York within his poetical career. In 2011, he was nominated for the Male Spokenword Performance Artist of the Year by The National Underground Spokenword Poetry Association (NUSPA) and has released two albums.
Raquel “Ra Brown says she’s been an artist “- since before I knew that it was more than drawing or painting...like 2nd grade, maybe." When she was 13 she started writing to escape a self-imposed prison like state of mind as a result of having to move "down South" to the DC metro area from Philadelphia, a city she still claims to this very day. Luckily, she grew to love D.C. and that love benefitted the D.C. poetry scene. As the host of the popular Mangos (now called Jin) open mic for just under 10 years, RA developed a serious and loyal following for not only her venue, but for her work as an artist as well.
Raquel has hosted and performed on a multitude of stages. From New York to L.A, and even a couple of stages in Europe too, Raquel became the standard of what folks could expect from the amazing artistic movers and shakers of the legendary U Street artists community. She’s performed with local, national and international spoken word, vocal music and dramatic artists, singers and actors. She’s been featured on BET’s Lyric Café and has also played a major role in several productions by the award winning Straight No Chaser Films, including the documentary, “A Weigh With Words”.
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.