Tickets purchased in store are cash only - $5
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.
Our Tribal Statement
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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