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The Bar Exam: (Durham, NC) The Definitive Open-Mic Competition and Showcase w/ 2X Grammy winner Focus Drugs Beats & The Queen Curator

Savage Fam Productions

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 11:55 PM (EDT)

The Bar Exam: (Durham, NC) The Definitive Open-Mic...

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General Admission for one   more info 147 Tickets Mar 31, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Guaranteed seating + general admission for one   more info 82 Tickets Mar 31, 2017 $15.00 $1.82
Perform as a solo artist
Sold Out Mar 31, 2017 $40.00 $0.00
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Pre-registering is the only way to guarantee your slot. Slots limited to 16 and will fill fast. Upon ordering please IMMEDIATELY email us your twitter and Instagram name, a photo and link to music and videos. Email
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Late registration solo performer (Week of)   more info Sold Out Mar 31, 2017 $100.00 $6.49

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The Bar Exam
Pass the Bar or Pass the Mic©
Official website

Executive producer Mike Sick (Savage Fam Productions, Poetry Vs. Hip-Hop) is bringing Atlanta's premiere open-mic showcase and by Advertise" rel="nofollow">  competition 4 years running to Durham, NC March 31st!  12 artists will compete, 3 industry judges will critique and narrow down our top 4. Ultimatly, YOU our audience will decide who will 'pass the bar or pass the mic ®' The Bar Exam takes the excitment, drama, heartbreak of the likes of American Idol and Showtime at the Apollo and puts it in front of a live audience.

Industry Judges:
2x Grammy winning/multiplatinum producer Focus... (Beyonce, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar)
Grammy nominated producer Drugs Beats (Dr. Dre's Compton album)
The Queen Curator (Beats & Bars Festival)

...and our featured performers in our Halftime show
Emcee Z RICH formerly known as PHENE (Atlanta, Sway in the Morning)
Poet & Singer TBA!
Who will raise the bar? Rappers, Singers and Spoken Word artists are welcome to register
Our winner will earn an all expense covered trip to Atlanta to headline the April 28th Bar Exam, photoshoot, music video, interview & a private recording session with our official studio partner Salem Psalms Studios (A Tribe Called Quest, J-Live, Dead Prez, DITC). We by Advertise" rel="nofollow"> package all this together and send it to our media partners to promote. 
Fuc Fact: We were spotlighted by VICE magazine.
Check out our featured article from Creative Loafing Magazine 'The Bar Exam Aims High'
Register, buy tickets or secure guarenteed seating right now on Eventbrite.

**Pre-Sale ticket buyers get priority entry into the venue. 
*Artists can NOT register the day of.  Pre registration required so we can promote you online!

The multiplatinum selling and 2X Grammy by Advertise" rel="nofollow"> by Advertise"> by Advertise" href="#44678746"> winner gained major recognition in the music industry when he signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, in 2002. Since then he has produced tracks for several prominent artists, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, John Legend, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Schoolboy Q, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Marsha Ambrosias & many more.

Drugs Beats


Grammy nominated producer D.R.U.G.S BEATS super producer**produced for...DR.DRE .50cent..Lloyd banks..ludacris..young dro.fat killaz and aftermath to say a few.for D.R.U.G.S BEATS.


The Queen Curator


Crystal has been known for her love of hip hop culture since 2012 when she started curating shows ranging from beat battles, open mics and leading panel discussions to now 7 platforms in counting. She’s worked within North Carolina’s hip hop culture and bringing those in it together with organizations that can provide support within the community. Realizing the power that music holds to bring others together, Taylor is a fierce advocate for the culture of hip hop music in North Carolina.


 **** All photos are photos from The Bar Exam in Atlanta, GA at the world famous Apache Cafe ****
Pictured: Artist Phene, January 2015 featured artist. Photo CC Fat Boy Pictures
Visit our official website for picutres and videos from past events, footage, interviews, music videos from The Bar Exam #Alumni and more
Photo Credit: Fat Boy Pictures
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Doors 8pm Showtime 9pm sharp!
Hosted by: @MICXSIC
Music by: DJ Knotts
Follow @BarExamOpenMic on by Advertise" rel="nofollow">Twitter where we will announce our Featured Artist and Industry Panelist line up!
Contestents will be critiqued in 3 areas, Bars, Production, Performance
##ARTIST WHO REGISTER EARLY WILL BE PROMOTED VIA TWITTER BY @BAREXAMPENMIC and on by Advertise" rel="nofollow">nstagram@TheBarExam##
**Pre-Registering here on eventbrite is the only way to guarentee your performance slot. Slots normally fill via pre-registration a few weeks before the event and the list is closed at the door**
Calling all singers, emcee's and poets
**Pass the bar or pass the mic will take effect after the first verse into the artists performanceset. Even in the event that an artist is asked to pass the mic, each panelist will provide positive constructive feedback to the artists**
*1 song or 3 1/2 minute limit for every performing artist excluding the featured artist. no exceptions
**Artist must email their show track. by Advertise" rel="nofollow">  Instructions are in the registration page and by Advertise" rel="nofollow">  confirmation page
***Show track must be a performance version of the song.  

MEDIA SPONSORS,,,,,,,,, Culture 73, Mad Fresh Daily, A2BAYHipHop.Com, 



How many songs do i perform?

One song. But, artists are put by Advertise" rel="nofollow"> together in groups of 4 and each group represents a round. When each round starts we start that round off with a cypher for that group so have at least 16 bars or an impromptu hook ready to perform as well.  The top 4 artists at the end of the night will partake in one more cypher before the crowd decides on the by Advertise" rel="nofollow">  winner.


What is a "show version" of my performance track that is being requested of me

We ask artists to email their show track ahead of time to A "show version" is by Advertise" rel="nofollow">  simply a verion of the track that does not have the lead vocal on it. Hooks and Ad-libs or backing vocals are ok.


Where do i send my show track?


What format is accepted for my show track?



Can i change my track selection the night of?



What if i do not have a hi resolution press photo to send you?

We can arrange a by Advertise" rel="nofollow">  short photo shoot for $40 at or around Apache Cafe. Please email for that request.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is by Advertise" rel="nofollow">  available on the street, parking lot adjacent from the venue next to JJ's Bohem

Marta: The North AVE stop is just a block away from Apache Cafe (Marta stop for The Varsity)

UBER and LYFT are great options too 


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


Is my artist registration or general admission ticket transferrable?

Because slots are limited to 12 artists to compete, refunds are not available 72 hours before the event. If a transfer request for an artist is made before that time via email then that artist can be transfered to the next month.  General admission refunds or transfers must follow the by Advertise" rel="nofollow">  same guidelines.


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The Pinhook
117 W Main S
Durham, nc 27701

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 11:55 PM (EDT)

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