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Friday Night Open Mic hosted by Regie Cabico

Location 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, District of Columbia, 20017
Date Friday, August 23, 2024 at 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Link https://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/th-evt-34991515/
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Prepare to be captivated by the raw power and undeniable talent of Regie Cabico as he takes the stage to host the Friday Night Open Mic at Busboys and Poetry in Brookland on August 23rd. A trailblazer in the spoken word scene, Cabico made history as the first Asian and Queer poet to win the prestigious Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, a feat he followed up with top prizes in the 1993, 1994, and 1997 National Poetry Slams. His remarkable talent and unwavering dedication have earned him a first-place prize with New York's Bowery Poetry Club, and his work has graced the stages of TEDx Talk, HBO Def Poetry Jam, and NPR Snap Judgement, captivating audiences with his unique voice and powerful narratives. Cabico's words have been immortalized in over 50 anthologies, including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and Spoken Word Revolution, solidifying his place as a true literary icon whose influence transcends generations. For nearly a decade, he has produced Capturing Fire: an International Queer Slam in Washington, DC, providing a vital platform for LGBTQ+ voices to be heard and celebrated, fostering a sense of community and empowerment through the transformative power of spoken word. As the host for this Friday Night Open Mic, Cabico brings his wealth of experience, passion, and unwavering commitment to fostering a space where artists of all backgrounds can share their stories and connect with audiences on a profound level. For two electrifying hours, the stage will be set ablaze with a diverse chorus of voices, ranging from professional spoken word performers to open mic rookies and musicians, each offering a unique perspective and captivating narrative that will resonate long after the final word has been uttered. Expect to be moved, challenged, and inspired as you witness the raw emotions, thought-provoking narratives, and powerful social commentary that will fill the air, leaving you forever changed by the experience. Cabico's ability to create a sense of community and belonging, to make every person in the room feel like they are a part of something greater than themselves, is a true testament to his skill as a performer and his deep understanding of the human experience. His infectious energy and genuine passion for the arts will permeate every moment, creating an atmosphere that is both electric and deeply personal, a space where vulnerability and authenticity are celebrated and embraced. With a packed house and an atmosphere of open-mindedness, appreciation for the arts, and a shared sense of community, this event promises to be a truly unforgettable experience for all who attend. Whether you are a seasoned poetry enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of spoken word, the Friday Night Open Mic hosted by Regie Cabico is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of human experience, to be transported by the power of language, and to emerge with a renewed sense of empathy, understanding, and connection to the world around you and the people who inhabit it. This is more than just a night of entertainment; it is a journey of self-discovery, a celebration of the human spirit, and a reminder of the transformative power of art to heal, inspire, and bring people together in a way that transcends boundaries and differences. Don't miss this chance to be a part of something truly special, to be moved and uplifted by the incredible talent and passion that Regie Cabico and his fellow artists will bring to the stage.

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