9. Open Mic at Busboys and Poets
Poetry and good food? I like them both. If you know me, you’ve probably heard me rave about Bus Boys and Poets and their Tuesday Night Open Mic events. What a great start to our 365 day journey.
Busboys has quickly become an institution in the city for an overall amazing experience. I discovered Busboys when I first moved to the area and needed somewhere to burn a few hours to let traffic die down. I parked and wandered into this cool looking spot a block from U Street and…
I’ve been hooked ever since.
Bus Boys is one of the most comfortable spots in the city for me. Part restaurant, part bookstore, part Freedom Fighter’s Meetup, Bus Boys is everything that is right about Washington DC. The clientele ranges from the thriving U Street crowd to the out-of-towners who stop by based on a friend’s recommendation.
On to the poetry:
Poetry is billed to start at 9:00 pm on Tuesdays but you have to be there on time in order to pay for your wristband: $4 per person. I advise you get there by 8:00 pm to be sure to get a spot. Oh and be prepared for a full community experience. The Langston room where the poetry slam is held fills up quickly, so chances are you will be sharing a table with strangers.
See it as a great way to meet someone new. Woot!
You are sure to find some great poets there and some fiery poetry. I won’t get too much into describing the poetry (I’ll let you experience it first hand), but chances are you may recognize a poet or two from Russel Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. Cool twist: You get to contribute to the community poem. performed by the host close to the end of the show.
What more could you ask for. Enjoy the show, and grab some food while you’re there. I love their sweet potato fries and blackened fish.
Location: 14th & V Streets NW