Like a punch-drunk fighter I keep going back for more, & signed up once again for the Slam. There were just 8 of us, so I was in. But first the open mic, which was worth the price of admission.
El Presidente (Thom Francis) filled in the hosting responsibilities until Mojavi arrived, resplendent in a pink sweater, so cute.
Slam Master Dain Brammage came on stage to the theme from Battlestar Galactica, to stumble into his poem set in the old Tess' Lark Tavern "Notes." Mary Panza was the "sacrificial lamb" getting a huge 28.8, which presaged the night's early high scoring, with "The Tattooed Crowd at Day Care." The field of competitors included Shannon "In the Money" Shoemaker, Ben Golden (back in town on school break), Poetyc Vyzonz as God (again), Ka in hip-hop rhyme, Elizag in the voice of Troy Davis, Kevin Peterson railing against Parking Enforcement,
You can see the scores for each round at the AlbanyPoets site, but when the dust settled, Elizag, even with a time penalty, squeaked by Shannon to win the big bucks in front of her family.
If you've just been reading my Blogs & haven't gotten out to the Nitty Gritty Slam, what kind of a wimp are you? It's spirited, it's fun, there's heckling, there's beer, & even a real poem once in a while. Check it out on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, Valentines's, 7:00 sign-up, $5.00 (less with a student ID).