Open Mic

The Cafe is home to several Open Mic events. Here’s what you need to know:

 

Open Mic Mondays Open Mic Mondays (Every Monday)

Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Play us a song, show us your stand-up, read us a poem, perform in any genre you want! You get five minutes to show us one piece: Stun us, impress us, and make it count. So get down, sign up, and show us what you got!

RULES:
The first 25 people to sign up are allowed 5 minutes on stage to perform. There is then a 5-slot waiting list for any extra time at the end of the show. Artists must bring their own music and props for their performances. The cafe offers a piano that can be used for performance acts.

 

Wednesday Night Slam Open MicWednesday Night Slam Open Mic
(Except the first Wednesday of the Month)

Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $8 at the door.

All poets welcome. Come and perform your best poems, and compete for a chance to be invited back to our cafe for our Friday Night Poetry Slam! Take a chance, show us what you’ve got, wow the crowd with your words and leave them begging to hear more.

RULES:
This Open Mic is strictly for Poetry. The first 20 people to sign up are allowed 3 minutes and 20 seconds to showcase a single poem. 3 randomly selected judges from the audience then rate the poems on a scale of 1 to 10. The 10 poets who score highest are invited to participate in the following round, where they recite a 2nd poem. The top-5 move on to the final round. The winner of the Wednesday Night Slam is awarded a small cash prize and a spot on the list for a Friday Night Slam.

 

Open RoomOpen Room (Every Friday after Poetry Slam)

Begins at 12:30am after the Friday Night Slam.

The Open Room gives audience members the opportunity to showcase their own poetry after listening to the poets featured on our Friday Night Slam.

RULES:
Participants are allowed 3 minutes to perform a single poem.

 

ALL THAT! Poetry, Hip-hop & Jazz Open MicALL THAT! Poetry, Hip-hop & Jazz Open Mic
(Every First Wednesday of the Month)

Doors open at 10 pm. Tickets are $13/$10 with Student ID.

ALL THAT! Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz night brings emcees, poets, musicians, and artists from a variety of backgrounds together for an open jam session. It’s a time in which all artists can come to discuss and perform openly, and have the opportunity to jam and see such amazing acts as Antonio Hart, Weldon Irvine, Krykah Badu, O.C. and Rahzel  as well as many other unknown emcees and performers all on the same stage! ALL THAT: Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz is one of our most diverse events where many people from different backgrounds and musical interests can come together as one and share in their love of poetry and music.

RULES:

Open Mic participants are allowed to recite One Poem, One Verse, or One Song with the DJ. Participants are not permitted to bring musical accompaniment for performances or request to recite their work acappella. Participants may be asked back on stage to perform another piece, depending on the volume of people signed up and amount of time remaining.

 

Words: Hip-Hop, Poetry and Jazz Open MicWords: Hip-Hop, Poetry & Jazz Open Mic
(Every Third Saturday of the Month)

Doors open at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $13/$10 with Student ID.

Are you a new artist? Are you looking for a chance to spit some bars or perform your poem in front of a crowd? Words: Hip & Poetry Showcase & open Mic is a chance for new artists and poets to come and show their stuff. We encourage young artists from everywhere to take this opportunity to showcase their work, mingle with other artists, and enjoy a live band and DJ. Words is definitely a night at The Nuyorican you won’t want to miss!

RULES:
Open Mic participants are allowed to recite One Poem, One Verse, or One Song with the DJ and/or live band. Participants are not allowed to bring their own music or request to recite their work acapella. Participants may be asked back on stage to perform another piece depending on the volume of people signed up and amount of time remaining.

 

Urbintel Presents: Verses Open MicUrbintel Presents: “Verses” Open Mic (Last Saturday of the Month)

Doors open at 10 pm. Tickets are $10.

VERSES, hosted by “The Crazy One”, Helena D Lewis happens every last Saturday of each month. It’s a chance for all you poets, both young and old, to come and show your stuff, get a laugh and have a good time.

RULES:
Participants sign up as the door opens. Partisans are allowed 4 minutes to perform one poem. Participants are not permitted to bring musical accompaniment for performances.