What better way to spent Election night than at a poetry slam and open mic? Join us on Tuesday, November 6 at Valentine’s for Nitty Gritty Slam #30.

This edition of Albany’s poetry slam series will be a special slam for the top eight points leaders so far in the season battling it out in the first semi-final to be part of Team NGS 2013. The top eight points leaders are Kevin Peterson (11), Elizag (9), Mojavi (7), Alex Sherman-Cross (7), Poetyc Visionz (6), Billy (5), Avery (4), and Brandon Williamson (4).

This lineup of poets is a great mix of performers who each bring their own style and level of experience to the stage. So far this season we have seen many new poets step up to the mic and slam for the first time. Poets like Alex Sherman-Cross, Avery, Billy, and even our very own slam coach, Mojavi, have all brought their “A Game” to try to make on the 2013 team.

This event and the tournament to choose members for the 2013 slam team, to represent Nitty Gritty Slam at the National Poetry Slam in Boston next summer, are part of the big changes that we announced at the beginning of Season Two of NGS. The top two poets at the end of NGS #30 will then move on to the Grand Slam. Poets who do not make it to the next level of the tournament are invited to participate at the next Open Slam on December 4, 2012 to begin the battle for the second semi-final.

* NOTE – This slam will not be an open slam. Only the top eight poets will be able to slam. The open mic will be for all poets and spoken word artists who want to step up to the mic with a special two poem limit.

Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series are bringing slam back to Albany with the NITTY GRITTY SLAM.

NGS takes place at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of each month.

If you’re not into slam, but want to get on stage and share your work, we have an open mic before the slam.

Sign up begins at 7PM, open mic starts at 7:30, and the slam starts at 8PM.

Admission is $5.00 ($3.00 with student ID). This is an 18+ show.

For information on the rules and format of the Nitty Gritty Slam and to meet the team, go to nittygrittyslam.com.