Chicago is fondly known as the windy city, it is rich in history as well as the blues not to mention the sweet sounds of jazz. This beautiful city has so much to offer. The people alone are incredibly freindly the buildings beautifully desined rich in culture. Home to the Cub’s the White Sox and the Bears. It definetly is not lacking in the art’s department either. There is plenty to do in this windy city.
Chicago is home to “The Green Mills Jazz Club” where uptown slam poetry was born. What is slam poetry? Slam poetry is a competition between poets, this is for the competitive soul. Not to be confused with open mic poetry reading. Open mic poetry is more on the mellow side a relaxed form of reading in front of a live audience. Slam poetry is read in front of a live audience along with a panel of judges picked from the audience.
Poets are encoureged to pick their best piece as they will be judged, the reader can use props for visual effects as well as music to set the tone. They must read original pieces register for the competition; double check the style of poetry being read. After all the reader does want to win the competition. The slams are open to the public some places may have an age restriction, you will want to be sure to check on that.
Every one is allowed to read during the first round, a time limit of three minutes is given to the reader. If the reader goes over their time points will be deducted. The reader is judged on a zero to ten point system if they make it past the first round the reader is asked to come back on to the second round this is definitely not for the faint of heart. As this is a compettion.
Slam poetry the brain child of Marc Smith fondly known as Slampapi, Marc wanted to bring a little excitment in to open mic poetry reading, his love for baseball a competitive nature he brought the two together and slam poetry was born in 1984. Marc hosted the slam out of the “Get Me High Lounge” until 1986 Marc approuched Dave Jemilo owner of the “Green Mills Jazz Club” where Dave welcomed the idea. To date open slam poetry is hosted on Friday nights at the “Green Mills Jazz Club” @http://www.greenmilljazz.com
If ever in the windy city of Chicago stop by the “Green Mills Jazz Club” try a bit of healthy competition.If here in the Cololrado Rockies slam poetry is alive and well as it is hosted here in the heart of Denver at our very own “Mercury Cafe” located at 2199 California St. To register for the Friday night competition view the “Mercury Cafe web site @http://www.mercurycafe.com