As you guys know, this is my second year being on the team, so I’ve seen my share of VIP slams. I have to say, what our feature Ashe Vernon and Jordan Hamilton did, I haven’t seen before. They have a poetry performance called "The Boatman", with the two of them and one local person from whatever city they’re in (this time it was me) and it combines poetry with performance art. This feature was awesome! The writing was beautiful and the audience really took to the performance. The crowd this month was pretty virgin, but our host Jeremy Eugene kept the energy up with a grand assist from DJ Bananaz. Watching the poets is never not a treat, but Ayo’s complete disregard for time penalties made the night even more enjoyable. 2uiet Storm is one of our most consistent poets and we had the pleasure of Chandler coming down from Mic Check in Bryan, Texas. In the end, Dani B. took first place with two great pieces, Jordan came in second, talented as ever and Ayo, even with his time penalties snagged third. Thank you to everyone who showed up and showed out! I personally enjoyed the intimate setting and crowd conversation (check your monthly email for the password, wink wink). As an added bonus, we had a representative from the Defender Network come by and check us out. You can view his photos of the event here. This was a great start to another year and I’m looking forward to what the coming months will bring. Tell a friend about Houston VIP and we’ll see you April 8 at our show at Levy Park – it’s free for the whole family so don’t miss out!
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