Team Nitty Gritty 2013

Nitty Gritty Slam #51 – The Team Nitty Gritty Send Off

Team Nitty Gritty 2013

Join us upstairs at Valentine’s on Tuesday, August 6 for Nitty Gritty Slam #51, the last slam before Kevin Peterson, ILLiptical, Daniella Watson, Poetyc Visionz, Saymo, Algorhythm, and Coach Mojavi head off to Boston for the National Poetry Slam.

AP-Event-NGS-51We will be back with our traditional “8-4-2” slam format right after our open mic for poetry and spoken word. For this slam on the August 6, it will be the last chance for someone new to join the Season Two Night of Champions.

The upcoming Night of Champions Slam marks the official end of Season Two of NGS. If you have come in first place during this season, please plan on being part of this very special slam on Tuesday, August 20 where we will crown the Season Two Champion! ILLiptical won the belt last year and a spot in the Grand Slam, who will come out on top this year? So far we  have 15 poets on the list to compete for the coveted prize, title, and an automatic spot in the 2014 Grand Slam.

As we get closer and closer to Team Nitty Gritty competing against 71 other teams at NPS, we want to take this time to ask our very generous community for their support. You can help us send Albany’s slam team to Boston with a donation by going to and clicking “Donate”. Everything goes to help fund the team’s travel and lodging to the event.

Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series have brought slam back to Albany with the Nitty Gritty Slam.

NGS takes place at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.) on the 1st and 3rd (and 5th) 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 7:00pm, open mic starts at 7:30, and then Thom Francis starts the slam at 8:00pm.

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