Nitty Gritty Slam #87 Featuring Bryan Roessel


Poetry and spoken word are going to be heating up The Low Beat on Tuesday, February 3 with the 87th Nitty Gritty Slam featuring Bryan Roessel from Suffern, NY.

Bryan Roessel is a poet/science teacher in the lower Hudson Valley. In addition to hosting a monthly poetry slam in Nyack, NY, he has competed at the National Poetry Slam in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His poetry is mostly about girls, sadness, and rocks.

The second half of the season is in full swing and we are getting closer to finding out who will be representing Albany and Nitty Gritty Slam at the Natioal Poetry Slam in Oakland this summer. Who will be joining Kevin, Amani, Samson Dikeman, and Elizag in the Grand Slam? Will any new voices wow the judges and make it to the next round?

If you’re not into competing in the slam, but want to get on stage and share your work, we have an open mic hosted by Kevin Peterson 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.

If you can’t make it out to the show that night, be sure to follow along on Twitter – #NGS87.

Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series have brought slam back to Albany with the Nitty Gritty Slam at The Low Beat (335 Central Ave.) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of each month.

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

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