Nitty Gritty Slam #100 – Season Four Night of Champions


We have reached the century mark! We are back at The Low Beat on Tuesday, August 18 for the 100th(!) edition of Nitty Gritty Slam. And this is not just any slam, it’s the Season Four Night of Champions.

This is the one night a year we invite all of the first place winners of our slams from the season to come together and compete. This year we have a great lineup of poets who stole the show and took the first place prize at NGS from September 2014 through NGS #98 last month.

This years Night of Champions will see Victorio, Poetyc Visionz, Brandon Williamson, Elizag, Eliza Ryan, Amani, Daniel Summerhill, L-Majesty, Midnight, and D. Colin all compete for the prize money, bragging rights, and automatic entry into next year’s Grand Slam.

We have had a great year of poetry and what better way to cap it off before kicking off Season Five of NGS in September than a good, old fashioned Battle Royal of Words! These 10 poets represent some of the best Albany has to offer in the world of spoken word right here in Albany, NY.

So far three poets have held the prestigious championship – ILLiptical, Saymo, and Kevin Peterson. Who’s next?

This evening will also be a welcome home celebration for Team Nitty Gritty (PV, Elizag, Amani, and Daniel Summerhill) who will be coming back from competing at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland

If you’re not competing in this special 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 we start 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! We will be live tweeting pictures and results all night at @NittyGrittySlam and #NGS100.

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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