8th Annual Flypoet Summer Classic
Saturday August 4, 2018

Show:8pm pre-show picnic: 6pm | Ford Theater - 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA

in one of the most Culturally Significant Artforms!



Flypoet performers have been featured on HBO, The Whitehouse, are often National Spoken Word Champions and are GUARANTEED to Spit Lyrical Fire All Night Long!.


Flypoet features a full live band at its monthly showcase. For the summer classic, we up the stakes by including a celebrity musical act. Past performers have included Musiq, Angie Stone, Lalah Hathaway and more.


Beautiful open air amphitheater, amazing performance painter,Great Atmosphere

Newly rennovated venue and the option toBRING YOUR OWN PICNIC (un opened beer and wine is ok too - no thermoses)

More Artists TBA!
This is NOT your neighborhood open mic. The Flypoet Showcase is a highly curated show featuring ONLY the hardest hitting spoken word artists on the international touring scene.

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BUY NOW! - Tix Sold Out Early 7 Years in a Row!

$ 100

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$ 80

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$ 60

Standard Reserved


This summer we're taking the Summer Classic back under the stars at the Ford Theater which has just returned from full renovation! It still features an intimate space ensconced in the natural beauty of the canyon. But they've hired the best of the best among historic preservation architects to help revitalize the Ford and make improvements without changing the Ford’s vibe. What will you find when you check out the Ford this summer? A new stage, better lighting, better sound. A new picnic terrace with more dining options. And, best of all, the Flypoet Summer Classic.


Spoken Word is poetry explicitly written to be performed onstage, rather than read from the page. As an art form it focuses on the aesthetics of word play, intonation and voice inflection. While often associated with hip-hop culture, it also has strong ties to storytelling, modern poetry, post-modern performance, and monologue theatre, as well as jazz, blues, and folk music. It can be can be dynamic, comedic, dramatic or tragic and often contains references to current events and issues relevant to contemporary audiences. At its best spoken word is a powerful, high-energy, form of expression that attracts artists and audiences of all ages from a wide range of disciplines and socio-cultural backgrounds.
This is NOT your neighborhood open mic! Flypoet takes spoken word so far beyond the concept of coffee house open mics that even people familiar with spoken word are usually in awe of what we do. Flypoet only books the hottest internationally touring poets out today. Flypoet performers have performed at the White House and for Oprah; They have won national spoken word competitions, titles and even Grammy Awards; They have been featured on TED, HBO Def Poetry, Versus and Flow and beyond. Flypoet offers a highly curated experience with high production value and flair for the creative. Prepare to be SEVERELY entertained.
All seating is reserved fixed seats that you can choose from a map.
Parking is stacked for summer season shows at the amphihteatre. Cost is $5-$10 per vehicle. FREE Shuttle alternative FREE parking is available at the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station (at Lankershim Blvd and Campo de Cahuenga, North Hollywood 91608). A FREE shuttle to the Ford stops at the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station in the "kiss and ride" area starting two hours before show time and running in 20 minute intervals. Please allow an extra 30 minutes if taking the shuttle.For more venue info visit fordtheatres.org
YES! Dining options are available onsite (more details coming soon) or you can bring your own food and beverage (wine and beer are permitted) for preshow picnicking in the terraced entryway or snacking in your seat during the performance. Please note that that there are no tables in the amphitheatre and that all picnic coolers, baskets, etc. need to be small enough to fit under your seat so as not to block any walkways.
No. Some of the performers use strong language and/or adult themes and content. In my personal opinion: A mature older teen with a liberal parent would be fine.

What Is Flypoet?

Call it high energy; call it culturally evolved call it L.A.'s Biggest Baddest All-Star Spoken Word, Music and Art Explosion! .. just don’t call it an open mic … The Flypoet Spoken Word & Music Showcase is the longest-running, most highly produced and attended on-going event of its kind. Once a month we rock Los Angeles to its poetry, live music, and performance art core by bringing in the world's most sought after spoken word artists and showcasing the hottest, locally based, signed and unsigned musical acts to the delight of LA's most beautiful audience.

Since 2001 Flypoet has been widely regarded as the hottest, on-going spoken word venue in the country… some say, in the world! Flypoet features a fully curated, who’s who of the international spoken word scene.

Flypoet’s official 5-7 piece house band the Wild Bunch provides live music alongside highly polished musical acts. The musical director of the band works with Jennifer Hudson and Raphael Saadiq.

Live performance painting is provided by the incomparable Norton Wisdom who interprets what’s happening on the stage in real time on a back-lit canvas.

We deliver unbelievable talent, cocktails, snacks and a well produced show that starts on time, runs on time and ends on time makes this one of the most entertaining as well as artistically and culturally significant events in all of Los Angeles!

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