FEB 24, 2024

flypoet classic slam

This is NOT your neighborhood open mic. Prepare to be SEVERELY entertained!

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The FLYPOET Classic Slam is a night where words aren’t just spoken; they’re unleashed in a multi-round battle of lyrical blood sport for cash prizes and bragging rights with beat-box, DJ and audience dance battles between rounds.

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FLYPOET features only the best of the best, hardest hitting, most decorated spoken word artists from across the country. This is NOT your local open mic; it's a high-flying, soul-stirring adventure that will leave you on the edge of your seat, craving more.


Come Early For The Pre-Party!

Pre-Show Party: 6pm | Main Show: 8pm


Live Music

Mix & mingle with live music in the lobby


Full Bar

Enjoy cocktails, beer and wine options


Live Food Vendors

Featuring Black-Owned Chefs


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REDONDO BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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What is spoken word?
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.
What is a slam?
A poetry slam is a spoken word competition in which poets perform spoken word poetry before a live audience and a panel of judges. Usually in a coffee house, bookstore, small theater or a bar ... A FLYPOET CLASSIC SLAM: Literary bloodsport! A poetry slam on steroids! A no holds barred battle between 10 hand-picked slam poetry titans from all over the country spitting fire to over 1,000 raucous audience members and celebrity judges with a title, bragging rights and big money on the line!
Is this like spoken word night at my local coffee house?
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.
Is parking really free?
Onsite parking is FREE on a first-come, first-served basis.