About the Nitty Gritty Slam

Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series are bringing slam back to Albany with the NITTY GRITTY SLAM.

NGS takes place at The Low Beat (335 Central Ave.) on the 1st and 3rd 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 7PM, open mic starts at 7:30, and the slam starts at 8PM.

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, click here.

Nitty Gritty Staff

Slam Master - Thom Francis

Thom Francis is the president of Albany Poets and has been hosting open mics and poetry / spoken word events in Albany such as School of Night, Albany Poets Presents..., and the Albany Word Fest for over 10 years.

Slam Team Coach / Open Mic Host - Mojavi

Mojavi is the founder of Urban Guerilla Theatre and a marketing machine. He was on the Providence Rhode Island Slam Team some years ago and had to travel from Albany to Providence frequently just to on it.

Features Curator / DJ - Daniel Nester

Daniel Nester is a journalist, essayist, poet, editor, and teacher. His latest book is How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction(Soft Skull, 2010). Nester’s first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute (Soft Skull, 2003) and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems.

As a journalist and essayist, his work has appeared in a variety of places, such as Salon, The Morning News, The Daily Beast, Time Out New York, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Bookslut.


Slam Master Emeritus

Dain Brammage has been on the Albany Poetry Scene since about the year 2000 or 2001, he can't remember. Dain serves on the Board of Directors for Albany Poets. He was a volunteer at iWPS in 2005 and shortly after was Slam Master for Albany Poets Project Slam. When Dain travels on vacation he likes to find an open mic and perform in what ever city he is staying in.