Capital Slam on Saturday was a really nice show. Caytee Lush provided music and poetry and really capitivated the audience.
There were a number of new slammers competing… I LOVE when that happens! We also had the season debut of two-time National Championship Capital Slam team-member Brandon Wint!
The first round was a nice mix of new and hot. I did a new piece called ‘Trapeze’ that debuted out in Carleton Place. I scored well and right up until the end of the round I was in second behind Brandon… but then Jessica Ruano and Sean O’Gorman went up and rocked the house! When the dust settled, O’G was going into the second round in first place!
A note about O’G… the dude was suffering. He has some dental issues… a cracked tooth, I think. We should do a fundraiser show to get his tooth fixed. Brother was in PAIN.
In the second round I started second-guessing myself. I had planned to bring FN back after not doing it for a long time, but I noticed that that wasn’t the real ‘mood’ of the room. It was a very ‘poetic’ night (which fit the theme of my first poem) while FN is all message with a forceful delivery.
Ruthanne urged me not to change because my piece would stand out as unique.
She was right.
The piece went over big and I got lots of compliments on the power of the piece. Kate Hunt told me it ‘scared her’. (Her tone made that sound like a compliment) 🙂
I got the highest score of the second round, but I couldn’t make up the whole gap. In the end Brandon and O’G tied for first! I was third with Jessica and James rounding out the final round.
Now… on to February.
Scheduled for the slam on Feb. 5th is Ian Kamau. That is a BIG feature, but a few things have to be worked out still… so keep your ears open and eyes peeled.
In addition, for both shows in February, we will be giving priority on the sign-up list for anyone who hasn’t slammed yet this season. If you haven’t slammed this year (or EVER!) make sure you sign-up by 7pm and I will get you on the stage. Here is your chance to rock the CapSlam mic!
Things are heating up for those 12 semi-final spots. The top 4 right now are Chris Tse, myself, Loh El, and Brad Morden but PrufRock is one slam away from being right in there and Sean O’Gorman is climbing fast, not to mention people like Mack Cannon, Elle P, and Jessica Ruano. Brandon could be back in the mix if he keeps slamming and we still haven’t heard from Truth Is…
Who will it be?