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Get Some 'Rhythm, Roots & Rhyme'

If you have some time tonight – and some impressive rhyming skills – go check out the Detroit Jazz Fest's first poetry slam.

In partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Detroit Jazz Fest presents what it calls Rhythm, Roots, & Rhyme. The competition has youth and adult sessions, and it is scheduled to take place in three installments beginning tonight and culminating at the festival Labor Day Weekend.

Tonight's competition starts at 7 p.m. for the youth division and 8 p.m. for the adults. It will be at the Wright museum in the General Motors Theatre. A second round will take place Aug. 21 and the final Sept. 5 during the Fest.

Even better: The slam will feature performances by Citywide Poets, an extraordinary group of young wordsmiths from Detroit's InsideOut Literary Arts Project. All sessions will be hosted by La Shaun phoenix Moore and will be adjudicated by celebrity judges in the final rounds. Finalists will receive a cash award, an opportunity to perform their winning piece at the Chase Main Stage at the closing night of Detroit Jazz Fest in addition to having their work published in Metro Times (and on this blog if they want!).

For more information on how to sign to compete, contact Phoenix at or via phone at 313-207-6572.

More on the Jazz Fest, InsideOut and all that in the weeks to come!

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