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Getting Made – Round 1

July 17, 2013

Last night was a blast at the “Made in 502” competition. So excited to be a part of this awesome event!
Amazing writers and artists on the mic for this one. There was a total of 5 writers signed up to perform and let me tell you, I was blown away by the talent. They were a diverse group with different styles, which kept the night interesting. It also, however, made it difficult to be in the judge’s seat! Judging with me was the national-touring spoken word artist Truth B. Told and the artist and owner of Open, Mark James.
We had all poets this week. But remember, this competition is open to all writers. First up was Lance Newman. Lance has been making a name for himself for awhile on the spoken word circuit. He has hosted a number of spoken word shows and open mics around the city. His most recent endeavor is all about the slam and I actually posted a recent blog about the College Coop Slam he hosted. Lance did not disappoint and started the competition off right. Next on the stage was Matthew Murphy. This is the first time I have heard him, but he really brought it and I enjoyed his work. Next on the list was Anthony Trotter, Jr. Very strong presence and he commanded the stage, something I always like to see. Maplex Monk was next on the mic. Maplex does wonderful things for the arts community in Louisville. He is all about networking and getting the right people together. You have to admire that. His piece was on point. Last, but certainly not least, was the beautiful Dawn’s Early Light. It was nice to get a woman on the mic and switch things up a bit. Her piece was well written and she uses both voice and movement to keep your attention.
The winner of the round, who advances to the semi-finals (and got to walk away with $100), was Lance Newman. Lance won the audience award, too! The second place winner also advances to the semi-finals. Dawn’s Early Light took that spot. Both winners will appear on this weekend’s edition of the Made in 502 radio show on Crescent Hill Radio.
All other competitors are welcome to come back for another preliminary round and I honestly hope they do. We had some really great talent!
There was a small, but wonderful crowd, so I definitely want everyone to spread the word about this opportunity. Let’s continue to grow this competition into something even bigger. Write now and then come see us next Tuesday at Diamond Pub & Concert Hall, 630 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY. Sign-ups start at 7. See you there!

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