Published On: Mon, Aug 4th, 2008

Capicu Poetry Recap: The People’s Open Mic

What do you get when you mix a trendy lounge, mojitos, a dynamic host, and some of the hottest open mic’ers in NYC with a crowd that is ready to feed their souls and then party till 4am?


It is Friday, July 25th and the people have spoken…

and they are saying it show after show, “Capicu Poetry is truly the voice of the people.” Even though there were two major Latino events happening elsewhere in NYC last Friday night, there were still over 60 fans from the 5 boros, Long Island and even New Jersey (shout out  to Nessa and fam!). They all came out to enjoy the eclectic mix of singers, poets and comedians who come to our shows for the love of their craft and more importantly, for the love of the people.

Capicu Poetry opened its stage this Friday to 17 performers in just two and a half hours. The show opened with the usual “unusual”  antics of the master of ceremonies, Papo Swiggity. The open mic began with an amazing performance from Evelyn Quintana, a Sunset Park resident who dedicated a heartfelt rendition of “Right Here Waiting” to her brother currently serving in Iraq.

The show also included incredible performances from Francesca (comedy), Slim (from the BX), Kalisha (LI), Jose Arias (SI), Angel Gonzalez (comedy), Tatiana (from the BX), Canella, Bushwick’s Own Conan, David Cortes (comedy), Blaze A Page, Joe Ramon, Reina Miranda, Lissette Lissette, Jonny Penn (comedy), Evey, and Joe St. James. We also had the opportunity to once again raffle off one of the Taino Spirit paintings that will soon be exclusively available right here on

We made several important announcements during intermission. Capicu Poetry will be hosting “Capicu Family Night”- our first Teen Open Mic at Dance Atlantic Studio in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn on August 15th at 9pm. In addition to that, Capicu Poetry will be participating in events at SUNY Stonybrook, Long Island University-CW Post Campus and at El Museo Del Barrio in the coming months…and we haven’t even started grinding for real!

The show was sponsored in part by, an innovative Bronx-based company who is looking to change the world one street at a time and is giving New Yorkers a chance to own a piece of their ‘hood. The site offers 70 unique products and 119 total selections, including shirts, hats and calendars, all featuring a specific street name, based on the buyer’s selection.

Other sponsors include Blaze-A-Page Graphics, Radio Capicu, American Latino TV, LatiNation FutuVision and of course, Sofrito For Your Soul.

A special thanks to Notice Lounge, The Guy, Blaze-The Capicu Marine, Boricua Goddess, Cocotaso, Media Jester, Nessa (feeding the troops), The Swiggity Cartel, La Familia De Phi Iota Alpha, all of the performers and last but not least, every single person that has come to our shows and helped spread the word about the Capicu Movement. Without you, we would still be in a club, drinking and dreaming of a place where our people have a voice.




As I am,

George Torres
The Urban Jibaro

Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase
Community Hotline (208) 723-5966
Who is Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase

The Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase is a grassroots cultural house of poetry and performing arts. For the open mic and cultural show, we use the space once a month in Notice Lounge, one of the neighborhoods premiere mid sized bars, located securely across the street from the 90th Police Precinct in Williamsburg. Our mantra is that we educate & entertain, in order to culturally enrich and empower the neighborhood’s sense of self.

We also have a online radio show for the global community called Radio Capicu. You can log on and listen at

All Partnership / Media Inquiries
phone: 347-403-6012 


Capicu Poetry Recap: The People’s Open Mic