Poets Peter Meinke, Blu Bailey to headline Studio@620's new open mike night
The event is held on the last Monday of every month. The doors open at 8 p.m. for minglers to enjoy music, art and a cash bar. A featured musician or poet performs at 9 p.m. AMP kicked off in September with Tampa spoken word artist Wally B as the headliner. Organizer and host Jason "Jay" Bruzzichesi said about 70 people attended the first event, and he expects an even bigger crowd to stop by for the upcoming lineup:
Oct. 26: Peter Meinke, above, St. Petersburg's poet laureate
Nov. 30: Blu Bailey, an Orlando spoken word artist and founder of SpokenWordPress.org
Dec. 28: Kevin Sandbloom, a blues/funk musician
Bruzzichesi, a 1993 graduate of St. Pete High, organizes and hosts AMP. He and 2000 St. Pete High graduate Brian Duncan also host Resurrection, a spoken word open night event that's held at the Lobby on Central Avenue every Wednesday from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Poets and musicians are welcome to perform at the free event, which is in its eighth year. Bruzzichesi deejays the showcase under the name DJ Sporaticus.
For more information, or to perform or have your artwork displayed at AMP, call (727) 895-6620. $5 suggested donation.
-- Dalia Colon, tbt*. Photo: Peter Meinke handout.