Updated: Jan 12, 2019
It started in 2012. Hannah Hasan and a group of five other Charlotte artists decided to create what they needed—an open mic night that was for young adults like them. They wanted a space that was welcoming to all, a cool place for anyone who needed a little art in their life to come and experience spoken word poetry, soulful singing, hip-hop and community.
They felt that Charlotte need an open mic night that blended culture, community, and consciousness. So for close to five years, they packed Mugs Coffee Shop the first Saturday of each month with Charlotteans from many different backgrounds, all connected through the power of art. That ended in 2016, and while the group of five has now turned to two, Hannah and her sister Shardae are still using the arts to connect people through their platform Epoch Tribe.
This Saturday, as a way to homage to their open mic glory days and to celebrate the #joyofvoting with local partner Queen City Unity, they will host the Vote So Hard Open Mic Night Experience.
Attendees can expect door prizes, a live DJ, performances centered around themes of consciousness and community, curated coffee drinks and smoothies from Hip Hop Smoothies, and sharing of time and space with others committed to community.
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