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BAMcafe: Saul Williams

BAMcafe is probably my favorite place in all of NYC to listen to live music. It's one of the most visually attractive with an atmosphere that just puts you in the mood to be entertained. The artists are always top quality- featuring either up and coming acts or those who've made it and want to play a more intimate venue. The crowd that attends is always made up of true music fans, who when interacting with the artist create something truly special about the experience. And best of all, It's free. Yep, I said it- 100% free. You can't beat that with a stick. Or maybe you can. I don't know- I'm not that familiar with sticks. Anyway, If you want to enjoy good music with good company, all in an amazing space, join us at BAMcafe.

Here's some info about the artist from the BAMcafe website:

Eminent poet, actor, and musician Saul Williams has garnered countless accolades across genres and styles. Crowned the Nuyorican Poets Café’s Grand Slam Champion in 1996, he has appeared in numerous films (Slam, Lackawana Blues, K-PAX); performed with artists like Nas and Blackalicious; and collaborated with producers like Trent Reznor on albums that set the bar ever and ever higher for progressive hip-hop. He appears at BAMcafé Live following the BAMcinématek screening of the Williams vehicleAujourd'hui (Tey), part of the series Act Now: New Voices in Black Cinema.

I'll be honest and say that my first exposure to this artist was his role playing a spoken word poet named Sivad on Girlfriends. Now I know what you're thinking- "He watched Girlfriends?"- and yes, I did. Aside from that, he wrote the poems performed by the character and they were amazing. I've since tried to find as much of what he's done as I can and enjoyed the vast majority of it. I don't know how you can go wrong mixing poetry and music. I am defintely looking forward to this performance.

One last thing to keep in mind, the space isn't tiny, but it has been known to fill up quickly in the past. Getting there on time or even a little early goes a long way toward not standing while you enjoy the show. I'll get there early and try to save as many seats as possible, but some help with that would be appreciated.

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  • Shawn

    So folks, I just got word that they reached capacity. If you're not here already, you probably won't be able to get in.

    February 16, 2013

    • Makeda

      Hi Shawn it was great meeting you guys last night. I know I did tell Gabor about the Hungarian Bar Wicked Monk actually the name is Draft Barn on 3 rd Ave, Brooklyn. Hopefully he sees this message. Anyways, looking forward to meeting you guys again :)

      February 17, 2013

    • Gábor P.

      Thank you! I will check it out. See you on another meetup.

      1 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This being my 2nd meetup with this group and a first time experience at BAMcafe.... Shawn thank you again for another pleasant experience.

    February 19, 2013

  • Geraldine

    Saul was soulful, inspiring. Glad I was able to make it on time.

    2 · February 16, 2013

  • SugarHill_Chris

    Shawn is a great host and once I got there, I texted him to let him know I was in the building. Arrived super early! Got a great seat. Met some cool folks and enjoyed the performance. After the event, caught a flick, "A Good Day to Die Hard", with some great new meetup pals!

    February 17, 2013

  • Terry S.

    This was my first meetup with this group. Unfortunately, from8:10 to about after 9:00, I hung out with the hallway crew. Parking halted my attempt at arriving early. Perhaps the next meet up for me will be better.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The poetry was fly but the meetup aspect of the experience was wack

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great time thank you

    February 16, 2013

  • orangehead

    good performance but breif

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in the lobby.. But they are only letting about 5-6 people goy up at a time

    February 16, 2013

  • Destini

    Running late, so disappointed . I really wanted to make it to this meet up. I hope to meet everyone next time. Enjoy

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Its starting yessss

    February 16, 2013

  • Raquel S.

    Awe, I'm sorry Shawnie. I'm sad too, I have two dumb discussion posts to write :(

    February 16, 2013

    • Shawn

      All I have to say is if I didn't know you're pain on this so well, I'd still be pretty damn sad.

      February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    They are not letting anyone in or out, not even to smoke.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's 9: 15 p

    February 16, 2013

    • Shawn

      The show hasn't started, yet. All I can say is cross your fingers that the line starts moving so you can get in soon.

      February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh man I'm on line outside

    February 16, 2013

  • Joe L.

    I'm with the group by the back on the couches. The show doesn't start for another hour, so a bunch of us plan on moving up to get some standing room later.

    February 16, 2013

  • Shawn

    I'm here already, folks. Text me when you get here and I'll help you find me.

    February 16, 2013

    • Talya

      Hi, just got upstairs. Is there a place where sitting or standing?

      February 16, 2013

    • Shawn

      I don't think there are any more seats now. There's a large group of us in the seating area in front of te stage and another smaller group on the couches in the back by the escalator.

      February 16, 2013

  • moji

    Running behind and will not be able to make it, have fun guys!

    February 16, 2013

  • moji

    Running behind and will not be able to make it, have fun guys!

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im already here got my pic with saul

    February 16, 2013

    • Shawn

      Sweet! There are a bunch of us here at tables a couple rows back from the stage. I'm wearin a red shirt and have glasses on.

      February 16, 2013

  • Karen

    Is there food there?

    February 16, 2013

    • Shawn

      There is, but it's a limited menu.

      February 16, 2013

  • Raquel S.

    I will not make it there tonight guys. Have a lot of work to get through. Have fun and see you at the next meetup!!

    February 16, 2013

    • Shawn

      You just made me very sad.

      February 16, 2013

  • Pat

    Sorry I can't make it-so sick. Everyone enjoy!

    February 16, 2013

  • Randi

    If we get there 8:30/9 ish, you think we will be able to get in? What's the best way to find you all then?

    February 16, 2013

  • Shawn

    Remember folks, if you want to get in before the cut-off, try to get there early. There are a lot of you signe up to go and I want everyone to be able to get in.

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all!! After MoMA this would be my 2nd meetup from this group and I wouldn't mind helping out...So by me getting there 7:15-7:30 would that help you out?? Cheers

    February 15, 2013

    • Anabella

      I will try to be there around that time too

      February 16, 2013

    • Anabella

      Sorry, my friend is sick so Iam not sure whether I'll be able to make tonight...

      February 16, 2013

  • Patrick

    Would love to attend but I am still sick

    February 16, 2013

  • Roberta

    Anyone know where you can park around there?

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a question...how long will the group be at BAM for? The event starts at 8PM but is there an end time?

    February 16, 2013

    • Shawn

      Saul Williams' performance should be over by 10:30pm, but there's apparently a party afterward, so I guess it's over when you're ready to leave.

      February 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Shawn! :)

      February 16, 2013

  • elena

    Hi!! This will be my first meeting with this group!! I don't know if i'm going to recognize you Jeje i try to get there as early as possible!! See youuu

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to meet n greet and see whats happeni

    February 15, 2013

  • sharon f.

    what's the cover charge?

    February 15, 2013

  • Janu

    sounds good

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So of you're going early I can meet you there early and help save seats :) What tine early were you thinking?

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • Beverly

      I hope this is not too loud!!Looking forward to meeting!

      February 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey! If I can go at all I wont know till tomorrow BUT if its a yes at all then I'll def meet you early :)

      February 14, 2013

  • Todd

    This sounds interesting. Should be nice to check out

    February 14, 2013

  • Adre K.

    It ll be my first one as well, see you all ;)

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey- this is my first meetup from this group. How am I going to find you all (or at least the hosts)? Unless I just assume everyone there is from meetup ;-p

    February 13, 2013

    • Shawn

      Hey Salma, I'll be sending out an email the night before with details and my contact info. As long as you have that, there shouldn't be any trouble finding us.

      February 13, 2013

    • Shawn

      And DJ Idlemind, I appreciate you looking out for us like this. I'll introduce myself when I get there and let you know what area we're sitting in, just to make it easier for you to direct anyone that asks you where we are. And if you don't already get your drinks for free, I'll buy you one.

      February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Usually people buy a drink don't they? It is a cafe. I doubt that they will let 75 people come for free. Am I wrong?

    January 29, 2013

    • Shawn

      I can understand your reasoning, but in this case it really is free. You can buy drinks if you choose, and they'll also have a limited menu of pretty decent food, should you want to eat something. It's completely up to you if you spend a dime, though. Part of the reason probably is that it is houses in and funded by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). It's not too often when something that sounds too good to be true actually is.

      January 29, 2013

    • DJ I.

      The cafe is always free. I DJ here every Friday and Saturday. It is a sponsored series, so admission is free. Drinks and food are good. Ask the bartender for an "Idlemind"

      February 10, 2013

  • Raquel S.

    Do we need tickets for this?

    February 10, 2013

    • Shawn

      No need for tickets, just show up and head in.

      February 10, 2013

    • DJ I.

      It's free. But you need to be early, once capacity is reached, it's one out, one in.

      February 10, 2013

  • DJ I.

    Glad for the turnout. I'll be the DJ before the show. Afterwards there will be a party for a movie opening. When we reach capacity, no more will be admitted, do your best bet is to make the Saul Williams show and stick around. Check in on my Facebook page.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    Realized I'll be outta town.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im sob there

    February 10, 2013

  • Jane

    I'm so sad I will be missing this. I love Saul Williams, he is amazing! Have fun!

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Adre K.

    excited to see the artist and meet everyone ;)

    February 3, 2013

  • allan

    I will be in Phoenix , Arizona .

    January 29, 2013

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