by Cesca Janece Waterfield
Jamil Jasey has been organizing spoken word and open stage events throughout Richmond since 2005. A veteran of Tropical Soul’s well-known Tuesday Verses, he’s also performed with Lyric Ave. In two weeks, he’ll release his …®first spoken word CD and he was recently invited by artists in Kinston, North Carolina to perform.
But it may be what the 30 year old Jackson Ward resident brings to Richmond that’s most inspiring. With his events, Jamil not only gives local artists opportunities to perform and hone their skills, but he brings attention and valued traffic to small businesses. “Any artist can come and feel at home,” Jamil says. “We encourage singers, poets, visual artists, anybody can come.”
Every Thursday, he’s at BoDillaz Quesadillaz, 916 W. Broad St. with an open stage known as Lyricist Lab. He visits the Virginia Treatment Center for Children downtown each month, where he encourages young patients to become performers. Beginning Sunday, Sep. 13, he’ll introduce a weekly open stage to Skyy Lounge, and on Sep. 18, he’ll bring a Friday night open stage to Shockoe Bottom’s Touch of Soul.