Brass Knuckles LA

Monday, April 4, 2011

Here We Go, Yo!

So what's, so what's, so what's the scenario!?! Well as you may or may not know, slam is EXTREMELY competitive in nature. Not only are poets going up against each other for a lofty title, occasional cash prizes, and likely a spot on a team, but various poetry venues within certain areas are each hosting slams. There are more and more opportunities, slams every other night all over the city and poets, poets, everywhere, slamming their little hearts out. Let's not forget that everyday life responsibilities, conflicting schedules, and goals often crowd out our artistic aspirations. Tough decisions must be made. As a result, sometimes you start out with one team and end up with another. Hey, it happens.

A couple of the original team members for the 2011 LA Slam Team decided to explore other opportunities in slam and we wish them the very best. They will stay friends of the LA Slam Team and we definitely love them, support them, and congratulate them in their future successes! As a result of the shift, we were able to bump up two of our finalists: Ashley and Madison. We are so very excited to have these fierce young ladies join our team this year and happy that they were able to. So that's the scenario. Now, run tell yo Mama.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


It was crazy. The poets went balls deep. Our special guest host, Javon Johnson kept it crunk. Our DJ, Tamara Blue kept us gyrating in our seats between poems. The audience was live. And when it was all said and done, the judges had the final say. Thank you to lovers of Brass Knuckles, everyone who supported all season long, our judges, hosts, and most of all, slammers!

Congratulations to Judy Holiday who dethroned last year's Grand Slam Champion, Nikki Blak with a final cumulative score of 88.1!!! It was such an exciting night! Though we hated to see the poets who were eliminated as the slam went on have to leave us, we sure are happy for the ones who made it through. Here are the final scores of the night:

Judy Holiday 88.1
Nick Macedo 87.3
Francois 86.8
Mr. Poetic 86.4
Edwin Bodney 86.2

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Here's the line up:

Edwin Bodney
Mr. Poetic
E. Amato
Judy Holiday
Nick Macedo

What does that mean? Simply put... BRING YOUR ASS. That is all

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2nd Semi Final Bout RECAP

Last night was the second (and very last) of 2 Semi Final Bouts to determine this year's finalists for the 2011 LA Slam Team. The crowd was hype and the gloves were off. In the end, Francios (who made it to Semis last year) was crowned the evening's king with a cumulative score of 84.9. We'll see him in finals, along with the following poets:

Madison 84.4
Manuel 83.8
Ashley 82.9
Judy Holiday 82.1

It's been fun, no? Well, the party ain't over! Join us for the grand finale of this year's slam season. We're talking 10 poets, 5 slots, 1 Los Angeles Grand Slam Champion, and the formation of a sexy ass team. Don't miss it.

Monday March 21, 2011
Kaos Network
4343 Leimert Park Blvd.
LA, CA 90088
Special Guest Host: Javon Johnson

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

1 Down, 1 to Go: Semi Final RECAP

Last night's Semi Bout kicked off the beginning of a series of slug-fests for the eventual formation of the 2011 LA Slam Team. The crowd was enthusiastic, the judges were on point, and the poets were in rare form. Rudy Francisco showed us exactly why he is the current reigning Individual World Slam Champion with a score of 87.3. The following poets also earned a coveted slot in the 2011 Los Angeles Grand Slam Final:

Nikki Blak 86.2
E. Amato 86.1
Nick Macedo 85.6
Edwin Bodney 85.1

Now, with this one down, we have one more Semi Final Bout to go. Join us on Monday March 7th to see how it all pans out. Judge, spectate, congratulate, but don't be late. It starts at 8:30, costs only $5 and is the best thing you could be doing with your life on a Monday night.

Brass Knuckles LA Semi Final Bout Pt. 2
Kaos Network
4343 Leimert Park Blvd
LA, CA 90088

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


February 21st

  • E. Amato
  • Nikki Blak
  • E. R. Sanchez
  • Leon P.
  • Nick Macedo
  • Rudy Francisco
  • Sarah Winters
  • Mr. Poetic
  • Edwin Bodney

March 7th

  • Francios
  • Lailah
  • Matt Sedillo
  • Judy Holiday
  • Madison
  • Clay
  • Ashley
  • Manuel
  • Arthur Hitchcock

Los Angeles, your random slam judges have spoken with their scores. These are the poets you (and maybe fate) have selected to squabble for a spot on this year's LA Slam Team! Please come out and support these poets with your applause, slam scores, whoops and hollers!

2.21.2011 & 3.7.2011
Kaos Network
4343 Leimert Park Blvd.
LA, CA 90088

*These lists were generated by

Final Qualifying Slam RECAP

Last night marked the official end of the open slam season. Some of our favorite open mic-ers and a couple of last year's LA Slam Team members came out and got their slam on. We were thrilled to see the following folks advance to Semis:

Nick Macedo 86.4
Francois 86.3
Judy Holiday 84.4
Sarah Winters 83.3
E.R Sanchez 82.4
E. Amato 81.7

That's it kids! This is where it starts to get SERIOUS! Slammers, put on your good shoes and join us on February 21st and March 7th for our Semi Final Bouts. All of our qualified poets will be randomly placed in 1 of the 2 slam bouts to compete for a slot in our Grand Slam Final. We will post the bout schedule here, so be sure to check back, soon!


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