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SpeakeasyDC releases first live story CD with help of ESL Music/Thievery Corporation
For the first time ever, SpeakeasyDC has compiled some of the best original stories recorded at its monthly open mic and put them on a CD. Thanks to the help of ESL Music, Tangy: Best of the Speakeasy Volume 1 will be released on Friday, June 1. The release party will take place at Local 16 – 1602 U Street - from 6-9pm. All are welcome, no admission fee.
Hear stories on subjects such as fighting a sumo wrestler, coming out to grandma, hating your roommate, meeting an Olympic champion, coming in 13th place, and more. Samples can be heard on the SpeakeasyDC website.
In the nine years since its inception - in venues such as the Black Cat club, HR-57, and Cada Vez - SpeakeasyDC has become a vital part of the cultural landscape of the U Street area and of the city as a whole. Its monthly open mic series is virtually unrecognizable from its modest beginnings of 20 audience members and a few regulars on the open mic, Currently, the Speakeasy can hardly find a venue large enough to accommodate the 200+ people that attend the show regularly and who have fallen in love with the experience of watching and listening to the performance of a well-told story. The waiting list to get up on the open mic continues to grow as well, as people catch the storytelling bug.
The CD and SpeakeasyDC's upcoming podcast series are a way to make it possible for more people to enjoy the art of live story performance.