“Just Lyricz” happens at the Random Row bookstore, 315 W. Main St. (just south of Staples), on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The shows run from 7 to 10 pm (admission is $5) and are open mic, with a lively combination of poetry, hip-hop, rap, and music.
This is one of the few places in Charlottesville where you’ll find a genuine mix in terms of race, age, and social class, with a high level of mutual support and encouragement. With open mic, you take what you get; it’s bound to be uneven. But that’s part of the real fun of the show. Some of the folks who climb up on that stage have talent that will knock your socks off! Give it a try; highly recommended.