Verbal Gumbo said it's final goodbye September 17, 2017. Keep abreast of the hosts new ventures and events coming soon...and we both thank you for rocking with us for 6 years STRONG!
Crabby about the political climate? Want some okra change? Just want to discuss your relationshrimps– or the andouille sausage in your life? Well, Verbal Gumbo is here with some hot, spicey flava with a side o’ rice and rhythm. This is the spoken word event that promotes our rich diversity of culture and style. Bring your spoon to the Omaha ROckets Kanteen every 3rd Thursday.
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featuring - June Crowd Photo by Mike Pysh
(Every 3rd Thursday unless noted)
DATES for 2017
February 16th features Tyrone Allen Harper II
(Start time 8:30pm for this date only)
May 18th-The Omaha Slam Team
July 20th-Summer Solstice feat. J Crum
*August 4th- Omaha Days
6 year ANNIVERSARY & last SHOW! _______________________________________________________________________
Past GUMBO DATES for 2016
Feb 18th featuring Devel Crisp
March 24th (4th Thursday) featuring Ms. Juju
April 21st featuring Mola-b
May 19th featuring Paula Bell
June 16th featuring BOTH
July 21st featuring Tract Schacht
August 18th Lite Pole
September 29th- HAPPY 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY VERBAL GUMBO!!!!(Not on the traditional 3rd Thursday, so save the date!
October 20th- MrDamePoetry
November 17th- OEAA Performance Poet Nominees
December 15th- Our last day at the House of Loom!
Not a Poetry SlamApril 25, 2013 by Chris Wolfgang
(A snippet from Omaha Magazine article)
Felicia Webster’s voice produces chills up the spine. “And then he kiiiiissssssed me, and I melted. Like buttah.”
Her friend, Michelle Troxclair, nods and waves a hand. “Mhm, girl, we know what that’s like.”
This is spoken-word entertainment. It’s theatrical, it’s heartfelt, it’s ethereal, and it happens every third Thursday of the month at House of Loom on 10th and Pacific streets. This is not your safe-bet night out. The words you’ll hear could be dark, could be sexy, could be hilarious. It could be anything really, which is why Webster and Troxclair, the open-mic evening’s organizers, call this night Verbal Gumbo.
Troxclair arranges the club’s random chaise lounges, velvet chairs, and embroidered hassocks on the dance floor. Webster picks out the candles and incense. If guests outnumber the usual crowd of around 70, there might be a few people standing. A $7 cover charge gets you a simple meal, like Troxclair’s white chicken chili or her brother’s highly requested mac-and-cheese.
The evening begins around 7 p.m., giving guests enough time to sign up to speak if they wish, get their bowl, and settle into a seat. Troxclair is strict about minimizing distraction during the spoken word sets that begin about 8-ish. Of course, feel free to get up from your seat to wait for the massage therapist set up in the corner or the body painter off to the side as someone else speaks at the mic.
“For those who haven’t come here before,” Webster explains, “they’ll find out that it doesn’t matter what order you sign up in.”
IT'S EVERY 3rd THURSDAY....