The Spitfire Poetry Group was founded all the way back in 2000 and is still going strong.

The group has presented myriad spoken-word slams, poetry workshops, open mic nights and other events over the years.

That tradition of community involvement and engagement continues July 27 with an open mic and showcase at Muse Arts Warehouse.

The featured spoken word artist is Tallahassee-based Royce Lovett, who has released several albums that meld a variety of musical styles, including hip-hop, with the worship music the artist learned as a child.

Lovett's expressive voice has a broad range reminiscent of classic R&B performers. SaBrina Jeffcoat is the featured visual artist. DJ Doc Ock will also be performing.

Sign-up for the open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Poets, musicians and performers who'd like a few minutes on stage are encouraged to register early, since it's likely all available slots will be taken.

This is an all-ages event, like so many others at Muse Arts Warehouse since the nonprofit was founded in 2010.

Muse Arts Warehouse is located at 703 Louisville Road, just west of the intersection with Boundary Street. General admission tickets are $5, with discounts for performers.

There's another promising event this weekend that brings together the talents of local and touring artists.


What: Spitfire Saturday Open Mic & Showcase with featured artists Royce Lovett and SaBrina Jeffcoat

When: Sign-up at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 8 p.m. July 27

Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Road


What: Palmbomen with Painmedz

When: 8 p.m. July 26
Where: Ashmore Gallery, 412 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


Savannah is just one of a few stops on Palmbomen's summer tour. The other gigs are in Austin, New Orleans, Miami, New York, Detroit, Chicago, San Diego and Los Angeles.

That's pretty good company for Savannah, which has a long history of being passed over by touring acts.

Palmbomen will be supported by local DJs Christo, Len Bias and Reconss.

Also on the bill is Painmedz, which features Adam Intrator of Triathalon and Gus Muller of Reconss creating "soulful fog," according to the Facebook invitation. The music starts at 8 p.m.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( He can be reached via