Performing at Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets offers a platform to a diverse variety of artists. The performance spaces are set up “dinner theater-style” and food and beverage service is offered during all events and performances.


While we are not your typical music venue, the performance spaces at Busboys and Poets are perfect for an intimate and unique performance experience. Acoustic performances tend to work best in our space. Due to our diversity in programming and limited resources we have very few booking opportunities for live music performances. For musicians/bands interested in booking a performance please refer to the Live Music section of this website.


Busboys and Poets is proud to be a venue that provides space and support for poets and spoken word performers to showcase their work. From the cozy atmosphere of the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series to the high intensity of the 11th Hour Poetry Slam, Busboys and Poets is sure that you will find a poetry event that will leave you inspired and wanting to come back for more! For information on how you can share your poetry at Busboys and Poets, click here!


We invite all artists to perform at one of the following open mic events:

LIVE! from Busboys
An Open Mic and Talent Showcase for all performers

14th & V | 1st Friday of every month, 11:00 pm - 1:30 am
Hyattsville | 3rd Friday of every month, 10:00 pm - 12:00 am
Shirlington | Last Friday of every month, 10:00 pm - 12:00 am

You may also consider renting one of our private event rooms for your own performance! Click here to get rates and planning information.