Slam daddy Marc Smith celebrates a quarter-century of slam poetry

July 28, 2011

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Slam Poetry celebrates its 25th birthday Saturday at the Metro.

Long before the aspiring poets at Louder Than a Bomb were even born, Marc Smith was already performing. Smith was a blue-collar creator, a construction worker who performed his free-wheeling style in front of an open micn the process slam poetry was born. 2011 marked a quarter-century since slam took the stage at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

On Thursday, Smith and other local luminaries will perform on ChicagoLive!, a weekly stage and radio show at the Chicago Theatre in the Loop. And celebrate the 25th anniversary birthday extravaganza is at the Metro.