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Slam Mania II: Buddy Wakefield vs. Rudy Francisco

  • 3620 Washington Avenue Houston, TX, 77007 United States (map)

The first Slam Mania sold out, so we're back again in a venue with double the capacity...

About this Event

Rudy Francisco and Buddy Wakefield will be going head to head for the title of Slam Mania II Champion!! Believe us when we say Rudy and Buddy are two of the best to ever slam and now for one night, in Houston, an unprecedented event, you can see them faceoff against each other and that’s not all...

our full lineup is stacked!!

Full Lineup

Rudy Francisco, main event

Buddy Wakefield, main event

Kyla Jenee Lacey, last poet standing

RJ Walker, last poet standing

Angelica Maria Aguilera, last poet standing

Ayokunle Falomo, last poet standing

Jahman Ariel Hill, last poet standing

Jennifer Nicole, sacrificial poet

Omer Ahmed, sacrificial poet

Aris Brown, sacrificial poet

Muhammad Khaerisman-Yunus, sacrificial poet

Peace, sacrificial poet

Anna Maria Morris, sacrificial poet

Ebony Stewart, host

Amir Safi, host

DJ Bryan Rhymez

Rudy Francisco

Rudy Francisco is a spoken word poet who has appeared on The Tonight Show and TV One's Verses and Flow. He is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam champion and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam champion and has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Francisco is also the author of several books, including Helium, No Gravity, Getting Stitches and Scratch.

Buddy Wakefield

Buddy Wakefield is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and has been signed to both Sage Francis’ Strange Famous Records as well as Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 2000 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.


Doors open at 7:30 PM

DJ Set by DJ Bryan Rhymez

Last Poet Standing

7:55 – 8:05 pm

Sacrificial Poets

Aris Brown vs. Muhammad Khaerisman -Yunus

8:05 – 8:45 pm

Last Poet Standing Round One

Kyla Jenee Lacey

vs. RJ Walker

vs. Angelica Maria Aguilera

vs. Ayokunle Falomo

vs. Jahman Hill

Rules for Last Poet Standing:

Competition begins with each of the 5 competitors randomly selecting a number to determine their order. Each competitor will have 3 minutes with a 10 second grace period to perform their poem. Between each round, order will be randomly selected. The competition will be judged by three judges who will pick their favorite from each round after both competitors have performed. The rounds will proceed in the following order:

Poet 1 vs. Poet 2

Winner vs. Poet 3

Winner vs. Poet 4

Winner vs. Poet 5

10 minute break

Last Poet Standing (Round 2)

8:55 – 9:05

Sacrificial Poets

Peace vs. Anna Maria Morris

9:05 – 9:35

Last Poet Standing Redemption Round

Poet 1 vs. Poet 2

Winner vs. Poet 3

Winner vs. Poet 4

9:35 – 9:45

Immediately to Last Poet Standing Final Round

First Round Winner vs. Second Round Winner

10 minute break

9:55 – 10:05

Sacrificial Poets

Omer Ahmed vs. Jennifer Nicole

10:05 - 10:55

Main Event

Rudy Francisco vs. Buddy Wakefield

10 minute round vs. 10 minute round (2 minute grace period)

5 minute round vs. 5 minute round (1 minute grace period)

1 minute round vs. 1 minute round (10 second grace period)

Competition begins with a coin flip, randomly selecting which competitor goes first. After the first round, the winner of the previous round will go first in the following bout. Judges will make their decisions after each competitor has performed. The competition will be judged by three judges who will pick their favorite from each round. The winner of 2 out of 3 rounds is our Slam Mania II Champion!!!

- Seating and Ages -

This show is all ages. Seating is reserved for individuals who purchase a general seating ticket. All other areas of the venue are designated for standing room.

- Parking -

The venue is adjacent to three parking lots and there will be attendants to help with parking. Otherwise, we recommend parking for free on the streets in the neighborhood. Also, we suggest carpooling with friends or maybe splitting an Uber or Lyft.

This event is nonrefundable.

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