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Philostoria (An Open Mic With A Twist)

  • Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery New York, NY 10012 USA (map)

Bowery Poetry presents: Philostoria! An open mic with a twist!
Hosted by Julius Omega Baltonado
Sign up at the door! Doors open at 5:45!

Bowery Poetry is the place for poets, and that also means this is a place for your voice, your art, and your STORY. Philostoria highlights the stories which shape the art, the vision, and the heart of every poet that shines their light into the world from our stage here at Bowery Poetry. It is a community of poets that showcases relevant work, yet also uncovers the person behind the poems! 

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HERE'S THE TWIST: Before each performance, the poet joins the host on stage, and is asked a simple question: what's your story? The host has a list of prepared, totally intrusive, random, insightful, philosophical, or food-related spotlight questions for each person, to help the crowd get to know the poet better before each performance! 

In the interest of equal-opportunity intrusiveness, at the end of the evening, the crowd also gets to ask the host some spotlight questions of their own!

It's an open mic, so do you! Just remember - it's 3 minutes per person!

So - WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Join us at Philostoria and tell us all about it! Tell your friends, or better yet - come by and bring them with you!

Follow us on Instagram: @philostoria


New York City can be a crazy place. It can make you laugh, cry, scream, and sigh all before you finish your first cup of coffee in the morning. Since 2011, NYC-based multi-cultural rock band LTrain has been creating music that reflects these realities, while simultaneously motivating listeners to break free from their stresses, and let loose.

Co-founded by guitarist Gabriel Castellar and vocalist Cystalla Gonzalez, the majority of the themes in LTrain’s music transcend NYC, and are representative of life in any major city, which is why the band has been able to connect with listeners all over the world. LTrain’s videos have racked up nearly 200k views on YouTube, and the band has run two successful Indiegogo campaigns, one of which was supported by the queen of crowdfunding herself, Amanda Palmer.

Before the videos, and the crowdfunding campaigns, however, and even before the band itself, there’s always been Gabriel and Crystalla. The two met in high school back in 2005, with Gabriel asking Crystalla out a day before a benefit concert at their school. “I made the first move with a 40 minute explanation of why we should be together,” he says with a laugh.

She said yes, and the two have been together ever since.
After various solo projects, the couple formed LTrain in 2011, and in true NYC fashion some of the first stages they rocked were actually subway stations, as they initially cut their teeth in the city’s legendary busking scene.

LTrain’s wide range influences is evident when looking at the bands they’ve chosen to cover, which include Blondie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and No Doubt. They also count ‘70s funk bands, and ‘90s R&B acts, as major influences, as Gabriel notes, “We love to balance out our rock n’ roll with dirty Funk.”

Since then, LTrain has performed on every major stage in NYC, including the Knitting Factory, Irving Plaza, Webster Hall, and a Z100 hosted event at the iHeartRadio Theater. Between headlining at many of those venues, and their two successful Indiegogo campaigns, it’s safe to say Crystalla made the right move.


Earlier Event: September 2
PoetNY Open Mic ft. Catherine Weiss