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May Day Open Mic

  • Quinn Center 1851 South 9th Avenue Maywood, IL, 60153 United States (map)

Join us May 19th for our May Day Open Mic celebration. Local artists will share their work and the night will be ended with features from Firebrand's own teaching artist core.

Presented by Firebrand Arts Network 


Desi Baker

A Maywood native, was a student of Adam "Defcee" Levin's Hip-Hop writing program at Oak Park River Forest High School. He is Firebrand's podcast director, SoundCloud manager, and performance coach

Rasaan Khalil

Hailing from Maywood, IL Rasaan Khalil is a teaching artist and Creative Director at FAN, facilitating poetry and rap writing workshops with youth from across Chicago's west suburbs. Khalil is a 2016 Poetry Incubator for teaching artists alum, hosted by the Poetry Foundation. He is currently an undergraduate student at UIC studying History. Rasaan’s work has been featured in FakeshoreDrive and elsewhere. 

Craw the Sage 

Maywood native, Eric Crawford, is an emcee, blogger, and visual artist with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Arts from Knox College. He has taught visual arts at the Quinn Center and elsewhere. He recently released his debut album, The Elixir.

Earlier Event: April 29
Desi vs. E Capa Rap Battle
Later Event: April 7
Firebrand Poetry Slam