The Ave Magazine Launches Open Mic Showcase

Brooklyn-based Hip-Hop

magazine The Ave is launching a monthly artist showcase tonight (4/21) titled

“Mic Check,” which will feature performances by up and coming rappers,

singers and spoken word artists, as well as a fashion show.

The event, according to

Editor-In-Chief Anslem Samuel, is way for the magazine to connect to their readers

on a more intimate level.

“The showcase is a

definite extension of The Ave brand and a direct connection with our readership,”

Samuel told “Being that we area a quarterly publication,

it is extremely important that we keep the name out not just in the industry

but with the actual readers themselves.

“And this showcase

helps us tremendously in doing that,” he asserted.

“Mic Check”

will be held at the Cherry Lounge in Harlem. New York, which isn’t coincidental,

according to The Ave’s Director of Operations, Kaajal Shah.

“The Cherry Lounge

in Harlem is the perfect venue for “Mic Check,” Shah said. “Harlem

has always been the home of black artistic expression, and with “Mic Check”

we hope to build on that tradition. The showcase will serve as a launching pad

for both emerging artists and unique forms of expression.”

“Our goal was to bring

the Prospect Park section of The Ave to life by creating a venue for up and

coming, and signed artists alike, to try something new and fresh,” added

Ben Leff, co-CEO of The Ave.

Comedian Kenny

Williams will host “Mic Check,” which is being held in conjunction

with BrownIzes Ent. and Wordstock Inc. “Mic Check,” begins tonight

at 8PM, with an open bar sponsored by Navan beginning at 7PM. Admission is $10.