Press Release - Detail
For immediate release July 26, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                               
Director of Public Relations                        
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                          
Bards & Brews Open Mic Night to be held at Central Library downtown on Friday, Aug. 5

WHO:              Birmingham Public Library
WHAT:             Bards & Brews Open Mic Poetry Performance/Beer Tasting
WHEN:            Friday, Aug. 5, 2016
WHERE:          The Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
TIME:              Music by George Griffin starts at 6:30 p.m., poetry performances begin at 7
 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 26, 2016)-After two straight months on the road, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)'s popular Bards & Brews poetry performance/beer tasting series is returning to its regular location, the Central Library downtown, on Friday, Aug. 5. Spoken word poetry fans, draft beer lovers and novices looking for a fun, unique experience are invited to check it out at 2100 Park Place across from the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The past two Bards & Brews were held at the Avondale Regional Library (in June) and Vestavia Hills Public Library (July).  The Aug. 5 Bards & Brews at the Central Library will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with live music from Birmingham blues guitarist George Griffin, beer tasting and light refreshments. The poetry begins to flow at 7 p.m. with Brian "Voice Porter" Hawkins serving as host.  

Griffin, a veteran performer, has played in venues across the Southeast. Since 2013, he has led George Griffin and the Firebirds, a Birmingham blues band. The group performed at the Avondale Library Summer Reading kickoff event in June.

The event is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public; however, attendees must be at least 18 to enter and 21 to sample beer—ID is required. For more information, call 205-226-3670, email,  visit the Bards & Brews Facebook page, or

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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