Open Mic @ The Nest Raleigh: Party in a Coworking Space?

Updated: Sep 7

July 8, 2022 11:30 AM

Written by Essi Sings - Producer, Singer, and Event Curator

Folks chilling, listening to Zaria (@Zeeblazerr)

What is there to do on Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh nowadays (besides drink and eat!)? On Friday, July 1st 2022 that all changed! Folks headed over to The Nest Raleigh at 7pm and were welcomed with a wine tasting, show, and an open mic! The Nest Raleigh is usually a coworking space for individuals but, thanks to a partnership with Essi Sings and Skill Tribe, it became a popular place for creatives to share for a night!

OnecoolMF & friend

Sounds were provided by DJ J'Mar, who kept the vibes on par (yes, it rhymed on purpose). The wine tasting was hosted by Melanated Wine owner, LaShonda Modest. The three wines tasted were a sweet Sangria, a dry Red Blend, and semi-sweet Riesling. Melanated Wine is based in Durham and is made, bottled, and labeled in North Carolina.

Raleigh Rapper
Tesh Rapping Feat. Good Trip Gallery Art

The first artist on the show's line up was Jay2Reall, a self-taught dancer! He got the crowd hype as he danced to Kendrick Lamar's "N95" and other popular songs. Tesh followed with her chill raps, featuring her skilled drummer, Tomaris Davis. Essi Sings finished the show portion of the event with songs from her newest EP, "Bedroom Bops", and a revisit to her song imaginative song, "Fancy Cars" from her first EP, "PRIMARY".

Downtown Raleigh Singer
(@Zeeblazerr) Zaria singing "Nobody's Supposed to be Here" by Deborah Cox

Open mic began with Misty Mars' powerful vocals and guitar playing. OnecoolMF went next, rapping songs from his newest project "96 Magic". Cassie was third, singing her beautiful song "Where Did You Go?" from her newest album "The Heart Has Eyez". Kai Anerahs then blessed us with her song "DMT". Jen Jus Write shared multiple awe-inspiring poems. We saw an amazing acoustic couple duo, called We Are The Graes who warmed all of our hearts -- had us singing and clapping! Many more talented NC artists participated and their art will be linked at the bottom of this page.

A vibe of support, love, and comfort has been cultivated and will continue to be the gift this cozy loft in the heart of downtown Raleigh gives to us! All of this in three hours, who would have thought!? Thank you to everyone who came -- we inspired, created, and connected! Please check out the artists and follow our Instagram to keep up with other events happening @ The Nest Raleigh!

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Next Event: August, Exact date TBA

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