Duo holds open mic nights at Da Center for The Arts in Pomona
By June Martinez
Da Center for The Arts in Pomona is a three-story venue of open space that doubles as an art gallery during the day and a space for live acts to perform at night. What was previously a brightly lit art gallery during the day turned into a dimly lit venue with a single spotlight on the microphone.
Cory “Besskepp” Cofer, 42, arrived early to Da Center for The Arts in Pomona to set up the stage area with art pieces for his event, A Mic and Dim Lights. Cofer is a resource specialist who works with children who have special needs at Telesis Academy of Science and Math by day and an HBO Def Jam featured poet by night.
Resident disc jockey and co-founder of A Mic and Dim Lights, James “JB” Brady, 43, is seen off in the corner setting up speakers and picking out beats to set the tone for the evening. Along with Cofer, the two have welcomed crowds of all ages into their event to share art and express themselves.
The open mic that originally started as a few friends who felt they needed to open a safe space in the Inland Empire for artists to express themselves has now turned into a staple in the downtown Arts Colony of Pomona. With a crowd that has grown over the years, a venue change from Millenia Arts Lounge to Da Center for The Arts was made in order to seat more people during the event. A Mic and Dim Lights celebrated 16 years of operation in October. Read Rest of Article Here