Photo by Ricardo Rivers

Every third Friday of the month, Vibez Restaurant & Lounge in North Charleston (2611 Ashley Phosphate Road) hosts Lyrics & Love, an evening of live music and spoken word poetry with featured artists. 

“Lyrics & Love is an intimate evening for dining, poetry, singing — those nostalgia vibes,” said Vibez Lounge owner Courtnay “The Poet” Coan. 

Coan hosts and headlines Lyrics & Love with local ensemble/production team Black Noyze as her musical directors, showcasing both local and regional singers and poets with a night of neo soul and rhythm and blues. 

“We do a rotation every month, there’s been the Charlotte crew and Jacksonville crew to bring some different talent from other cities,” Coan said of the poetry portion of the show, which has previously featured Jacksonville-based poet Moses West and Charlotte-based poet Iz-real. Previously featured singers have included Melodic out of Atlanta and local soul singer Starr Queen.

Lyrics & Love also includes a small open mic area limited to about four or five people, and no event would be complete without DJ-versus-the-band featuring DJ Kub. Tables can be reserved by emailing info@vibezcharleston.com.

Upcoming Lyrics & Love events are Feb. 18 and March 18.