There have been a lot of incredible events there, but the one that sticks out in my mind is when they had the open mic on Friday nights. This was probably in 2003ish. They had a live band and everyone from poets to emcees to singers to upright bassists would throw down on that stage. One night there was an incredible amount of drama involving a young lady calling out her cheating partner on the microphone, in the form of a "poem." After her call-out everyone felt uncomfortable but everyone bonded on that awkwardness and just let loose. The band killed it, my friend Ed made up a poem about the drama on the spot, and the alcohol flowed.
My favorite concert there was Ursula Rucker in 2004. She blew me away vocally and with her stage presence. As a writer/performer, her show was really inspiring for me. Loved it.
Shadow Lounge has always been like the home base venue for me. The owners have always welcomed me in there like family since the first time Mac [Miller] and I performed there as The Ill Spoken in like 2007. One of the most important to me was the first time I sold out the venue by myself as a headliner. It was for "The Beat Bully" LP album release party in summer 2011.
It's hard to say what the best show I ever saw there was. The Rhyme Cal competitions were very entertaining, especially in the early years. Another highlight was seeing the Eviction Notice reunion a couple years back when they had the whole street blocked off and built a stage in the middle of Baum Boulevard.
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The most memorable moment was when I did a benefit with Gena of Machete and my sister for Haiti, "Sending Back the Spirit." We booked my band, Gena's band, Sean Jones, Terry Griffith, Pitt African Drum and Dance and many local artists. We raised $5,000 for Yele foundation. We've done so many benefits for so many worthy causes: local homeless shelters, Occupy Pittsburgh, local artists' health care, anti-mountaintop mining removal activists,  Japanese tsunami victims. Justin [Strong] would let us rent the room super cheap for any worthy cause.
Best show I saw there: Guaracha Latin Dance had a regular Wednesday night there for more than a year. I made so many friends, and it changed my music so much and taught me to salsa dance. Other best local show I saw there include the Sun Crumbs poetry slams.
It's literally the venue where I got my start in back in 2005 when I began hitting up their open mic, then hosting it.
There are two things that I especially love and appreciate about Shadow Lounge: One, the patrons were always a diverse crowd of people. It has always been hard for me to find a venue that brings in all types of people from different races and backgrounds. But Shadow Lounge cultivated this type of atmosphere and no other venue in Pittsburgh has done this. I will especially miss this.
Two, to this day I have not found a room (in or out of Pittsburgh) that has such great acoustics. No matter who was running the board, the sound was always perfect.
As an arts administrator: When Christina Springer and I were co-running Sun Crumbs and learned that Justin had opened the Shadow Lounge, we felt it important to move our poetry series and poetry slam there. He had only a percolator and his mom's basement furniture.
As a performer: Momentum, an improvisational musical event co-produced by Ashwin Tumne, Herman Pearl and myself, where electronica and organic musicians and MCs/singers improvised compositions and songs.
As a fundraiser: Artists for Hope, benefit for the  tsunami disaster.
As an event producer: "Listen to This," featuring Ursula Rucker and Pittsburgh-based poets, such as Davu, Jack Wilson, Chasity. And Deep House nights, a dance party that I co-produced with Soy Sos, that ran until 4 a.m.