By Ericka Alston Buck
Special to the AFRO
It’s back and bringing peace through music! The Baltimore Rhythm Festival is an end of summer international healing musical event held in Greenmount West. The Outdoor festival features free performances by local and international artists, free music, workshops and a large vendor marketplace.
This year, the beats will be dropping and the healing will begin at The Baltimore Public Montessori School located at 1800 Guilford Avenue on this Saturday September 9th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Festivities kick off promptly at noon led by a blessing and prayer and will continue through the evening across multiple stages. The Yard Stage, Street Stage and Community Stage, to name a few, will be showcasing features from a mix of performances by local, national and international artists.
Olu Butterfly, Femi the Drifish and Precise Coaxum will perform on the Hip Hop Stage along with a wide range of other artists. A sound bath will be given by Sanahara Ama Chandra on the Lanvale Stage at 12:30 p.m.. There will be a Drum Circle, facilitated Park Vibe, 2:30 p.m. on the Grove Stage. Bring your own drum if you have one, there will be a drum check space for festival attendees looking for the jam session!
Festival organizers believe that rhythm connects us in music and other cultural expressions and that we are all connected to the larger rhythms of nature and growth. The festival sites that “our overall well being depends on how we care for nature and one another in the cycles that sustain us,” thus festival attendees can expect to have all of their senses engaged from prayer and meditation, to full cardio workouts disguised as dance, soothing sound baths and have the opportunity to celebrate 50 groundbreaking years of hip hop, all during one experience amongst a diverse group of festival goers.
The Baltimore Rhythm Festival is an event for the entire family, so bring the children to have fun, learn and participate in the festival’s children’s area full of craft activities and opportunities to play music.
Where there is great music, there must be great food, expanding their work to help draw attention to food, local agriculture and celebrate collective harvests, the festival will offer delicious soul lifting culinary experiences including both vegetarian & vegan options.
On-site vendors will also offer unique crafts, art, clothing, jewelry, drums and other musical instruments will be available.
In Baltimore, we’re stronger together, and Baltimore Rhythm Festival is a collaborative effort of partnerships with Fusion Partnerships, Central Baltimore Partnership, Station North, Maryland Art Place, Motor House, Greenmount West Community Association, Urban Foli, Black Arts District, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, Baltimore Design School, Be Light Media, Guilford Hall, Joe Squared, CharmCity Live Music, AIGA Baltimore, BlackBoxx Radio and The Truth In This Art
If you love music, are on your own personal healing journey, have ever been interested in sound baths or drum circles and love to dance, Baltimore Rhythm Festival is for you! Grab the entire family and secure your seats alongside any of the multiple stages and prepare to have your best end of summer outdoor experience.