By AFRO Staff

House music fans from around the region gathered in Baltimore for the Collective Minds Festival on Sept. 3. The event has been an annual celebration of all things related to House music for 20 years. 

According to Collective Minds, the community organization that coordinates the event each year, “House Music originated in Chicago in the early 1980s and quickly spread across the globe, becoming one of the most popular genres of electronic dance music. Its roots are in disco, funk, and soul, and it’s characterized by its 4/4 beat, use of synthesizers, and soulful vocals.” 

Thousands turned out for this year’s Collective Minds Festival, which took place at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. 

Hundreds arrived to dance the afternoon away as a variety of performing artists and DJs kept the crowd grooving. DJ Oji and Blue Angel took to the stage, along with Damond Ramsey, Greg Lewis and Sahib Muhammed of One House, One Nation. The audience also got a chance to rock to the sounds of Jordan Pope, Househead and Ed Ramsey.