The Baltimore Rhythm Festival, September 16 at the Baltimore City Public Charter School, 1600 Guilford Avenue, is a revival of the Baltimore International Rhythm Festival, a popular Baltimore event from 1995-2006.
Five groups perform during the free daytime portion of the festival, including the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, founded by drumlady Kristen Arant in 2008. The BBRC is an intergenerational, diverse group of women who all share a passion for the drum. They study and perform tightly sewn compositions of West African polyrhythms complete with songs, breaks, and accompanying dancers.
Also performing are the popular Baltimore Boom Bap Society, a combination of Hip-Hop and other music; the Brinjal Band, specializing in Middle Eastern music; the Out of Water Experience, an alternative Rock, Hip-Hop band led by the British-born Nigerian,Femi the Drifish; and the Urban Foli Community Class Showcase, which performs an eclectic mix of West African music, jazz, funk, hip-hop and spoken word.
The evening performance ($12 general admission, $6 students and seniors) moves into the auditorium at 7 pm for Africa Unplugged, Rufus Roundtree and Da B’more Brass Factory and Urban Foli and Friends.