An empowering national arts celebration in West Baltimore featuring nationally-renowned artists including Talib Kweli and other performers. The West Baltimore community will take over the 52 acres of green space atop the Highway to Nowhere (Route 40), and fill it with art, ballerinas, fire dancers, graffiti artists, emcees, puppeteers, artisans, and b-boys;. An International Artists Marketplace; the Art of Healthy Living Pavilion; and much more.
Anthony David, go-go godfather Chuck Brown, and Talib Kweli-those headlining performers (and more) hold down the weekend portion of this amazing, free outdoor festival. But Roots Fest 2011: Many Communities, One Voice is about more than good tunes: It's a West Baltimore event taking over the ostensible "Highway to Nowhere" (Route 40) for five days of community-building through the arts, dancing, and food, starting tonight. The festival heats up today with theatrical performances at the Bluford Drew Jemison S.T.E.M. Academy from Sheila Gaskins in the afternoon and Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Teo Castellanos D-Projects, and Progress Theatre in the evening. Check rootsfest2011.org for the full lineup of events and locales. (Bret McCabe)
Baltimore City Paper, 501 N. Calvert Street, P.O. Box 1377, Baltimore, MD 21278
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