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East Avenue Stage


The Gospel Peacemakers

African-American gospel, 12 noon - 12:15pm and 4:00pm - 4:30pm


The Gospel Peacemakers are more than a musical group: they're a family expressing their faith through the sounds of African-American gospel. Join them for a noon invocation of today's festival, and hear them later as they perform a full set of sacred sounds.




Image courtesy PACAC website.Performing Arts Center for African Cultures

Besa dance lesson, 12:15pm - 12:45pm

Anne Arundel County

In West African cultures, a besa is a two-step dance that accompanies traditional drumming. The Performing Arts Center for African Cultures is here today to teach you how to join in. If the crowd is big enough, it might turn into what Kwame and Josephine Ansah-Brew jokingly refer to as a "mob" besa - the more, the merrier!



Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition

Bluegrass, 1:00pm - 1:45pm

St. Mary's County

Hear the hard-driving rhythms of Southern Maryland bluegrass with Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition. Bandleader Armsworthy is a beloved performer on the bluegrass circuit, and we're happy to make him welcome for his first performance at our festival.


International Capoeira Angola Foundation

Brazilian dance lesson & showcase, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Baltimore City

Originally a form of combat, the traditional dance of capoeira has grown into one of Brazil's most internationally recognizable forms of folklife. Learn a few basic capoeira steps with the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, and stick around to see the masters in action.









Image from, by Erin Scott.Shannon Dunne

Irish dance lesson & showcase, 3:00pm - 3:45pm

Metro D.C.

The term sean nos is Irish Gaelic for "old style," and master dancer Shannon Dunne is with us today to share the basics of sean nos dance with those who would like to learn. Accompanied by musicians Sean and Mikey McComiskey and Matt Mulqueen, her lesson will conclude with an expert dance demonstration and mini-concert.












Pablo Antonio y La Firma

Cumbia, merengue, & salsa dances, 4:45pm - 5:30pm

Metro D.C.

Sharing a danceable revue of cumbia, salsa, and merengue are Pablo Antonio y La Firma, festival favorites who will demonstrate some of the many traditions of Latin American dance music with and 11-piece band including brass, keys, congas, and tambora drums.




Native America's Performers

Round dance lesson, 5:45pm - 6:00pm

Baltimore City

American Indians across the continent share the tradition of the round dance, a simple, participatory movement accompanied by drumming and vocals and often performed by a wide circle of dancers. Today, Native America's Performers will lead the festival crowd in an evening round dance as a call for peace, unity, and community.


Baltimore Boom Bap Society

Hip-hop improv, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Baltimore City

The Baltimore Boom Bap Society is a true city original. Founded by Wendel Patrick and Erik Spangler as a hip-hop improv project, Boom Bap has now hosted 57 sessions on their home stage at Baltimore's Windup Space. Their work encompasses all styles of music but is always rooted in hip-hop traditions like freestyling, beatboxing, and the city's own Bmore club sound. Give them a warm welcome on the outdoor stage for their first appearance at our festival.



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