Charlotte Observer writer LAWRENCE TOPPMAN helped BOOM light the fuse by covering our kickoff party on March 22, 2017:
A small explosion rocked Petra’s Bar, the popular Plaza-Midwood joint on Commonwealth Avenue, Wednesday between 6 and 7 p.m. Shortly afterward, as Charlotteans will, people at the club dipped into their wallets and started to contribute.
“BOOM Charlotte” will actually make more noise this year, as the second annual multidisciplinary festival lands in this neighborhood April 28-30. The announcement/celebration/request for financial support at Petra’s hinted at its growth.
The parameters are the same as last spring. It’s walkable: Petra’s, Snug Harbor and Rabbit Hole host shows, while the outdoor stage “epicenter” – called The Intersection – is across the street from the venues and offers free performances and activities each day. Visual art at Twenty Two Gallery sits around the corner. On Saturday, International House and The Light Factory will offer free shows a few blocks from the main venues.
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