BOOM Echoes East

BOOM Echoes in East Charlotte

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BOOM Echoes (scheduled for March 15) has been postponed. Once a new date has been identified, additional information will be posted here and via social media: twitter, Facebook, Instagram. We appreciate your patience, and also hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

BOOM Echoes and CharlotteEAST will activate a large, festive space for a neighborhood gathering with creative excitement, magical energy and a community spirit!

Think about a big, open, community space featuring a wide variety of performances and creative activities led by a diverse group of local artists and community partners!

  • Sarah Council Dance Projects – contemporary modern dance focused on dance research, investigation, creation and performance
  • MufukaWorks Dance Company – pop up performance of Knitty Gritty choreography and women's empowerment
  • NC Brazilian Arts Project – Brazilian folkloric movement forms such as Samba, Afro-Brazilian Dance, Capoeira, Maculelê and percussion
  • neKa – rap with witty lyrics and a powerful presence, breaking commonly-held stereotypes of female emcees
  • Teddy Bee – an entertainer who engages wall flowers and makes people smile
  • Moving Spirits – contemporary performances blending modern, ballet, African diaspora dance forms, capoeira and West African dances
  • Art-In-Motion – Gabbi Bennetti and her interpretation of Hip Hop known as Popping and Animation
  • Moshun – live DJ, FX and synthesizer solos to captivate audiences and provide transportive, borderline psychedelic experiences
  • Mr. Rocky – bringing joy to children and adults through music
  • Natalie Jones – visual artist
  • live mural painting by paper.paste (street artist) and Ty Adams (illustrator)
  • chalk artists
  • ECCON – East Charlotte Coalition of Neighborhoods​
  • Refugee Support Services – helping newly-arrived refugees make Charlotte their new home
  • SEAC - Southeast Asian Coalition – increasing community empowerment in the growing Southeast Asian American community of the Carolinas
  • ourBridge for KIDS – providing academic and socio-emotional support to refugee and immigrant children and their families as they acculturate to life anew in the US

BOOM Echoes encourages this creative and connective energy to spread into our diverse Charlotte communities and beyond.

All artists, residents, families, singles, kids, pets and visitors are encouraged to attend and participate with the network of artists who’ll present that afternoon.

Join us for a free afternoon that is part art festival, part place-making, part community-building, and 100% celebration!

Check out our Facebook Event for more information.

Ways to Engage:

Local cultural and neighborhood organizations may convene in a free information area to share their good work with and in our community. In exchange, the BOOM Echoes team hopes these organizations will spread the word about the local artists’ showcase and engage their respective communities.
*Tables/chairs may also be rented.

Business (art and/or food) vendors based in East Charlotte may participate in a community market with information tables, displays, mobile units, etc. for a small fee. Artist programming will include on-stage performances, site-specific performances and live art creation.

To participate, please email Camerin Watson, BOOM artistic director, at queoscharlotte@gmail.com.


Here’s a bit more about BOOM Echoes:

Art with impact

BOOM brings together and celebrates artists from throughout the Charlotte metropolitan region and beyond! And BOOM has built a large, diverse network of artists sharing their creativity.

Yet, we are aware of the huge inequities in cultural programing across our region, including East Charlotte. We understand the need and opportunity for artistic programming in places that have been left out of cultural investments. BOOM wants to help expand and empower artists throughout the area to help them (you!) grow and enrich our lives.

Artists and community partners living and based in various East Charlotte neighborhoods have formed the BOOM Echoes team and have created a hyper-local infrastructure that can grow and develop, based on the needs and wants of the East Charlotte community.

Through BOOM Echoes, community partners like like CharlotteEAST, Latin America Coalition, Southeast Asian Coalition, Refugee Support Services, OurBRIDGE for KIDS, Community Building Initiative, etc. are actively engaging resources and opportunities to foster East Charlotte’s identities, artists, residents and activities. This helps create and further develop a sense of belonging, ownership and pride in the local community and the city at large.

BOOM Echoes is invested in new, interesting and creative ways for neighbors to come together and connect through the arts. As the community population continues to shift, we recognize the importance of bringing these disparate groups together.

Please join us for the fun, creativity and connectedness of BOOM Echoes on Sunday, March 15!


BOOM Echoes is sponsored by Culture Blocks— a community partnership between ASC, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to bring arts and cultural experiences closer to where residents live. Culture Blocks is funded by Mecklenburg County.