The Queen City Nerve says BOOM Charlotte is the Best Arts Festival. Here’s an excerpt:
Published in April 2019
BOOM, Plaza Midwood’s annual three-day festival of avant-garde and grassroots performances returned in April with its eclectic mix of dance, music and theater.The festival’s fourth year featured over 120 performances at indoor venues including Petra’s, Snug Harbor, Open Door Studios, Rabbit Hole and Coaltrane’s, and on a free outdoor stage dubbed “The Intersection.”
Newcomers to BOOM included Rhythmic Soul Dance Company, R&B artist Jason Jet, dance-and-activist troupe Yuhas & the Dancers, intimidating 8-foot-tall paper-mâché arts lecturer the Professor, and the transformative Sacrament of Reconciliation, a collision of live-action role playing and ritual. From its inception BOOM has been the realization of a dream to bring a first class fringe festival to Charlotte, festival founder Manoj Kesavan told Queen City Nerve. But in 2019 BOOM exploded past that goal to become Charlotte’s largest, wildest and most diverse arts festival.