Broward Center Presents RHYTHM BY THE RIVER Festival Celebrating Black Voices

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Rhythm by the River, a festival celebrating some of Broward County’s most exciting and innovative black voices. Sons of Mystro is headlining this free event on Sunday, March 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The community is invited to come together for a fun day of music, dance, drama, poetry and interactive events for the whole family. Hosted by WPLG-Local 10 presenter and reporter Alexis Frazier, this free community event features live performances, food trucks, workshops, arts and crafts, and more throughout the post- midday.

On the main stage, purple flow offers a fusion of Hip-Hop and R&B sounds. the Randy Corinthian Quintet brings a soulful and sophisticated set of smooth jazz hits. The beat continues with the West African Drum and Dance ensemble Fallou Troop. Renegade Theater Company offers a dynamic range of Broadway musical hits from their repertoire. Art Prevails Project features a mix of spoken word and theatrical vignettes from their critically acclaimed work. Guests will get a preview of the upcoming play Head Above Water: The Life of Esther Rolle by Darius V. Daughtry, directed by Bianca LaVerne Jones, commissioned by the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. In the grand finale, violin virtuosos Son of Mystro headlining the festivities fusing their unique blend of classic strings with reggae hits and American pop songs along with some of their own original works.

Everyone is invited to participate in the creation of a community mural with visual artist Constance Ivana in the park, or come to the Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom at the Broward Center to participate in a Teeny Violini music with the founder of the New Canon Chamber Collective. Portia Dunkley, a spoken word poetry session with performer and FLO’etry founder Jerris “Quick the Poet” Evans or a hip-hop dance class with choreographer and Developing Dreams Foundation Executive Director Pablo Malco.

You’ll have the opportunity to get to know your neighbors, enjoy great entertainment, and learn about the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. Vicar of Black ExcellenceArt Prevails Project, Black Violin Foundation, FLO’etry, Developing Dreams Foundation, New Canon Chamber Collective, Old Dillard Museum, Renegade Theater Company and more.

Rhythm by the River is part of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Arts for Action: Black Voices initiative, which uses the arts as a catalyst to raise awareness, build knowledge, and mobilize action on social justice issues. The initiative was supported by the following funds from the Community Foundation of Broward: Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund, Community Concerts Association of Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts Fund, A Fund for the Performing Arts and the Linda and the Michael Carter Funds. Other supporters of the initiative include the BBX Capital Foundation and JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Rhythm by the River festival partners include Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, and the Art Prevails Project.

To learn more about Arts for Action: Black Voices events or to get involved, visit email [email protected].

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