Day Two featured vaudeville circus artists Rob & Miss Jane, Senegalese traditional and contemporary dancer Babacar Top, the 18-piece NYC Ska Orchestra, and a special performance of Brooklyn-based, contemporary classical group, The Knights.
Friday’s big draw was Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Orchestra. The 18-piece big band had its first post-lockdown rehearsal together on the Plaza at 300 Ashland in October of 2020 and it was an honor to have them return in a joyous, full-scale performance one year later. The Orchestra performed a special repertoire celebrating Hispanic Heritage month and Mexican Independence Day and garnered a standing room-only and dancer-filled crowd.
Children and families filled the Plaza on the last day of the Festival with BAMkids Family Day, featuring performances and interactive workshops, Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats!, Feet of Rhythm Kids, Brooklyn United, and Brown Rice Family all performed.