by Susan Fried
More than 2,500 people attended this year’s BAAMFest (Rainier Beach Arts and Music Fest) on Aug. 19th at the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza. The annual event featured more than 40 acts on four stages, four pop-up museums and 40 booths.
Rainier Beach Merchants Association and numerous other organizations, including the Seattle Neighborhood Group, sponsored the Rainier Beach Arts and Music Festival.
One of the goals of BAAMfest is to educate the community about the history and diversity of the Rainier Valley. Over the years, the festival has highlighted the contributions of the Duwamish people, the African American Community and the many immigrants who came to the Rainier Valley starting in the 1860s. This year BAAMfest emphasized the Japanese American experience with music, dance and the Wing Luke Asian History pop-up museum.
In addition to the music and dance performances, artist Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys worked on a painting throughout the day, several members of the Seattle Police Department reprised the lip sync of Macklemore’s “Downtown,” and the Max Mobile Animal Adoption offered cats for adoption. People could ride horses provided by the Buffalo Soldiers 10th Cavalry, register to vote or purchase food from a variety of food trucks.
Featured Photo: The Deems Tsutakawa Band Performs on the Planet Fitness Main Stage (Photo: Susan Fried).