BK Wildlife founder Chris Carr (top, first left) with his performers and attendees of his Summer Festival opener at Paper Box, 9/2/17. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Brooklyn Wildlife kicked off its biggest summer festival yet at The Paper Box in East Williamsburg on Saturday, and it continues throughout the week. The opening show for the fifth annual fest featured over 60 performers spread over three stages for a 12-hour showcase as diverse musically as it was culturally.

Band Quick Hondo and rapper Paco The Train Bandit with their audience at the conclusion of their performance featuring venue owner Eric Varela (bottom, center). (Photo: Nick McManus)

Brooklyn Wildlife founder Christopher Carr was on the scene in his short shorts, coordinating vendors and live visual artists. Both BK Wildlife veterans and those new to the scene worked together to keep gaps to a minimum; as soon as one band was over you were instantly able to visit another raging stage and return within minutes to find a new band up and running. The genre-spanning acts not only shared the spotlight but also performed together, as when rocker Jules Chaveco of fusion band Flying Machine Collective played guitar alongside rapper Kerry Blu after meeting just that night.

Kita P and Issac Sawyer with their audience at the conclusion of their performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

In Paper Box’s tented backyard, another stage featured a steady hip-hop roster that included Sidney FenixWatusi and Tribe of Asaru. Inside, rockers Hill Haints played alongside more experimental acts as Kita P and Issac Sawyer. The Paper Box’s owner, Eric Varela, who has hosted the festival for the past four years, was there to enjoy the music himself and took a front row seat in the festival’s group photo.

DRMAGDN frontman Charlie Zeleny (left) with vendor Dina Levy. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival continues every day this week with a show tonight at Sunnyvale and concludes with a five-venue marathon on Saturday. Carr described the festival as “the largest gathering of indie artists in Brooklyn,” and told me it “has no boundaries, no genre and no corporate influence. A real grassroots thing that’s actively trying to cultivate the uber-expressive and all are accepted no matter their gender or race or anything. Everyone is welcome as long as they wanna show love.”

Jazzyland vendor Jazmine Lopez with her family. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Performers after the Garden stage’s finale. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Band Flying Machine Collective after their Orchard stage performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Hill Haints after their performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Watusi (second from left) with Garden stage closers Tribe of Asaru. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Brooklyn Wildlife family at the conclusion of the show. (Photo: Nick McManus)