The Salem Jazz and Soul Fest has added dates for the festival as well as the Summer Concert Series, so I wanted to share the information here as well as on the calendar. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly suggest it, it’s a fun time all around, every year. 🙂
May 12, 2018 – Berklee Summer Concert Series with Aman Sagar
5:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Derby Square, Salem MA
“Aman Sagar is a Guitarist/Singer-Songwriter/Producer hailing from the North of India. He grew up with absolutely no ‘western’ music teachers, or even a music scene. But there was always music in the household. The advantage of growing up in a musically diverse environment was that he developed an appreciation of all kinds of music. He picked up the guitar when he was 14, and taught himself with the help of the internet . He started following Rock n Roll, Grunge and Metal. When he was about 17, he discovered his love for blues and soul/R&B music. A year after that, Aman moved to New Delhi and had a chance to take formal lessons from music educators. Studying led to appreciating harmonically complex music and an urge dig deeper into Jazz. For about four years he was a part of the music circuit in New Delhi. “it’s worthless to label music to filter my own tastes… my one goal has been to write music that inspires all kinds of people”. Thank you to McDonalds Canal Street, Salem for sponsoring this concert.” [Facebook event]
June 9, 2018 – Berklee Summer Concert Series with Hunter Lamar
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Derby Square, Salem MA
“Hunter LaMar is a 22 year old R&B sad boi with passion for activism through music and a dedication to social justice. Born in Newark NJ, Hunter is the son of a former Broadway singer and a college professor. His music can be found on all music platforms, and his Debut EP “Danny Tanner” is scheduled to release in Fall 2018, see more at https://www.lamarentertainment.com/. Thank you to Mercy Tavern for sponsoring this concert!” [Facebook event]
July 14, 2018 – Berklee Summer Concert Series with Miette Hope
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Derby Square, Salem MA
”Miette Hope is a 21 year old singer-songwriter from Colorado Springs attending her final year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA as the first ever Vans off the Wall Presidential Scholar. She grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and began her musical journey at the age of 7, when she started studying piano. She has been writing songs since the age of ten, after taking up the guitar and started playing live in her mom’s folk band singing back up harmonies by the age of 11. Since moving to Boston, she has performed and collaborated and recorded with local bands, Aüva, Maddie Jay and the PH Collective. Aüva performed at the Berklee/Vanyaland SXSW event in Austin, TX, opened for Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys at the New Hampshire Pavilion and has played many venues around MA. They have released 2 EP’s and and album over the past 3 years. Maddie Jay and the PH collective has performed in Boston, Canada, and RI and released a full album last year. Along with involvement in these projects Miette formed a five piece band to accompany her original songs and went on her first tour of the U.S. winter of 2014 preceding the release of her first EP. Her style can best be identified by it’s lush vocal harmonies over spatially rhythmic grooves with influence from soul, jazz and pop. Her songs are an embodied expression of the beauty in life’s trials and triumphs. With emotionally honest lyrics complimenting infectious melodies, her music will move your body and your soul. Thanks to Flatbread Salem for sponsoring this concert.” [Facebook event]
August 11, 2018 – Berklee Summer Concert Series Concert with Jas and Chums
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Derby Square Salem, MA
“Afro-beat inspired grooves blended with jazz influenced harmony and contagious horn lines backing the refreshing take on African vocal harmonies forms the sound of Boston-based band Jas & Chums. Formed of an international collective of musicians from around the globe such as, Belgium, Israel, US and UK, Jas & Chums is led by the drummer and composer, Jas Kayser (UK).
Jas moved to Boston when she was 18 years old to study Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music. Now she is continuing her studies at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute for a master’s degree in Contemporary Performance.
Jas is an active musician in Boston, New York and London. She has played with various bands and artists like Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Ralph Peterson, Luciana Souza and Donald Harrison at venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, Ryle’s Jazz Club, Wally’s Café and Rockwood Music Hall etc. She has also represented Berklee at the Panama Jazz Festival 2018 with the BGJI sextet, the Next Gen Monterey Jazz Festival 2018 with Ethan Santos Quintet and currently preparing to perform and teach at the Newport Jazz Festival Summer Camp.
Summer 2018 will see Jas & Chums release her first single ‘Stupid on the Beat’ Feat. Niu Raza.” [Facebook event]