YAY we have confirmation of dates for the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival!! It was announced via social media that this year’s festival will happen August 17th and 18th, 2019. Be sure to stay tuned to social media for updates and also check on the festival’s website here.
A little about the festival
“The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is recreating and renewing the vibrant jazz scene that began at the Salem Willows in the early 20th century, when Duke Ellington and other musicians from the Big Band era played at the seaside park in Salem, Mass. The festival builds on this rich jazz history — adding soul, blues and funk to the mix — by offering a series of annual free concerts to the public, concluding with our annual main festival at the Willows, the third weekend in August.
The idea for the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival was hatched in 2003, when several creative-minded Salem residents discussed starting a music festival in Salem, home to dozens of talented musicians. The core group, Henley Douglas Jr. and Jonathan and Jennifer Reardon, envisioned the concert to serve as a catalyst for educating the city’s young musicians and dreamed of constructing a performance space and music education center in the city.
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival attracts more than 6,000 people to the Salem Willows each year for a free two-day concert. There’s also an SJSF/Berklee Summer Series — in partnership with Berklee College of Music — in downtown Salem on Saturdays in May June, July and August; a City of Salem Jazz Appreciation Day in April; and an annual fundraiser, our only ticketed event all year.”
Have fun!! The festival happens at Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave. Salem, MA 01970. Enjoy!! <3