I know two of these dates have already come and gone, however I still wanted to add the rest of this info here to the blog and calendar today! Info is per the Salem Jazz and Soul website. Image used is by Teresa Nevic.
“This series of free concerts runs from May through August and takes place outdoors on Derby Square (24 Front St., Salem, Mass.) from 5 to 7 p m. on the second Saturday of each month. Sponsored by Berklee College of Music and our generous sponsors, the series showcases up and coming talent from Berklee. Come on out and enjoy some wonderful live music!
Location: Derby Square, 24 Front St. Salem, MA (Google Map) (Rain location, Koto, 90 Washington St., Salem)
When: 5-7 p.m., The second Saturday of every summer month (May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10 2018)
Cost: All Derby Square shows are free to the public.”
2019 Dates & Info
May 11, 2019 – Sheila Del Bosque Trio
June 8th, 2019 – Staccioli & Gresino Collective
July 13th, 2019 5-7 p.m.
Growing up on strictly roots, Dub Blood is a 5 piece reggae band based out of Boston, MA. The band was founded when the members met each other while attending Berklee College of Music. With Ricky Persaud Jr. as the band’s lead singer, Ricky’s charisma and talent captivates the eyes of the audience. The bands string section is covered by Tomas “Tarzan” Zabala on guitar, who’s psychedelic solos and stage presence blends perfectly with Ricky’s charisma. On Bass is Allan Basco Espejo, who with William Candelario on drums makes up the heart beat and fire of the band. Evad Campbell is the pianist and master arranger behind the scenes, straight out of Kingston Jamaica. Each member pouring their heart and soul onto every stage they set foot on; Dub Blood is a raw, new sound that leaves their audience always asking for more. This show is presented by Flatbread Pizza Salem.
Aug. 11, 2019 5-7 p.m.
Safiya and Friends
Emerging from a chrysalis of positivity and consciousness, Safiya is an artist who transcends the norm by infusing her past with her future. Flavoring her sounds with musical dialects hailing from not only jazz but of her Afro-Caribbean roots. Safiya Leslie is bringing new energy and a young soul to the reggae scene today. Safiya and her powerful band possess jazz chops, urban attitude, and Caribbean beauty.
Raised in the melting pot of New York City and saturated in the cultures of her three parents: African American (Father) , Trinidadian (Mother), Jamaican (Step-Father). Safiya captures the essence of all and makes them her own. Alumni to Alicia keys alma mater, the Professional Performing Arts School, she performed for David Guetta and Yoko Ono at the United Nations(2013) as well with National Choral at Lincoln center (2011-2015).
Now a senior at Berklee College of Music, she is a dual major in Music Production and Engineering and Music Business Entrepreneurship. While she’s been at Berklee, Safiya has formed this band of a collection of musicians who have roots in the Caribbean and Latin America as well as being the founding member of a soca band, Riddim Symphony which has opened for reggae artist Keznamdi and Dancehall Artist Konshens. You can find Safiya and Friends at the Beat Brew Hall in Cambridge, The Beehive, as well as many New York locations.
In Sumer 2019, Safiya will be releasing her first album, which will explore the infusion between jazz and the Caribbean but also tell the story of the world and life, one song at a time. The album is guaranteed to allow you to collect your passport stamps from start to end. This show is presented by The Lobster Shanty.
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