BAMS Fest to Feature Berklee Students, Alumni

By 
Tori Donahue
June 8, 2018
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The Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Festival, a free event on Saturday, June 23, in Franklin Park, will feature a number of current students and alumni from Berklee College of Music. 

Dom Jones
RickExpress
Alonzo Demetrius (of Alonzo Demetrius and the Ego)
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Alonzo Demetrius and the Ego features Sean Cronin ’06 and students Alonzo Demetrius and Brian Richburg; and the Woo Factor includes Adonis Martin B.M. ’16, Jamaal Shoffner B.M. ’06, and Ashley Lewis B.M. ’15. Other acts include RickExpress (Ricky McKinney ’16), R&B/soul artist Niya Norwood B.M. '17, and student Dom Jones, who will lead a band composed of Berklee students and alumni.

The BAMS Festival is focused on building community, supporting independent artists, and providing fair and equal access to the arts within Greater Boston. The event features a predominately Boston-based lineup including area natives Latrell James, Oompa, and STL GLD. Kindred the Family Soul, a neo-soul duo out of Philadelphia, will headline.

Created by Boston native Catherine Morris, BAMS Fest, Inc. has presented and curated in over 10 local spaces in various neighborhoods to more than 2,500 attendees, and collaborated with more than 50 community partners through its traveling live-arts program, the Prelude.

The festival will feature 21 artists—18 of which have ties to Boston—performing on two stages, a mural arts competition, and a temporary installation by YouthBuild Boston and the Boston Society of Architects. With this free event, Morris and her team hope to build on the legacy of Elma Lewis by bringing back rich and dynamic performing arts to Franklin Park.

Listen to a playlist of tracks from the BAMS Festival 2018 lineup:

BAMS Festival is made possible in part by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation; a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency that is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture; funding from Berklee College of Music; support from Kush Groove YouthBuild Boston, Franklin Park Coalition, Boston Parks & Recreation, and Boston Main Streets; and media partnerships with WZBR 1410 AM the Bass of Boston, the New 97.7 FM, Dig Boston, and Sun Music.