The seventh annual Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is slated to kickoff next month at the Salem Willows. The two day concert will feature performances by 12 bands from the Boston area, New York and northern Vermont.
The two-day, free festival, which is scheduled for Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18, will also include a music-education tent, a kids’ tent, a 21-plus beer pavilion and more than 30 artists selling hand-made goods.
The festival will run from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.
The Salem High School Jazz band will open Saturday’s concert, followed by performances from Tough Love Trio, Qwill and the Soul Review Project, among many others.
Dwight & Nicole, featuring Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson, a recent contestant on NBC’s “The Voice”, will headline Saturday.
Sunday will open with the North Shore Jazz Project All-Stars, followed by The Soul of a Man and many more. Turkuaz, a 10-piece funk band out of Brooklyn, will headline Sunday.
DJ Radio Scotvoid will spin between sets and Brian Gordon will emcee along with festival cofounder, Henley Douglas Jr.
Salem Trolley, a festival sponsor, will offer an inexpensive shuttle to the festival, which will stop every 30 minutes at the commuter rail station, National Parks Service Visitors Center on Essex Street and the Salem Ferry Landing on Blaney Street.
Additionally, there will be alternate parking at the Bentley School, 25 Memorial Dr. Organizers of the festival are encouraging attendees to walk, ride bicycles or take the trolley to the Salem Willows, as parking will be limited.