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Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

August 17 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Free admission in a beautiful venue, local talent, diverse genres, and music discovery are just a few of the great reasons to come attend the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival.

  • Live sets of music from 11am to 7pm
  • A music education tent
  • 30 artisan vendors
  • Beer pavilion

A Brief History of the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival began as a celebration of Salem’s rich jazz heritage, harking back to the days when the Salem Willows hosted jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Founded by a group of local music enthusiasts, the festival has grown from a small, grassroots event to a beloved annual tradition.

Over the years, the festival has maintained its commitment to showcasing local talent, supporting music education, and providing free access to live music for the community. The festival nurtures the next generation of artists by featuring student musicians alongside established acts while honoring the genre’s rich history.

From its inception, the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival has been more than just a music event – it’s a testament to the power of community, the universal language of music, and the enduring spirit of Salem’s cultural scene.

Join us on August 17th at Salem Willows for unforgettable music, community spirit, and summer fun. The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is where our local music scene shines brightest – be part of the magic!

The Lineup

  • Salem High School Jazz Band (11 a.m. – noon)
  • Barrence Whitfield and Four Piece Suit (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
  • The Jambalaya Horns Orchestra (2 – 3 p.m.)
  • Yahuba Garcia’s Boogaloo Collective (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Sonya Rae Taylor (5:30 – 7 p.m.)
  • DJ SKOT VOID (spinning between sets all day)

Check out this video about the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and why you should support it!



August 17
11:00 am - 7:00 pm


Salem Willows
167 Fort Ave
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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