Location: Front St, Old Town Hall, Salem, MA
Dates Of Event: June 1-3, 2018 (event usually takes place the first weekend in June)
Parking: Street parking, which is limited during festivals, costs .75 an hour (4 hour limit) and there are several parking lots and garages. You can find more information about parking in Salem here.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Location: Artist’s Row, Salem, MA
Fun Fact: Salem (in Hebrew) means “peace”
Related Post: 10th Annual Salem Arts Festival – Part I
Murals weren’t the only types of art on display at the Salem Arts Festival.
In addition to the amazing art on display and family friendly activities I highlighted in Part I of this series, there were several bands, dancers and other entertainers who set up on the stairs of the Old Town Hall on Front St.
All of the performers were very talented and entertaining (view the videos below to see for yourself)
All of the performers had some ties to New England, and in many cases the Salem area.
Liz Bills And The Change are from Haverhill, MA (about 40 minutes north of Salem), rocked the alley next tot he Coffee Brewhouse. Great presence and style.
Wellesley (MA) native and Berklee College of Music graduate, Sarah Blacker and the New England Groove Association was another great performer.
She even made a new young fan.
One of the things I really enjoyed about the performers was the variety of music and entertainment. In fact, I actually heard and enjoyed some music from bands that I never thought I would be into. One of those bands was the Boston-based Outrageous Fortune Trio Jug Band mixed jazz and blues in their repertoire. I particularly enjoyed their version of “Come Together.” He actually used the cane in the photo below as an instrument.
I loved the Emma Sundvik & Hunter Burgamy Jazz Band.
I also had a surprise encounter with a friend from my gym. Anthony (“Antonio”) plays the Flamenco guitar for Boston Flamenco. Anastasia and Anna Maria joined him in his performance.
At the end of their performance, Anastasia gave some of the visitors a lesson in Flamenco dancing.
The entertainment was not just limited to music, though. One of my favorite forms of entertainment was the dancing of the Salem YMCA Fly Kidz. These kids can dance!
And what would an arts festival in Salem be without a visit from Dark Follies?
Dark Follies incorporates stunts (a straitjacket escape artist), dancers and other magical entertainment into their acts.
The kids loved the Boston Opera Outreach Troupe. It was great seeing little children embracing this music.
If that was not enough, the Aerial Artistry of Baechtold & Abel (and their college understudy) took center stage on Front St. Their acrobatics were so graceful. But, what people may overlook is the strength these acrobats must have to be able to support their own and their partner’s body.
Speaking of Front St, there were “tiny dancers”, or more accurately a tiny stage with real life sized dancers performing.
There were also fairies who blew bubbles, read stories and danced with the children (and a few adults).
There was also a “Poets In The Round” poetry reading event.
The street performers who you might usually see only during the Halloween season also came out to partake in the festivities and take photos with their fans. Or, just take in the scenes with a, uh….friend. It was like Halloween in June!
Of course, what would an art festival be without dogs?
Rocko looked cool rocking his bee wings with his doting humans.
Igor (the Hairless dog) was one of the more unique dogs I have photographed. You may notice his two different colored eyes.
Below are some videos of the performers from the art festival. Sorry for the “shaky cam” in some of the videos, particularly those taken at the end of the day.
And, believe it or not, there is at least one more installment of photos from the art festival coming soon!