https://www.sowaboston.com/events/month/ SoWa Open Market
500 Harrison Ave
Enjoy free live music every second Sunday at the SoWa Open Market with the Berklee Summer in the City series! Performances run May to September.
Each performance will feature a different Berklee student musician.
Performing May 14th is Esli Honore:
Pianist, composer, producer, and arranger Esli Honore is a student at Berklee College of Music where he is studying Contemporary Writing & Production / Music Performance. He was mainly influenced by Frederic Chopin, Jason White, and Oscar Peterson. He studied for one year at the national conservatory of the Dominican Republic. He also played for the Berklee Jazz All-Stars Band Five Week 2019. In addition, he plays genres like gospel, R&B, Funk, Latin, Kompa, Zouk, Rara, and jazz.
Performing June 11th is Soulboi:
Born in Israel and raised on the beaches of Sydney Australia, Soulboi’s love of melodic music and keyboard instruments shines through in his music. Growing up with a classical piano background, the technical ability is clear when hearing the intricacies of Soulboi’s work. But through the love of early 2000’s neo-soul artists like D’angelo, Musiq Soulchild, and Frank McComb, the feel and groove of that neo soul movement is the driving force to Soulboi’s music. With love for jazz, pop, and hip-hop, the music is an accurate representation of a wide variety of genres that create a unique and wholesome sound with soothing vocals and thoughtful lyrics. With loads of new singles to be released in 2023, Soulboi is only just beginning to come into his own.
Performing July 9th is Sheila del Bosque Fuentes:
Born in Havana, Sheila del Bosque Fuentes is a Cuban flutist, composer, and conductor. Throughout her career, del Bosque has been performing with orchestras such as the Orchestra of Lyceum Mozartiano from Havana adjunct to Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, the National Orchestra of Cuba, and the Cuban European Youth Academy and Orchestra. Sheila has performed for influential personalities like Pope Francis, Jill Biden, Usher, Bon Jovi, and The Rolling Stones. Awarded a full-tuition scholarship, del Bosque graduated from Berklee College of Music with a dual major in performance and film scoring with a minor in orchestral conducting. At Berklee, she has shared the stage with musicians such as Paquito d’Rivera, Omar Hakim, Lalah Hathaway, and Danilo Pérez, among others. Some of her awards include first prize at the NFA in the category of jazz artist, the Nick Caizza Award in performance, and the Tibor Pusztai Award in conducting.
Performing August 14th is Dakota Cohen:
As Dakota Cohen undergoes all the love and heartbreak life has to offer, she paints her experiences onto the canvas that is her music. Behind her bright synths and groovy bass lines, Dakota infuses authenticity and vulnerability into her lyrics and ignites it with her powerhouse vocals. Her sound can be characterized as nostalgic and shiny pop with rock and funk twists, as inspired by artists like Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa. Under the guidance of her vocal coach, Stevie Mackey (Kelly Rowland, Selena Gomez), Dakota has proven her dual talent as a songwriter and performer. She is the newest recipient of the Best Songwriter Award at Berklee College of Music, an acknowledgment of her musical craft. Just recently, Dakota performed at the Recording Academy Texas Chapter Block Party at SXSW in front of industry leaders and mentors. Possessing an undeniable talent and charisma on stage, this L.A. native performer has landed herself on the iconic stages of Lollapalooza and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.
Performing September 10th is Mercedes Escobar:
Growing up performing blues in Guatemala wasn’t easy, but Mercedes ultimately created a space for it in Central America. She’s been dubbed by newspaper Siglo 21 “la peregrina del blues,” The Blues Pilgrim. Mercedes’ unique raw, guttural—and at times even violent—vocals have often been compared to a mix between Chavela Vargas and Patsy Cline, creating her unique genre which blends the rawness of old blues/country with the cultural and sonic traditions of her Latin home culture. Her song “Sangre Negra” from her EP “The Blue Devil” was a Latin category finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She’s shared the stage with artists such as Rubén Albarrán (Café Tacvba) and Gaby Moreno, among others. Mercedes is featured in the soundtrack of acclaimed independent films Temblores (2019) and Cadejo Blanco (2022). In the latter she also worked as music supervisor. Long a fixture in the independent music world of Guatemala, Mercedes moved to Boston in early 2020, where she received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. She’s also a grant recipient of Club Passim’s Iguana Fund and Newport Festivals Foundation. Mercedes is currently working on a new Latin Americana album in Spanish and English.