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Lydia “The LovelySinger” Harrell is one of Boston’s finest musical treasures. Her sultry, soulful voice and evocative songwriting have garnered her the attention and respect of the nation’s finest musicians and venues.  Jazz/Soul is where her heart is, however, Lydia has shown an unbreakable ability to mold herself into any musical situation.  Be it performing with the Boston Pops, serenading NBA fans with America’s National Anthem, or lending her vocal talents to a chart-topping deep house singles by British record label, Reel People Music, Lydia’s dedication to extracting the pure essence of song goes virtually unmatched. Visit her site here


The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is a nonprofit organization that produces free concerts and raises money to support music-education programs on Massachusetts’ North Shore.

SJSF’s season lasts May through August – when we put on monthly, free concerts in partnership with Berklee College of Music – and culminates in a two-day festival at the Salem Willows in mid-August, featuring local, regional and national bands. The season is book-ended by ticketed fundraisers at area venues. The festival is financed through merchandise sales, personal donations, grants and corporate sponsorship. We’re a grass-roots organization run by a volunteer board of directors made up of North Shore residents. LEARN MORE HERE


Salem Access Television is a non-profit community media center located at 285 Derby Street, in historic Salem, Massachusetts.

Since 1994 SATV has been offering-training, equipment and support in the art of television production to Salem residents, Salem Schools, Salem State University students, Salem businesses, individuals, families, groups and non-profit organizations. The goal is to train the people of Salem to use the facility to develop their own TV programming to be aired on one of SATV’s channels. LEARN MORE HERE

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