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Boston Scenes 6-23-18: The Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Festival

Created by Boston native Catherine Morris, BAMS Fest, Inc. has presented and curated in over 10 local spaces in varying neighborhoods to more than 2,500 attendees and collaborated with more than 50 community partners through its traveling live arts program, The Prelude.

BAMS Fest, described by Morris as “Essence [Music Festival] meets Afropunk in Boston” took place June 23, 2018 at Playstead Field in Franklin Park on two stages. BAMS Festival featured a predominately Boston-based lineup of 20+ musical acts including area natives Latrell James, Oompa, and STL GLD; and Berklee affiliated acts Dom Jones, Niya Norwood, The Woo Factor Band AND MORE! Neo-soul duo from Philadelphia, Kindred the Family Soul, headlined the festival.

The Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Festival, focuses on building community, supporting independent artists, and providing fair and equal access to the arts within Greater Boston. The next BAMS Festival promises to be bigger and better! For more information go to


Amanda Shea Photo Credit: Kwatice Ezell
Valerie Stephens Photo Credit: Tory Quinn
Tim Hall DeAma Battle Photo Credit: Tory Quinn
STL GLD Photo Credit: Tory Quinn
Oompa Photo Credit: Tory Quinn
Michael Talbot-Rep Your City- Live Art n Graffiti Photo Credit: Jourdan Christopher
Kindred The Family Soul Photo Credit: Tory Quinn
Kindred The Family Soul Photo Credit: Tory Quinn
DJ Bobby Bangers Photo Credit: Tory Quinn
Catherine Morris Photo Credit: Tory Quinn
Billy Dean Thomas Photo Credit: Tory Quinn