May 24, 2023
Dorchester’s Ashmont-Adams neighborhood will host the second annual Dorchfest music festival on June 3 from noon to 5 p.m. Co-hosted by the Ashmont-Adams Neighborhood Association and Greater Ashmont Main Street, Dorchfest will include 60 artists and groups from a variety of genres, including rock, funk, jazz, hip hop, reggae, blues, Cape Verdean, folk, Indian, Afro-beats, Southeast Asian, Samba, Latin, electronic, and more.
Community sponsors, including lead sponsor Santander Bank, are making it possible to compensate the artists for their time and talent, a key goal of the Dorchfest event for this second event.
“As a committee, we deeply believe that the benefits artists and musicians bring to our lives have value and should be recognized monetarily,” said Erin Caldwell, Dorchfest chair. “Providing stipends to the musicians allows us to bring in talent that otherwise might not be able to participate at the cost of a paying gig elsewhere. Our community and sponsors have made this event possible for a second year through their generosity, which underscores how important the arts are to this neighborhood.”
Many performers are returning from 2022, including:
• Jahriffe, a first-generation Jamaican reggae solo artist and the lead singer of the Jah-N-I Roots band;
• The Ray Liriano Experience, a Latin rock band whose leader, originally from Santo Domingo, resides in Jamaica Plain;
• Paul Willis, a hip hop performer, educator and Managing Director of BAMS Fest;
• Wayne & Isabelle, a folk duo from Hyde Park, among others.
“Last year, the energy at Dorchfest was palpable,” said Ray Liriano, lead singer of his band. “We are very excited to play again this year and look forward to seeing so many Bostonians come out to enjoy the sounds and celebrate the neighborhood together.”
Dorchfest has teamed with The People’s Academy in Dorchester, a program that trains at-risk youth and adults to be skilled craftsmen in the building trades. T. Michael Thomas, founder, is a master craftsman with 20 years of experience specializing in copper fabrication and installation.
To support the organization’s capital campaign, Dorchfest will feature copper sculptures created by Thomas, which will be auctioned online at dorchfest.com/auction.
Dorchfest is free and open to the public. Festivalgoers are encouraged to take public transportation to Ashmont Station or Adams Village, as parking will be limited. Performances will be held on nearly 30 private porches within the boundaries of Adams Street, Ashmont Street, Gallivan Boulevard, and Dorchester Avenue. Tax deductible donations can be made at dorchfest.com.