Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risque to soulful.

From an early age, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth. In his teens, he embraced the punk and metal scene in his hometown of Raleigh, NC; genres that would later go on to influence Rashad’s songwriting by way of their tight technical precision and power. After an art school education and several stints in local bands, Jamil rediscovered and returned to his first true love: funk.

Boulevards has shared the stage with artists such as Nile Rodgers of CHIC, Rhye, and Mac DeMarco. He has also performed at top boutique festivals such as Montreal Jazz Fest, Pickathon, KABOO, and Hopscotch Music Festival

Salwa is New Haven born singer, songwriter, actress, and poet who sung background for Childish Gambino during his historical host and performance on Saturday Night Live to debut the “This is America” and “Saturday” Singles. She is an up and coming artist with soul and consciousness that uses her voice and floetry to both uplift spirits and voices.
Salwa’s past performances included
● Saturday Night Live: Background singer for Childish Gambino
● No More Water/ The Fire Next Time: The Gospel of James Baldwin at Park Avenue
Armory in New York City
● (Be)longing at Long Wharf Theater as apart of The International Festival of Art and
● Open Studio: Literary Happy Hour
● A Job to Unwork at Artspace: Opening Act,
● Deeper Change Forum: Opened for Ruby Sale at CEIO
As well as dozens of community events and activist works,
Salwa Abdussabur is a local artist and activist. They are a Teaching Artist and Youth Organizer for The Word Poetry working and mentoring young people to be poets and culture creators.
When Salwa is not "spitting bars", leading workshops, or prancing around on stage they are speaking their truth at rallies and marching for social justice. They hope that by being apart of these transformative spaces combining art and activism, collectives, and self­expression they help change the narrative of what it means to be young queer people of color.
Salwa hopes that through their performing, marching, and rallying, organizing, and “spitting bar” that minority youth, in not just New Haven, but in this country and throughout the world will get the opportunities and resources they deserve to thrive and not just survive. Despite all that, they know it starts within yourself and within your community.
Preferred Pronouns: She/ Her/ They

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