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Thanks to all help the wildly successful 2010 Sowebo Festival. Thanks to all who came and opened their eyes and ears and hearts!

"This year is the 25th Annual Sowebo Arts and Music Festival! Our Silver Anniversary! The 2010 Sowebo Festival was held on Sunday, May 30th, surrounding historic Hollins Market in the bullseye of Sowebo.


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Festival Highlights

More than 20 Bands and Musical Acts will be played included nationally recognized singer-songwriter Caleb Stine; recent Timbaland signee, Rico; up-and-coming bands Pasadena and Shook, plus many other favorites. (Visit the "Music" page for our
line-ups) .....Over 70 creative Arts & Crafts folk lined the streets with 15 food and drink vendors..... Cafe Alley:  with activities that include musical performances, street performers and arts & crafts activities for children and adults.....Street Art: fun activities for all ages.....Two art galleries displaying our fanatically non-juried, un-vetted, “not for the faint of heart” Art Show.....and the ever popular Soweboposters proudly hanging at Zellas Pizzeria......



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What's The Buzz

citypaper"A bustling bazaar complete with a street café, performance artists, and more than 20 bands on three stages, dozens of food and artisan vendors, sail painting, street art, and puppet shows, and the famous Sowebo poster exhibition."

urbanite "This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sowebo festival, which turns the Hollins Market area into a lively street party. Along with live music from local bands, there are dozens of food vendors and artisans, puppet shows, and the famous Sowebo poster exhibition."

Vision Statement

A successful SOWEBOfest is a fun and funky event that promotes participation and spontaneity, celebrates the neighborhood, has diverse activities that attract a diverse audience of locals and people from across Baltimore, is unique and memorable, and makes people want to return next year.

  • Have enough activities and places to keep people occupied for several hours.
  • Emphasize local artists, music, crafts, and businesses
  • Provide ways for local associations and organizations to promote the neighborhood as a place to live, shop, and work
  • Create a venue that offers new ideas, new talent, and new experiences.
  • Create activities that engage families rather than simply youth
  • Create a safe environment that is attractive to a wide range of people of all ages
  • Transform the streets around the market
  • Involve more community members (planning, attending)
    Make money
  • Create a planning process where people want to continue and new people want to get involved
»Values for the SOWEBOfest Planning Committee
  • Have a committee of ACTIVE planners
  • Define roles of all committee members
  • Support and help one another
  • Set clear goals, tasks, and timeline
  • Create accountability (do what you say you will do)
  • Complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Maintain open and clear communication among all committee members and to the broader public
  • Create an atmosphere that welcomes new members and ideas that builds a volunteer base and develops leadership for future festivals
  • Have FUN (and wine at the meetings)


Sowebo Festival Music 2010

The Sowebohemian Arts and Music Festival today announced that more than 16 bands and musical acts will be playing at this year’s celebration of the festival’s 25th anniversary, held in Hollins Market on May 30, 2010 from 12-9. Included in the musical acts is nationally recognized singer-songwriter Caleb Stine; recent Timbaland signee, Rico; up-and-coming bands Pasadena and Shook, plus many other favorites.

A variety of artists will perform to thousands of locals and out-of-towners alike to celebrate 25 years of Sowebohemian Rhapsody. Bands and musical acts range from folk to hip-hop, gospel to punk, and everything in between. Festival goers will be entertained by the soul/funk groove of Shook and Grilled Lincolns; reggae, rock, and hip-hop flair of Pasadena; Bond and Bentley’s acoustic fusion rock, and the Southern rock stylings of The Remnants. Additional local favorites Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, Kerq, Keefe Rocket, Freedom Enterprise, Higher Hands, Siring, and Lucid will share the stage with Great Divide, in from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The choir from Sowebo’s own Grace International Church will be raising voices and lifting spirits. Tommy Buckets will bring his signature drumming style to the streets of Sowebo as will the talented students of Waverly Middle School’s drum corps.....continue reading...

Bohemian Stage

1:00Grace International Church www
2:15Remnants www
3:30Caleb Stein www
4:45Rico www
6:00Shook www
7:15Great Divide www

Rise Up Stage

11-12Breakdance showdown on the street
  2:30John Lee
  3:45Higher Hands www
  5:00Pasadena www
  5:45The Scarborough Sideshow www
  6:15The Grilled Lincolns www
  7:30Sweet Leda www

Get Down Stage

12:30Bond and Bently www
  3:00Keefe Rocket www
  5:30Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children www
  6:45East Toast www


Thanks to all the fab artists who participated!

Our fanatically non-juried, un-vetted, “not for the faint of heart” Art Show wants your paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed media ...etc...surprise us! Our Show hangs during the festival Sunday May 30 in two fab venues: The Carriage House and the Emerging Artists Gallery.

The Carriage House Gallery

  • Extended Drop Off: email to arrange a
    drop off a sport and help hang your work
    at this late stage of the game!!!!
  • Location: 1008 Hollins Street.
  • Enter fee: $5.00 for one piece / $10.00 for 2 or 3 pieces.
  • Artists who returned a 2010 Soweboposter enter show for free.
  • All work must be ready to hang, wires, hooks...etc.
  • There is limited shelving and table space, we encourage 3D
    artists to bring their own stands and pedestals.
  • Pick Up: June 5th, Sat, noon-5pm.
  • For info contact

The Emerging Artists Gallery

  • Extended Drop Off: May 29, Sat, a sport and help hang your work at this late stage of the game!!!!
  • Location: 9 S. Carlton ( 3 story red brick building off parking lot)
  • Enter fee: $5.00 for one piece / $10.00 for 2 or 3 pieces.
  • Artists who returned a 2010 Soweboposter enter show for free.
  • All work must be ready to hang, wires, hooks...etc.
  • There is limited shelving and table space, we encourage 3D artists to bring their own stands and pedestals.
  • Pick Up: TBD ASAP.
  • For info contact:

Soweboposters Show @ ZellasPizzeria

  • Location: Zellas Pizzeria, 1145 Hollins
  • Once again, the brave artists of Baltimore have brought their game to one of our City’s most unique art shows and auctions. For 25 years, Sowebo Arts, Inc. has made decorative bordered posters available to the art community. Artists donate them back with their original art on them so they can be auctioned off to art lovers in the Baltimore area. Proceeds benefit Sowebo Arts, Inc.
  • This year’s auction will be held on Sunday, June 27 at the:
    University of Maryland Biotech Park Building 2, located at 801 W. Baltimore Street.
  • More Info:
  • View Gallery of Posters:




Cafe Alley

Café Alley is an area within the festival with activities that include musical performances, street performers and arts & crafts activities for children and adults. Seating at café tables will be provided for “Sowebohemians” enjoying entertainment, arts activities, refreshments or just a good conversation.


12:30Ty Ford www
1:30Teporah www
2:30Jen Swartout www
3:30Left Hand Out www
4:30Poor Mouth  www
5:30Fox in the Hen House www
Portraits by Theresa Columbus www starting at :2:30

Black Cherry Puppet Theater performs 3 times in front of their theater

Arts & Craft Vendors

We have extraordinary Arts & Crafts participants this year. Enjoy the music while wondering through the festival marveling and buying their beatiful work for yourself or that special person in your life!

Michele Banks, ARTMONGER INC. original watercolor paintings and collages
Jason Bass, City of Gods
Nancy Belisle, Seodra
Randy Berry, Recycled jewelry Creations
Amy Blair, Sun Ah Jewelry
Mary Bulter, Maja Jewelry: Jewelry & Clothing
Paul Calhoun, Snyder Home Services
Theresa Carrington, You & Me Soaps: Handmade soaps, bodyteierbutts, lotions, scrubs, bath items and shea butter
Maria Cavacos, Cavacos Studio
Pat Cruz, Wear Your Voic
John Davis, Fisticuffs Leather: Handmade recycled leather wrist cuffs and watch bands
Anyssah Eveillard
Jimi Fardan, Pencilmania: Print and original pencil & acrylic drawings, silkscreened original art on T-shirts. Live Sketcking
Taliah Ferguson, Taliah Somone
Charlene Fields
Ed Franz, TM Enterprises
Faith Freeman, Things Hoped For: Handmade Jewelry
Jules Garrison, Deer in the Headlights: vintage button jewelry
Megan Gerstenberg, Gerstievision
Jennifer Grillo, Jennifer Grillo Designs
Jackie Handley, Jacqueline Handley Designs Inc
Mary Harcourt, Shine Time
Charles Hawkins, Oooh LaLa Tile: Art made with broken tile & glass
Philip Hibbert, Wooton Handbags and Jewelry: Handbags and Jewelry
Jason Higgins, Hogmalion
Marlene Jackson, Making Scents
Robyn Jacobs, Pet Tag Creations
Brad Johnson, Used Books
Tremayne Johnson, Image is Everything
Dirk Joseph, Azi Arts: Original Paintings, Scuptures, Stationary
Eva Khoury/ Rick Packie, Earth Alley
Dana Krauss,  whoop
Robin & Mike Lambert: Original Artwork (drawings, Paintings,Cat & Halloween Art), Old records, CD's, Books & unusual Craftart
Steven and Mia Lee, Zuresh
Tip Lee, T. P. Jewelry & Gifts: Hand Painted Ceramics miniatures and hand finished sterling silver jewelry, homemade yoyo balloons
Darryel Mack, Blunt Power, MD Head2Toe Boutiqu: Air Freshener & Fashion
Emily Li Mandri, Natty Paint: screenprinted designs
Anne Madison, Atelier-Beads
Arlene McGinley, Nature's Essence:  fantasy jewelry, suncatchers
Staci McLauchlan, Contemporary Fabric Creations
Percy Medina
Fran Ngong, Buhdze
Cem Ozkok, Old World: Customize handset jewelry combining sterling silver & antique Venetian glass, semi-precious stones, stainglass, antique coins & baltic amber
Roland Paronish, Roland Metal Art
Carole Pressnall, Artist Way Group Show
Tracey Regester, Fusion Fire Creations
Bia Riaz, Gypsy Junque: Henna Body Art and Jewelry
Elizabeth Ann Rodenhizer/ Jen Jackson, Photo Chic: photography
Joseph Rizza, Point Gallery
Diana Sanlorenzo Campbell
Rafael Santillan, World of Wool: Kids wool sweaters, cotton dresses, wooden bobble heads
Hope Shakya, Fashion Treasures from Asia: Custom Made Asian Clothes of cotton and silk
Pat Smith, Class Cuts Beauty
Devon Smoot/Leona Townsend
Linda Snyder, Lin-Mar Accesoories: Sand Bottles
Kelly Jo Stull, Radiant Hoops: hula hoops
Kenya Thomas, Bushwomen
Dee Turgeman
Stephney Wallace, Stainglass Inspired Jewelry
Betsey Waters, In the Garden: Plants/herbs & Containers
Carlita White, Carlita's Creations
Barbara Young & Misha Bright, Barbara Young & Gloria Garrette Jewelry: Jewelry & Accessories
Robert Williams, Umri Siki: African Wonderment
Arthur A. Woodard, Jozart Press LTD
David Conroy,  Altas Jewelry: Jewelry
Robin Nicolai, LoHop Photography
Dee Turgeman
Nura Fardan/Freedom Colbert, Sepia Butterfly/AbstraX &so4th

Food Vendors

Zellas Pizzeria - fresh pizzas
Baltimore PHO - Vietnamese food
Charm City Grill -
Rita's Concessions - Hamburgers, philly cheese steak, blooming onion, deep fried twinkies, steak with red potatoes, corndogs
Always Smokin Food Vendors - Potato stacks, funnel cakes, fresh lemonade
Lin-Mar Assoc - Pizza, nachos, hot dogs, fruit smoothies, snowballs
South Carolina BBQ & Catering - 1/4 slab ribs, smoked turkey legs, pit beef, mince BBQ
Sherri's Crab Cakes - Crab cake sandwich, cream of crab soup, french fries
Everything Nice - funnel cakes, snowballs, italian sausage
Lumbini Restaurant - Chicken tikka maghala, saag paneer, naan, samosa,
Constantine's Greek Kichten - Gyros
Pepper Jack Grille - Quesadillas, Crab & Avocado Tacos, Fish Taco, veggie burrito, crab melt
Sir-Pops-A-Lot Kettle Corn - Kettle corn
Asian Grille - Chicken teriyaki, pad thai, lo mein, spring roll
Curbside Cafe - pulled pork burritos, grilled tofu and vegetable burritos, spicy chicken burritos, chana masala burritos, black bean burritos, grilled vegetables, fried plantains
Emily's Desserts - Vegan cupcakes, donuts, granola, cookies, and muffins
We're Nuts! - roasted gormet nuts
Frosty's Shaved Ice - snowballs and fruit smoothies
Perfecto Coffee - hot coffee, iced coffee, baked goods

Non - Profits

Katie Joost, The Loading Dock
John Bunting, Dept of Social Services
Sheena Ham, Grace International Church
Danyell Diggs, Baltimore Red Line
Paul Mulinde, Global Outreach
Jeff Elliott, The Spark
Adam Wolfe, The Zietgeist Movement
Robert Flick, Public Allies Md
Dwayne Hess/Andrea Wenger
Roger Scott, Progress Unity Fund/ANSWER Coalition and PSL
Paul Gunter/Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear
Patricia Cassatt/ Darin C. Wall, People's Community Health Centers
Stephanie Waller, Charm City Circulator
Stefan Hauswald, Steady Baltimore/United Sisters Mentoring
Susan Gaztananga, Baltimore Libertarian Party/Gaztanaga for Governor
Deidre Webb,Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc

Arts & Crafts Vendor Applications Forms

Nonprofit Organization Applications Forms


Street Art

"Come join us for some fun activities, for all ages!"


Bling for your Body- Beads and Necklaces
Mad Hatters Hat Making
Luminescent Light Graffiti
Caterpillar Creature Creation
OMG Musical Painting

Keep an eye out for roving wonders:

Charm City Roller Girls
Waverly Middle School

Festival Co-Chairs

Music Committee

Responsibility – Receive band inquires, reach out to musicians, choose bands, notify accepted musicians, determine line-up and stage assignment, arrange stage management, negotiate stage manager fees and oversee stages during festival and ensure smooth stage transitions, safe stage management and diverse performances.

Arts & Crafts / Non-profits Vendor Committee

Food Vendor Committee

Street Art Activities Committee

Responsibility – Plan and organize creative art activities for children and adults, optimally activities in which all ages participate. Members will solicit donations for materials, seek volunteers for planning, create budget, order supplies, set up practice days, set up day of event and coordinate volunteers.

Café Alley Committee

Responsibility – Plan and organize activities, solicit street performers, plan café layout, solicit vendors, coordinate volunteers, establish budget, solicit donations for materials, order supplies, set up day of event and oversee activities.

Design / Marketing / PR


Volunteer Recruitment Committee

Responsibility – Tract volunteer requirements by determining number of hours, types of duties to be performed, locations needed and times help is needed. Manage volunteer search and solicit volunteers by use of Internet, print or other free media. Request volunteer possibilities from members of festival committee and seek other sources such as events, festivals and community functions. Create volunteer contact info sheet. Schedule volunteers on any day before day of festival as needed and schedule volunteers day of. Also notify committees if a shortage of volunteers is discovered. Greet volunteers to sign in for assignment.

Logistics Committee

  • Committee head needed

Beer & Wine Concessions Committee