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Sowebo Arts and Music Festival:
Thank you to all who planned, played, and partied for our 2012 fest! see you in 2013!!!!

Be sure to come to this sunday, june 3rd Soweboposter auction, visit "Soweboposter" page for details

THE NEVER SAY DIE, utterly unique and always free Arts and Music Sowebohemian Fest is geared up for this Memorial Weekend Sunday.

  • Over 35 live Bands and DJs
  • Over 50 Arts & Cratfts vendors
  • Children's face painting, hat making, pony rides, and puppet shows
  • Visual Art and Soweboposters show
  • Dozen food and bev vendors and heroic non-profits

Never to late for passionate volunteers to step up with their skills and enthusiasm to fill our streets with music and art for a day.
• Visit the Commitees Tab to volunteer.

Festival Highlights

Live Music on 4 stages

• Visit the music Tab for performance times, stages and bands
  • The Line-Up So Far: Life throws you a curve, things may change
    • HR Human Rights / Grand Junction / Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass / Thee Katatonix / The Pleasant Livers / Mongoloidian Glow / The Headwounds / Ben Watson World Media War / The Tritons / Motor Morons / Sweet Leda / Voodoo Pharmacology  / Pasadena / Freedom Enterprise / Bond and Bentley / Puddle / Off the Record / Lazlo Lee & the Motherless Children / Drunk Monk / Scarred and Dangerous / Pigeons Soul Island Rebels / El Sledge / The Scotch Bonnets / Marc Wigg / The Sneaks / KERQ / Keefe Rocket / Black Cadillac / Skribe /

The Sowebo Festival Art Shows

• Visit the art show Tab for info

Sowebo Festival Salon Art Show

Yo! Art patrons, come to our "not for the faint of heart" Salon Style art, paintings, photography, sculpture and mixed media for all. Up only during the festival so be there!
...And Design, Gallery and Signs Space: 18 S. Schroeder St.
(Behind the RiseUp Stage, just turn left on Schroeder)

New Beginnings: Eyes to the World Photo Exhibition

The Iris Photo Collective mission is to explore and document the relationships of people of color. Four Accomplished Photo Journalists, Two Pulitzer Prize Winners and a window installation by artist Renee Stout, The 2010 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize.
New Beginnings: 1047 Hollins St. (corner of Arlington & Hollins)

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788 Gallery Group Show

1110 Hollins (Little Hollins)


Children's Activities

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Tattered Hatters

The Sowebo hat making activity is a free art activity for children of all ages. Young children have a great time decorating visors with self-stick shapes. Older children love to make princess hats, fezs and crowns. The truly dedicated “Mad Hatters” experience a real challenge and usually leave with a work-of-art. Volunteers needed for 2 – 3 hour shifts 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Download our PDF for info.

Black Cherry

Black Cherry Puppet Theater


Short puppet shows throughtout the day in the fabulous Black Cherry Puppet Garden:
1115 Hollins Street.

artistcraftsman.com Childrens Face Painting

Our good friends from
Artist & Craftsman Supply will have their creative volunteers face painting vibrant fun designs on children of all ages.


arabber pony rides

Arabber Pony Rides

Ride ponies from one of Balitimore's longest surviving unique traditions. Our good friends from the Carlton Street Stables will have their ponies saddled up for fun safe children's pony rides.

The Soweboposters Show

• Visit the Soweboposters tab for info and locations

soweboposter show


View some of our Sowebopster before the June 3rd Auction in the Festivals Art Show at ...And Design, Gallery and Signs Space
18 S. Schroeder St.... Behind the RiseUp Stage, left of Schroeder.

The second Soweboposter Show is currently hanging up in the:
Charles Theater until June 1.
1711 North Charles St.

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This Sunday, Noon To 8pm
May 27, 2012,
In the Bullseye of Sowebo
1100 Block of Hollins Street
Surrounding Historic Hollins Market

festival map

Festival PDF map download


We have extended art dropoff for the Sowebo Fest Art Show throuhtout this week. We are still accepting artwork!
Contact Fran for arrangements
fran@soweboarts.org / 443-883-6047

• Visit the art show Tab for Registration Info

2012 Sowebo Festival Music Lineup / Life throws you a curve, things may change

Market Stage

Stage Manager:

Jim Hickey

Sound & Production

Craig Hopwood

Market Stage

12:00 - 12:40

1:00 - 1:40

2:00 - 2:40

3:00 - 3:40

4:00 - 4:40

5:00 - 5:40

6:00 - 6:40

7:00 - 8:00

  • HR Human Rights
  • 8:00 - 8:45

  • The Last Call Jam Hosted By Conductor Pablo Fiasco
The Scotch BonnetsAngelique HenlepuddleGrand JunctionTim Kaye BandFreedom Enterprisehill
human rights

Redux Stage
Marble Bar Retrospective

Stage Manager:

Fred Collins

Sam Fitsimmons

Sound & Production

Kurt Deemer

Redux Stage

12:00 - 1:00

1:00 - 2:00

2:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 4:00

4:00 - 5:00

  • The Pleasant Livers

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00

7:00 - 8:00

  • Ben Watson World Media War

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RiseUp Stage

Stage Manager:

Jim Hickey

RiseUp Stage

12:00 - 12:40

1:00 - 1:40

2:00 - 2:40

3:00 - 3:40

4:00 - 4:40

  • Off the Record

5:00 - 5:20

  • Scarred and Dangerous

5:20 - 6:00

6:00 - 6:20

6:20 - 7:00

7:20 - 8:00

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Stage Manager:

Jim Hickey

Social Media:

Torbin Green

Stage DJ

Jonathan/DJ Stylo

Smalltimore Stage

12:20 - 1:00

1:20 - 2:00

2:20 - 3:00

3:20 - 4:00

4:20 - 5:00

5:20 - 6:00

6:20 - 7:00

7:20 - 8:00

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2012 Sowebo Art Show

Chairperson: Fran Rahl / fran@soweboarts.org / 443-883-6047 

The Sowebo Festival Salon Art Show

We have extended art dropoff throuhtout this week.
Contact Fran for arrangements

Our non-juried "not for the faint of heart" Salon Style art
show is looking for your paintings, sculptures, prints,
mixed medias, photographs....you name it! Held during
the Festival at the:

...And Design, Gallery and Signs Space
18 S. Schroeder St.
May 27, 12-8pm /
All day during the Sowebo Arts Festival

Speed up your Drop-Off by filling out the forms ahead of time.
Download, Print out, Complete & bring with your art.
Art Check In Form Art Check In Form       
Artist Agreement FormArtist Agreement Form

Art Show is open to all. There is no jury or theme

  • Requirements
      Artists must complete the Artist Check-In Form, sign it, pay entry fee, and put the A-B-C sticky number labels on the back of their artwork. The numbers and labels are assigned and handed out during art drop off. Artwork must have wire or fasteners on it ”ready” for hanging. Standing art will be on the floor or on the limited table space, unless the artists supply their own pedestals.
  • Drop-Off Date
    • Bring work to Fran Rahl, May 20, the Sunday before the festival. He will be receiving work between 12 and 5pm at:
      27 S. Stricker St. 21223.
      If you can't make that date and time, contact Fran (fran@soweboarts.org / 443-883-6047) for special arrangements.
  • Entry Fee
    • $5.00 for one entry. $10.00 for 2 or 3. Three pieces are the limit .If your artwork is larger than 5 fee tat it's longest dimensino, you can only bring 1 piece, because of space limitations Contact Fran if you have size questions.
      Artists who returned a “2012 Soweboposter” enter for free!
  • Commission
    • Sowebo Arts Inc takes no commission for this show! Artist keeps it all!
  • Pick-Up Date
    • Unsold work may be picked-up the day of the festival between 6 and 8 PM from the 18 S. Schroeder St gallery, or the next day (Monday) between 12 and 2 PM. If you can't make either date and time, contact Fran as below for special arrangements.
  • Special Request
    • This is a public Festival and it is your art! Please help protect everyone’s effort by briefly volunteering to monitor some time during the show. It’s a great way to promote your art and meet other participating artists, potential art collectors, and hangout.
  • Disclaimer
    • Sowebo Festival Committee members, Sowebo Arts Inc, sponsoring organizations, affiliated businesses, or principal associates with this event will not be held responsible for any accident, injury, or property damage including thievery. It is your responsibility to pick up your work. Any artwork not claimed after the pick-up date or in a timely manner after making alternative arrangements with Sowebo Arts Festival will become the headache and property of Sowebo Arts Inc and maybe auctioned off at a future poster auction.


2012 Sowebo Festival Vendors

2012 Art & Crafts Vendors Participants

  1. Ashley Brown: Viewphoria Photography
  2. Rachel Brand/Katz Windmueller: Charms City Company
  3. Mindy Wilkinson: She's So Pretty
  4. Faith Freeman: Things Hoped for Jewelry
  5. Hope Shakya: Inspired Fashions of Asia
  6. Michael Bracco: Spaghetti Kiss
  7. John Davis: Fisticuffs Leather
  8. Tish Mayne: Bath Fitter
  9. Michele Banks: Artmonger
  10. John Nickerson: Gnarly Artly
  11. Stephanie H. McCain: Herlaine Couture LLC
  12. Dana Krauss & Clare Hayes: Whoops & Fiorella Jewelry
  13. Geralyn MacVittie: Charm City Soaps
  14. Renee Collier: Treasure of the Godddess
  15. Matthew Parker: Reinventing-Reality Photographic Collage
  16. Mike Straight: As the Crow Flies
  17. Jeffrey Murphy: J. Murray Tribal Drums
  18. Kristine Willett: Artful Treasures
  19. Linda Snyder: Lin-Mar Accessories
  20. Esther Ndati: Miss Podolsky-Fiber& Paper Accessories
  21. Kenya Thomas: Bushwomen
  22. Helane Smith Miller: EncoreGold 2012
  23. Bia Riaz: Henna Body Art
  24. Ania Milo & Steve Swann: Pure Emotion Art Ania Milo Fine Art Studio/F.A.S.S. Custom Bicycles
  25. Gwynne Davis: Ear Candie
  26. Peter Kahura: The Art Heritage Centre Inc
  27. Bridgette Halcrombe: Hats Just Hats
  28. Tip Lee: T.P. Jewelry & Gifts
  29. Kathleen Warhurst: Omni Fused Glass
  30. Dirk Joseph: Azi Arts
  31. Mijiza Dorsey: Mijiza Creations
  32. Elizabeth Ann Rodenhizer: Elizabeth Rodenhizer Photography
  33. Stacey Chambers: GoGo's Retread Threads
  34. Ed Franz: TM Enterprises
  35. Erin Cassell/Katy: Roll Up N Dye/Artistic Reanimation
  36. Paulette Gunter: Dressing Trendy
  37. Brett King: Brett King Art
  38. Loring Cornish: Loring Cornish
  39. Charles Kolodziejski: EpicDelusion
  40. Sylvester Ngong: D.T.A.
  41. James Singewald: James Singewald Photography
  42. Bhavna S. Naik: Bhavna's Henna & Arts
  43. Stefan Hauswald: Articulate: Baltimore
  44. Kini Collins: Lil Emmy Sez
  45. Michael Watts: More Collective
  46. Kenny Lawton: Natty Poe
  47. Pat Smith: Class Cuts Beauty
  48. Amy Svec: Spiral Vision Studio
  49. Episcopal Community Services: Mother Made Baltimore
  50. P. Zoe Stavri: Pzoette ACS
  51. Dee Turgeman: Vintage Poster Prints
  52. Sussana V. Estibule: Bazaar Boutique
  53. Janene Ellis: Janene's Jewels
  54. Cindy Williams: Art of Crafts
  55. Art of Crafts: Anne Marie Rose Jewelry


Food & Beverage Vendors

  1. Shumans's Concessions
  2. International Grill
  3. Alfred Wallace Outreach
  4. Frosty Shaved Ice
  5. Asian Grill
  6. N&A Catering Company
  7. Papas Kettle Korn
  8. Mau:Wow: Hawaiian
  9. Midtown BBQ
  10. Tastety Break
  11. Thai Master Grill
  12. Amira's Concessions

2012 Non-Profit Participants

  1. Jeff Elliott: The Spark
  2. Kimberly Sheridan: Charm City Starry Night Project
  3. Eli Pousson: Baltimore Heritage
  4. Danyell Diggs: Baltimore Red Line
  5. Roger Scott: Answer.Coalition
  6. Darin Wall: CEASE
  7. Katie Joost: The Loading Dock, Inc.
  8. Michele Franz: Baltimore Irish Railroad Workers Museum
  9. Katie Shamp: Compassion Over Killing
  10. Adam Wolfe: The Zeitgeist Movement

2012 Sowebo Art Festival Committees...our fearless leaders


ART Show

Arts & Crafts


Children's Activities




26 Soweboposter Show & Auction This Sunday: June 3rd

The 26th Soweboposters
Auction was a great success. Our huge thanks to all who created posters and those of you who bought and took them to there new homes!

Thanks to the university of maryland: :

Univ of Md, BioTech Park
801 W  Baltimore Street

Thanks to Celebrity Auctioneer: Sam Gallant

This years border designer by:
Ted Suwalsky

Huge Thanks To Our Friends Who Helped Distribute The Posters:

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave / Baltimore MD 21224

Minás Gallery aViewing Begins: 1:00pm
Bidding Begins: 3:00pm nd Boutique

815 W. 36th St / Baltimore MD 21211

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light St. / Baltimore MD 21230

Artist & Craftsman Supply
137 W. North Ave / Baltimore 21201

Adler Gallery
100 South Stricker / Baltimore MD 21223

Huge Thanks To The Charles Theater For Once Again Hanging Our Show

Artist Instructions

Please return posters to the location you got them, placed back into the box, or contact us for an alternative. Please fill out the important name and address label that is on the back of all posters. Processing the returned Soweboposters is very labor intensive, all the posters are photographed and shrinkwrapped. The sooner we get them back the quicker they are uploaded to our Sowebo Arts Festival Facebook Gallery for everyone to see!!!

For info: soweboposters@soweboarts.org

Timeline Recap

  • May 7th
    • Returned poster for show deadline
  • May 14 to June 1
    • Poster show at The Charles
  • May 27th
    • Returned poster for auction deadline
  • May 27th
    • Sowebo Arts Festival
  • June 3rd
    • Soweboposter Auction

Sowebo Festival Location

Our Festival is held in the bullseye of historic Hollins Market, thru the 1100 and 1000 blocks of Hollins Street, southwest Baltimore. Minutes from downtown.

Public Transportation Alert!

charmcity busThe free Charm City Circulator ORANGE ROUTE runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East on Memorial Sunday, check website for map / time.

sowebo festival map
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Sowebo Festival Archives

Click archived festival images to see past band lineups and events!


2012 2011 2010 2009
2008 2007 2006 2005
2004 2003
HR Human Rights
The Pleasant Livers
Motor Morons
Thee Katatonix
The Tritons
The Headwounds
Mongoloidian Glow
Ed Sledge
Soul Island Rebels
The Deaf Scene
Lazlo Lee
Keefe Rocket
The Sneaks
Black Cadillac
Sweet Leda
Marc Wigg
Bond & Bentley
Off The Record
Voodoo Pharmacology
Drunk Monk
Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass
Freedom Enterprise
Tim Kaye Band
Grand Junction
The Scotch Bonnets