Folk & Roots Stage

Location: Corner of Sidney St. and Pilgrim St.
Curated by: Passim
Emcee: Julian Loida, Outreach Coordinator, Passim

12 p.m.

The Late Risers

1 p.m.

Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band 

2 p.m.

Billy Wylder

3 p.m.

Sean Staples & Friends

4 p.m.

Alisa Amador

5 p.m.

Erin Bonnie & The Black Caps 

The Late Risers, consisting of four male musicians, stand on a brick street laughing and playing a banjo, tuba, and other wind instruments

The Late Risers

In the Spring of 2014 trumpet player and bandleader, Sam Dechenne, formed a traditional jazz quartet to participate in the growing re-vitalization effort of Boston’s Downtown Crossing district. Since then, this strolling “Pocket Jazz Band,” called The Late Risers, has brought traditional 1920-1940s era jazz to the streets and corners of downtown Boston and all over the world. Over the years they have integrated with the lives of people who live, work, travel, and go to school in this bustling metropolitan neighborhood and have become a beloved institution.

The Late Risers perform "hot jazz" music of the 1920s-40s, covers of popular modern tunes and original compositions. Whether playing at night clubs, swing dances, Great Gatsby-themed costume events, parties, weddings, or while strolling the streets of downtown Boston, The Late Risers elicit smiling faces and dancing feet from their audiences. Simply put, their music brings people together. 

Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, a group of two female and three male musicians, stand and laugh with multiple string and wind instruments
Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band

Internationally-acclaimed Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. Their engaging contemporary interpretation of Jewish music is irresistible to audiences ranging from elementary school students to the judges at the International Jewish Music Festival, who heralded them as “a true musical democracy.”

Billy Wylder, a group of three male and one female musicians, sit in front of a large rock
Billy Wylder

From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. From 2013-2016, Salloway toured the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Africa. While on the journey and since returning, Salloway wrote the material on the band’s new album, Strike the Match (Sand & Gold Records, released 9.7.18). The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger, and the Talking Heads. The band has toured extensively, performing and collaborating with renowned artists including Jack Johnson, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bombino, The Low Anthem, and Pete Seeger.

Two male musicians play a guitar and a banjo while singing into a microphone
Sean Staples & Friends

Sean Staples has been a presence on the vibrant Cambridge/Somerville, MA music scene for over 20 years. As a member of The Resophonics, Tim Gearan Band, Todd Thibaud Band, The Benders, and Session Americana, he's performed on every big stage and dimly lit corner pub in town. He's won three Boston Music Awards for Outstanding Folk Act, Americana Act, and Ongoing Live Residency as a member of different ensembles; produced and appeared on dozens of recordings; and maintains a busy schedule playing down the street and overseas. At the Cambridge Arts River Festival, he'll be joined by old friends Eric and Hazel Royer and other surprise guests.

Musician Alisa Amador sings and plays a guitar.
Alisa Amador

Alisa Amador’s music is a synthesis of the many styles she’s voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz, and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin sounds she grew up with. With her soulful singing, poetically incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms, her music is likely to make you cry, laugh, and dance all within one set. Listen and connect on Spotify (Alisa Amador), Instagram (@alisaamador), YouTube (Alisa Amador) or Facebook (

Erin Bonnie, a female musician, poses strikingly in front of a wooden door
Erin Bonnie & The Black Caps

Erin Bonnie and her Black Caps play an acoustic/electric mix of all original music. Rounded out by Adam Berkowitz on drums, Andrew Walls on upright bass, Parker Goessling on electric guitar, and Erin Bonnie herself on vocals, fiddle, and acoustic guitar, their sound is an Alt Americana blend informed by old time, blues, country, and American folk traditions.