Lys Guillorn and Her Band
Lys Guillorn & Her Band play an undefinable mix of psych-folk-rock-twang with a little bit of crunch. Their 2-song single “Sunny Side Down" was recorded at Bridgeport’s Gold Coast Recorders and was released in January. Lys Guillorn is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who loves her '72 Fender Mustang. She will be accompanied by drummer Peter Riccio (also of the Sawtelles), bassist Eric Bloomquist (Bronson Rock, Chica Non Grata), and keyboardist Julie Beman (Chica Non Grata). Guillorn has two full-length studio records, an oddities collection, and an EP, all available on Bandcamp.
Salwa Abdussabur is a local queer artist and activist. They are a Teaching Artist and Youth Organizer for The Word Poetry working and mentoring young people to be strong poets and culture creators. Salwa has performed in many event and projects such as: 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 Ideas, Open Studio: Literature Happy Hour, Opened for A New Job to Unwork at Artspace, Opened for Ruby Sale at CEIO Deeper Change Forum as well as various community works and organizing.
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 trans formative spaces combining art and activism, collectives, and self expression they help change the narrative of what it means 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.