ACLT’s Soul on the Water – 2023

Pier 62 | Free
Saturday July 1, 2023, 2–8 pm
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Africatown Community Land Trust is bringing the Summer of Soul Series to Pier 62 this summer!

All ages welcome

Summer of Soul offers an exciting lineup of events celebrating Seattle’s Black culture, history, and community in Seattle’s Central District.

As part of this series, Soul on the Water is a unique experience that combines the natural beauty of the Puget Sound with the soulful sounds of local musicians. Join us as we enjoy all there is to experience in sight and sound at Pier 62 with live music and take in the breathtaking views of Seattle’s skyline.

Registration via Eventbrite is highly recommended but not required to attend.

Photo from Soul on the Water 2022 by Outside Thinc

Photo from Soul on the Water 2022 by Outside Thinc

Photo from Soul on the Water 2022 by Outside Thinc

Photo from Soul on the Water 2022 by Outside Thinc

Entertainment Lineup and Schedule

  • DJ Sean Malik: 2:00-2:40
  • Host Boeblast: 2:40-3:00
  • Surround Sound Band: 3:10-3:20
  • Z Jones: 3:25-3:45
  • Host Boeblast: 3:45-3:55
  • Devona Roy (Sit ‘n Paint) with DJ Sean Malik: 4:00-5:00
  • Jayza Duhon: 5:05-5:25
  • Zhanea June: 5:30-5:50
  • Josephine Howell: 6:00-6:30
  • Jac Ross: 6:40-7:15
  • DJ Sean Malik: 7:15-8:00

Times listed are subject to change without prior notice.

Africatown's Soul on the Water. Photo by Outside Thinc.

Africatown's Soul on the Water. Photo by Outside Thinc.

Find food, clothes, accessories, artwork, and more at our marketplace! Some of our vendors include:

Visit Soul on the Water at Pier 62 and support local businesses!

Artists and Entertainers

Jac Ross

Headliner, Singer

From First Avenue:

“In a time when change is needed more than ever, the enigma Jac Ross emerges carrying enough pain to incite cultural change and the love to remind us we’re all the same. For Jac Ross, his soul-stirring vocals are deeper than the ears that hear them. The sounds of his voice tell the stories of struggle and success, but most importantly impress a glimmer of hope in the hearts of those who witness his silky and powerful harmonies.”

“Raised in the small town of Live Oak, FL, Ross’ adoration for music emanated from a bevy of factors. Exposed to an array of iconic soul and r&b singers, paired with the influence of his father’s career as a preacher, Ross’ precocious talent was nurtured at the early age of five. Though he came from a very strict household, Ross’ parents skillfully cultivated his talents by allowing him to dictate his own pace and tempo as a musician.”

“…the emerging talent has already captured the attention of Ms. Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Urban One Inc., who handpicked the crooner to open Urban One Honors, a televised special. The standing ovation received from cultural heavy hitters such as, Jamie Foxx, Billy Porter, Missy Elliott, Brandy, Chance the Rapper, and others on his debut tv performance— speaks to Ross’s unique ability to capture audiences and his music that uplifts people of all ages. With more to come from Jac Ross, he has already begun to cement his place as the premier artist to watch going into the next decade.”


Comedian and Host

The first time Boeblast hit the stage he was at a college prep summer camp called Upward Bound and he did so well, a local promoter named Pierre Crockwell took him under his wing and allowed him to be backstage of shows with names like A.j Johnson, Alex Thomas, Mark curry, Kevin Hart and etc.

During those moments, his itch to hit the stage grew more and more. As time went by he was given to opportunity to become the opening act and work on the craft of comedy along side of some giants in the industry. During the year of 2012 he began producing his own shows Around the city of Tacoma where he grew to be a pillar in the community while building some strong material and relationships that help mold the young hungry comedian into a force to be reckoned with. Open Mic after open Mic, show after show his confidence grew enough to give him the courage to enter Thurston counties summers end comedy festival in which he won best comedian in which lead to him Headlining up and down 1-5.

He has created one of the top comedy brands in western Washington called Laugh Therapy, and is the 1st Champion of Nate Jackson’s Super funny Comedy Clubs Funniest MF Out Here Competition! The Tacoma Native is on a mission to be a house hold name Nationwide in the comedy Community while representing the Pacific Northwest.

His style of comedy has been described as “Very relatable, energetic & animated with a splash of therapeutic substance.”

Devona Roy

Visual Artist

Devona Roy is a versatile visual artist, mother, and army veteran based in Tacoma, Washington. With a passion for vibrant colors and striking imagery, Devona works with acrylic paint, oil paint, spray paint, and body paint. Her artistic journey spans nearly four decades, culminating in a thriving career that began in 2017. Known for captivating portraits and abstract non-portrait work, she fearlessly explores various mediums, from canvas to attire, decor, walls, and even body painting. Her murals can be found in schools, churches, and an Army Base in the United States and Germany. Devona’s artistry reflects her deep connection to her craft, and she continually seeks to inspire and unite through her captivating creations.

Zhanea June


Zhanea June is an established singer, songwriter, and vocal coach from Tacoma, Wa. Her musical gifts have led her to an array of different venues such as the Paramount Theater and Benaroya Hall. She has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with established artists such as Smokie Norful & Xavier Omar.

Zhanea’s music captures a range of genres, from soulful pop ballads to jazzy gospel jams. Her songwriting reflects her varied music influences and her sharp observations of life today. Her lyrics are enriched by meaningful symbolism and creative wordplay, making her music both relatable and inspiring. She has made her mark as one of Washington’s premier performers and vocalists by singing music for all generations and doing so with zeal and a commanding of the stage that is captivating. From Teena Marie to Bruno Mars, June puts her on flare on every song she sings and always showcases her church upbringing and gospel roots.

In addition to her music career, Zhanea is passionate about the youth and giving back to her community. She is the choir director for her church’s youth and young adult choir and a vocal coach for youth throughout the greater Puget Sound.

Zhanea recently released her first single “Bad Habit” in Fall of 2022 & is currently working on her next single from her upcoming debut album. Her ambition is to spread her message of hope and joy across the world while always remembering to keep God first. Her motto is “God gave me the gift, I just hold the mic” and what a gift her talents have been to those who have had the pleasure to hear her.

DJ Sean Malik

DJ and Producer

Dj. Sean Malik aka SeaTown’s Finest is a Seattle raised DJ/Producer with Midwest roots. He began his professional journey at the age of 15 shortly after moving to Seattle & catching an album at a Treacherous 3 concert. At age 16 he was featured on a nationally released album while producing & Dj’ing for local Hip Hop group Di-Ra Boys.

Dj. S. Malik (as he is often referred to) has opened/held down the set for numerous national acts, was one of the 1st class of Dj’s for 206 Zulu Radio on 91.3 FM & music productions have received honorable mention from national magazine/digital publications.

You can catch him frequently up & down the I-5 corridor or follow him on social media @dj.seanmalik to stay up to date with appearances.

The Surround Sound Band

R&B Band

Surround Sound Band is a Smoove and Soul R&B band. It started a little over a decade ago and since we’ve been together, we’ve had the privileged to open up for national artists, such as Freddie Jackson, Lakeside, Loose Ends, Angela Winbush, and Howard Hewett, so we are enjoying this wonderful music journey.

I’m very proud and pleased to be on the Pier 62 on July 1, 2023. Band members are Clifford Dumas, lead guitar and lead vocals, and also the Manager, Rufus Yarbro on bass Craig, Washington on drums, Andre’ Green on Keyboards and Cherry G on vocals.

Josephine Howell


Josephine Howell hails from the South Side of Chicago and made Seattle her home in 1993. She is a singer, actress, inspirational speaker, and producer who uses her God given gifts to inspire, encourage, uplift and enlighten the World in which she lives. Josephine (affectionately known as Josie), has graced Stages such as Benaroya Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, The White House, Intiman Theater, The Grammy’s, as well as many many others. Her gifts have blessed audiences from The U. S., to London, to Austria, to Africa, to Finland, and that’s just the beginning.

Z Jones


Seattle-Based vocalist Z Jones is the vocalist in Omega Band.  Being inspired by Areatha Franklin and Chaka Khan her powerfully melodic sound will be sure to bring up fond memories or create new ones.

Z Jones’ work in Seattle has led her to compete on American Idol, Seattle Star Search and many more shows, gaining her the right connections to start performing with her own band Soul Provider, doing studio work and jingles internationally.  Through many years and band changes decided to start writing her own music to share her experiences through Omega Band.

In a world of chaos her goal is to make you forget about the outside world for the moments you are together and remember the happiness you deserve to always have.


Jayza Duhon


Jayza Duhon is a classically trained singer who specializes in R&B, Jazz, Country, and Neo Soul. She released her single “Take the L” this past February 2023.

Created in Partnership with Africatown Community Land Trust

Preserving, maintaining, connecting, and building communities of the African Diaspora. Empowering the community that embodies the culture. Teaching the history, creating programs for success, connecting community to opportunities, and building a vision for the future.

Cohosted by Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Friends of Waterfront Seattle (“Friends”) is the nonprofit partner to the City of Seattle responsible for helping to fund, build, steward, and program the park — today and into the future. In deep collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutional partners, Friends’ mission is creating, caring for, and activating a renewed place on Seattle’s central shoreline to connect — to the water, to the mountains, to our city, and to one another. In addition to raising $110M by 2024 to fund park construction, Friends will provide funding and manage the programming and operations of the future Waterfront Park through a joint-delivery partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation. Park construction has begun following the Viaduct’s removal and the first piece of the park — Pier 62 — is now open.

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