Genie Santiago

Described as spiritual and sensual, Genie Santiago is a musician, poet, visual artist, community collaborator, and healer based out of Boston. Emerging from rough beginnings, her art draws from her experience growing up as a poor, Queer Latina and a survivor of sexual abuse. Her life and identity have inspired her mission to use her art to empower others to overcome trauma, decolonize the mind, promote sexual freedom, and stray from the ideals of self-hatred that society places upon us. Genie uses her art and platform to amplify the needs of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and marginalized voices of her community.

With humble beginnings in school performances and open mics, Genie finally gained the stability and means to develop her brand and music in 2017. Notable events she has performed at since then include the Evolution Of Hip Hop Festival, Queer Qarnival, Bust Out Boston, and Boston Cannabis Week. She has opened for acts Lupe Fiasco, BIA, and sang alongside grammy nominated artist Son Little during his tour stop in Boston. Genie also created the “”Sunflower Series” in 2018 to showcase the work of Boston based performers and help create intimate bonds between audience and performer. “”We are more than performers. We are artists. We are fragile beings with a story to share.””

In 2018, Genie released her debut EP “”Know Your Worth”” which focused on self-care and stepping into your power. Summer 2019 with the release of the single “”Spirit Party”” accompanied by a music video portraying a day in the life of Genie. The song is meant to connect the sexual and spiritual realms while raising consciousness towards the importance of self-intimacy, meditation, and health. In 2020, during a pandemic and revolution, Genie released the socio-political single “”Revelación””. The song is a universal cry for racial justice, an uprising against white supremacy, and a demand to decolonize. In 2021, Genie released her first full-length album “Inner Space”. Journalist Victoria Wasylak quotes, “Inner Space crushes cycles of abuse, prejudice, sexual assault, and trauma under its heel in the most peaceful way possible — with poetic patience and love.” In collaboration with The Boston Foundation LAB Grant and The Museum of Science, Genie was able to curate a fully accessible, free, and immersive album release experience for her beloved community at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science.

Genie’s music continues to grow and blossom as she evolves as an artist and performer. She is currently working closely with producer/engineer Mertz on new music which will feature local artists. Stay tuned for more magic and healing music!

Get To Know

Genie Santiago

Favorite concert attended?
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake at Fenway during their 2013 Legends of Summer Tour

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Summerville Solstice?
I’m looking forward to seeing the ONCE fam again, shopping local vendors, meeting all the other performers for the first time, and connecting with new fans!

What’s your favorite Summer memory?
Being in high school and school’s out for the summer. I loved hanging outside on Revere Beach on warm nights with my friends listening to music on low volume, talking about our crushes, our plans for summer mischief, gossip, and all the time we thought we had ahead of us.

You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
It’s a tie between “Bitter” by Meshell Ndegeocello and “Wildheart” by Miguel

Dessert go-to?
Tres Leches!


Summerville Solstice

The earth is once again awakening and summer is almost here! Please join us in celebrating summer, gathering, and reviving our beautiful live music scene on June 25, 2022 for Summerville Solstice. This Outdoor Festival will consist of two parts: Family Fun time-time and Adult Fun time-time. We ask that you come out and support your local musicians, vendors, and restaurants. There will be food, bar, live music, and community celebration.

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Festival Details

Doors open at 12PM with a set for kids by Matt Heaton, followed by 8 original bands. People of all ages can come discover local vendors and local musicians. Children 13 and under are free with an accompanying guardian. There is a bar where we provide non alchoholic options. Families are encouraged to attend the afternoon portion of the festival, which is more child appropriate than the evening portion.

In addition to the music, vendors will be selling art, clothes, records and more!
Lightweight folding chairs are allowed, please be mindful of not sitting in dancing space or blocking walkways.

Dogs are well loved and not encouraged. We know your dog is well behaved, but we prefer you not bring them. Please show us pictures, we really love dogs.

This event is entirely outside, but Covid is not over. We ask that if you are not vaccinated that you please wear a mask when you are close to other people.

This is an all ages event. Rain date 6/26/22.