Music 2018 & Performers7th ANNUAL MUSIC LINEUP
Music, who loves music???? Music at YoJam is as varied as the yoga offerings. There’s something for everyone, from Hip-Hop to get down dancing Americanna. In the evening hours you have the choice of 2 alternating stages over in Jam Land. Drum circle on the back hill away from main stream happenings & more Kirtan can be found over in Bliss Land. After an awesome yoga class or weed walk, stop by the Boogie Down Dance Hall for a bit of acoustic music by some of the finest musicians at the festival,
One third of the rap group Diamond District and former member of the Low Budget crew, Oddisee is the stage name of American rapper and producer Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, hailing from Washington, D.C., U.S.
Influenced by the soul and rap of his relative’s music collections growing up, Oddisee made his first mark on the music industry as an underground producer. Having intended to study visual arts at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Khalifa soon altered his life plan and began crafting beats and melodies. The fruit of this initial effort can be seen on the track “Musik Lounge” which found its way on to DJ Jazzy Jeff’s 2002 record “Magnificent”. The producer – more……
An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music, Phoebe makes an impressive creative leap with this record. It’s the culmination of a five year journey that has taken her from her Austin roots through Music Row, Brooklyn, and even to India to study with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath. Along the way, Phoebe found her voice and delivered her most inspired set of songs to date — the soundtrack to her self-discovery. Phoebe Hunt Bio
Charleston, SC’s Dangermuffin is an eclectic quartet that weaves lyrical themes of sea, sun, and spiritual connection with Americana, Island influenced, Folk and Jam grooves. The band’s live show swims between tasty acoustic, and rockin’ electric sounds.
On the band’s 6th and latest release, ‘Heritage,’ Dangermuffin reaches into their creative arsenal to craft an album showcasing the band’s signature coastal-influenced grooves mixed with Americana sensibilities and Appalachian fingerpicking. more….
Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
New Orleans mantra musicians Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) are celebrated as one of the leading voices in western kirtan music, known for their dynamic sound that merges mantras, rock, funk, and world grooves. The band is a favorite headliner at festivals and conferences worldwide and they are the first kirtan band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Their music has appeared on Nettwerk/Nutone Records, White Swan Records, Sounds True, and Putumayo World Music. The band tours the U.S. and abroad playing music festivals, yoga studios, retreat centers, concert halls, and celebrations year-round
Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His latest studio album, Gotta Get Back, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, is yet another masterwork that further expands upon this reputation. more….
Designed, composed and performed by Wah!, her multi-media Healing Concerts are regularly performed at UC Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), Franklin Institute (Philadelphia), NJ State Museum in Trenton and in other major cities. She has lectured at Globe Institute International Sound Healing Conference in Oakland, The Journey Expo in Cleveland, and Soul Foundation in Encinitas. Ladies Home Journal says she has a “natural gift of music to help people with healing.” more…..
Nii Anang & Land of Joy
We are Nii Anang & Land of Joy, a 5 pc. band led by master drummer and and multi-instrumentalist Nii Anang. We play music informed by everything from the sounds of Ghanaian folk music, to Afro-beat and the desert blues of Mali. Nii Anang began drumming at the age of 7 in his home country of Ghana, West Africa. He began to play professionally at the age of 16 with the Pan African Orchestra. Later, more….
Music Road Co
Band based in VA, USA
Providing a smooth blend of reggae and funk designed to groove and move you. John Hill – Vocals & lead/rhythm guitar
Luke Thomas – Vocals & lead/ryhthm guitar Janiah Allen – Vocals & Bass Jake Thomas – Drums
Solar Circuit is a Jamtronic Trance Fusion band based in the Philadelphia area. Their jam and improvisational roots aim to take the crowd down a unique and experimental path, incorporating genres spanning from funk to rock to electronic to trance and more. With influences including The Disco Biscuits, Pink Floyd, STS9, Lotus, and more, their high energy sets keep the vibes high and the dance floor hot and funky, with feathered in ambient space trance jams.
Jam Sandwich, a Floyd based band built on close friendships, engaging improvisation, and a danceable groove. Guitarists Alan Graf and Scott Perry, bassist John Winnicki, and drummer Fred Harris deliver blues, jazz, rock, and country songs with the same freshness as their original material with a healthy dose of humor. Time spent with good guys making good music and creating good times is time well spent. Don’t miss this band!
Egemen (Ege) is a modern dervish traveling to find his own voice within world music, carrying the flag of his Turkish roots as a musician. Ege plays the sitar alongside other ethnic instruments (saz, hang drums, banjo, flutes) and is able to bring out the mystic and invigorating qualities of all. He utilizes beats, loops and tanpura machines to compliment his joyful improvisations based on traditional Eastern ragas. Ege lives in San Francisco and performs regularly in the Bay Area, he is also a certified Yoga teacher.
MC, poet, and activist for peace, J Brave’s greatest gift is his ability to bring people together. A former youth counselor for homeless and at-risk youth, he is now one of the three vocalists of the band Luminaries, and has toured the world spreading messages of peace, love, and unity through the vehicle of Hip Hop music. J Brave recently released his new solo project called “Amethyst” and is in production with the Luminaries next album titled “Seconds of Solace”! Also on the horizon is Luminaries documentary film “When The People Lead” about the collective’s travels through Palestine and Israel.
Hailing from Canada, Shylah Ray Sunshine is a driven, passionate and charismatic vocalist, musician, mother and childbirth educator. Blending grooves of Neo-Soul, Reggae and R&B, her voice is moving, soothing to the ear, and healing for the heart. Her soul shines through the sound, captivating the audience and leaving them wanting more. She holds the vision of healing the hearts of those in need and opening the voices of generations.
Based out of Athens/Atlanta, we are a chanting/singing duo spreading Light through Sacred Sounds…Chanting sacred mantras & songs in Sanskrit, English,Portuguese, Hebrew,&Spanish…we facilitate sound healing experiences for expanding our self expression and connecting to the Divine.
“The Greek word for soul, psyche, is also translated as “breath.” Toning, chanting, and singing are all effective ways to explore consciousness through the embodiment of sound.”
Wayne Henderson & Helen White
Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored as a luthier and renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. Influenced by friends and neighbors, Doc Watson and EC Ball, Wayne has toured broadly in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East showcasing his lightening fast, articulate playing. He’s also a storyteller!
Singer, fiddler, and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Wayne in the US and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects and a Booklist honored recording for children. Helen founded and served as Executive Director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program for 15 years.
Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian Classical musician, son of Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan, has performed worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals and universities all over India, America, Europe, China, Russia and Japan. Recently, he performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the biggest festivals in the USA, The Bonnaroo Festival. In the past, he’s shared a television concert with Ray Charles in Germany. In addition, some of his CDs have been produced by the famous Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Beledo will accompany Ustad Shafaat Khan for a superb concert at Floyd Yoga Jam.
New York guitarist, pianist, and composer, Beledo was born in Montevideo Uruguay. He began formal music and piano study at age six. As the British Invasion began to take hold of airwaves around the world, influenced by the Beatles and other emerging pop rock bands, he gravitated towards and discovered a natural proficiency for guitar. Beledo gained guitar-hero status in his teens, playing every theatre in his hometown of Montevideo, and captivating audiences in Uruguay and Argentina.
Chico & the Acoustic Willies
Chico and the Acoustic Willies : Local Floyd band playing old favorites with a major twist, adding a dash of originals and a big bucket of love !
Cocobolo, a band that blends magic and mystery into melody, plays thought provoking, entertaining original music written by it’s
members, all of whom currently call Floyd, Virginia home. You are sure to love the creative and intricate leads of Bob Dillard, a lifelong
guitarist, who brings excitement to the stage with his enthusiasm and skill. The sensitive and seductive bass accompaniments of Christopher Luster, playing electric stand up fretless bass, often surprisingly with a bow, and the warm haunting vocals of singer, Stella Trudel, whose professionally trained voice and original lyrics weave stories into harmonies that stir emotions and leave listeners wanting more.
Mathew Snare & Jake Landis
Matthew Snare and Jake Landis are an acoustic duo originally from Floyd County, Virginia featuring Matthew Snare on strings and vocals and Jake Landis on percussion and vocals. They play in Nashville, Tn and throughout the Southeast on a regular basis. They are always performing on various tv and radio programs and they’re recurring guests on a morning radio show on 88.3 FM in Murfreesboro, Tn. Snare is also a professional actor and has appeared on A&E, Investigation Discovery Channel, Syfy, Fox, Abc and more! They play a wide range of music including; original songs written by Matthew Snare, mountain music, traditional country music and classic rock. They’re also hilarious and incorporate comedy into their show!
Johanna Beekman is a multi-genre recording artist, songstress, and kirtan artist who is loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her inspiring songs and chants that tap deep into the collective soul. Johanna’s kirtan albums have been nominated in conscious music awards several times. Johanna created Lullaby Yoga™, a unique fusion of dreamy chants and restorative and yin yoga. She also offers world-inspired gospel-infused kirtan for festivals, yoga studios, and churches across the country.
The Wildlife is a spectacular band which will get you up onto your feet as soon as they begin playing. Their blend of Funk, Reggae, and good Rock-n-roll is infectious and invigorating. They are excellent musicians with great vocals, excellent instrumental work, and tight harmonies. Wherever they are playing – if I can get there, I will, to enjoy this fantastic band.”
The Get Right Band
THE GET RIGHT BAND is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). They are one of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, Home Grown Music Network’s 2015 “Best New Band of the Year,” and were voted “Best Progressive Band” in Western North Carolina by Mountain Xpress readers. They have performed on the famed World Cafe, a nationally syndicated NPR show, and have brought their unique sound to major festivals and venues. Combining catchy, clever, honest songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to move your head, heart, and hips.
2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language. Christies unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews.
Junior Varsity is a band from Floyd that consists of the husband and wife team of Will and Jodie Norton. They play original songs that feature Jodie’s melodic mandolin playing and Will’s world weary lyrics.