10th ANNUAL MUSIC LINEUP Music change lives, it’s an art that wakes up the creative part of our being!! Music at Yoga Jam is as varied as the yoga offerings.There’s something for everyone, from Hip-Hop to get down dancing Americanna, Kirtan & Dj sets at the end of the evening in the Boogie Down Dance Hall.
Soul/rock/reggae artist The Ambassador stands out among others by displaying a strong, soulful vocal presence combined with addictive, upbeat rhythms. His music flows seamlessly from stock reggae beats to bluesy grooves infused with rock and hip-hop. The Ambassador couples catchy hooks and danceable music with intelligent lyrics and a positive message bringing fans of all ages and walks of life. The high-energy performances will keep you bouncing hours after the show’s end.
The Ambassador is Stephen Gabriel Lewis, a Virginia native that has performed and recorded with some of the finest reggae/rock musicians from Southern California to Southwest Virginia, sharing the stage with acts like Midnite, the Wailers, Steel Pulse, Stick Figure, Xavier Rudd, Mike Pinto, The Movement and more. As a follow up to the full-length release “New Roots”, nominated “World Music Album of the Year” at the San Diego Music Awards, The Ambassador’s long-awaited studio effort entitled “Cali Love” was released in late 2018. As can be heard in the uptempo single “Powerful Love” with Pato Banton, this latest work features musicianship from a diverse group of San Diego area session players from bands like Elektric Voodoo, Psydecar, SDIB, Southtown Generals and the legendary Wailing Souls. The Ambassador continues to perform both acoustically and with his band Chosen Few at select venues and intends to bring good vibes and inspiration to all who listen.
The Silas Frayser Band
The Silas Frayser Band (Charlottesville, VA) is an acoustic rock/jam grass band. The band consists of Silas Frayser (vocals and acoustic guitar), Rob Frayser (vocals and mandolin), Blanks Blankinship (vocals and bass guitar), and Justin Shifflet (drums). Fans have described the band as a fun dance along experience.
The Bhakti Boyz blend modern technology and traditional instruments to make lighthearted, beat driven music based on the Bhakti Yoga/Kirtan tradition. The Bhakti Boyz are: Phil Boyce, Anthony Haro, Gabe Gavin, and special appearances with Will Rezin.
Mighty Joshua & The Zion 5
Independent Reggae Artist Mighty Joshua engages audiences by opening minds and activating bodies through song. Conscious lyrics flow freely to create distinctive refrains that pulse with pride against rhythms rooted in percussion. His soulful exploration in the evolution of sound creates an expression of reggae for the modern day.
Virginia Reggae Ambassador Mighty Joshua advocates for reggae music by sharing his love of the genre and culture with meaningful performances for the masses. Mighty Joshua’s self-titled debut solo album is a life inspired compilation that encourages reflection and empowerment for oneself, community, and beyond. The official “Mighty Joshua” video has aired on Virginia Currents, and his music video for the single “Clean Hands” premiered on Reggaeville..
Mighty Joshua plays in a multitude of arrangements including high energy live performances with support of his back-up band the Zion #5 and at times an acoustic configuration. From mountain top festivals, to intimate club gigs, he invites listeners of all ages to experience the spirit of reggae.
His musical roots in African percussion led to experimenting with sound and rhythm. Soon after exposure to Djembe and Djun Djun drums they became a part of his playing repertoire which also includes the Didgeridoo. Mighty Joshua played percussion and supplied backing vocals for Corey Harris albums Father Sun, Mother Earth and Fulton Hill Blues and has opened for several internationally acclaimed reggae acts including Steel Pulse, Culture w/ Kenyatta Hill, the Meditations, the Itals, and Ziggy Marley.
Mighty Joshua is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. The not-for-profit performance-rights organization is a diverse family of music creators representing many voices, but are united in their mission to make the world a better place with music. When he’s not living the life of a professional musician, Joshua enjoys integrating music for social awareness and celebrating the impact individuals can make.
Jake is a musician living in Floyd, Virginia. His style blends poetry and storytelling with folk and rock fundamentals. This, combined with palpable lyricism, distinct vocals, and a unique left-handed style of guitar playing, make for a striking delivery.
Part devotional chanting practice and part spiritual music jam, David Newman and friends fuse mantra and modern lyricism together for an experience grounded in tradition and steeped in love. Explore letting your inhibitions go and throwing your voice to the wind; how sweet the surrender. Feel everyone coming together with a mutual message of love, a tangible elevated vibration, and see how that shift can be cultivated in your own daily life and brought out into the world around you. Live. Love. Chant.
Vintage guitars and throwback threads remind you of another era, but these tunes are for the here and now. Kat Mills has made records, won awards, and worked with big names, but she really just loves to play for the people. Join Kat for a relaxing, inspiring set—and sing along! www.katmills.com
Justin Trawick & The Common Good
Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, Greensky Bluegrass, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In February of 2014, Trawick won “Song of the Year” at the Washington Area Music Awards for his solo recording of “All the Places That I’ve Been,” which can be downloaded on iTunes as a single along with his five other solo records and EPs. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye,” under the band name “Justin Trawick and the Common Good,” written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that always feels one step ahead of you. In January of 2018, “Justin Trawick and The Common Good” released their first EP, “The Riverwash EP,” which features Norah Jones’ guitarist Adam Levy. In 2020 the band released the single “Back of the Line” during the coronavirus quarantine and was featured on Reuters, CNN, Al Jazeera, Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Parade Magazine, American Songwriter Magazine, Voice of America and Virginia Living Magazine for Trawick’s livestream series and secret backyard concert series created during the pandemic.
The Dead Reckoning
Founded in 2016, The Dead Reckoning is a bundle of professional musicians from VA who love and perform Grateful Dead, and Dead inspired music. Dead Reckoning shows have quickly become a prime destination for lovers of GD-centric music.