2022 MUSIC Lineup
11th ANNUAL MUSIC LINEUP
Music changes 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, Rock & Roll, Country, Indie, World, Folk, Kirtan & Dj sets. Drum Circle on the mountain, late night chanting, and DJ sets at the end of the evening in the Boogie Down Dance Hall. Stages through out the festival- Chill Stage in Chill Land looking out to the creek, Boogie Down Dance Hall located in Jam Land, Main Stage in Jam Land, & most kirtan and sound baths in Bliss Land, oh oh and then there’s the Fire Circle for night drumming and folk music.
Paul’s full length albums include, Peaceful Words (2010), Seeds of Love (2011), Everlasting Light (2013), Campfire Anthems (2013), Back to the Roots (2017).
Singer-Songwriter Paul Izak’s unique style of music can best be described as a blend of Folk/Blues/Rock & Reggae. Whether performing solo, or with a full band, comscious lyrics, soulful Harmonica, and memorable guitar riffs offer melodic medicine. Paul’s music is rooted in a deep love for the earth and the growth of our collective consciousness.
Born and raised on the island O’ahu. Paul has a tangible connection with the Hawaiian Islands which is reflected in his songs. A heartfelt passion for farming and yoga are integrated into his musical message which inspire a healthy and conscious lifestyle.
His love for music continues to grow, just like his garden. Representing a healthy and simplistic life, Paul is a believer in honoring yourself as an individual so that you may better contribute to your community through healthy sustainable practices. This is the message you get through Paul’s music, as he practices what he preaches.
Prabir Trio Blends Indian Immigrant and American upbringing on debut LP, HAANJI.
Diverse, forward-thinking album tells the story of frontman’s immigration from India to Virginia by blending elements of Indian music into hook-laden rock and roll.
Haanji, the full-length debut from Prabir Trio, is a border-crossing record that blurs the boundaries between American rock & roll and Indian traditions. Influenced by alt-rock, classic British pop, Indian rāgas, garage grooves, and frontman Prabir Mehta’s relocation from India to the USA as a wide-eyed 8 year old, it’s an album about the personal evolution that many immigrants go through.
For Prabir, that evolution was catalyzed by music. Uprooted from his childhood home and transplanted to Richmond, Virginia, he fell in love with the guitar-driven sounds of the FM radio. Western music helped acclimate him to western ideals. It helped him understand his new world. Decades later, he remains a man caught between cultures, proudly based in Richmond — where Haanji was recorded at Virginia Moonwalker Studio, using the same soundboard once owned by iconic local venue The Flood Zone — yet still devoted to the family members and customs of his native India, too.
Joined by bandmates Kelli Strawbridge, Kenneka Cook, and Russell Lacy, Prabir funnels that unique perspective into Haanji. These songs find room not only for electric guitar, four-part vocal harmonies, and raw rock & roll, but also sitar, tanpura, his mother’s harmonium, and his father’s tablas. Gluing those ingredients together is the autobiographical songwriting of a frontman who recalls taking his first steps on US soil (“Immigrant Song”), learning about his newly-adopted home (“America”), discovering rock and roll (“Silverchair”), finding a place in his community (“Bamboo”), and falling in love along the way (“Sally Please”). It’s a coming-of-age chronicle with a bicultural twist, filled with songs that are as unique as Prabir’s own experience.
A longtime champion of Richmond’s arts community, Mehta has spent the better part of two decades working with outlets like NPR’s Morning Edition, the Richmond Symphony, the Science Museum of Virginia, and his own Gallery 5 non-profit organization. He’s spent much of that time onstage, too, fronting the critically-acclaimed power-pop act Prabir & The Substitutes before merging the worlds of indie-rock and classical music with the band Goldrush. To him, music has always been more than an art form. It’s the mechanism by which he — and human society as a whole — has grown and progressed.
Award-winning and versatile Appalachian-folk-revival-country-fusion singer-songwriter, performance artist, and gerontology-arts program designer Ash Devine is based the Blue Ridge Mountains of Blacksburg, VA. Devine is known has been referred to as one of the last ‘true folk troubadours’ and she is known for her unique finger-style ukulele and guitar sound, and for her participation in activism through music, education, and the health care setting.
Chico & Willie
Chico has been playing his guitar and singing in and around Floyd County, Va., for years. From casual dance tunes to his soul testing songwriting, you’ll leave smiling. Humor is mixed with a steady melody when these two get together. Willie “Rockfish” Hairston joins him for this unique duet adding some funk and twists. Two guys with Guitars, a welcoming “cheers”, and a relaxed vibe.
Chillaxin’ with Chico and Willie
Hope to see you there!!
Dirk Quinn Band
…is the guitarist for the jazz/funk band that coincidentally bears his name. Based out of Philadelphia, the group travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, they’ve developed a unique and sincere style – one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the beard stroking jazz aficionados to the jam band hippies.
The band’s infectious energy and musical interplay routinely attract listeners that are admittedly more accustomed to lyric-based music. With great melodic sensibilities, rhythmic experimentation and an accessible modern edge, the Dirk Quinn Band is jazz/funk improvisation at its most engaging!
Conscious Hip Hop & Ecstatic Dance DJ sets
Kasey "Cave Man" Jones
Kasey “CaveMan” Jones began as a multi-instrumentalist and musician in his early teens. He first discovered West African music and the Djembe while attending a drum circle being hosted by Bill Scheidt of then, Living Rhythms, back in 2007. Discovering an inner passion for drumming, Kasey has been an aspiring Djembefola ever since. Having attended lessons and workshops from many masters of West African music, he completed Bill’s Drummer Instructor Training course in 2013 to become a Certified Associate Instructor with Tam Tam Mandingue Winston Salem, and later a Beginner Djembe Instructor for Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy. Kasey currently resides in Floyd, VA where he can be found orchestrating drum circles, teaching workshops, classes and giving private lessons in the local community through the HoloRhythm Community Drum School founded in 2013. The CaveMan can also be seen up and down the east coast at music festivals teaching workshops and facilitating drum circles throughout the year.
Nadirah and Rob Mulhausermet as co-workers in a helping profession. We discovered a mutual love of music and a love of laughter. Our boss discovered the music part and the next thing we know we are performing at Elmwood Park for the company picnic. For YogaJam our plan is to perform a number of covers from the 60’s to the present that we enjoy. Our hope is that you enjoy them as well.
Robert McNabb & The Flying Doves
Robert McNabb and The Flying Doves began as the result of great personal loss. Tracey and I married at 18 and had 41 years together. She was a my soulmate through 42 years of the trials of life. Though I have played since a young age, started out leaving home at a young age with a Buck Owens Special guitar and heading to Canada, I had always kept my song writing and poetry private. After the loss
I found poetry and song writing my best way to deal with my personal grief and I believe many who have suffered loss can find a voice in what I write and sing. So I went public.
But life is not all loss, it is to be lived and loved and now my music has turned more to living and loving.
Further still my music addresses issues in the world today. I believe music and art can be a light in this world.
I and The Flying Doves members have changed over these almost four years. We have lost one member who has passed over, we lost members through moving down to Florida and we’ve lost a member to change. Life goes on.
Now we are a trio with Laura Belle our new vocalist. Laura started at a young age with chorus and throughout her school years she was very active. Laura then studied under Anita Moody a well known vocalist instructor in Albany, Georgia with emphasis on soul. Laura’s range and abilities are amazing.
William “Rockfish” Hairston, has now joined us playing lead and rhythm guitar. He began performing with the Rockfish Band in 1996, a group of musician friends living throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Since then, he has accompanied many bands and advanced his music theory. On his own, preferring the roots and funky side of life he revitalizes a vibe missing in most of today’s rushed and cold sounds. His “missing” or hung notes are not to be missed and he has added greatly to our sound. Get on your good foot, turn on your lovelight, and get out to hear him play!
Our sound is Americana/Folk/Westernand Rock. I think all fits under the genre of Americana.
We hope to share our music for it is about real life.
Virginia Hollow is a mixture of Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Indie, and Rock. A singer-songwriter band that performs songs written by lead singer Carrie Hinkley, along with an occasional handpicked cover or two.
The Cosmic Mellow
MC YOGI is a recording artist, author, and yoga teacher. He’s taught yoga and performed at festivals across the globe including headlining at Wanderlust Festival in over 30 US cities as well as Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Korea. His unique style of music and teaching is joy filled and spiritually uplifting. His new band The Cosmic Mellow features a distinctly Northern California sound with a retro 70s psychedelic surf rock vibe. mcyogi.com
is founded by multi-instrumentalists Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price. Fusing together the pulse of drone pop, worldly instrumentation, this experimental music would best be described as a landscape, as a biome all its own. This musical phenomenon has come to be known as, Earth folk, a type of music inspired thematically by the natural environment: flora, fauna, soil, stars, and the human experience. From harmonium engulfed melodies to mouth-harp stomp grass, Høly River taps into an embodied and innate celebration of internal and external worlds, attempting to bring them closer together with each beat. On record or in-person, a listener is entranced in the soaring vocal ballads bathed the in moonlight of dance beats and folk-inspired roots. The music of Høly River carries the message of humanity’s need for reconnection with itself and the earth. Mystically political and wholeheartedly grassroots this DIY band finds themselves playing on large festival stages as well as backyard fire pits of intentional communities around the world
Bhakti Kulani means Bhakti community. We lead universal kirtan, singing the Divine names of love from many traditions in call and response style.
Chris [i.D] Jeter
CHRIS JETER is a wellness advocate who uses creative expression and mindfulness practices to promote high-level wellness. Chris utilizes both mindfulness and music as tools to facilitate connection to spirit, self, and others.
As an artist, Chris- known as [i.D].; has released an album and complementary documentary that focuses on the process of moving toward freedom. Inspired by Nina Simone’s description of freedom as “no fear” and “a new way of seeing”, [i.D.] created his [i.D.]entity series consisting of his album Return of the Free(2021), and documentary The Journey Toward Free (2022).
Chris also received his Yoga Teacher Training certification at Faith Hunter’s School of Yoga, and Master of Education in Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. In both of these roles Chris focuses on inviting creative expression as a means to center authentic storytelling and promote wellness. Chris’ overall goal is to develop and implement culturally relevant programs that promote wellness in the African-American and other communities of color.
Folked Up Foxes
The Folked Up Foxes are long time local friends who have played music together for years in various iterations. We bring a combination of Americana originals and covers. With Doug and Jamie on guitars, Paul on mandolin and Betty on banjo, accordion and keyboards, we are excited to “shine on” at the Floyd Yoga Jam this year!
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.
Trawick and the band have performed for the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, Floyd Yoga Jam, TedxEast in NYC at the City Winery, and TedxPennsylvaniaAvenue in DC at the Newseum. Additionally, Trawick has opened for over 30 national acts, including Suzanne Vega, Wyclef Jean, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Enter The Haggis, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. As the founder of the nationally touring show “The 9 Songwriter Series” and co-founder of “The Circus Life Podcast” with guests such as Kevin Eubanks, Chris Thomas King, Ernie Halter, Yarn, and Snuffy Walden, Trawick has built a brand that extends far beyond his home base in DC. For more information, please visit http://justintrawick.com.
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Drawing from the sounds of Appalachia and Midwestern Americana, Palmyra captures the collective spirit of three Virginia natives, Teddy (he/him), Manoa (he/him), and Sasha (they/them). With an ever-expanding sonic palette, Palmyra’s live set explores the fusion of traditional folk string instruments, three part harmonies and foot percussion. The burgeoning trio sounds like a distant cousin of the progressive folk band, Punch Brothers, mixed with elements of Fleet Foxes or the Avett Brothers. Palmyra’s songs are intimate and contemplative, with three-part vocal arrangements that allow them to create the illusion of a full, larger-than-three ensemble. Palmyra met in the Shenandoah Valley, which is incredibly apparent through their stirring craftsmanship and dedication to create a folk-driven, innovative experience through their live performances.
Shylah Ray Sunshine
DJ Ethan Howard
The Get Right Band
“The Get Right Band are the type of performers that you just know will break out.
Their songs are infectious and take you immediately to a place. The lyrics are smart and bear weight.”
– The Huffington Post
The Get Right Band is a psychedelic indie rock power trio from Asheville, NC. They are a band focused on following their muses to honest self-expression, to whatever excites them and pushes them into unexplored territory. The Get Right Band proudly carries the torch for a long line of genre-bending power trios from Cream to The Jimi Hendrix Experience to The Police to Violent Femmes to Primus to Green Day to Nirvana to Sublime. It’s the space between the notes, the rawness and the maneuverability, that makes a power trio, well, so damn powerful.
COCOBOLO, a Southwest Virginia based music duo, tailors its show to any stage with clear vocals, original, story based lyrics, intricate guitar leads and weaving rhythms that combine into something truly unique. This inspired pair brings to you an irresistible mix of acoustic tunes that are soulful and gritty. From the well known music hub of Floyd County, Virginia, comes Singer/Songwriter Stella Trudel (vocals, guitar) and Bob Dillard (guitar, vocals) for an astonishing blend of imagination, years of late night writing, thousands of practice hours, and a shared love of sound that solidly adds up to creativity at it’s best. You’ll be glad you stopped to listen!
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.
Music Road Co
Join Music Road CO, a cooperative of common creative companions conspiring to command your cognitive locomotion.
This crew digs through a wide and deep catalog of tunes and musical traditions to get you groovin’ and your hip bones movin’!!
Where does Music Road Co find its inspiration? And why does it connect so perfectly with audiences of all ages and backgrounds? The answer might lie in their widespread roots. Coming from such diverse places as South Africa, Ecuador, Key West, Maryland and Virginia, the band brings many cultural influences together to produce music without boundaries.
Moving fluidly from funk to reggae, rock to afrobeat, their sound bounces from blues and soul to island dance and back again, bound together by one common ideal: Music should feel good and spread positive vibes. They get on stage to lift themselves up to a higher frequency and they won’t stop until they bring the entire audience with them.
Kennedy Oneself – Symphonic orchestration of acoustic vibration!!
Phil Reed Boyce
Phil Reed Boyce is a Bhakti Yoga musician who performs solo and in collaboration with others under the name The Sharanam Project. Phil’s music and goals are deeply influenced by his monastery Zen Buddhist training but manifested (perhaps paradoxically) in the devotional music of the Hindu Bhakti movement. Phil lives in both Charlottesville, VA and Brooklyn, NY and focuses on small, participatory performances that seek to experience the power of brahmananda through collective singing.
Starroot & Solstice
Starroot and Solstice perform mostly their original Love, Heart, Peace, Earth, Star-Spirit songs. They play guitar, keyboard, harmonica and sing. Starroot and Solstice are life-long musicians and have performed Solo and in various bands for most of their lives.
Jouwala Collective derives it’s magic from the many layers of influences that make up this sonic mosaic of deeply rooted traditional music and this generations undeniable hunger for groove. At the heart is Ismail Bouzidoune, a Master Gimbre player from Casablanca, Morocco and the creative force leading this band of gifted collaborators. This seamless blending of time-honored Gnawa music with contemporary and global styles creates a full-sensory experience that holds you in a trance one moment and compels you to dance the next. but that’s the magic of Jouwala Collective – they bring it all back home into One sound, tastefully and naturally.
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.
Blues Rock Band
Noah Proudfoot & The Botanicals
From Tedx to festivals and venues up and down the East Coast, Noah Proudfoot is a soul-powered songwriter doing things a little differently. Using elements of funk, R&B, and roots-rock, his soulful voice stirs the human spirit and dives beneath the static of daily life. Studied in poetry and certified as a yoga teacher, his lyrics are carefully crafted to motivate and inspire. His full band, Noah Proudfoot and the Botanicals, broadcasts these messages on a much larger scale, gaining attention in the transformational music scene and attracting a following of like minded fans. Opening for bands such as Satsang and Yaima, his songs and presence have touched the heart of listeners across the country.
Nadirah Wright and Rob met as co-workers in a helping profession. We discovered a mutual love of music and a love of laughter. Our boss discovered the music part and the next thing we know we are performing at Elmwood Park for the company picnic. For YogaJam our plan is to perform a number of covers from the 60’s to the present that we enjoy. Our hope is that you enjoy them as well.
She shares her devotion to bliss through song, dance, stillness and connection with others. You may find her down by the river on her harmonium singing to the trees or holding space for wombyn to be nourished and heard in a moon circle. She is currently available for Life Coaching Sessions, Ayurveda, Tantra and Yoga Classes & Retreats, Kirtan & Sound Healing