Music 2017 & Performers

6th ANNUAL MUSIC LINEUP The music is as varied as the yoga offerings. There’s something for everyone, from Hip-Hop to Appalachian Roots. In the evening hours you have the choice of 2  alternating stages with the Main Line-up over in Jam Land, drum circle on the back hill away from the main stream and a community Kirtan 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,

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival is a unique quintet of multi-instrumentalists blending elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose, Elephant Revival communicates the importance of harmony among all living things and uses music to unite us in ways that no other medium can.

David Newman

David Newman is a renowned sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. He has released numerous chart-topping world music albums, and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Timebound Traveler. David is also the founder of the Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He has been featured on NPR, and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David lives with his family just outside of Philadelphia.
www.davidnewmanmusic.com  LA Yoga Magazine  “David Newman is reminiscent of George Harrison, Dylan and Paul Simon when they are in soul mode.”
The Washington Post “At David Newman’s concert, the event’s volume knob seemed to go from low-level joy to full-on bliss, the kind you feel after climbing a gorgeous mountain or ending a tough run on a strong sprint.”

 

MC YOGI

From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming known as yoga’s modern day ambassador to the West, hiphop artist, MC YOGI is on a mission to introduce yoga to large, mainstream audiences.His latest album, RITUAL MYSTICAL (feat East Forest), made history by going #1 on the Electronic charts — Aug. 2016. In 2015, his ONLY LOVE IS REAL album debuted #12 Billboard Heatseekers + #24 iTunes Hiphop — featuring guest performances from Matisyahu,Trevor Hall, and Dominic Balli

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

The Get Right Band

The band is built on the musical brotherhood that guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher and bassist Jesse Gentry have formed playing music together since middle school. Durocher, who is a trained composer and has been commissioned to write for symphonies and chamber groups, possesses guitar chops that can soothe or rage and a charismatic swagger as a frontman and a singer. “Durocher has an impressive range and rich clarity to his vocals—think a more soulful Dan Auerbach” (Connect Savannah). Gentry’s virtuosic bass playing “catapults from elastic to nasty” (The Mountain Xpress). With the addition of Jian-Claude Mears, a drummer with “precision, passion, and an inescapable momentum” (Live For Live Music), the group’s sound has become an unstoppable force. They have been wowing audiences around the country and the Caribbean since their inception in 2011 with an unparalleled live show and a relentless tour schedule.
“I love this song!”
-Marc Maron, of WTF podcast

Jim Lord

Jim Lord is an American folk/rock singer/songwriter and musician. He has toured nationally and internationally. He moved to London in 1974 to explore the folk music scene. While there, he performed throughout Britain as a headliner and also shared the bill with such artists as Bert Jansch, Tim Hardin and Elvis Costello. After returning to the United States, Lord shared the bill with such artists as Richie Havens, The Rowan Brothers, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Sam & Dave, Vassar Clements, Albert King and Brewer & Shipley, among others. Influences include Bert Jansch, Ralph McTell, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits

Dirk Quinn

Dirk Quinn…is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada.  Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style – one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs. Initially attracted to the guitar as a teenager after being introduced to classic rock giants such as Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, Quinn’s thirst for the unique and bizarre soon had him jamming along to the more radical and daring Mahavishnu Orchestra and the humorous, bass-laden noise of Primus. Playing virtually non-stop with countless musical projects afforded him ample opportunity to hone his chops.

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 exciting!

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.

Egemen Sanli

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.

Ben Hovey

Trumpet/keyboard player, synthesist,and sonic scientist Ben Hovey blends his artistry as an accomplished traditional musician with a deep knowledge of music technology, into a truly rare talent. Fusing electronica with soul, dub, jazz, hip-hop, and world music has taken him from Ultra Music Festival in Miami, to Earthdance in San Francisco, to Burning Man and beyond. Living in Asheville, NC has greatly nurtured his musical opportunities with its vibrant music scene and support of his original fusion.Ben is reinventing what is possible in live performance by synergizing the musician and DJ archetypes. As he plays trumpet with his right hand, he harmonizes on keys with his left, makes live loops with his feet, while seamlessly remixing and manipulating samples with these live performances.  This adventurous approach to improvisation leads to an unmatched ever-changing organic electronic soundscape.

Another Roadside Attraction

Another RoadSide Attraction has been playing their hearts out to audiences since November 2009, as an all-acoustic, variety show with instruments from around the planet. Their perspective on the world around them comes to surface in their tapestry of original songs and in the tales they tell about them. They treasure the connection they have to every aspect of the show, from hand printed tour posters, match books and CDs, to homemade percussion and mustache wax; a list that surely goes on and on, all made by the husband and wife team’s own hands. They are true believers in life as art, and continue to grow and learn new mediums along the way.

 

 

Virginia Hollow

Carrie Hinkley and Virginia Hollow is a band and a sound born from the hills, valleys and mountains of Appalachia. Their performances and music take you on a journey fraught with raw emotions and stories of love, trust, betrayal and longing. And when all is said and done, the haunting melodies of Carrie Hinkley’s soulful voice are hard to shake off and instead keep returning and replaying in one’s mind, like an untamed mantra of beauty and tragedy. This is a band who’s time has come and needs to be reckoned with.

Sirsy

Rock + Soul Duo with Pop Sensibilty, lots of heart, & just the right amount of sass. Fronted by charistmatic lead singer, Melanie who is also the band’s drummer and plays a full kit standing up. Melanie also plays bass parts on a keyboard with her drum stick and even throws in an occasional mean flute solo. Rich Libutti plays a road worn and well loved Rickenbacker through a pedal board full of vintage effects. He also pays bass with his feet. SIRSY is known for passionate performances that often include lots of stories from the road, laughs, and dance parties. It’s a good time!

 

Lobo Marino

“With intertwined vocals, Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price combine tribal influences, Appalachian textures, drone circularity and pop structures to create a sound that’s entirely their own. Percussive, melodious, and trance-like, there’s an unrivaled tranquility that’s summoned from harmonium bellows and bass drum skin while Lobo Marino plays.” -Connect Savannah

Morgan Wade

An original rock/americana band fronted by a female singer, located out of Roanoke, Va. Morgan Wade-

Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Ed McGee- Bassist
Joe Link- Mandolin and Harmonica
Bengy Wagner- Drums
Drew Sprinkle- Electric Guitar

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

Dj RahBee

RahBee has been djing for over 18 years. Grew up playing drums and at the age of 21 sold his drums for a set of turntables. Attending the most influential electronic music events in the mid to late 90’s RahBee began to create a style like no other. Playing House and Breaks for years…then moving on to Hip-Hop, Downtempo..and just in the past few years has been playing a lot of bass heavy Glitch, Glitch-Hop, Funky House, Future/UK Garage and TRAP….aka BASS MUSIC.

Kat Mills

With a vintage Martin guitar, bell bottom pants, and soulful original songs, Kat Mills is reminiscent of another era. But her work is for the here and now. Kat Mills is a singer-songwriter, wife, mother, and activist based in Blacksburg VA and touring throughout the east. She recently released her fourth studio album, SILVER, and has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Dar Williams and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Join Kat for a relaxing, inspiring set—and be ready to sing along! www.katmills.com

 

Flirting with Chemicals

Flirting With Chemicals is Jeff Liverman and Barb Gillespie, a Floyd VA songwriting & performance project.Band members, Jeff Liverman & Barb Gillespie

Wynne Paris

produce and perform music that is inspired by the spiritual vibrations and eastern traditions of Yoga, Tantra, World Beat music and Kirtan. Working with and for the modern American Yoga movement, I try to mix the western ‘concert experience’ with the spiritual music traditions of Kirtan. Most of the Kirtans I perform focus on participatory chanting, singing and dancing as methods for experiencing spiritual bliss. With folk style presentation, I get people singing, clapping, chanting and dancing in a way I describe as a modern spiritual Hootanany. We (myself, the musicians and the audience ) sing to and honor many traditions with inclusive harmonies and gospel style. At the end of each song, rather than applause, there is a moment of meditation and reflection. most of my time is spent touring and working in the recording studio. It’s an unusual job, I thank goddess and love my work!

The Wildmans

Eli Wildman is 16 years old and homeschooled, and recently completed high school by earning his GED at New River Community College. Eli began studying classical and traditional music at age seven with Mike Mitchell of Floyd Music School, beginning with guitar and switching to mandolin soon after attending his first Galax Fiddler’s Convention at age eight. Seven years later, Eli won first place youth mandolin and eighth place in the adult mandolin competition at Galax (2015), first in Floyd County’s Bland Music Scholarship Competition in 2015, and first in Mandolin at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Youth Music Competition. Eli currently studies jazz mandolin with David Oakes in Floyd, VA, and plans to apply to Berklee College of Music for 2018.
Aila Wildman, a 14 year old homeschooled student, first picked up the violin and began classical and traditional music study at age 5 with Mike Mitchell of Floyd Music School. Her love of music is spread in equal measures over singing, violin, and fiddle in many genres spanning from Classical to Old Time and beyond.

Little Shiver

Stella Trudel, John Sutherland & Chris Luster

bigmama joy

bigmama has been writing and performing songs since 2002, when she moved to Charlottesville and teamed up with the “acoustic mafia”. With their help she performed all over C’ville, including opening for Odetta at the old Gravity Lounge (now The Southern Music Hall). Since, she has traveled across the country, playing on a grassroots level, barefoot and busking. She can be seen performing in the Rainbow Gathering documentary Welcome Home (17 minutes in). She has homemade CD’s that capture the ever evolving “best of” her music. She enjoys the craft of rearranging the instrumentation of songs to keep them fresh and express her eclectic nature through song and spoken word. Her original song lyrics are never predictable and tap into the commonality of the working class, single mothers, struggling artists, and deep thinkers; captivating those who listen in a way that reminds us all, no matter the social status or lot in life, of what really matters.

 

Bhakti Kulani

Universal kirtan. Bhakti Kulani means Bhakti community. We lead universal kirtan, singing the Divine names of love from many traditions in call and response style. Band Members: Jeff Tiebout, Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Rick Parrish, & Tom Williams

Shankari Bowmaster

She finds deep transformation, by being 1/2 of the magical Kirtan and world music duo, The Ascendants. She also leads her own Soul Kirtan events. In 2017 she founded the Black Yogi’s of Virginia group on Facebook! Join NOW! She encourages everyone to tap into their unlimited potential and spirit!

Mirabai Moon & Amah Devi

Mystical Kirtan with Mirabai Moon & Amah Devi is an experience of Sacred Chant like no other. Prepare yourself for a passionate journey of Sanskrit mantra, medicine songs, and spontaneous sound healing! These Bhaktas will skillfully guide you towards Divine Essence right here, right now… in your embodied, human form, just as you are. Singer/songwriter Mirabai Moon’s immensely versatile and powerfully expressive voice takes listeners on a journey, flowing effortlessly from ethereal dreaminess to soulful blues and jazz. Amah Devi’s rich, earth-toned invocations drive the group steadily upwards straight into the ecstatic heart of Bhakti!

 

 

Mathew Snare

Snare and 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.  Snare and Landis 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!

Smart Mouth

SMARTMOUTH brings you an eclectic mix of Americana folk, originals and some rock cover tunes sure to please audiences of all ages. Three gals and a guy use guitars, ukulele, banjo, accordion, mandolin and harmonica along with sweet harmonies that will make you want to hear more. Don’t miss this entertaining mix of “plain ole” good

QUEEN CITY BITTY Crew

“The Queen City Bittys are North Carolina’s/Charlotte’s first and only B-Girl crew. We strive to show that Hip-Hop Culture is accessible to women of all ages, races, and cultures. We currently have 7 members and growing! Each crew member is versatile in different styles of dance and art forms i.e. break dancing, hip-hop, waacking, tumbling, tricking/stunts, and aerial acrobatics. Performances include Breakin’ Convention 2015 – 2017 (Charlotte, NC), Hip Hop Family Day (Columbia, SC), and International Women’s Day (Charlotte, NC).
Members: Leah Vissers – Dragonmuffin, Imani Chew – Lil’Chaos, Imiah Chew – Maya, Kayla Irizzary – Kayzilla, Naomi Ksor – Hide, Ashlyn Austin 

 

AUpaya & The Magick Solar Suitcases

Aupaya doesn’t just play music, he runs an interactive Solar Suitcase Experience.
Suitcase musik is pure live musik. A song is created out of thin air and on the spot. As soon as the musik changes, the song is lost forever. All songs are the same and none of them are the same. Nothing is pre-recorded, nothing is rehearsed and anyone can play anything. Aupaya stays up with anyone who wants to jam with him. You can usually find him playing sets all the way until 8 am. Until the last person decides to go to sleep. We are certified night owls.Shatter the mirror and create like you were a kid again. Anyone can play any instrument inside the Suitcases or even plug in an instrument of your own. All are children of the immortal bliss, bring your instruments. The suitcases are compatible with anything but a laptop. if you ever see him jamming, feel free to grab the mic and let everyone know what you’re passionate about, or take the drum sticks and help create the main beat. This workshop is meant for us, the people. We want to hear what you’re passionate about.

Isabel Bailey

Isabel Bailey, born and raised in the Virginia countryside, is a regionally touring singer songwriter. She has been performing and writing for most of her life, starting with busking on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall and now performing in venues all over Virginia with sets that include original songs and pop folk covers. Her influences among others, are Bob Dylan, The Indigo Girls and Dave Matthews. Isabel tours as a solo act or with her own band in a duet, trio or quartet formats which include banjo, bass, lead guitar and/or percussion. She is currently a member of the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville where she records and writes her mesmerizing lyrics. A compilation album from the MRC was released in February and her own album debut will be in the Winter of 2017. Isabel’s smooth velvet voice, mesmerizing lyrics and jiving folk sounds are sure to please audiences of all ages.

Richie Marso (Richard Ursomarso)

Born on February 6th, 1967 in Los Angeles, California. Learned to play the guitar while growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, taking lessons from Jay Gould at Al Biens music store in West Chester Pa. Richie has studied African dance and Drumming, middle eastern dumbek drumming, and the reggae guitar style.
He is an active farmer running a produce farm in southwest Virginia and on the island of Kauai where he performs with various artists as well as his own act.
“What I am after in my music is the feeling of tension juxtaposed with relaxation that inevitably leads to dancing sensation and a feeling of release. I want people to feel good and free and have a good time letting go to the music.”

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