MUSIC

 8th 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, Kirtan & Dj sets at the end of the evening in the Boogie Down Dance Hall. Late afternoons through the evening hours you have the choice of two alternating stages over in Jam Land. Drum circle on the back hill away from main stream happenings &  Kirtan can be found over in Yoga 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!!!!!!

MC YOGI

From living in a group home for at-risk youth to becoming a renowned yoga teacher and musical innovator, MC YOGI is on a mission to bring good music and good energy into the world. Having grown up immersed in hip hop culture before finding yoga in his teens, he naturally began to integrate the two, setting yogic wisdom to hip hop beats. The result was a compelling new sound and a series of successful albums. His first three records were all #1 on I Tunes World music and his latest, Ritual Mystical, was #1 on Electronic Music. He has since toured the world many times over, headlining at every major yoga festival. In 2017 HarperOne published his memoir, Spiritual Graffiti which won a silver Nautilus award for best memoir. When MC YOGI is not on tour, he lives with his wife Amanda and teaches at their studio, Point Reyes Yoga, in Northern California.

SATSANG

Satsang is a power trio creating a unique blend of soul, folk-rock, and hip-hop. Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection. The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change. Satsang has toured all over the country and has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love, and many more.

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.

As Virginia Reggae Ambassador (2015+2016) and Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) 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 single “Full Circle” was a featured track on Relix Magazine’s Compilation CD for the October/November 2014 issue distributed to subscribers and newsstands nationwide.

Mighty Joshua plays in a multitude of arrangements including high energy live performances with support of his back-up band the Zion #5 and as an acoustic configuration known as Roots Covenant. 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.

Jami Sieber

Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative. Her style of performance has been recognized internationally. An innovative musician, Jami’s music moves beyond the surface, seeking and re-seeking her truth by creating musical bridges and connections, committed to doing what moves her and inspiring listeners with her honesty, musical prowess, and humanity. Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice, and the healing arts is at the heart of her music, reflecting a deep dedication to the arts as a medium to express the interconnectedness of all beings.

Jim Lord Trio

Jim is originally from New Jersey, but has toured nationally and internationally, released albums on Inlet Records and Blue Vinyl Records, and shared the bill with such notable acts as: Elvis Costello, Sam & Dave, The Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, Albert King, and more.

“Lord makes the listener believe they know him from his music…intimate and heartfelt.” – The New York Post

 

J Brave & Shylah Ray

MC, Poet, and activist for peace,                       J Brave’s greatest ability is to inspire others to awaken to the highest version of themselves. A former counselor for homeless and at-risk youth, he has since toured the world spreading messages of peace, love, and unity through the vehicle of Hip Hop. He is a founding member of the band Luminaries, visionary of Benevolence Festival, and a resident DJ at Ecstatic Dance LA. He also facilitates coaching and workshops under the theme “Discover Your Sacred Offering.” J Brave recently released his debut album “Amethyst” and is currently in production with a new project entitled “Gifts.”

Shylah Ray is an award-nominated and influential vocalist, musician, mother and activist. Originally native Canadian, her music rooted in California. She began writing inspirational music and developing her career in Los Angeles after the birth of her first child.  Self-taught vocally and on piano, Shylah has inspired people all over the world through the delivery of her powerful voice and moving lyrics. She is also a Doula and Soul Voice Singing empowerment coach, touring the country with a new album underway.

 

Bob Sima
Bob Sima (pronounced sEYE-ma) is to music what Wayne Dyer, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Eckhart Tolle are to books and Rumi, Hafiz, and David Whyte are to poetry (www.bobsima.com). He is an award-winning singer-songwriter, spiritual teacher, and musical mystic who has been called “Eckhart Tolle with a guitar”. With no musical training, he has creatively channeled 8 award winning albums and built a national following. The music that comes through him will vibrate with your spirit exactly where you are. He is a troubadour, a way-shower, a guide, an awakener, and a musical mystic through the medium of melody. His music bridges daily life and soul consciousness, the eternal with the now through instantly accessible songs that take up residence and resonance in your soul. When Sima opens his mouth to sing, what emerges is far beyond the human sounds of his warm and soulful voice. He speaks the language of the Universe, the language of the soul, the language of the heart. But he’s not just singing to his audience. He is the musical navigation that guides people to reconnect to themselves and to each other. Learn more about Bob at www.BobSima.com

Bob performs with his on-stage and off-stage partner, creative collaborator, and premier vocalist – Shannon Plummer (www.speakmypassion.com). Shannon’s harmonies are so perfectly attuned to Sima’s voice that it is as if there is one voice coming from the stage. Shannon is a shamanic practitioner, intentional creation coach, artist, and singer. Much of their work is influenced, inspired, and integrated with Bob’s music as the foundation to create lessons and workshops that will touch your heart. Together they amplify each other’s gifts into a divine combination that will lead the soul to truth and peace. They lead life-changing experiential talks, workshops, music meditations, weekend retreats, and powerful concert experiences.
YAIMA

YAIMA is a Cascadian Folktronic Music Duo based in Seattle WA. 2014-present. Creating a deeply captivating and finely tuned container for their audiences- YAIMA (Mas Higasa and Pepper Proud) allow the listener the opportunity to Journey through Sonic Soundscapes traversing sensually stimulating and heart centered compositions deeply inspiring each listener to return to their truth. Their music is reminiscent of well known music groups such as Purity Ring, Massive Attack, Bjork, Portishead, Wildlight, Emancipator and Lulacruza.

Lobo Marino
Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price make up the indie folk band Lobo Marino.
The band formed when Sullivan and Price were traveling and working on organic farms and youth hostels in South America in 2009. Since their return to the United States, the duo has been touring nationally and internationally, recording albums and using their music as a vehicle to explore their own personal spiritual journeys.
Mystically political and whole heartily grassroots this DIY band finds themselves playing on large festival stages as well as at the backyard fire pits of intentional communities across the country.
In their home town of Richmond,Virginia, they founded a community space called “Earth Folk Collective” where they open the space for gatherings and donation based workshops on all types of topics of wellness and sustainability. They also are the founders of Fonticello Food Forest, a public orchard intended for community gleaning.
APEX

Funky groovy jazz fusion hip hop crafted out of the flames of discovery, Apex is a band comprised of musicians who defy categorization. Apex is one of the premier bands from the Genre Transcendence Movement, an art collective based on the premise that humans can unite beyond the barriers of culture and genre.

J Brave (DJ Set)

MC, Poet, and activist for peace,                       J Brave’s greatest ability is to inspire others to awaken to the highest version of themselves. A former counselor for homeless and at-risk youth, he has since toured the world spreading messages of peace, love, and unity through the vehicle of Hip Hop. He is a founding member of the band Luminaries, visionary of Benevolence Festival, and a resident DJ at Ecstatic Dance LA. He also facilitates coaching and workshops under the theme “Discover Your Sacred Offering.” J Brave recently released his debut album “Amethyst” and is currently in production with a new project entitled “Gifts.”

Nick Gonnering

Nick Gonnering is a 12 string inspirational folk artist from the Asheville, NC area. His music is a reflection of his yogic journey through life and it centers around the heart, transformation, and clarity. 

After traveling the National Parks for the centennial out of a 1977 motorhome in 2016, Nick decided to truly pursue his passion for music and use his gift as a way to unite the people he loves. His most recent album “Finding My Niche” is an acoustic journal of his introspective journey into happiness and peace. 

 “Now More than ever, Music needs to be more than flashy personas and Ego. It needs to be inspirational, moving, and focused on opening the hearts of the world to work as one in the face of injustice” His newest music is centered around this idea. To bring people together through music and sharing of the hearts vibration. “We are emotional beings having a human experience, and I have been trying to cut my ego out of it so that the true essence of our spirit can shine through this beautiful conduit that is music!” 

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 such as FloydFest, The Orange Peel, Music City Roots TV Show, The Green Parrot, Arlene’s Grocery, and Riverbend Fest. Combining catchy, clever, honest  songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to move your head, heart, and hips.

“An ass shaking good time.”
-Relix Magazine

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.

Groova Space

Funky-blues-jam-soul-reggae-rock. Funk and soul straight out of Roanoke,Virginia! A little something for everybody.

Band Members:

Henry Lazenby – Guitar
Mason Jenelle – Drums
Paul Tressel – Keyboards
Scott Sutton – Bass

Justin Trawick and The Common Good

Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s debut record, “The Riverwash EP”, exemplifies the raw emotional live sound Trawick and the band have cultivated over the years playing in clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, the band’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses. Written by DC based songwriter Justin Trawick, “The Riverwash EP” introduces the listener to Trawick’s unique brand storytelling with five original songs about love, loss, longing, resilience, and time pulling heartstrings of listeners young and old. Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman) guest performs on guitar during “All the Places That I’ve Been”, a song inspired by Trawick’s ninety-seven year old grandmother and her stories of the World War II generation. Finally, the album closes with the band’s unique take on “Wonderwall” by Oasis, a track sure to trick the audience into thinking they’re listening to another Trawick original.

"Her Majesty"

“Her Majesty is a pop-punk band hailing from the Musiclab at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Virginia. The band is comprised of Lily Byler on guitar and lead vocals, Isabele Isaacs on drums, and Sam Slate on bass.”

 

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!

Flirting with Chemicals

Flirting with Chemicals, Floyd Virginia’s Neo-psychedelic dance band draws inspiration from many sacred sources including Velvet Underground, Neil Young, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, The Byrds, Sparklehorse, Brian Eno and Bob Dylan. The song writing team of Barb Gillespie and Jeff Liverman deliver haunting lyrics coupled with elegant melodies and rhythms. Stephen Wallace on keyboard, Rick Hall on bass and Ray Braley on drums join Jeff and Barb in FwC. Their skill and talent perfectly support the music and experience.
Flirting with Chemicals positions itself at a strange country crossroads. Hailing from a tiny but musically significant town in Virginia, Floyd, they have one foot in the Appalachian Mountains and the other in the gritty sounds of the city. In the other orientation, their sound is of today but ghosts from the past creep into their arrangements and compositions. Echos of Neil Young’s plaintive voice, Charlie Patton’s gravel road vocal and the hypnotic musings of Eno make their way into this strange, beautiful and highly intoxicating music.

Kasey "CaveMan"

“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.”

Wag the Dawg

Wag the Dawg, is 4 music veterans (formerly of a Band Called Stone Canyon.) Classic Rock, Country and Blues band. From Allman Bros to ZZTop, come dance!

Solar Circuit

Solar Circuit is a Philadelphia born jamtronic trance fusion quartet, taking their listeners down an experimental path to create a mind-bending live experience. Incorporating a range of genres and influences, this unit continues to push the limits and explore new musical pathways to tone in their own form of livetronica.

   With tons of live soundboards available for their fans to stream/download for free, plus the release of full length studio album ‘One Around the Sun’, this eager group is pushing into overdrive! Solar Circuit continues to mix and mingle their originals with fun covers in their live performances, while still pumping out new tracks and surprises.

Jake Retting

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