2024 Performance lineup

Jeremy Nattagh

Born in Paris, France and originally a classical flute player, Jeremy Nattagh has explored a wide range of  instruments and musical styles including jazz piano, gospel drums, pop rock, and electric bass as well as composing and producing movie soundtracks. Multi-instrumentalist and sound ingenious, Jérémy Nattagh has brought together all his influences and experiences in a unique show, Panoramique. Surrounded by his 4 hangs and his drums played on his feet, he takes audiences into the intoxication of ethnic grooves, acoustic trance and the lyricism of his compositions. "PANORAMIQUE" is an extraordinary album that he produced, mixing serene atmospheres and frenetic rhythms, and bringing together exceptional guests: Adèle B on the didgeridoo and the jaw harp, Tidiane Touré on vocals, Sylvain Barou on the flutes of the world and Cendre Osmoza on vocals.       nattagh.fr/index.php/en/

Option 22 

This infectious, eclectic Americana groove is led by powerful, yet blissfully soothing vocals dancing atop a smooth, soulful flow. Positive lyrics inspire unity and call for change. Based in Princeton, Lori McKinney (vocals, drums, spoken word) and Robert Blankenship (guitar, hand-drums, didgeridoo) have been writing & playing music together since 2004. Now infusing the mix are the highly skilled & ever-flowing bass lines of Brandon Dunn, the rock solid, hard hitting rhythms of Ary'an Graham (drums) and the soulful guitar stylings of Jacob Brooks (lead guitar). As a group, they understand the power of music to heal & transform, and they use their creative gifts to make a positive impact on the world around them. Robert & Lori live and work within a multi-purpose creative zone they created in downtown Princeton, The RiffRaff Arts Collective, which is revitalizing a one dark, depressed area with color and life. They also founded and run this festival. The other musicians orbit around the collective, bringing their talents and spirits around often, forming a sphere of creativity and good vibes. Option22.net

Mama & The Ruckus is led by the powerhouse vocals, of Melissa McKinney, "Mama." She writes songs about the trauma and pain that every person inevitably experiences in their lives. She sings these songs as a cry for hope, healing, and inspiration to others and you hear that in every single note that the band plays and that she sings.  This intergenerational project is based out of Asheville, NC featuring original music inspired by blues and soul music. The mission of the band is to spread joy and ignite healing so we can better our communities and ultimately the world. Their newest single, Cross the Border is a call to action. It addresses the people who still hold beliefs and ideals that are dangerous to mankind and to people who have been and continue to be oppressed. melissamckinneymusic.com/mama-and-the-ruckus

 

Devante Powell, also known as Bboy Tahu, is a Bahamian-American World Champion breaker based out of Charleston,SC. He has been dancing for 13 years representing his city as well as his crews, the legendary Rock Force and Charleston’s very own Dancing On Air Crew ( D.O.A). He has done so by performing and competing at events and competitions all over the world. Some of those events include: 2014 IBE 1 vs 1 concrete battle champ- Amsterdam, 2020 Mighty 4 1 vs 1 champ - Alaska, 2016 Southeast Bboy championships 3 vs 3 winners W/ D.O.A, 2022 Undisputed masters world championship crew vs crew winners W/ Rock Force. He founded the Dancing On Air Crew in 2010; they have been representing hip hop culture, inspiring youth and showcasing their skills, all across the USA for the last 13 years. Even with some members competing and performing overseas, the goal has always been the same: to show the world what southern breakin’ is all about. Made up of eight members with ages varying from 22 to 28, the code of the crew has always been this, “It doesn’t matter where you come from, you can be whatever you want to be, just start dancing and see what happens.”

Teso 

Teso McDonald leads Chilltonic, a three-piece Alternative Soul band hailing from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Founding members Teso, Michael Dunham, and Dempsey Jones met on the streets of downtown in the summer of 2016. Since then, the band has continued to fuse their individual styles to create their ever-evolving sound. Their nostalgic and haunting melodies are accompanied by calming and laid back grooves.

 

 

 

Songs From The Road Band 

Hailing from Asheville, NC, Songs From The Road Band is a bluegrass supergroup featuring Mark Schimick (mandolin), Charles Humphrey III (bass), Sam Wharton (guitar), James Schlender (fiddle), and Gabe Epstein (banjo). The band takes flight with virtuosic  picking, singing, and grammy award winning songwriting.  Several of their most recent singles have gone to the top of the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart. They have 6 studio albums available at all musical outlets.

“The Western NC quintet is this band of melodic pirates, roaring down the highways and backroads of Southern Appalachia in search of a stage to play, perhaps another kindred spirit to collaborate with in the sacred art of songwriting and creating something (beautiful and permanent) from nothing (thin air and momentary inspiration).” songsfromtheroadband.com

Adama Dembele

Adama is a master djembefola (djembe player) from the Ivory Coast, West Africa. Born into a family of

musicians, he has toured several continents with various major acts such as Oumou Sangare, Salif Keita, Affou Keita, Sogona Djata, and many others. Adama has played in several drum and dance companies such as Yelembad’abidjan, Ensemble Koteba, Congoba, and many more. In 2002, in collaboration with Siriki Sanogo, Adama founded Djembeso CI Drum and Dance Ensemble. “Djembeso” in the West African dialect Bambara means “the house of djembe.” Adama chose that name because his family has been playing the djembe for 33 generations and his native home was known as the house where the djembe is played. In 2005, Adama moved to the U.S. to perform and teach the sacred art of West African drumming. Since then he has played in major cities all over the United States. Currently, Adama resides in Asheville, NC, where he frequently performs and teaches authentic rhythms from Ivory Coast, Mali, and Guinea, West Africa. theleaf.org/product/west-african-drumming

 

Fred Nez-Keams 

As a full blooded Navajo born for the Red Running Into The Water Clan (Tachii'nii) and Water Edge Clan (Tab'aaha') Fred Nez-Keams shares himself and his culture with every song and flute he crafts. He is a musician, Flute Maker and organizer of the Native Flute Gathering held every May in Harrodsburg, KY. Although he was born and raised in a border town between Arizona and New Mexico on the Navajo Nation, he is very pleased to have called Kentucky home for the past 16 years. The flute has taken him across America and his flutes are in collections across the world. He carries that culture with him in everything he does.

OVADYA features original music, including some uniquely spun traditional Jewish music in a neo-psychedelic, world-influenced rock and acoustic-rock environment, with snippets here and there of of MidEast/modal textures. Electric violin, bass, sax, passionate vocals and outrageous drums to some seriously fly guitar make for extremely different, infectious songs. Ovadya has been playing before diverse audiences for over ten years—from opening for Eric Burdon & the Animals to Piamenta (the "Israeli Jimi Hendrix") and benefits, to clubs to live radio, from festivals to synagogues to benefits to intimate coffee houses. Their music has been featured on radio nationally and locally (WXRT, WNUR, WBEZ, WNUR, WLUP and many more), charting in CMJ and grabbing major (Polygram) label interest and indie lable offers. Press on Ovadya and its music includes Chicago Sun Times affiliates, Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer and many other newspapers and periodicals.  ovadya.net