Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
World/Jazz/Funk/Modern Classical Fusion
Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, redefining & challenging traditional expectations of the steel drum. He radically expands the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba with his stunning, virtuosic technique. His Fourchestra has had a fluid lineup of all-star musicians, such as bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg), percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), and a number of other marquee-value players. He’s toured the North America, Europe, Japan, Central America and The Caribbean, and represented the US through the Department of State as a musical ambassador in a tour of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. jonscales.com
Hailing from Roanoke, VA, Chupacabras are a 7 piece horn-driven percussive assault with a potent mix of afro-liscious, surf exotica funk! Chupacabras features Kris Hodges (Founder of Floydfest) on Drums, Jeff Hofmann on Bass, Justin Pinckney on Saxophone, Patrick Cavanagh on Trumpet, Brach Rauchle on Bari, Erich Woodrum on Djembe / Percussion and Pete Medina on Congas & Percussion. As one of 12 artists across VA and DC to become a 2019 Rockn' to Lockn' contestant, they are one of VA’s premier up and coming bands. Performance highlights include Floydfest WILD 2018, LUNGS Festival - NYC 2018, Hoopla Music Festival BrewsterWalk Music & Brew Festival Down By Downtown & Blue Ridge Marathon 2018. chupacabrasmusic.com
Raquy Danziger is a world-famous Middle Eastern instrumentalist based in Istanbul. Renowned for her electrifying performances, she is considered one of the foremost experts and virtuosos of the oriental goblet drum known as the darbuka. Through her performances, compositions and methodical teaching method, Raquy has made an outstanding contribution toward elevating the darbuka from a humble folk drum to a shining solo instrument fit for a concert hall. Originally from the USA, Raquy performs and teaches at around the globe, spreading love and excitement for darbuka drumming. In addition to drumming she plays the mystical twelve- string King Kemenche Tarhu.
Eclectic, Soul-Driven Americana
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
Instrumental / World
Benny Bettane is an Australian handpan player, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He is an international solo performer based in Italy, with performances spanning throughout Europe and North America. Benny is a pioneer of handpan composition and performance. He explores the creative bounds of his instrument through new fusion collaborations with musicians in multiple genres, including world music, jazz, funk, electronic music, and rap. Benny is additionally a sound-healer. His collaborations with yogis and spiritual teachers worldwide have earned him a reputation as a handpan musician with a healing gift.
Headspin Fire & Hoop Troupe
Headspin Fire & Hoop Troupe, a collective of creatives from the Piedmont of North Carolina, dazzles with synchronized hoop dance performances. They have performed at dozens of corporate events, festivals, theaters and street fairs, and come together through a love of movement and performance art that inspires and mesmerizes audiences.
Gypsy jazz; instrumental; world folk; jazz; classical
Gypsy jazz from the heart of West Virginia's capitol city of Charleston, featuring the incredible talents of Alasha Al-Qudwah on Violin, Ray Singleton and Kevin Arbogast on Petite Bouche Guitar and Grant Jacobs on Upright and Electric Bass.
French multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer Jeremy Nattaugh creates compositions that take listeners on a sonic journey. His goal is to get people to dance and to dream, and ultimately, to make the world a better place. He has toured extensively in Europe and around the globe at festivals, museums and French TV & Radio. Notable performances include Sziget Festival in Hungary (with 500,000 in attendance), Blackwoodstock Festival in China, Reth Festival and Gandhi University in India and TedX talk. nattagh.fr
Produced by Ashton Robertson, Spaceship Earth features live guitar over multidimensional, resonating rhythms, weaving a magical web that takes us beyond our current dimensional framework. SE intertwines parallel futuristic timelines with ancient beats to create a deep vortex of layers that is grounded into the roots of the Earth, while projecting the stars and nebula's from within.
Kayla Lynn & The Change
The Change is a young funk band born at Stages Music School in The Mercer Street Grassroots District in downtown Princeton. Their goal is to make a difference in the world with their music; they seek to unite people, to set an example for others that there is hope even in the dark times, to encourage others to stand up for what they believe in and to encourage people to follow their dreams They believe that together we have the power to make a Change! They are ambassadors for the Free2Luv organization, which promotes individuality, self acceptance, and equality. Look for great things from this determined group of young ladies and gentleman.
Folk Fusion, multi-instrumentalist composer, producer and vocalist, Jun純 imbues hints of hip hop, experimental electro, jazz, world music and rock into her sound. Her resonant jazz-rich vocals and unique outlook on various sociopolitical topics create an aesthetic yet empowering tone to the listener’s ear. Born in Hachioji, Japan, raised partly in Caracas, Venezuela and St. Petersburg, FL, allowed for exposure to a wide variety of music genres at a very early age. Over the years, Jun has worked hard on translating these diverse genres into her own unique style of music. Jun has performed at various Festivals, Venues, and House Concerts in the U.S. and Canada. She has also had the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Tom Morello from “Rage Against The Machine” and John Lamb from the "Duke Ellington Orchestra". Along with her busy schedule of touring, Jun’s dedication to community is exemplified by her creation and coordination of ROOTS Seed and Plant Share, which educates people on the importance of sharing resources and knowledge, as well as encouraging them to start their own edible gardens.