2018 Performers

Africa Unplugged

World Music 

Africa Unplugged is a dynamic group, led by djembe master, guitarist and songwriter, Atiba Rorie. The band uses traditional percussion instruments from West Africa in combination with guitars and bass to play traditional rhythms while drawing from influences across the world. Their creativity results in a funky, soulful blues and dance music that keeps you moving as they tell stories from the old world and the new!


After Jack

After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness. Named 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the trio combines expressive songwriting, captivating vocals and a unique take on traditional mountain music. Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot-stomping string band and top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack. 


Allthebestkids come from the future with one purpose, to spread the highest vibrational music this world has ever known. Instead of attempting to manipulate the past in their favor, ATBK wield pop, soul, hip hop, & psych rock as their luminous love filled mega sword, striking at the heart of darkness wherever they land. Those with pure intention, fear not! Allthebestkids will effortlessly fill your emotional tanks with the energy you so desperately desire, reminding you of something forgotten long ago. We are Allthebestkids.


Appalatin - Appalatin’s foot-stomping, hip-swinging sounds organically unite Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music. The name, Appalatin, reflectsthe unexpected meeting in Louisville, KY of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Their all-acoustic performances of traditional stings of guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and vocal harmonies have brought joy and happiness to listeners of all ages. In May of 2013, the band released its second studio album, Waterside. It features original music and interpretations of traditional songs from their native regions of KY, Central America, and the Andes. On the new album, Appalatin follows their instincts with a bilingual shift between languages, styles, and vibes. From the seriously Americana-inflected title track "Down by the Waterside" to upbeat acoustic Latin “La Linea”, to the outright Andean traditional tune “Alpa Mayo” and Fernando Moya’s Quechua contribution, “Ñuka Shungo,” Appalatin’s infectiously danceable tunes spring from the band’s shared love of roots music. After starting out playing at a local coffee shop for free coffee in 2006, the band has since performed on some of their region’s most prestigious stages. Since the release of their first album in 2011, the band has shared the stage with Red Baraat, Sam Bush, and The Black Lilies. They have performed at the RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival (IN), CityFolk Festival (OH), Worldfest (KY), Culturefest (WV), and in May of 2013, they had the honor of performing before 10,000+ people in Louisville’s Yum! Center at the Dalai Lama’s Public Talk. They have also appeared on radio shows such as Michael Jonathon's Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Red Barn Radio, 91.9 FM WFPK’s "Live Lunch", Kentucky Homefront and were featured on West Virginia Public Radio’s “Inside Appalachia.” In addition, the track “Alpa Mayo” from their Waterside album has appeared on PRI’s “The World.” In 2014, the band was awarded the Americana Award by the Louisville Music Awards Academy. They are also the feature of an Emmy-nominated PBS-affiliate documentary in the KY Muse series, now distributed nationwide on public stations.  The band has been in the studio recording its 3rd studio album and will be announcing details of its release in the first months of 2017.                                                                                       


Ball and Chain is based in Princeton, WV and features the extraordinary vocals of Melissa McKinney, who is shaping an entire generation of young artists at Stages Music School in downtown Princeton. Her magnetism has sparked a movement of young artists as well as attracted a band of seasoned musicians who have recently joined forces to form  this powerful combo. With Victor Lawson on the guitar, Floyd "Red" Ricks on the bass, Randy Fielder on the drums and Melissa McKinney on the microphone, this band rocks with power and musical prowess.                                                              


Black Garlic is an instrumental band that blend tasteful arrangements of upbeat riffs, electronic sweetness, soft rock texture, and a pungent funk with deep subtle jazz notes. Based in Fayetteville/Oak Hill, WV, the band consists of Stevie Watts and Josh Bibb on on guitar, Rob Gross on drums, General Jitters on bass and Duncan Mapes on keyboards. The band has been busy playing festivals and venues all around the region.                                                                                               


CassiRaye is an emerging artist whose creative vision is as expansive as her soul. Now based in Sherperdstown, WV, she was born in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, and was strongly influenced by her southern roots, audiences find themselves captivated by her earthy, sensual voice, and her original songs lead listeners into the most intimate depths of the human experience. CassiRaye's music continues to find its way into hearts across North and South America, and she has been a featured performer at music festivals and concert venues throughout the eastern US, including Culturefest in West Virginia, and BuddhaFest in Washington, DC.  In addition to being a gifted musician, CassiRaye is also an accomplished visual artist, and in all her creative work, she is inspired to transform the heaviness of life into beautiful expressions of healing that are uplifting and playful. When she's not creating beautiful music and art, she finds herself most inspired by nature, good tea, quality time with beloved friends and family, and her hometown, Shepherdstown, WV. Her debut album Open was released in Spring of 2015.                                                                                                                                                                             


The Change Funk/Rock
The Change is a teenage funk band from WV. Each musician plays multiple instruments. Their goal is to make a difference in the world with their music. They hope to connect to people around the world with a message that there is hope. 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. Free2Luv is a national organization that promotes individuality, self acceptance, and equality. Look for great things from this determined group of young ladies and gentleman.


The Charleston Rougues are a 8-piece Pogues cover band with their own Appalachian flair! Based in Charleston, WV, playing the songs of The Pogues, along with traditional Irish reels & jigs, a few country songs & a few originals, they have become known for their camaraderie and their high-energy, fun shows, offering a little something different to the Charleston area, which has a history of Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in Appalachia. 


The Company Stores are a folk fusion band from Charleston, WV, that smoothly blends elements of many genres of southern music. They pull inspiration from styles such as Delta blues, Appalachian folk, gospel, jazz, and other Americana music, then layer in their own modern styles and rhythms. Vocalist Casey Litz's sultry and soulful voice captivates the audience, while the band lays down bluesy grooves between dynamic builds. The name "The Company Stores" is a throwback to the old coal mines of West Virginia. It refers to system set up by coal companies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where they paid the miners in "script" or "coal money" that was only good at the "company store". This form of indentured servitude kept miners and their families in bondage to the coal companies, and was a classic case of the rich and powerful exploiting the poor. This name not only shows the bands heritage, but also the gritty feel of their music and the meaning behind many of their songs about the struggles of the common man. The Company Stores have been hard at work over the last four years as a band. Since their start as a full band in May 2013 they have released two albums, have been on the iconic Mountain Stage Radio Show, countless festivals including Deep Roots Mountain Revival, Camp Barefoot, and Blue Plum Festival, and have toured all over the east coast. Their latest album “Little Lights”, released in April 2017, has received countless positive reviews proclaiming it as one of the best regional releases of the year.                                                                                                      


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