The Healing Force – 2019 Non-Profit Sponsor
The Healing Force features Joseph Anderson, his daughter Sonji Anderson, and son Karim Anderson. This family of performers/educators has been offering their special brand of music and storytelling in communities all over North Carolina and the country for over 25 years. They are well-known for their acapella singing style, their spirited drumming style, and their stories that always carry a message. Audience-participation is a standard, whatever the ages of the audiences! They’ve traveled the country and abroad, sharing cultural education and enlightenment through traditional African music, drumming, dancing, and educational experiences. By offering performances (including “The Rhythm of the Drum”) , workshops (such as drum circles), and residencies in schools, colleges, universities, churches, libraries, at festivals, retreats, camps, after-school programs, and the like, The Healing Force makes their motto, “Serving the Community Through the Arts”.
Second Line Stompers
The Second Line Stompers are based in the Raleigh area that plays New Orleans Jazz which is also sometimes described as Early Jazz, Dixieland or Traditional Jazz. Each player comes from many years of experience playing in and leading numerous different musical groups in the region, such as: Gregg Gelb Swing Band, King Rippers, Atomic Rhythm All Stars, Countdown Quartet, Squirrel Nut Zippers, North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Dick Gable All Stars, and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra.
Maine native and Guilford College alum Johanna Breed calls her blended genre “future soul” and combines beats, horns, synths, and multi-layered vocals to support her powerful, expressive voice. Bouncy future-jams for the modern listener. Her debut EP, “Is It Too Late?” was released in November of 2018 and produced by fellow Greensboro musician and electronic pop artist Quilla. Don’t miss her band deliver a dazzling and energetic show!
Photo credit: Tyrone Combs
Liontracks Reggae Band has been entertaining fans for over three decades with hundreds of their original, well known reggae songs like “Reggae Rockin”, “Burn Fiyah”, “Morning Light”, “Jah Jah Jehovah”, “Mind at Ease” and “ Ride Da Riddem” just to name a few. Based in Winston Salem, NC, Liontracks Reggae Band brings a timeless reggae sound that is embraced by fans from all over the world and guaranteed to have you dancing on your feet! Liontracks Reggae Band brings roots reggae to every performance while the audience is encouraged to participate rather than just spectate. Fans are engaged by band leader/lead vocalist, Kevin “Khebo” Pauling with the band’s signature phrase: “We make the music… you make the noise!” Get ready for a reggae sensation you will never forget with Liontracks Reggae Band!
The Ladies Auxiliary
The Ladies Auxiliary is one of the hottest Blues Bands in the Southeast. Performing the perfect mix of Blues, R&B,Funk and Classic Rock, they always leave the crowd wanting more. The Ladies Auxiliary started as a Wednesday night jam group and began public performances in December of 1991. They play at venues ranging from nightclubs to parties as well as festivals. They have played The Carolina Blues Festival as well as The Pleasure Island Blues and Jazz Festival and many others. They have shared billing on a regular basis with Regional favorite Big Bump. Other artists they have done shows with include Saffire, Tinsley Ellis, Steady Rollin Bob Margolin, Skeeter Brandon, and Lonnie Brooks to name a few.
Dean Driver is a self-proclaimed late bloomer who didn’t start writing songs until age 48. Now 58, he can’t seem to stop writing and performing. A lyricist at heart, his songs orbit around big ideas – love, peace, and our interconnectedness – but try not to take themselves too seriously. Part of his message is to encourage audiences of all ages to step outside their comfort zones and listen to their inner artistic voices. He produced “Late Bloomer,” his first album, in 2013 and is currently working on another album. In 2011, with help from family and friends, Dean started Doodad Farm, an intimate music venue in Greensboro featuring both local and traveling artists.
Photo credit: Stan Lewis Bonanza
Kirby Heard is a singer-songwriter who’s story has taken her from a big city in the Midwest to a sleepy southern town, and the love of her life. Now her songs take listeners on a journey of life’s highs, lows, and the people who make their company along the way. Her musical career was jumpstarted in 2012 when she co-founded Bob & Kirby’s Double H Bluegrass; the band recorded two of Kirby’s songs on their 2016 release, Pieces of a Dream. Kirby’s solo project, Mama’s Biscuits, will be released this summer. Be a part of Kirby’s stories as she paints pictures of life with her words.
Award winning singer/songwriter, ethnomusicologist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Crystal Bright, has played over 1000 shows from Canada to San Diego, Florida to Seattle and Thailand since 2010. Bright performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 2011 on an arrangement of her song “Toy Hammer,” and has performed at various festivals around the country (SXSW, Savannah Stopover, FloydFest, DragonCon, Midpoint Music Fest, The Steampunk World’s Fair, Shakori Hills, and many others.) She took Runner Up for On the Rise at Floydfest 2013 for a return set in 2014, and was named Best Singer in 2012, Best Songwriter in 2014, and Best Musician in the Triad in 2015 by Greensboro’s Yes Weekly.
Photo credit: Will Call Photography
West End Mambo
Nicaraguan native Cesar Oviedo directs, arranges, and performs with the Afro-Cuban band West End Mambo. He graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Managua Nicaragua and started his professional musical career as a bass player with the jazz—fusion band, “Praxis”. After having played different styles such as Jazz, Brazilian, Rock, Flamenco and Latin American Folk, he participated in the Havana Cuba Jazz Festival and the UCLA festival in Lima, Peru. Cesar, won first prize in the Festival de la Juventud, and was the Music Adviser for the Nicaraguan National Television Systems Network of Nicaragua for three years. He also composed, arranged and played for the OTI Nicaraguan Festival. Soon after moving to North Carolina he arranged Latin compositions for the Winston Salem and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras and is currently a music educator.
Triad Fire Collective
The Triad Fire Collective is a collaborative group of Triad based artists and performers with over 30 years of combined experience dazzling audiences with their incendiary theatrics. This years Greensboro Summer Solstice Festival will be graced by performance offerings from Sydney Vigatov, Scott Hinzman, Brittney Isphording, Amber Land, and Olivia Temoche. Each year a unique and diverse group of performers comes together to create a stunning and original fire show for the Summer Solstice Festival goes and this year will be no exception. Come out and set the night on fire with us at this year’s Summer Solstice Festival fire finale!!
From ballads and blues and everything in between, Jack Gorham is the epitome of “The Piano Man”. Hailing from the Motor City, Jack has been writing and playing music for many years. His style of music is multifaceted and of its own “a-chord”, but the stories are what makes Jack’s music truly compelling.
Barry Gray has recently released his first album, “Footsteps”, a brilliant, imaginative piece of work, a technical masterpiece, and a much-needed monument to kindness and authenticity. Barry was a recipient of the 2017 North Carolina Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship and has been invited to play in the region’s finest venues. He’s been playing for decades with his family band Graymatter, and recently is growing in reputation as a master of harmony, arrangement and songwriting.
Kirk Ridge’s songs have been featured on NPR’s Car Talk and Belfast’s Celtic Roots Radio and his lyrics published in American Songwriter Magazine. He has performed solo and with his band at major festivals and clubs across the state. or the past 8 years he has been Performance Director for Durham CenterFest and hosted weekly live songwriter radio shows on WCOM and WHUP.
Made in the Appalachian Mountains, and crafted around the world, The Banjo Earth Band’s music pulls from influences ranging from Bill Monroe to Ravi Shankar. Based around Andy Eversole’s world music project, Banjo Earth, where he travels the planet connecting with other cultures through the power of music, the band’s overall feel has one of a global awakening, yet with that unmistakable banjo twang that can only be found here in the south.
Renée Henry has performed at ALL the Solstice festivals and is back again this year, playing harp and singing! Currently she sings and plays keys with XcentriX, a local cover band and has performed across the Triad and NC for more years than she wants to publicize. She will bring healing sounds of the magical harp and clear vocals to soothe and energize.
Sidepony is a duo made up of local female singer-songwriters Stephanie Coolbaugh and Mackenzie Craig. Blending their biggest inspirations of cutesy, bubblegum pop and folk-ridden indie rock, they create their signature sound. As adamant intersectional feminists and active advocates, the women of sidepony write music about topics of great importance to them, such as equal representation of women in the music industry, mental health awareness, and nature preservation. In addition to sharing their own music, sidepony celebrates the achievements of other female and femme singer-songwriters every week on their radio program Women Wednesday, which runs from 11-1pm on WUAG 103.1 FM. While they do not have any music available online now, they will be recording an EP this summer. In the meantime, you can keep up with them on Instagram @sidepony_music.
Drum Circle in the Butterfly Garden
Join the drumming & dancing fun in the really awesome drumming circle. Bring your own drum or borrow one of the loaners, if you like. Or…you could also just dance & sway to the beat of the drums. Feel the music all through your body!
GypSEE Lights Hoop Troupe & Greensboro Hoopers
The Gypsee Lights HOOP Troupe is a group of HOOPERS that meet every Monday at Studio Eleve’ in Kernersville, NC. The routine, choreographed by Sheryl Pope, will be performed by Sheryl and her Monday HOOP students and herself. Please come out & try a HOOP class sometime! The Greensboro HOOPERS are made up of many flow artist from our community. You can find them on Facebook at Greensboro HOOPERS, and they meet up on Sundays, right here at the Greensboro Arboretum to HOOP and FLOW! If you would like to own your own Handmande HOOP, Tammy Shearer, has some with her today. See her before or after the daytime performances!
Kelsey Hurley is an acoustic artist from Asheboro, North Carolina, who draws inspiration from groups such as Paramore, No Doubt and Meg and Dia. Her music touches on subjects of a darker nature but with an earnest truth to deliver a genuine message.
Whitney has been entertaining crowds as a professional circus performer all over the country for several years, from large scale festivals to corporate events, community gatherings and private parties. She specializes in stilt walking and fire. Recently relocated to Greensboro, she is so excited to participate in the Summer Solstice celebration this year!
Photo credit: Ron Alligood Photography
Debbie the Artist (DTA)
Debbie The Artist (DTA) is a black gender-queer songstress living and loving in GSO, NC. DTA has a degree in Social Work from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She combines music and movement work in an effort to serve the community through radical community based knowledge sharing and artistic expression. Debbie is passionate about people and believes deeply in the power of creative expression for social change.