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  • Please join us for the 2017 Summer Solstice on Saturday June 17th 2-10pm.

    The Performers

    Welcome to the Greensboro Summer Solstice Festival! We are thrilled to have an exciting line up of talent this year. From foot-stomping to ethereal, dazzling to soulful, there’s something for everyone!

    The Healing Force The Healing Force – 2017 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 the past 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” come alive!

    The Specialty Performers

    Solstice MermaidJade – Solstice Mermaid

    Mermaid Jade will be lounging in the Butterfly Garden Fountain, enjoying the day. She will be happy to have photos taken with all the Faerie Children! She may even have some of her mermaid pals join her in the Garden Fountain – the more, the merrier!

     

     

    Paul’s School of Magic

    Paul Spring “The Birthday Party Rockstar” is a children’s magician and Magic teacher in the Triad area with over 10 years of experience making smiles appear! He also runs Magic camps all around the area. Bring your kids to see his Magic shows at the summer solstice for amazing magic tricks and silly bits!  He will also be selling crazy balloon creations during the entire event!  Find Paul in Pixie Glen!

    The Golden MimeKathy Clark – Golden Living Statue

    The life of a statue can be pretty fun! I’ve been enjoying the delights of painting myself gold and standing on a box for roughly ten years. This has taken me to many festivals and events in and around North Carolina such as the Azalea Festival, Artsplosure, Artisphere, Floydfest, and the National Folk Festival. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve the faerie folk at the annual Summer Solstice Festival in Greensboro – my most favorite of all events!

     

    *alt name*The Greensboro HOOPERS

    The Greensboro HOOPERS are flow artists from the Greensboro area, that gather on Sundays, from 2:00-4:00, at the Greensboro Arboretum, to PLAY and FLOW! ALL flow artists are welcome and we always have extra HOOPS!! Tammy Shearer (Handmade HOOPS by Tammy) gathers the troupes you see at Solstice. Join us!

     

     

    The Golden MimeDavid Hurt – Master Juggler

    David Hurt is a Juggler who has played and encouraged others to join in –  at all of the Greensboro Summer Solstice Festivals.  He may have some extra balls for YOU to try!  He’s fun to watch & even more fun to juggle with!

     

     


    puppet-intervention-w423-h200Paperhand Puppet Intervention

    Whoa! Where did those huge and beautiful puppets come from?!? PaperHand Puppets are bringing an amazing array of Giant Puppets for the Summer Solstice parade! “We will take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures.”

    Plein Air Artist –   Chip Holten – This amazing artist will be working in shady spaces in the Butterfly Garden. Look for his easel and himself under the trees.  If you love to watch people in the process of creation, feel free to stop by and watch the magic happen.

    The Dancers

    Colorful WavesColorful Waves

    Shelley is the founder and director of Colorful Waves dance troupe. Specializing in World folkloric styles of dance including Hawaiian Hula, Tahitian and several styles of bellydance. She an artist, expressing her love of creating beauty in many forms beyond dance such as painting, drawing, sculpting, sewing and more. She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.  For more info see:  www.shahzaadee.comwww.facebook.com/shelleyopearls

     

    Modest Mayhem

    Innovative, experimental and Rockin!! We are so much more then a troupe. We are a collection of dancers that range from hip hop, ballet, traditional cabaret and fusions of them all. Music, props and comedy can be seen in many of our numbers. Thanks for coming by and checking us out!

     

     

    2 of Cups Belly Dance 2 of Cups Belly Dance

    2 of Cups began with Vylet and Shua and a shared passion for dance. Teaching a new style, they formed a dance troupe who debuted at Greensboro Summer Solstice 2016. 2 of Cups Belly Dancers urge you to Free the Wild Dancer Within. Using a base in traditional Belly Dance and ATS, Vylet and Shua have fused modern dance, gypsy folk, club styles and a dash of Burlesque for spice. Creating a style to be easier to follow and more improvised. Also see:  Ohana Arts & Wellness Center; Facebook:  Gypsy Soul Belly Dance, & 2 of Cups Belly Dance

     

    Twisted Dance CollectiveTwisted Dance Collective

    We are a group of dedicated teachers & advanced students with a passion for bellydance, teaching, & performing. Our teachers provide high quality instruction, focusing on technique, expression, & having a FABULOUS time! We’ve worked hard to build a supportive, accepting & open dance community where dancers of all ages, genders, & sizes can express themselves without worry or judgment. We offer bellydance classes at Break ‘N’ Out Dance Studio in Greensboro & we invite YOU to join us!  Come visit us on Facebook too!

    Wild HoneyWild Honey

    Wild Honey ~ Ritual Theater and Dance Prayerformance is Mekare’s newest heartchild. Created as a medium for her ritual prayerformance offerings, Wild Honey is a dynamic sacred container for the magical cross-pollination and nectar gathering that occurs when bringing together artists and innovators from many fields of experience. It is Mekare’s vision to gather and create this wild honey of extraordinary nourishment all around the globe.


    GypSEE Lights HOOP Troupe

    GypSEE Lights HOOP Troupe is a group of HOOPERS, from Greensboro, and the surrounding area, that attend Summer Solstice every year. They meet on Sundays, in the Butterfly Gardens, 2-4, year round, when the weather permits. Tammy Shearer, of Handmade HOOPS by Tammy, gathers the troupes you see at Summer Solstice! This year, GypSEE Lights, have choreographed a LED HOOP routine, led by Sheryl Pope, you’re sure to LOVE!!


    Madhu
    Madhu

    Bharatanatyam is an Indian Classical form of Dance which originated from TamilNadu, India. Bharatanatyam has been in Practice for close to a 100 Years and hugely popular across the world. Madhu, who choreographed the performances, studied Bharatanatyam for more than 10 years and has taught a large number of students. She is an active performer and has performed on various stages in the US.

     


    Rooh Hura
    Rooh Hura {Free Spirits}

    Rooh Hura dances with élan and authenticity of heart. Their style infuses belly dance — and other movement influences — with mystery, humor, passion and joy. Their shows are a colorful amalgam of spirit, artistry and emotion, designed to feel expansive, yet intimate. Rooh Hura’s core members are seasoned performers and instructors originally from Eden and The City of the Angels. They are currently based in Greensboro, NC.

     

     

    Jacob Felder & Rebecca Jacchia

    Jacob Felder has trained in a wide array of dance genres including Argentine Tango, Swing and Blues, Ballroom and Latin Rhythms as well as Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Acrobatic dance forms. He is celebrating his 60th birthday this week. Jacob and Rebecca have been dancing like banshees together for the tens. They teach Dance, Yoga, and Meditation together. Their dance company is Dance Revolution Triad.

    The Musicians

    The Second Line StompersThe Second Line Stompers

    The Second Line Stompers play in the Early Jazz style also referred to as New Orleans Jazz, Early Jazz, Dixieland or Traditional Jazz. The band is from the greater Raleigh area & stays busy performing throughout the region. Each player brings many years of experience playing in and leading many different musical groups in the region, such as: Gregg Gelb Swing Band, Boneslinger, Squirrel Nut Zippers,and more. Players are: Gregg Gelb, clarinet and tenor sax, Greg Cagle, cornet and vocals, Dave Wright, trombone and vocals, George Knott, bass and tuba, Dan Faust, drums They will be leading our Summer Solstice Parade this year, so dress yourself right up & be prepared to join the parade!

     

    Sahara Reggae Band Sahara Reggae Band

    The band originated in 2001 and built its foundation in Greensboro, NC. Reggae has been what the band performed most but the talent and creation doesn’t stop there. They have began to perform all genre’s of music and can bring to its audience a unique and flavorful show. Whatever you need, Sahara Reggae Band can cater to you and provide a true experience and journey for any occasion. Sahara is currently working on releasing their second album in the spring of 2013.

     

    Gate City DivasThe Meldavians

    The Meldavians create funky rock and blues music combined with jazzy and psychedelic jams. Their 2012 release Farewell Arigemon was on the ballot for the Grammy Awards in two categories. The core of the group is Scott Sawyer (guitar), Dave Fox (keys) and the powerful Melissa Reaves. The rhythm section for summer 2017 is Ian Pasquini (drums) and Shiela Klinefelter (bass.)

     

    Chrystal Bright Crystal Bright And The Silver Hands

    Crystal Bright has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound, dubbed “kaleidophrenic cabaret.” She plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic & soulful vocals and virtuoso command of her exotic instruments.

     

     

    Abigail DowdAbigail Dowd

    Singer/songwriter Abigail Dowd grew up under the North Carolina longleaf pines and hints of the early Celtic settlers weave through her music. Her lyrics are mesmerizing and her bluesy voice has been described as “a rare thing that is at once strong and generous in its vulnerability.” She blends her classical guitar style with the edgy bass and percussion of Jason Duff, a Greensboro native and longtime musician.

     

     

    Sheila-la-Duel Sheila Duell & Friends

    Sheila Duell is a long-time member of Greensboro’s creative community. Her vocal credits include multiple performances at the acclaimed Jazz at O Henry series, appearances at River House Sunday Salon (Jefferson, NC),and many more. She has written music for stage (Dorian), TV and film. She is an award-winning actor and has appeared in local films and professional theatres across the state. She is also proud to be an NC Arts Council Songwriting Fellowship honorée. The Solstice performance will also feature Burt Whicker on piano and on sax, Harold Holloway

     

    Courtney & FriendsCourtney Leigh & Friends

    Courtney Leigh Hudson, vocalist, is joined by John Hudson on keys and Patrick Rock on guitar and vocals. The three friends enjoy getting together to share their lifelong love of music. The Solstice set borrows from 6 decades of quirky pop tunes and features a couple of Patrick’s originals.

    Look for Courtney at O.Henry Hotel’s jazz series on July 13th, and Patrick’s new album coming soon!

     

    Star Wizard Star Wizard

    4 piece indie-psych rock group from Greensboro with a brand new EP called “Morning Light” out now on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, anywhere music can be played or bought.

     

     

    PaperMoonPaper Moon

    PaperMoon of Chapel Hill, NC plays a delightful mixture of vintage jazz, colorful swing, joyful ragtime, and fun-loving originals with a charming ambiance of yesteryear. Sip a cool ice-tea in the shade as we play our easy-breezy tunes of that are sure to make your heart smile and get your toes tapping.

     

     

    Music-Johnny O & the Jumpout Boys Johnny O & The Jump Out Boys

    Johnny-O and the Jump Out Boys is a group of musicians that bring back the sounds of the 1950s and 1960s “blues greats”. You’ll hear covers of some familiar tunes from artists like Little Walter and Junior Wells… and you might even hear a tune or two for the very first time. Their show is a combination of storytelling and song, so don’t be surprised if you learn a little something about the original artists who made this music so memorable. Band members are: John Olsen (harmonica/vocals), Jim Carson (guitar/vocals), Bob Powell (bass), and Tom Woods (drums/vocals).

    XcentrXXcentrx

    XcentriX, a classic rock band, formed a few months ago, creating a fresh sound with the talents of 5 serious, experienced musicians. Glad and Renee, the two vocalists, had been hearing each perform for several years. Finally, the time was right and they started singing together, a capella at first. They had so much fun that they asked their husband’s Jim Harvish and Dave Douse if they wanted to collaborate. Dave and Jim agreed to both handle bass and guitar, and XcentriX was born. Then John Comer joined the crew, rounding out the sound. They will debut at Solstice 2017, and can’t wait!

    Cesar & FriendsCaesar’s Latin Combo

    Cesar Oviedo created a group of seasoned musicians from Central, South, North America and the Caribbean. We play a wide range of Latin styles including Songo, Cumbia, Merengue, Latin-Jazz. Part of the rhythm section of Classic Salsa band West End Mambo.

     

     Fire Performance Team 2017

    The 2017 Solstice Fire Team is a group of masterful performers who will provide you with an amazing (and safe!) display of Dancing with Fire. This year’s perfomance is brought to you by Imagine Circus.  Scott Hinzman and Sydney Vigatov are our Fire Performance Co-Captains this year.  Joining them are Liz BlissAdam DipertBritteny Isphording.  Plan to be amazed by the awesome performance planned for you!

     IMAGINE CIRCUS is a contemporary circus booking and production company providing ambient performances and large scale shows that feature cirque-style entertainment, aerial arts, acrobatics, fire, flow arts, theatrics, dance, music, costuming, makeup, and creative props and apparatuses. Performances are tasteful and elegant, yet playful and magical, revealing beautiful imagery and sights that please the senses.