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”.
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.
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!
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! They will perform one piece, followed by 2 pieces by the Greensboro HOOPERS.