Backintyme makes history come alive. We don period dress to perform stories and songs of the 19th century. Each performance piece consists of an anecdote drawn from historical research, interwoven with a related song of the time. The stories tell what folks did and thought back then — their acts and ideas. They form the source of our knowledge of the past. The songs reveal what they felt — their emotions. They weave the fabric of our understanding.
Benjamin Sung, violinist, is an active recitalist and chamber musician on stages across the world. Over the summer months of 2006, he gave a live recital taped for broadcast in July 2006 on the PBC television network in Seoul, South Korea; appeared as soloist and guest teacher at the Festival Inverno de Garanhuns in Pernambuco, Brazil; and performed under Pierre Boulez as a member of the Lucerne Academy at the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland. Recent appearances in the United States include an invitation to perform in the Carnegie Hall premiere of the Chamber Symphony of John Adams in March 2005.
Cajun Dave, “Cajun Dave Becnel”!!! Born and reared on the Banks of New Orleans!!! “Cajun Daves” music is so exciting & exhilarating, you just can’t get enough!!! “Cajun Dave” is a must see!!! His performances will have you out of your seats & coming back for more!!! “Cajun Dave” a native of New Orleans Louisiana, plays many other instruments, which include Electric & accoustic Guitars(6 & 12 string) Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, slide flute, nose flute, bongos, percussion, Bass, triangle (tetfer), spoons, Scrubboard (Frottier) Squeezebox, and LATELY his newest instruments “The Ukelele” and “The Dulcimer” also the ‘Steel Island Drums & Bamboo Xylophone! Also major lead & background harmony vocals, and last but not least of course “THE FIDDLE”!!!
Chris Stanley, Born in England, Chris Stanley is a musician who first started playing acoustic guitar in his teens on the English folk scene. He worked through traditional folk songs in East Midland clubs that were usually function rooms or skittle alleys in pubs. He later moved to electric progressive music playing lead and rhythm guitar which was another experience building period along with session work requests. Chris is a world traveler who remains passionate about live music. Now mainly focussed on acoustic guitar, he specially enjoys improvising along with impromptu jamming.
The Clay County Swing Band playing music from the “Big Band Era” of the 30’s through the 50’s as well as some more contemporary arrangements is directed by Burk Shields. The ensemble performs as a service to the community, supported by the dues paid by the members themselves and gracious donations from people and organizations in our community.
Cleghorn The musical engine of CLEGHORN is renowned fiddler Dylan Cleghorn and his father, the legendary Texas guitarist John Cleghorn. CLEGHORN’s unique brand of “Celtic rock” mixes their original songwriting with high-energy fiddle and bagpipe tunes.
The performances of CLEGHORN have enamored audiences and stirred up festivals across North America. Dylan and John have been acclaimed as charismatic performers who even go as far as leaving the stage to play among the crowd during their concerts.
Corbitt Clampitt Experience The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience is a newly reimagined blues southern rock and soul explosion coming out of NE Florida. Isaac Corbitt, Brandon Buck, and John Alessandrini II have found harmony in joining with Jacksonville Florida native guitarist and vocalist, Brady Clampitt. Hanging onto southern roots and rock tradition, the group has quickly picked up momentum and been on display on the “Campfires and All Nighters Tour” Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida launched in November 2015.
Performing across the southeast, Rebecca Day takes her music on the road as a solo act, a duo act with her sister, Jennifer Day-Thompson, a trio act featuring Beau Littles on percussion, or as a full band with drums and bass.
Curt Towne Band Jacksonville native Curt Towne had a dream of starting his own band As a guitarist taking the stage with numerous well-known musicians, he had the knowledge and experience to successfully hand pick the artists who would become his fellow band members. In the span of 18 short months, the dream became a reality. Upon hearing the original, raw sound of their music, people become instant fans. “They are old school, just like I am. Rock and Roll at its best. Here’s to The Curt Towne Band. Keep rocking, brothers! ”— Johnny VanZant
DANCES PERUJAX intended to preserve and display the folkloric part of Peruvian culture. DANZAS PERUJAX is an amateur dance group of Peruvians who come together to learn, practice, and perform various Peruvian dances around the Jacksonville area. ANYONE is welcome to join DANZAS PERUJAX including those interested in volunteering to help with make-up, hairstyling, and costumes prior to dance performances. Volunteer photographers and volunteer videographers who are willing to donate their photos and videos are especially welcome! For more information, e-mail or visit www.perujax.org, Facebook
Dave”White Wolf” Trezak is an internationally known cultural showman presenting a unique program of song, story, and spoken word.
The program is titled “The World Through Indian Eyes”. Powwow drum, Native Flute, Plains regalia and even a dancer or two bring to life the vibrant culture of the tribes of the great plains. History, stereotypes, and reality punctuate this rich historical program.
Ed Winston & Friends Ed Winston & Friends will bring a selection of New Orleans Jazz works to CalaVida this year. Dr. Winston is a native of New Orleans and was a professor of music at Clemson, Louisiana Tech and Boise State. While Ed’s main instrument is Clarinet, he also plays saxophone, flute and other instruments. He will be joined by long time friend, Don Gros, currently of Baton Rouge and local musicians, Dennis Marks, Professor at University of North Florida, on bass and Clyde O’Conner of Palatka on drums.
First Coast Highlanders –a Highland Bagpipe Band based in Clay County, Florida. Pipe bands have a rich heritage and have long been associated with the Police, Fire Departments and military groups throughout the world.
First Coast Highlanders is a performance and entertainment pipe band, a teaching organization and a cultural group. We are a community based band and promote Celtic culture through music. Our goal is to encourage and support the Celtic culture in our community by providing instruction to anyone interested in learning the Great Highland Bagpipe or Highland Drums. Lessons are provided free of charge to anyone willing to commit the time and self discipline to learn.
James Kalal & Silvia Vidova – entertainers and recording artists, who offer the finest in diverse music to help people have a really good time. We’ve partnered with a number of reputable musicians, including Evan Ruffino to make every occasion truly memorable. Although we specialize in Spanish and Flamenco guitar, we enjoy playing a variety of music — anything from Beethoven to The Beatles — as long as the crowd is having fun. We have played music all over the world for a wide range of audiences, including dignitaries such as the King and Queen of Spain. Silvia & I appear regularly at venues across Northeast Florida (Jacksonville area) and currently call St. Augustine home. We are enchanted by St. Augustine’s Spanish connection, which provides inspiration for our Spanish-style guitar. Visit us at the Casa Monica Hotel on Sundays for brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. as we stroll through the dining room while playing acoustic guitar, and take your requests. – See more at: http://www.kalal.com
The Jason Evans Band – Playing on stage at a very young age with bluegrass legends Vassar Clements, Chubby Wise and others, really set a course of direction for the way Jason Evans would live his life. Giving much credit to his Dad for teaching him his first guitar chords and getting him if front of large crowds.
In 2008 Jason moved to Nashville, TN to chase his dream. “Within 2 hours of hitting town I was at the top of the ASCAP Building meeting with the president and playing him songs on my acoustic guitar” recalls Jason. Jason ultimately became an ASCAP Artist and began writing with all the Nashville greats. Jason has played with artists such as Country Superstar Jake Owen, Michael Ray, Sounds of the Desert, Randy Travis, and more…
Kim Reteguiz & the Black Cat Bones will bring Hybrid Blues, Funk, Latin Fusion, Soul to their performance at CalaVida Art Festival. With reviews like these, Kim & BCB is a must see event at CalaVida!
“Kim is a classically schooled singer who can belt out the blues like it’s coming up from the earth, passing through her feet and when it reaches her vocal chords, there is fire and lightning. ~ Amelia Island Blues Festival Press Office
Lyndie Burris – Having grown up in the small southern town of Middleburg, Florida, Lyndie Burris is no stranger to country music. “It is what I was meant to sing,” remarked the attractive brunette. Lyndie began singing at the age of three, and her love for performing and for country music shines through in each performance. The heartfelt sentiment that seeps into her music comes naturally.
Luis Jesus a Latino Soloist with 16 years of experience Singing the heritage rich sounds of beautiful Mexico. Luis Jesus A very talented seasoned Singer bringing his own flavor, fun, passion energy and love. Luis Jesus is up to the challenge given the opportunity to make your day special by spreading the feeling of dancing into your hearts. Whether it is Mariachi, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Bolero, Rock, & Jazz. His goal is to Perform it all, in conjunction with providing you the best musical experience.
The McNeill School of Highland Dance Highland dancing is an ancient form of Scottish dancing which combines strength, flexibility and stamina. The dances are set to the music of the traditional Scottish bagpipes. Dancers will develop muscle tone, balance, posture and confidence. Highland dancers will learn traditional Scottish dances such as the Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Triubhas and Reels. The Scottish National dances are a bit more graceful and include the Scottish Lilt, Flora MacDonald’s Fancy and Village Maid. The Irish Jig and Sailors Hornpipe are popular character dances which allow the dancers to show their creative side by protraying an Irish Washerwoman or British Sailor. You do not have to be Scottish to take lessons!! Contact Tracy Williams today for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Lambert is an American singer-songwriter and musician, born in Covelo, CA and raised in the Bay Area. After a long career as a professional musician, she released her debut album Warrior in 2015. One of Lambert’s highlights was the halftime performance at the NCAA finals in 2014 in front of 18000 people at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. On January 9, 2015 she made the front page of the Reporter Herald in an article about her Official Music Video Warrior that spotlights high school football players during a game.
Lambert worked as a professional musician since her early teen years, career that took her to San Francisco, Boston, Nashville and Los Angeles. While in Boston she was part of the Captain Wolf Band and got featured in 3 songs from their debut CD, as a singer and songwriter. Lambert’s participation on the album was so notable that she was even featured in the cover of the CD.
Nan NKama West – Enlightening and empowering the Northeast Florida community with the beauty of music and dance of Mande. A Jacksonville based dance, drum, and performance troupe with a concentration in West African (Mande) music, dance and culture. Majority of rhythms performed by the group come from Guinea, Mali, and Senegal. Community classes have been in effect since September of 2003 with the troupe (formerly known as Culture Moves 101) making the debut perfomance at the World of Nations Festival in April 2005 in Jacksonville,FL.
NeVaeh – HeaveN spelled backwards – a female trio, sings Contemporary Christian, Inspirational & Contemporary Southern Gospel music, and released their 3rd CD project “Love Enough” in July 2015. Their third single from this CD, Forever Reign, topped radiomusicfm’s chart at #1 week ending Feb. 22, 2016, and is currently holding at #4.
Pierre & Company have earned a reputation for bringing heart and soul to every single event. They have mastered the art of moving an audience – whether by Pierre’s amazing Sax prowess, or by creating the perfect musical interlude to mellow the mood, or even by the electricity experienced when virtuosic musicians unleash on a crowd of people who want nothing more than to dance all night. With more than half a century of combined playing experience, the band is made up of the finest musicians in the country. Individually, each member holds his own as a trained musician in his own right. These are true artists, players who have backed some of the biggest acts in the world.
Rejuvenation Choir – This dynamic community choir officially debuted, under the direction of Emorja G. Roberson, in September 2013 at Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Middleburg, FL. Since that time, the Lord has blessed Rejuvenation to minister within the southeastern region of the United States. Consisting of some of the most outstanding vocalists in the Jacksonville Metropolitan area, the choir includes ministers of music, choir directors, soloists, and ordained ministers of the gospel.
Sylvia Howard – local resident, has been singing all her life and big things are on the horizon. Recently Sony Music released her song, In My Praise worldwide. Now plans are being formulated by Sony to send Sylvia on a musical tour of Africa. Sylvia views this opportunity as her chance to continue her evangelism on a global scale.
The Willow Wacks are more then a folk duo, they are the feeling of home, or family, they are your best friend’s wedding, they are your favorite pumpkin spice latte, and so much more. Micah and Lauren project the love they have for each other in their music. They are sonically tight, and as endearing as a Zooey Deschanel rom-com. Micah’s guitar playing is masterful. You don’t need much more then a pair of talented lovers singing and strumming to light up the darkest of rooms. I honestly can’t say enough nice things about these two.” – Dan Larson – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts -Orlando, FL