FROST LION ICE
Frost Lion was born out of a love of art and expression, to harness the power of creativity and display the splendor of the "carving arts." Shannon Gerasimchik, a finalist Season 7 of Halloween Wars on Food Network and a Gold Medal ice carver, is the newest addition to the Frost Lion Ice team. He will wow and amaze you as he transforms 2 large blocks of ice into masterpieces!
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THE CARPENTER ANTS
Even the best bands come and go but the Carpenter Ants have been around – with virtually the same lineup – for 25 years. The Ants have defied the odds and outlasted most of their peers for a number of reasons. First and foremost, after more than 2,000 performances, regardless of the occasion, the band never fails to have a good time – and that feeling is contagious.
WV’s premier rhythm & blues group, the Ants – guitarist Michael Lipton, drummer Jupiter Little, bassist Ted Harrison and vocalist/saxophonist Charlie Tee – have quietly amassed a resume that rivals many national groups. The group’s trademark country-soul sound – rich, soulful harmonies, stinging solos and a rock-solid rhythm section – captures that rare, loose-but-tight feel, and has won the band international as well as regional fans. The Ants have twice traveled to Moscow. The trips found the group performing at a variety of venues including the 3,500-seat Russia Concert Hall, the city’s most prestigious room, a Letterman-style TV show with a national audience of 100 million (!!), funky clubs and gaudy casinos. carpenterants.net
French multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer Jeremy Nattagh creates compositions that take listeners on a sonic journey. His goal is to get people to dance and to dream, and ultimately, to make the world a better place. He has toured extensively in Europe and around the globe at festivals, museums and French TV & Radio. Notable performances include Sziget Festival in Hungary (with 500,000 in attendance), Blackwoodstock Festival in China, Reth Festival and Gandhi University in India and TedX talk. He was featured at Culturefest Cyber-Celebration, another production of The RiffRaff Arts Collective, in 2020. nattagh.fr
HEADSPIN FIRE & HOOP TROUPE
Headspin Fire & Hoop Troupe, a collective of creatives from the Piedmont of North Carolina, dazzles with synchronized hoop dance performances. They have performed at dozens of corporate events, festivals, theaters and street fairs, and come together through a love of movement and performance art that inspires and mesmerizes audiences.
This infectious, eclectic Americana groove is led by powerful, yet blissfully soothing vocals dancing atop a smooth, soulful flow. Positive lyrics inspire unity and call for change. Based in Princeton, Lori McKinney (vocals, drums, spoken word) and Robert Blankenship (guitar, hand-drums, didgeridoo) have been writing & playing music together since 2004. Now infusing the mix are the highly skilled & ever-flowing bass lines of Brandon Dunn, the rock solid, hard hitting rhythms of Ary'an Graham (drums) and the soulful guitar stylings of Jacob Brooks (lead guitar). As a group, they understand the power of music to heal & transform, and they use their creative gifts to make a positive impact on the world around them. Robert & Lori live and work within a multi-purpose creative zone they created in downtown Princeton, The RiffRaff Arts Collective, which is revitalizing a once dark, depressed area with color and life. The other musicians orbit around the collective, bringing their talents and spirits around often, forming a sphere of creativity and good vibes. option22.net
Derian is an emerging young artist and a familiar face in the Mercer Street Grassroots District. She has been an artist with the One Voice Project at Stages Music School for five year, and now teaches at Stages. She is 17 years old and is finishing high school online through James Madison High School. She is a multi-instrumentalist and singer with a voice reminiscent of Corrine Bailey Rae and Lauryn Hill. With her delicate and honest nature and smooth, soulful style, you can't help but fall in love with her. Catch her at open mic’s in the district and working at Bucha Brewhouse & Bistro.
Je’dah is a 19 year old native from Princeton, West Virginia. She has toured and traveled extensively as an artist with The One Voice Project. She has a taste for R&B, Soul and FunK. She is heavily influenced by artists like India Arie, Brandy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tori Kelly, and H.E.R. This young artist's style is deep, introspective and soulful. She's a lively performer, and sets a beautiful vibe with any venue she steps into. A key player the creative movement of downtown Princeton, she is a barista with the Appalachian Coffee House in the Mercer Street Grassroots District.
Kayla Lynn is a bass player, singer, and an empowerment speaker from West Virginia where she grew up in a music school owned by her mother. After experiencing some difficult times in her early teens, Kayla helped her mother establish The One Voice Project and she started touring schools and community centers with a full concert production with a message of hope. The Change, formed around a desire to make a change in the world through music, headlines these tours. Kayla has shared her story with over 20,000 youth since they began. Kayla moved to North Carolina in 2018 to attend UNCA and immersed herself in the creative community. With the guidance of some of Asheville’s finest, she has already made herself at home. Since moving, Kayla has had the opportunity to play the Downtown After Five series with The Asheville All-Stars, performed with “The Women who Moved the Needle” an event sponsored by The Asheville Symphony Society with some of Asheville’s leading ladies, has become a regular at The Tuesday Night Funk Jams, has been a resident artist and performer at LEAF multiple times, and she is in demand as a fill in bass player for many of the bands in town. Kayla is also an advocate for the national non-profit Free2Luv whose mission is to put an end to bullying. Kayla is focused on earning her degree and furthering her career as a singer and musician while staying focused on her goal to use her music to make a difference in the world.
Grace is a shooting star with impeccable songwriting capabilities and a charm all her own. We will no doubt see her in lights and hear new songs frequently as we follow her journey. A freshman at WVU, she is an active and involved academic, and is pursuing her musical journey through music business and recording arts. She is a bright light in #thegrassrootsdistrict as a barista at Appalachian Coffee House, a shining star of Stages Music School, and a regular at Open Stage Nights at The RiffRaff.
TIM & MAGGIE
Tim & Maggie grew up with folk music; they have studied it and have traveled throughout the US, England, Scotland and France looking for it. Branching out from there, they teach music professionally, work on instruments every day and play just about anything written for flutes and frets. They give their time and music to the local scene hoping that young people will get connected to music & the arts and find more joy in their lives and their communities. Their arrangements are contrapuntal, and informed by the classic music of past masters. Wherever they play, people are charmed by their wit and compelling melodies. They can often be heard in Southern WV playing at restaurants, college programs, coffee houses, theaters, churches and local festivals.
Robert is a multi-talented artist and will use his mean and soulful saxophone skills to usher in 2021 with Aud Lang Zyne. He is also a visual artist, part of The RiffRaff Arts Collective. Beginning with the first time he had tea from a hand-crafted mug in college, he has had a fascination with clay. He says of all the media, clay is the most malleable, the most expressive. His pots require no special understanding. They are intended for everyday use: A vessel to comfort, a bowl or platter to offer up the bounty of the earth, a sculpture to inspire or amuse. Robert contributes his skills and jolly personality to the gallery co-op, bringing years of experience with him. He contributes his music to several ensembles within the collective and beyond. Find his work here: turtlerockpots.com