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Welcome to the sixth annual 
Native Rhythms Festival


Now that our 2014 Native Rhythms Festival is in our history book (and going into our on-line scrapbook over the next weeks), it's time to look forward to 2015. The dates for the seventh annual, 2015 Native Rhythms Festival are:

November 13-15, 2015


November 7 - 9, 2014
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Melbourne, Florida

brought to you by

Indian River Flute Circle Native Heritage Gathering, Inc.

The Indian River Flute Circle and Native Heritage Gathering, Inc. proudly present the sixth annual gathering of the Native Rhythms Festival. This three day festival during Native American Heritage Month honors the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas through music, and especially the music of the Native American Flute.

Welcome to the cyberhome of the Native Rhythms Festival. All available information regarding our sixth annual festival will be available here. Please feel free to browse.

While we transition this website from the 2013 festival to the 2014, you will find pages from both years' events. You can tell when a page has been updated to this year's information by the presence of our 2014 logo (with the dragonfly) replacing our 2013 logo (with the sea turtle). Check back from time to time as we update our information.

We invite you help us get the word out about our festival. Click here or on the poster image to the left to download a standard 8 1/2" x 11" PDF page containing our poster (filesize: 975KB). Feel free to make and distribute copies wherever you think they might be seen by anyone who could be interested.

This website is a living entity that will grow throughout the process of planning this year's festival. Native Rhythms Festival has a presence in the Facebook community! Click here to join our fans and keep up with all announcements regarding this year's festival. 

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Our Diamond and Platinum Level Sponsors

We have now opened our 2014 sponsorship drive and welcome all who wish to provide direct support for this event by becoming a Native Rhythms Festival sponsor. We offer a five level sponsorship program that puts Native Rhythms Festival sponsorship within the reach of most budgets. Those who participate at the highest levels, our Diamond and Platinum Sponsors, will be prominently featured here on our event home page. Find all of our 2014 sponsors listed on our Sponsors Page

We are grateful to all of the organizations and individuals whose support makes this event possible, but we give a special recognition here on our homepage to our Diamond and Platinum Level Sponsors:

Diamond Level Sponsors

Candlewood Suites

2930 Pineda Causeway
Melbourne, FL 32940
Phone: 321-821-9009
Fax: 321-821-9010

FDCA - Culture Builds Florida

Platinum Level Sponsors

Brevard Cultural Alliance

Golf Carts Unlimited
5560 N. Hwy US 1
Melbourne, FL 32940

Sam's Club


We are especially pleased that the Candlewood Suites will continue as the festival residence of our featured performers. The convenience and comfort of this beautiful facility is only a short drive from the festival grounds. Check out the special Candlewood Suites festival rates on our Lodging/Camping Page. The wonderful folks at the Candlewood Suites have been good friends to Native Rhythms! Let them know that their support is appreciated.

Please remember to mention the event code "NRF" when you make your reservations at the Candlewood Suites to get our event discount rates and ensure we get credit for your support.

Want to join the Native Rhythms Festival team?

If you know businesses or individuals who might like to offer their financial support for Native Rhythms, we hereby deputize you to round them up as event sponsors. No rewards, other than the satisfaction of knowing you have helped make this year's festival a success, which will bear directly on our ability to offer a '15 Native Rhythms.

Click here to download the sponsor letter and agreement in Word format.
Click here to download the sponsor letter and agreement in PDF format.


2014 Headline Performers

Festival weekend will feature a continuous flow of top flight entertainment coming from the amphitheater stage. We are proud to present our program of "headline" performers. As in the past, our "headline" performers include GRAMMY, NAMMY (Native American Music Award), and IZZY (Indian Summer Music Award) winners and nominees. They are supported by outstanding "featured" performers to fill out our on-stage program. 

Find photos, CD offerings, and performer biographic information for all of our performers on our Performers Page, or click on the individual performer's photo or name below to go directly to their bio.

Robert Mirabal Arvel Bird
Michael Brant DeMaria Randy Granger
Dock Green Silverhawk Jonny Lipford
Ed WindDancer Painted Raven
George Tortorelli & Lisa Lynne Mark McGourley
2014 Featured Performers
Billy Whitefox Holly Harris
Timothy J.P. Gomez Gareth Laffely
Sydney Kokopelli Girl Phipps Johnny Kee with Ken Holt
2014 Master of Ceremonies
Randy Granger



'14 NRF headline performer Jonny Lipford has announced the launch of his new CD, Fields of Harmony. Jonny says of his CD: "This is a project that I've been honored to collaborate with Robin Burk on. Her delicate and thoughtful patterns with the #handpan have added such life to the album." 

Preorders will ship on or before April 30. Click on the image of the CD cover to go to Jonny's site and place your order.

Cedar Mesa Music is proud to announce that Hidden Journey, Scott August's latest release, received the award for Best Native American Album at the 10th Annual Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Music Awards ceremony on May 17th, 2014.

The ZMR awards are voted on by panel of international Broadcasters (Show Hosts) who have reported their Top 20 Playlists to ZMR between December 2012 and November 2013. The competition for this year's Best Native American Album award was very strong. This year's nominees were Scott August, Douglas Blue Feather, Ann Licater, Randy Granger and R. Carlos Nakai. Scott's Lost Canyons also won a ZMR Award for Best Native American Album in 2009.

We're always proud when our performers choose Native Rhythms to release their new albums. This year Painted Raven honors us with their release notice:

The trio is excited to announce that they will be celebrating the release of their first CD together titled "Wildflowers" at the Native Rhythms Festival this year.

Congratulations to Timothy J.P. Gomez, winner of our 2012 Native Rhythms Festival flute players competition and featured performer again this year, on the release of his first CD, "The Awakening".

Be sure to stop by to congratulate him and pick up your copy of his new CD.

Check back from time to time and see what else is happening with those associated with this year's festival.


A Family-Friendly Event

The Native Rhythms Festival is a true family-friendly event. No use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be tolerated. The use of profane or abusive language is unwelcome. Abusers of these rules will be asked to leave the grounds.


Wish to Directly Help Us?

If you are interested in helping us meet the huge financial challenge of putting on Native Rhythms again this year, click on the PayPal donation button to the left (or on the main menu of any of our site's web pages) and get the full details on how you can make a tax deductible donation to our sponsoring organization, Native Heritage Gatherings, Inc. Your donation will only be used to help cover the expenses of the event and will not go to anybody associated with putting on this event. Donations may be in any amount, as little or as much as you'd like to give. Every little bit helps, and we truly appreciate all donations. 

When you donate, make a note to let us know if you'd like us to send you a letter acknowledging your donation for your tax records.


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