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Welcome to the eighth annual
Native Rhythms Festival


Our website is undergoing transition from the information for last year's festival to that for 2016. As pages are updated, the logo in the upper left hand corner will be changed from the 2015 logo (woodpecker) to the 2016 logo (bear). Eventually, all pages will be updated, so check back often.

November 10 - 13, 2016
Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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 eighth annual gathering of the Native Rhythms Festival. This three and a half 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 eighth annual festival will be available here. Please feel free to browse.

While we transition this website from the 2015 festival to the 2016, 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 2016 logo (with the bear) replacing our 2015 logo (with the woodpecker). 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: 1.49MB). 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. 

["Like" Native Rhythms Festival on Facebook and help us get to 3000 "likes" by 2016 festival time!]

Our Diamond and Platinum Level Sponsors

We have now opened our 2016 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 2016 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

Brevard County 
    Space Coast Office of Tourism - 

Community Marketing Program

Candlewood Suites

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

FDCA - Culture Builds Florida

Sam's Club

Platinum Level Sponsors


Brevard Cultural Alliance

Fun Spot America Theme Parks
5700 Fun Spot Way
Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-3867 X115
2850 Florida Plaza Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34746
(next to Old Town)

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

2016 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 ISMA (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.

Arvel Bird Randy Granger

Scott August Steven Rushingwind & Nelson Rios
Dock Green Silverhawk Jonny Lipford
Painted Raven Ed WindDancer

2016 Featured Performers

Billy Whitefox George Tortorelli
Johnny Kee & Ken Holt Sydney Phipps
Kimberly Kridler
2015 Players' Competition Winner

2016 Master of Ceremonies

Randy Granger

We are honored to have Clint Goss and Vera Shanov conduct the 2016 Native Rhythms Flute School on Thursday (Nov 10) and Friday (Nov 11) at the Candlewood Suites. Click here (or on the banner above) to go to the flute school's website for all the details and to submit your on-line registration.



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.


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