We are proud to be able to offer our guests free
concerts with a program of world-class performers who will
entertain from mid-morning until into the night. Check our schedule
page for the days and times of each performance.
2019 Native Rhythms Performers
2019 Native Rhythms Headline Performers
(Electronic Press Release)
is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who 'feels' the music
with a sincerity and honesty which can't be faked. Randy
Granger's name deserves to be listed with other renowned
Native American flute players, both Native and Anglo,
because he obviously has both the chops and the artistry
to warrant it."
-- Bill Binkleman long-time New Age music critic
and singer-songwriter Randy Granger blends elements of
southwest music like Native American flutes with world
percussion, distinctive vocals and other worldly Pan
instruments like the Halo, the Hang and Moyo. NPR’s
All Things Considered profiled Granger and the Hang in
2007 in a feature called “Like Water Over Bells.”
unique sound and energy of Granger’s live performances
has earned him headline status at many Native American,
World and less conventional festivals around the U.S.
His YouTube channel has 1.3 million views. He’s been
nominated for and won many awards including the Indian
Summer Music Awards, Native
American Music Awards (NAMMY’S),
New Mexico Music Industry Awards, US Songwriting
Competition and many others. A composer and
recording artist, his music is used by professional
Dance companies, websites, commercials, film and
documentaries. Granger’s music is heard on the Hearts
of Space, Sirius “Mystic Soundscapes”,
World and Native American radio programs worldwide, podcasts and programs
around the World. The 2008 release “A Place Called
Peace” reached #12 on the New
Age charts and won him a finalist nomination for the
Award” recognition award from New Age radio
programmers and music directors. New Mexico Magazine
layered with the sounds of a variety of flutes and
percussion instruments, “A
Place Called Peace” offers more depth
than some flute solo recordings you might find.” A
recent concert at White Sands National Monument in
September 2012 attracted an audience of over 2,000, the
largest in their Full-Moon concert series.
The New Mexico Music Commission produced a short film about Granger and
his music that aired on KOAT-TV
in Albuquerque and on all of the states PBS stations and
continues to show regularly around the area. Their
Sounds” is uploaded to the music commission YouTube
page. In 2012 PBS
chose him as their first subject to launch a new program
Spotlight” featuring half-hour programs of
selected area musicians and bands.
2010 release Pura
Vida This is Pure Life fused his musical background
as a percussionist, singer and guitarist with his more
recent instrumentation offering a more fleshed-out sound
and expanding his audience. His cover version of Leonard
Cohen’s “Hallelujah” blends Native American flute, the Halo, guitar and
harmonized vocals is a top requested song on many Native
American radio programs. Granger is a noted dynamic,
engaging and energetic performer. As one Facebook fan
noted after a performance at the Yosemite
Music and Art Festival in 2011; “The
energy coming off the stage….it was amazing. Like the
walls were going to explode from it.”
has performed at several National Monuments, such as White
Sands National Monument, Casa
Grande Ruins, and Zion
Canyon and for the Centennial celebration at the Gila
Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico.
Other festivals he’s performed for include the Sundance
Film Festival, International
Native American and World Flute Festival, the
prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market, The Gathering
of Nations, Yosemite
World Music Event, New
Mexico State Fair,
World of Faeries Festival (Chicago), Indian
Summer Festival in Milwaukee, Casa
Grande American Indian Music Festival, Native
Rhythms, Zion Canyon Native Flute Festival and
hundreds of community concerts, Renaissance Faires,
house concerts, small theaters and venues including the
Chapel in Houston, Texas.
Granger has going for him as a live musician and
performer is a sound so unique no solo act performing
live shares currently. Granger’s music has been
referred to as Southwest
Contemporary and Southwest
World which weaves Native flutes, percussion,
storytelling, vocals in an engaging set paced for
energy, meditative pieces with showcase numbers on the
Double-Barrel flute, a wicked Hang/Halo solo. One Jazz
ensemble director referred to Granger as the “Human
Vocal Chord” for his versatility and accuracy.
Granger tours as a solo artist he layers and loops
sounds akin to Emogen Heap but with a mystical southwest
vibe. He often performs with other musicians on tour,
which have included R. Carlos Nakai, Coyote Oldman, Skip
Healy, Peter Phippen and many others in impromptu or
rehearsed sessions. Granger’s ease with all styles or
music and back ground make him a popular “sit in”
guest on stages.
is a Native of New Mexico whose researched DNA ancestry
includes Mayan (Choltan) and Apache among other tribes.
A life-long musician he’s toured as a solo artist but
also with Jazz and Rock groups as a percussionist.
He’s professionally performed lead in several operas
and musicals, been a hired choral member, taught drums
and guitar for 15 plus years, mastered Mariachi music,
Cowboy music and worked as a Jazz solo artist for
parties and receptions. He’s worked as a session
musician, composer, arranger, songwriter and pick-up
musician. A true journeyman.
addition Granger has presented and facilitated workshops
on the Pan instruments, playing music in Hospice and
playing the Native American Flute at many festivals,
including the International Native American and World
Flute Association conferences.
2010-2011 Granger was forced to stop touring and
promoting to care for his partner diagnosed with stage
IV pancreatic cancer. The caregiving experience, helping
someone pass on, hospice, grieving, settling an estate
all have found their way into Granger’s newest
Medicine was released in the spring 2012. He has
volunteered his flute music in Hospice for many years
and donates his time and talent to many fundraisers for
charities, so this is a natural extension. In concert he
tells the story of caregiving and helping a loved one
die before he performs “Hallelujah” always an
emotional highlight of his concerts. He is becoming an
advocate for caregivers as well as pancreatic cancer
|Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle
2016 Native American Music Awards "Artist of the
Year"! Grammy Member, ASCAP Member, Shelley Morningsong (N. Cheyenne) has recorded five
sensational Native American, Contemporary albums and has emerged as one of New Mexico’s finest Native
performers. Morningsong has received three Native American music awards, among other awards and accolades,
including Native American Music Awards “Record of the Year” for 2011 (Full Circle).
Shelley's husband and musical partner Fabian Fontenelle (Zuni/Omaha) adds a breathtaking and beautiful
element to their performance with his traditional northern plains style dancing, storytelling and drumming.
Fabian is an original member of the American Indian Dance Theater. Both Shelley and Fabian were touring
members of the famous Robert Mirabal's Musical “Music from a Painted Cave” feature on PBS Special
Performance's. Shelley and Fabian have been featured in several magazine's such as Cowboys & Indians,
Native Peoples and New Mexico Magazine.
Hawk Henries is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band
of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now southern
New England. He has been composing original flute music
and making flutes using only hand tools and fire for 30
Hawk is committed to music as a traditional art form
and as a vehicle for building bridges of communication
and mutual respect. He teaches and performs in a wide
variety of settings: indigenous and international art
festivals, museums, concert venues, powwows, and
educational settings from kindergarten through
university level, flute making workshops and private
His rich and varied experience allows him to adapt
his performance to match the needs of the venue and the
audience. Though he presents to audiences of all sizes,
he especially enjoys small groups where he can engage
people on a more personal level.
“On behalf of the
National Museum of the American Indian I want to
express to you my deep appreciation for coming here
and presenting such superb programs last month. Your
music, your words and your ability and willingness to
spend long hours on the museum floor talking with the
public provided our visitors with exactly what we in
the department want to provide: beauty, wisdom, humor,
and the experience of meeting Native people face to
face. It is my guess that meeting you will be the
strongest memory that many visitors took away from the
museum, and that’s exactly as it should be.”
Bass, Cultural Arts Manager
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
“Hawk participates at
many of our regularly scheduled cultural bazaars across
New England, which generally draw a multi-cultural and
international audience of several thousand. Their
response to Hawk’s extraordinary music is always
enthusiastic. Listeners come away with an understanding
of the richness of Native American culture that would
not be possible coming from a less talented or less
Survival wholeheartedly supports Hawk’s life-long
commitment to the preservation of his artistic and
cultural traditions through his work as a master flute
maker, composer and orator. His dedication to Native
American flute music contributes both culturally and
musically to the
re-flourishing of Native American cultures. His ability
to communicate with Native Americans and those from
different cultures and world perspectives makes him a
powerful ambassador for the perpetuation of Maine’s
Native communities and traditions in particular, and for
improving cross-cultural relations in general.”
Ellen Lutz, Executive Director
Jonny Lipford is an
award-winning musician specializing in the music
produced with Native American flutes and a variety of
world flutes. His music embodies characteristics of new
age music joined with a touch of pop, resulting in the
listener feeling relaxed and uplifted. His mission is to
create and compose music that highlights the Native
American flute while pushing its boundaries and making
it more accessible to audiences of diverse backgrounds.
He received his first
Native American flute in 2002 as a Christmas gift after
hearing it in a cartoon at the age of 13-years-old. This
instrument provided a voice for Jonny as an artist and
he has since made his mark as one of the most versatile
musicians of the Native American flute.
His solo works spans
more than 16 independent albums. Among his progressive
contributions within the Native American music industry
he has garnered several accolades including three Indian
Summer Music Awards, six Silver Arrow Awards and one
Humanity 4 Water award. He has also had the honor of
being nominated by the Native American Music Awards six
times for his original works.
Not only is Lipford a well-decorated artist, he is
also an instructor and has worked with hundreds of
students helping them learn how to play the Native
American flute. His passion for connecting and
instructing students in a meaningful and charismatic way
has led him to be one of the most sought-after
instructors of the Native American flute. He regularly
teaches the Native American flute in one-on-one
lessons via Skype/Facetime or in person and in
a group setting through workshops, seminars and flute
schools. Jonny is the co-founder and director of the
Sweetgrass Flute & Nature Festival and Sweetgrass
Flute School in Hiawatha, Iowa.
Jonny is based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he
records and produces new music. His life-long goal
continues to be writing and composing music that reaches
new audiences and encourages inspiration within those
that hear the voice of the Native American flute.
Green Silverhawk's life with the flute began many years
ago as he was being transported to life saving
open-heart surgery and went into cardiac arrest, sudden
cardiac death. While in this state he went into the
"white light", and had a near-death experience
and vision. His life was forever changed.
Dock is of Creek and
Cherokee blood and three months after leaving the
hospital his wife Cindy took him to his first Indian
powwow to learn more about his heritage. There the Lord
led him to the Native American flute. A year later he
began using the flute in the same hospital as a chaplain
and uses the medicine of the flute and power of prayer
in the Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Critical Care
Unit at Tampa General Hospital. Today Silverhawk is
considered a pioneer of using the flute in this manner
and is requested at other hospitals as well as TGH.
His ministry has been
featured on local Tampa Bay television NBC, CBS, FoxTV,
PBS and national NBC NEWS. He has also been featured in
the Tampa Tribune, St Pete Times, and local radio
Silverhawk is the founder
and spiritual leader of the American Indian Christian
Circle of Thonotosassa, Fl., one of the first churches
of it's kind in the country. He is a co-founder and
Chairman of CONAM (Committee On Native American
Ministries) of The United Methodist Conference of
Florida. He is a co-founder of the annual CONAM
Spiritual Gathering in Leesburg, Fl. Dock is also the
founder, with Mike Knight's help, of Silverhawk
Native American Flute Gathering, an annual event.
Dock has the distinction
of being the first place winner of the flute playing
competition of the first Musical Echoes. The second year
he was asked to be the chaplain and a judge at these
competitions and still serves in this capacity now. He
recently had the extreme honor of being asked to
represent the American Indian people of the Tampa Bay
area and lead off the grand opening ceremonies with
prayer and flute songs for the Tampa Bay History Center.
More recently, Dock was
voted "Artist of the Year" for 2009 by the
Greater Brandon Arts Council, the first Native American
and the first non-visual artist to win this award.
Silverhawk also plays and
speaks at numerous events and churches as well as
hospitals and federal prisons.
Dock's life wish is to
continue to be used by Creator and His Son to bring
peace, comfort, and healing to those in great need
through the power of prayer and medicine of the flute.
"I pray He continues opening doors for me to serve
Him, and uses me until He calls me home".
WindDancer, dancer, flutist and educator, is a Nanticoke
Indian who was born and raised on the eastern shore of
Maryland in a family and culture that has a very close and
unique relationship with the land. "We hunted,
fished, and grew crops for our well being and, in growing
up this way, learned how to live with our animal brothers
and sisters and all the wonderful creatures belonging to
our Mother Earth and Father Sky. Nanticoke Elders are
beautiful people who taught me the precious things of our
While a member of the U.S.
Military, Ed was president of an American Indian dance
group that toured the Hawaiian Islands. He has
successfully performed before audiences in Europe and
across the United States where his gifts as a flutist,
dancer, and educator continue to keep him in demand as a
presenter at schools and at cultural and civic events.
"I use my gifts from Creator to educate people and
have dedicated my life to this path."
A highly regarded musician
and head dancer at many Pow Wows, Ed has the honor of
being adopted into a Lakota family, the Medicines of
Wakpala, South Dakota.
again, Ed will lead out "cultural encounter", a
program of music, dancing, story-telling with a strong
educational overtone. The Friday performance is
specifically directed at young people as the heart of our
School Day presentation. Be sure to check out: "Becoming
Drawing inspiration from Mother Earth, Native culture, nature and wildlife, and combining the ancient
Native American flute with today's modern instruments and musical styles, is what creates the signature
sound of Painted Raven, the Native American flute and World Music project of songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist Annette Abbondanza, joined by flutist and percussionist, Holly Harris.
Annette Abbondanza (Painted Raven), of Cherokee and Sioux ancestry, is self-taught on guitar, keyboards,
bass, drums, Native American flute, and several other instruments, has performed at many festivals, concerts
and benefits across the country, while devoting most of her musical career to furthering the efforts of
various charitable organizations, including Native American, social, environmental, and wildlife causes.
Annette draws her songwriting inspiration from her love and respect for the earth and all living creatures.
She has written, recorded, and produced two of her own CDs, as well as nine CDs released by
and many other releases by regional artists and youth. She has shared the stage with many folk music legends,
including Tom Paxton for the live broadcast of the public radio production “The Chords are Stacked” at the
historic Hershey Theatre. Annette’s music has received awards and multiple nominations, including Meet The
Composer Award, One World Music Awards, ISMA- Indian Summer Music Awards, and Nammy- Native American Music
Awards, as well as being aired on many local, national, and international radio and web broadcasts including
NPR's “Echoes” with John DiLiberto.
Holly Harris (Red Feather), a Native Floridian of Cherokee heritage, is a multi-instrumentalist specializing
in the Native American flute hand drums, percussion and other instruments. She has performed at various Flute
festivals, including Green Frog Moon Festival, Musical Echoes, SunWatch Flute Festival, RNAFF, Sarasota Native
American Festival, Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival, and The
Native Rhythms Festival. Historically
accompanying other musicians, her individual talent for playing the Native American flute gained attention
after being awarded 1st place in the 2013 Native Rhythms Festival Flute Players Competition. This
accomplishment opened more doors for her musically, including becoming a featured performer at the 2014
Rhythms Festival, as well as being invited to join
Painted Raven. She has contributed to the 5 most recently
released Painted Raven CD’s, and as a member of Painted Raven, has been nominated for several Native American
Music Awards and has won several Indian Summer Music Awards.
Together as the next phase of the continually evolving musical soundscape known as
Painted Raven, Annette and
Holly grace the stage as one of the Native American Flute world’s very few female ensembles and bring with it
a unique warmth, combined with an energy and diversity that showcases the amazing musical versatility of the
Native American Flute.
Painted Raven is anticipating the release of their tenth CD this November at the
Native Rhythms Festival in
Melbourne, FL. Their brand new CD titled Sacred Spiral, features the meditational and healing sounds of the
Native American flute, combined with nature sounds, chimes, Tibetan bowl, and soothing synths.
and other Painted Raven’s CDs will be available for sale and autographed at the event.
Additional information about Painted Raven is available online at:
Painted Raven also appears on:
YouTube ( www.youtube.com/user/PaintedRavenMusic )
FaceBook ( www.facebook.com/PaintedRaven2 )
Twitter ( twitter.com/PaintedRaven2 )
Whitefox Stall is a Native American of the
Southeastern Muskogee Creeks. As a tribal dancer in
men's traditional dance Billy won many awards. He then began teaching tribal
dance to youth and in 1985, was gifted his first flute
by a student's father. It was a cedar flute given to
him by Quana Parker, Jr., and of course this changed his
life. With his interest now
focused on tribal flute music, he sought knowledge from
his Uncle Clyde concerning rivercane flutes.
He played his Native
American Flute Music and made his Old-Style Rivercane
Flutes for the next few years, until in 1998 he released
his first professional CD, "Sacred
Billy was made Vice-Chief
of the Red Heart Clan of Alabama in 2003, a significant
event and great honor in his life. In 2009, Billy was asked to
join the Southeastern Elders Council and was
re-appointed by Governor Crist to his 3rd consecutive
term as a Florida State Commissioner on Human Relations.
In 2005 Billy was
Flutist of the Year, winning that year's Native American
Music Award or NAMA with the release of his second disk,
entitled "When the Wind
Billy shares his
Creek ancestry through international recordings of
Native American flute music and storytelling. He enjoys
touring the country sharing his music and stories of his
heritage. Billy Whitefox is also a national champion
Flute Maker, well known for his old-style techniques in
making rivercane flutes.
Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players' Competition Winner
earned a place on the 2019 program by virtue of winning
Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players’ Competition.
Jamie is an active member of the Georgia Flute
Circle in Atlanta and enjoys the fellowship and
inspiration that playing the flute brings to her life.
winning the competition, Jamie has been working on her first album to be
released in the fall of 2019.
Her husband Joe plays many different percussion instruments and performs
on stage and on the album with her.
Her music is an eclectic mix of tunes that have influences from Latin,
Jazz, and Reggae music, as well as the more meditative sounds of the Native
American Flute. Listen for some unexpected instruments on the album too,
including hammered dulcimer, kalimba, and udu!
and Joe also enjoy playing music in Steel Dreamin’, a nine member Atlanta
based Caribbean Rock band, in which Jamie plays steel drums and Joe plays
not playing music, Jamie enjoys her work as an occupational therapist helping
patients recover from injuries to the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
Throughout her career, she has treated many musicians, including
professionals, and has witnessed first-hand not only the importance of music in
her patient’s lives but also the true joy experienced when their ability to
engage in music is restored.Music is good for the soul!