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Welcome to the fifth annual 
Native Rhythms Festival

November 8 - 10, 2013
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 fifth 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 fifth annual festival will be available here. Please feel free to browse.

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: 661KB). 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 2013 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 2013 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
Nick Ramchandani, General Manager
2930 Pineda Causeway
Melbourne, FL 32940
Phone: 321-821-9009
Fax: 321-821-9010


Sam's Club

Platinum Level Sponsors

Brevard Cultural Alliance

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

Southern Company



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. Nick at the Candlewood Suites has been a good friend to Native Rhythms! Let him know that his support is appreciated.

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 '14 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.


2013 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.

Robert Mirabal Wind & Fire
(Mark Holland & N. Scott Robinson)
Scott August Randy Granger
Jonny Lipford Jan Seiden
Dock Green Silverhawk Billy Whitefox
Ed WindDancer Painted Raven
2013 Featured Performers
Mark McGourley Sydney Mitchell
Timothy J.P. Gomez Gareth Laffely
2013 Mistress of Ceremonies
Chante Ishta



Jonny Lipford Wins 2013 Indian Summer Music Award

Native Rhythms Festival proudly recognizes Jonny Lipford, headline Native Rhythms performer every year since our beginning, on winning the 2013 Indian Summer Music Award in the Native Spirit category. Awards were given out Saturday evening, September 7, 2013 at the Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jonny won with his piece "Rhythms of the Rain Horse" in a category with five nominees, beating our fellow Native Rhythms headline performers Mark Holland and Mark McGourley, who had two nominations each.

Our congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Jonny. See you in November!

Mark Holland has informed us that he will be debuting his new Autumn's Child CD, "Circle of Sound" (the covers project) at Native Rhythms next month. We're honored that Mark has chosen us for his CD debut. He will be performing selections from the new CD on Friday evening during his solo set and may do a song from it during the Wind & Fire set Saturday night as well. This will be the first stage performance of this album.

Painted Raven, Annette Abbondanza and Marsha Harris, will be sharing their just released CD of holiday music called Season of Lights with their fans at Native Rhythms. This CD consists of a nice mixture of traditional and original holiday songs played in the always identifiable Painted Raven style. 

In addition to Painted Raven's new holiday CD, Season of Lights, the talented duo of Annette Abbondanza and Marsha Harris will be releasing a DVD that presents their live performance from SunWatch in Ohio a couple months back. The videographer for this beautiful production is Cindy Lockner, and DVD authoring by Jay Michael of If you didn't make it to Dayton for SunWatch, you'll have to check out this DVD!

Headline performer Jonny Lipford teamed with his lovely wife Lynda to write a beautiful children's book, I Love You More Than, and asked the very talented artist, winner of the Native Rhythms Festival Artists' Competition in 2011, Joyce Bugaiski, to illustrate their book. 

Jonny explains the conception of this book: "It is a children's book that started off from a little song that I would sing to Eli - one thing led to another and while conversing with Joyce, we decided to make it into a book."

Jonny, Lynda, and Joyce will launch this book at this year's Native Rhythms with book signings. 

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

2010 Native Rhythms Festival CD Still Available

If you were with us in 2010 for the second annual Native Rhythms Festival, our CD "Live from the 2010 Native Rhythms Festival" will be full of memories of the performances you shared in. If you missed our festival that year, here's your opportunity to enjoy the spirit of our performers from the stage. This CD is just a couple minutes short of a full hour and captures some of the best performances as they occurred. 

We are honored that the performers who appear on this CD have allowed us to use their performances for this project. All money in excess of the production costs for this CD will be reinvested in this year's festival. So your donation of $15.00 for your personal copy of this CD will not only give you this piece of Native Rhythms Festival history, but will also help us continue to present the best of Native American Flute music free to the public.

One of the unique features of this collection is some of the unusual sounds we were able to capture. Jon Norris was a vendor hit with his electrified cigar box banjos, and appears on the CD backing up Michael Graham Allen (Coyote Oldman) in an improvised duet. Everyone also enjoyed Peter Levitov's didgeridoo, and we were happy to capture the duet of Peter's didge with flute playing competition winner Jonathan C. Ward. Mike Knight's "thunder tubes" have been extended to provide two octaves of pentatonic minor range and are featured on the final "open mike" track. You won't find these unique performances on any other CD. Add those pieces to the other outstanding performances and you have a CD that will stand alone in your collection.

Check our "merchandise page" for ordering information.

[As of October 23, 2013, only 5 copies remain. There are no plans to reorder.]


NOTICE: There is a very limited number of these CDs
remaining! We are not planning to make another run of 
them, so when these are gone, they are gone!

Track Performer Song Name
1 Dock Green Silverhawk Talking to Jesus
2 Jonathan C. Ward Mystic Morning
3 Jonny Lipford Orange Dragonflies
4 Mark McGourley Kokopelli's Dance
5 Painted Raven Lone Wolf
6 Billy Whitefox Spirit of the Wind
7 Jeff Ball Band Stories Untold
8 Wind & Fire (Mark Holland & N. Scott Robinson) Yellow Afternoon
9 Coyote Oldman & Jon Norris Flute & Cigar Box Banjo Improvisation
10 Jonathan Ward & Peter Levitov Flute & Didgeridoo Improvisation
11 Jonny Lipford Up In a Tree
12 Ed WindDancer Untitled
13 Jeff Ball Band World Keeps Moving
14 Dock Green Silverhawk Shadow Ghost Dancer
15 Painted Raven Song at Sundown
16 Open Mike "Thunder Tubes"

Thanks mostly to the talent and hard work of our "soundguy" Bruce Iwinski (Creative Sound Recording), this CD is of a professional quality you will be proud to add to your music collection. The idea to create a CD of live performances was hatched just a few weeks before the event. Bruce did an outstanding job of responding to our last minute "hair-brained scheme" and first captured the live performances and then mastered the CD itself. 


You can order your "Live from the 2010 Native Rhythms Festival" CDs through PayPal. From your PayPal account, initiate a funds transfer to "" for $15 for each CD that you'd like. Be sure to provide your delivery address. The $15 price includes shipping and handling (First Class mail)!


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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