Check out some of the fabulous entertainment you will see at this year's event.
Catherine Costa and Red-Tailed Project. Red-Tailed Project is a collaborative of brilliant musicians coming together to create exciting, innovative original improvisational music drawing upon indigenous musical traditions from around the world.
If the Grateful Dead and Phish had been World Music bands with jazz and classical training, and if they had had an outstanding female lead vocalist, and if they had been powerfully influenced by the likes of Loreena McKinnett and Enya, this is what they might have sounded like.
The music of Catherine Costa and Red-Tailed Project is a truly transcendental experience!
More info at http://www.redtailedmusic.com/
Lily Cortes was raised in the romantic mountains of Cordoba Mexico where she learned to sing beautiful songs of love and life of her old Mexico. Her grandfather and mother are both musicians and singers. She learned singing as a child and with her church choir. She is one of the finest singers of traditional Mexican music in the world today.
Lily entered the University of Varacruz with scholarships for her musical and academic accomplishments. She learned and discovered everything about the music she loves. Lily studied bel canto chorus and musical theatre, has recorded widely, and has appeared many times on radio and television. A recipient of the Tampa Hispanic Heritage 2012 Leadership Award in Arts, her most recent album of original and traditional songs was recorded in collaboration with Jalisco Mariachi.
More info at http://www.lilycortes.com/
3 Pint Harmony is not just another Irish band (though who doesn’t like Irish bands in general?).
They are superb musicians who have deeply imbibed the moving musical traditions of Ireland and wedded these with sophisticated rock ‘n’ roll to create a uniquely powerful, melodic fusion that is known to induce states of drunken ecstasy in audiences.
The band is a proud member of the New World Celts, St. Petersburg Chapter, a great organization dedicated to promoting awareness of Celtic history and culture.
Their latest album is Through the Looking Glass.
More info at http://www.3pintharmony.com/
Ella Jet, people often say on hearing her perform, is unreal. No one as young as she should be THAT talented and professional!
Still in her teens, Ella can rock it, and she can make you laugh and cry with her wonderfully crafted original songs.
One of the best young singer-songwriters in the country,
she’s a favorite at Veg Fest and makes her THIRD appearance at this year’s event.
Check out Ella Jet Music at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ella-Jet-Music/177802725577589
Lavanya Dinesh is an accomplished performer and teacher of Hindustani classical vocal music and resides in Tampa, Florida.
She regularly performs at musical venues both in India and the US.
She has three album releases to her credit and has worked as a music critic and feature writer for the Times of India and the Deccan Herald.
“Music fills the infinite between two souls,” wrote Rabindranath Tagore. Hearing the exquisite singing of Ms. Dinesh, one experiences precisely what he meant.
Have a listen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlSsrbrivMQ
The Charming Tampa Divas bring some Bollywood flavor to Veg Fest. Please welcome our dancers, AAafreen, Anisha, Gaya, Atisha, Manasa and Sia.
Gonca Huff of Blue Sky Strings is a native of Ankara, Turkey, where she was principal cellist for the Adana Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the New Adana Chamber Orchestra and a professor of cello at the Adana Conservatory. She teaches at Smith String Studio and A&M University and has performed widely with orchestras in Turkey, Japan, Michigan, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
More info at http://www.blueskystrings.com/who-we-are.html
What happens when you get a Master’s degree in Oceanography, have a mom devoted to Early Childhood Education, have a career as a singer/songwriter and a teacher, have two young and curious children, and have a passion for helping and motivating kids? You become a national children’s “edu”-tainer, of course! After working and teaching on a marine research vessel through the University of South Florida, Shana Smith decided to take a leap of faith and explore her creative talents in singing and songwriting. Her mother’s preschool in Gainesville is where Shana discovered and developed her incredible joy of writing songs for children. Over the years, she became nationally known as “Shana Banana” and earned a reputation as one of today’s top children’s entertainers, with a voice that delves into blues, jazz, folk, and spiritual music as well.
Performing at major festivals, schools, libraries, and performing arts centers across the United States, Shana Banana has earned many prestigious awards along the way, including: two first-round Grammy nominations, Parents’ Choice, NAPPA, Kids’ First Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, and, in 2004, she won “Best Children’s Song In the Country” by the Just Plain Folks organization. Her music has taken her to the White House, Seattle’s Whirligig, the Florida Folk Festival, Merlefest, Seminole Tribe Indian Reservations, the Bluebird in Nashville, and various jazz, Americana and blues events across the country, as well as to yoga studios, spiritual centers and festivals for her “Chanting to the Open Heart” kirtan circles for adults and children.
Shana continues to develop a variety of live shows, study guides, and workshops for teachers, parents, and of course, kids. She has stayed close to her love of the environment and her home state of Florida by writing songs and educational programs for both children and adults, featuring mostly original music. Through her work with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and her connection to the environment, she has developed a wonderful musical program for adults entitled “From Mangroves to Orange Groves: A Musical Tour of Florida.” She also has a children’s version of the program, entitled “Banana Beach Party.” Both programs introduce audience members to the environmental and cultural wonders of Florida through music, and include discussion on today’s issues which affect those wonders. Shana continues her mission to effect global change by endorsing the Earth Charter and serving on its Board of Directors. She initiated an Earth Champs Chapter in Gainesville and St. Petersburg, Florida, and wrote a song for the Earth Scouts entitled “Heartbeat of the Earth.” She especially loves to use music to celebrate a child’s natural love of Life, Earth and the deep connections we have to each other, and our responsibility to be good stewards, and to teach and foster healthy lifestyles.
For a complete list and descriptions of Shana Banana’s themed programs (Bananimagination, Fairy Tales Gone Bananas, Banana Beach Party, Banana Bedtime, Banana Yoga, Go Bananas Against Bullying, Going Bananas for Good Health, Joyful Music and Chanting for Kids, and teacher workshops), to order Shana Banana CD’s and DVD’s, and to make a performance booking, please visit her website:
|#||Band Schedule at Tampa Bay Veg Fest||Time|
|1||Red Tailed Project (World Music)||10:00 - 10:45 (45m)|
|2||Shana Smith (US)||11:00 - 11:15 (15 min)|
|3||Ella Jet (US)||11:30 - 12:15 (45 m)|
|4||Lily Cortes (Mexico)||12:30 - 1:15 (45 m)|
|5||Gonca Huff, Blue Sky Strings (Turkey)||1:30 - 2:15 (45 min)|
|6||Lavanya Dinesh (India)||2:30 - 3:15 (45 m)|
|7||Charming Tampa Divas, Aafreen, Anisha, Gaya, Atisha, Manasa & Sia (Bollywood Dance Group, India)||3:30 - 3:45 (15 m)|
|8||3 Pint Harmony (Ireland)||4:00 - 4:45 (45m)|