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Welcome to the fifteenth annual
Native Rhythms Festival

November 10 - 12, 2023
coming to you live from
Wickham Park
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 fifteenth 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 fifteenth annual festival will be available here. Please feel free to browse.


Our website is undergoing transition from the information for last year's festival to that for 2023. As pages are updated, the logo in the upper left hand corner will be changed from the 2022 logo (red wolf) to the 2023 logo (buffalo). 

Check back from time to time as we update our information when new information is available for release.

While we transition this website from the 2022 festival to the 2023 festival, 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 2023 logo (with the buffalo, as on this page) replacing our 2022 logo (with the red wolf).

We invite you to help us get the word out about our festival. Click here or on the poster image to the left to access an 8 1/2" x 11" PDF file containing our mini-poster (filesize: 720 KB). Feel free to make and distribute copies wherever you think they might be seen by anyone who could be interested in joining us in Wickham Park in Melbourne on November 10-12.

This website is a living entity that will grow throughout the process of planning this year's festival to keep you informed with our latest information. 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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Background on This Year's Theme and Logo

Painted Raven's Annette Abbondanza, creator of this year's logo, introduces this year's theme and logo.


Our Diamond and Platinum Level Sponsors

We will soon open our 2023 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 almost all budgets. Those who participate at the highest levels, our Diamond and Platinum Sponsors, will be prominently featured here on our event homepage. Find all of our 2023 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:

2023 Diamond Level Sponsors

Space Coast Office of Tourism

FDCA - Florida Division of Arts and Culture

Northrop Grumman Corporation


James Edward Hudock Trust Fund
   thanks to David Clay and Associates

Sandy Michelson
West Melbourne, FL


Susan Grandy & Tom Welch 
Jacksonville, FL

2023 Platinum Level Sponsors

Candlewood Suites
2930 Pineda Causeway
Melbourne, FL 32940
Phone 321-821-9009


Community Foundation for Brevard

Bart and Judy Lipofsky
Rockledge, FL

Glenna Resnikoff
Flemington, NJ  08822

Rich Curlis Rentals

3650 Bobbi Lane, Unit #103
Titusville, FL 32980

2023 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, these performers include GRAMMY, "NAMMY" (Native American Music Award), and ISMA (Indian Summer Music Award) winners and nominees. 

Use your virtual backstage pass to find photos, CD offerings, and performer biographic information for our performers on our Backstage Pass Page, or click on the individual performer's photo or name below to go directly to their bio.

Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle Rona Yellow Robe
Randy Granger Lowery Begay
Dock Green Silverhawk Billy Whitefox

Jonny Lipford Gareth Laffely

Painted Raven Timothy J.P. Gomez

Ed WindDancer CreeAtive Native
Otter Oliver
Jim Sawgrass
East Meets West

2022 Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players' Competition Winner

Joe Loftin



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

Randy Granger Chosen

Ken Burns, well known historical documentarian, is currently working on his latest project, a biography of the American bison, the buffalo. This documentary will provide 4 hours over two nights on the history of the buffalo, this year's Native Rhythms Festival theme. The program is planned to premier on PBS on October 16 & 17, 2023. We have learned that the music editors and producers of this project have licensed music from six of our Randy Granger's original songs for the soundtrack of this film. Congratulations, Randy! For more about this upcoming film, visit

Shelley Morningsong Releases New Single

Native Rhythms headline performer Shelley Morningsong has released a new song, She Was Beautiful, shedding light on the high incidence of violence against Indigenous women. "Around 80 percent of Indigenous women have experienced violence. They are three times more likely than their white counterparts to be murdered." In this press release, find a link to hear the full track. I'll bet we can get Shelley to sing this beautiful but powerful song for us on our Wickham Park stage this November...

Gareth's New CD: 1-2-3

On June 1st, Gareth released his new CD, which he calls 1-2-3. It's a collection of all new songs recorded in Nashville, some based on historical content from his family ancestry. For example, one song, Angels in the Snow, recounts a distant relative, Jason Russell, who was among the Minute Men killed at his home in Arlington, MA on April 19,1775. He was shot twice and bayoneted 11 times on his front door step. This makes him one of the first American militia casualties of the Revolutionary War. Learn more about this new release and Gareth's previous CDs at:

Painted Raven to Release CD at NRF

Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris, known lovingly by our Native Rhythms Festival fans as the Native American Flute and World Music duo Painted Raven, have announced their plan to release a new CD at this year's festival. According to the artists, the CD, to be called "Mandala", "features a blend of the beautiful sounds of the Native American Flute combined with a variety of other World flutes and ethnic instruments, World fusion style drumming, and entrancing melodies." The word “mandala” means circle. Our Native American ancestors fully believed that all of life moves in a circle and that we are all connected. Stop by and get them to autograph a copy for you.

Jonny Lipford Opens Horizons Flute Store

Our good friend, Native Rhythms long time headline performer (including this year), master Native flute educator, and budding flute business entrepreneur Jonny Lipford has announced the expansion of his flute business by the acquisition and rebranding of the Oregon Flute Store as the Horizons Flute Store. The Oregon Flute Store has long been known, 27 years to be precise, for the wide variety of items of interest to Native flute enthusiasts, from flutes themselves, to stands, cases, books, and just about anything else you can think of. Jonny is just transitioning his website to its new designation, but soon you will have all that was previously available at the Oregon Flute Store there. The Native Rhythms Festival congratulates Jonny on his growing business and wishes him the best of luck with this new endeavor.

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