Welcome to the fifth annual
November 8 - 10, 2013
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
brought to you by
River Flute Circle
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.
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
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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:
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
Want to join the Native Rhythms Festival
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
here to download the sponsor letter and
agreement in Word format.
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.
Mistress of Ceremonies
NEWS -- NEWS
Lipford Wins 2013 Indian Summer Music Award
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
Jonny won with his piece "Rhythms of
the Rain Horse" in a category with five
nominees, beating our fellow Native Rhythms headline
Holland and Mark
McGourley, who had two nominations each.
Our congratulations on this outstanding
achievement, Jonny. See you in November!
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.
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
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
JMLMultimedia.com. If you didn't make it to Dayton
for SunWatch, you'll have to check out this DVD!
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
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
Check our "merchandise
page" for ordering information.
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
them, so when these are gone, they are gone!
||Talking to Jesus
||Jonathan C. Ward
||Spirit of the Wind
||Jeff Ball Band
||Wind & Fire
(Mark Holland & N. Scott Robinson)
||Coyote Oldman &
||Flute & Cigar
Box Banjo Improvisation
||Jonathan Ward &
||Up In a Tree
||Jeff Ball Band
||World Keeps Moving
||Shadow Ghost Dancer
||Song at Sundown
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.
YOUR CDs NOW
You can order your "Live from the 2010 Native Rhythms Festival"
CDs through PayPal. From your PayPal account, initiate
a funds transfer to "firstname.lastname@example.org"
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)!
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.
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
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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