Entertainment

Below was our 2014 entertainers. As we get closer to the 2015 festival new information will be posted.
The line up is subject to change. You can find more information about the entertainers by clicking their names and visiting their websites. 

                    Main Stage                     

The Burning Dawn
Fire Performers
Saturday 8:00pm
The Burning Dawn is a fire performance troupe based in the Mid Ohio Valley that specializes in several disciplines of the fire arts. For the last decade, they have been wowing crowds with their blend of fire manipulation, performance art, dance, and sheer awesomeness. The neo-tribal drumming sets a great backdrop to the fire dancing, and will surely leave you with a feeling of awe.

Elcee Westfall
Fillipino Singer
Saturday 11:30pm
Elcee was born and lived most of her life in Quezon City in the Philippines. She is now a current resident of Davisville, WV. 
She was a very active member of the University of Arkansas Multi-Cultural Team and was awarded Most Outstanding member. Her biggest motivation is to share her passion for her heritage and culture. She will sing songs in the Philippine and English languages.

The Freedom Band
Reggae
Saturday 8:30pm
The Freedom Band is a name that has become synonymous with the ruling #1 Professional Reggae Sound in the Western Pennsylvania and Tri-State area. The band maintains a level of performance and musical experience that is unparalleled by any of it's peers. In 2014, FREEDOM will continue to push forward on the cutting edge, incorporating both the latest reggae sounds and vibes into their performance as well as all the 'classic tracks' that everyone knows and loves. 

Throughout the history of the band, Freedom has opened for such international reggae artists as the Meditations, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Eek-A-Mouse, Third World, Andrew Tosh, UB40, Pato Banton, Mad Professor, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Yellowman and Ziggy Marley. In 2005, Freedom had the pleasure of opening for reggae legends THIRD WORLD. That special island flavor makes any event 'just a little bit different' than the norm... 

Graham Denmon
Electric Violinist
Sunday 4:00 pm
Graham's father introduced music to him and his brother. Being young African American men, his father felt that it was very uncommon for them to play stringed instruments. Starting at the age of 5, his father pushed them and told them that the sky was the limit. He feels it was his father's persistence that helped make him the musician and man he is today. 

"The violin is the instrument of love and romance. I strive to bring my audience into the world that I am in when I perform. I want fans to share and embrace the feeling of the music - spiritually, mentally and physically." 

High Schools That Rock
Musical Program
Saturday 11:45 pm
High Schools That Rock is led by Mark Doebrich. HSTR is a free musical program offered for students in grades 1-12 in Washington
and Wood Counties.


Jabali Afrika
Traditional African Music
Friday 8:30 - 10:00pm
Jabali Afrika is a band with a seasoned sound and a clear, consistent message. Whether it’s Chakacha, Benga or Afro Beat, they pride themselves on creating music that can shake the hip as well as the soul.  They aim to nurture the spirit and contribute to humanity. Although still abroad, Jabali carries in its heart the irreplaceable rhythms of East Africa. For inspiration they reach back and listen to the musical game-changers like Fela, Osibisa and Manu Dibango. They hope now to help other artists pay attention to those rhythms and produce more beautiful and enlightening music to those who will listen.

Kenya Safari Acrobats
Kenyan Acrobat/Dance Troupe
Friday 6:30 - 8:00pm
The Kenya Safari Acrobats offer a truly unique cultural experience. Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. The group members learned acrobatics as children on the beaches of Kenya, as a means to break free from an impoverished country. Now they serve as artistic ambassadors for Kenya as they travel the globe, entertaining and inspiring audiences of all ages. They perform a non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat. Combining artistry with humor and playfulness, these gymnasts are a huge crowd pleaser. A unique and eye-popping blend of traditional arts and circus skills in classic African style, this show will leave your audience on their feet and filled with a wondrous sense of awe and amazement.

Kevin Locke
Lakota Hoop Dancer
Saturday 4:00pm & Sunday 1:00pm
Kevin Locke is known throughout the world as a visionary Hoop Dancer, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. It is universal spirit that Kevin strives to convey through his stories, music, humor, dances and workshops. Kevin's goal is "to raise awareness of the Oneness we share as human beings." His belief in the Unity of human kind is expressed dramatically in the traditional Hoop Dance which illustrates "the roles and responsibilities that all human beings have within the hoops (or circles) of life." "All of the people have the same impulses, spirit and goals," reflects Kevin. "Through my music and dance, I want to create a positive awareness of the Oneness of humanity."

MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance "Celtic Storm"
Irish Dance Group
Sunday 3:00pm
This is a professional Irish Dance School that likes to have fun. When it comes to bringing the true spirit of Ireland, no other organization does it better than the MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance. This Akron, Ohio dance school has spent years spreading the joy of Irish dance to people of all ages. The Academy was created in order to teach students of all ages the art of traditional Irish dance. The passion that MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance has for this art form is often transferred to their students, but none so much as their local dance team, the Celtic Storm. Dancers from this impressive group have gone on to perform solos in numerous competitions throughout the country. Their show is non-stop dancing, along with some singing and instrument-playing by MacConmara’s talented students, the Celtic Storm provides a wonderful demonstration of Irish culture. 

Phillip's Bird
Eclectic Original Band
Saturday 6:00pm
Phillip's Bird is a band from Williamstown, WV. James, Jenny and Noah play guitar, keys & drums respectively. 

Pipes & Drums of St. Andrew
Bagpipe Band
Sunday 2:00 pm

The Pipes and Drums of St. Andrew, is a civilian bagpipe band based in Parkersburg, WV. The band is currently under the direction of Drum Major Curt Mitchell and Pipe Major Carl Henson. The band members come from Eastern and North Central WV and Southern Ohio, and range in age from 16-80. The members have many diverse backgrounds but are brought together by their love of Scottish culture and music. The Pipes and Drums of St. Andrew were formed in 1997 by Pipe Major “Seamus” McFadden, and were under the long time direction of Pipe Major Joe Quick. In honor of Pipe Major Quick the band wears the Ferguson clan tartan. The band performs at numerous parades and festivals each year in West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. Their honors include awards from parade performances as well as being the host band for the Scottish Festival and Celtic Gathering in Bridgeport, WV since its’ inception. Individual members of the band perform solos at weddings, funerals, church services and other special occasions as well as school educational programs. The band is currently recruiting pipers/pipe students, drummers and color party members. 

S. H. Kang's Tae Kwon Do
Traditional Korean Martial Arts Demo
Saturday 3:00 pm
This team trains at the ELITE Sports Center in Parkersburg and is a branch of Grand Master Sok Ho Kang's Tae Kwon Do Academy in Charleston, WV. Tae Kwon Do is a form of self-defense which includes blocks and punches, while putting greater emphasis on kicking techniques. The translation for Tae Kwon Do is “the way of the hands and feet”. The demo team consists of all ages and ranges in skill levels from beginners to instructors with over 30 years of experience. The team entertains with traditional forms, self-defense routines and free sparring. Most exciting is the breaking demonstrations which include boards and concrete. The demo is narrated to include the audience through education. This display of discipline and dedication shows that even with personal limitations, anyone can attain their own personal best.

Tiffani Ahdia

Professional Middle Eastern Bellydance
Saturday 1:00 pm
Tiffani Ahdia is an international performing bellydance artist, instructor, and choreographer based in West Virginia in the USA. She has 17 years of training in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, swing, ballroom, Brazilian samba, hip-hop, reggaeton, and pointe and began her Middle Eastern dance studies in 2007 with some of the industry’s most desirable teachers. Tiffani’s specialties are Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish, and Latin Fusion styles. She is a highly sought-after instructor whose most recent accomplishment includes starring in her first full length instructional Samba Fusion DVD produced by Cheeky Girl Productions! Tiffani will also be a featured instructor in the first annual Maryland Bellydance Convention and Cincinnati Bellydance Convention. She has been featured entertainment for numerous shows, haflas, competitions, and restaurants all across the United States and was recently featured in the popular online reality show called Project Bellydance: The Search for America’s Top Bellydancer where she placed in the top 6 overall internationally. Tiffani’s love of culture doesn’t stop with just the arts. When Tiffani isn’t dancing, she holds a full time position at a local university and is an advocate for cultural awareness and peace education in her state. 


Todd Burge
WV Singer/Songwriter
Sunday 5:00 pm
Todd Burge's songs are mostly stories that  inhabit his invented characters. The scat singing and lyrical humor lighten the mood of some heavy subjects, letting his insights sneak up on you. Producer Don Dixon said, "With wit and pathos in equal measure, Todd Burge takes on subjects in his songs that never occur to most folks.  Subjects too quirky, too controversial, too obtuse for most writers to get a handle on”. Over the last three decades, Burge, has played everything from Alternative/Punk Rock to Bluegrass, performing over 100 shows per year in venues as diverse as CBGB’s with his band 63 Eyes, to the The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center.  He is a repeat guest on NPR's Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV songwriters”, by the show’s host, Larry Groce.  

Tom Carroll Band
Jazz
Saturday 6:30pm
Tom has been a mainstay in the Central Ohio music scene for 35 years. He co-led the jazz trio, Organic Chemistry, with Hank Marr starting in 1979. That friendship and collaboration continued for over 25 until Hank’s passing. He has held long term engagements over the years at such venues as Lindey’s, Rigsby’s, and The Crazy Horse Saloon. He performs regularly with violinist Andy Carlson at Barcelona Restaurant and is in his seventh year of playing solo guitar every Wednesday at The Granville Inn in Granville, Ohio. He has also performed with: Gene Bertoncini; Jack Wilkins; Marvin Stamm; Howard Alden; Eddie Daniels; Jimmy Heath; Frank Foster; and Bucky Pizzarrelli, just to mention a few. He plays solo guitar and co-leads the following groups: Tom Carroll/Andy Carlson Duo; SpeakEasy (5-piece gypsy jazz group co-led with Andy Carlson); Organic Chemistry; and The Recliners (roots rock/rockabilly trio). He teaches at Denison University where he is a guitar instructor and Coordinator of Jazz. As an affiliate artist with the Jazz Arts Group, Tom maintains a full schedule of performances at clubs, festivals, private and corporate events.

Visinata
Ethnic Tribute Band
Saturday 2:00pm & 5:00pm
VISINATA, is an ethnic tribute band playing polkas, waltzes, music from eastern and southern Europe, as well as a wide variety of contemporary selections and American standards. Visinata was formed in 2012. Since then, the band has played a variety of venues. Visinata is a dance band playing a wide variety of music including ethnic and traditional polkas and waltzes. They also play a selection of Italian, Greek, Romanian, Hungarian, Croation, Serbian, Ukranian, Russian music and more. They play a variety of American standards as well. This is a FUN band that gets the audience involved.


             Arts In Motion Stage            

Arts in Motion Emcee: Rachel Hanlon
The one and only Rachel Hanlon is taking time away from modeling with Hot Tomato Pin-Up Academy, being a zombie, attending masquerade balls, and bellydancing with Samadhi Tribal Fusion Bellydance to be the Arts in Motion emcee for the weekend. Many thanks to her!
                                                                                                                              

Baba Jubal Harris
Drumming and Storytelling
Saturday 11:00am Kid's Drummaking Workshop in the Children's Activity Center (Pavilion)
Saturday 12:45 - 1:45 pm Drumming and Storytelling at the Arts in Motion Tent

Teaching, studying and performing for over 30 years, Baba Jubal began his music training at the age of 14 when a local musician taught him how to play Afro-Cuban percussion. Baba Jubal has performed throughout the United States and West Africa and is currently a master craftsman in the Ohio Arts Council traditional artist apprenticeship program. Baba Jubal has been bringing the joy and excitement of music and percussion to children in Northeast Ohio schools, universities, art centers and festivals for more than 20 years. He is the founder of the Inner Peace Drum Circle, an intergenerational percussion group in Cuyahoga County. 

Children can learn how to make their very own percussion instrument and then join Baba Jubal to try their hand at Afro-Cuban drumming. The drum making workshop starts at 11am on Saturday in the Children's Activity Center in the Pavilion and is on a first come first served basis. Space is limited. The storytelling will begin at 12:45pm on Saturday at the Arts in Motion tent. 

Cat Bigley


Tai Chi 
12:30 - 1:30 pm
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ai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that dates back thousands of years. Most well-known for its ability to help relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis. It also helps increase joint mobility, lowers blood pressure, calms the mind while relaxing the body. Cat Bigley teaches all ages at the Everyday Warrior Academy in Marietta, OH.

Charleston Hoop Group
All Ages Hula Hoop Session
Saturday 3:45 - 4:45 pm
Traci Levine defines hula hooping as Fun, Exercise, Fun, Friends, Fun, Cool Hoops, Fun, Kids, Fun, Community and.....FUN! Traci is the founder of the Charleston Hoop Group. She is currently teaching hula hoop classes at The Blank Slate in Hurricane, WV. Bring your own hoop or purchase one that Traci will have for sale. (Kids can make one in the hoop making workshop prior to the session. See here for details.)

Full Circle Yoga
Yoga Demonstration
Saturday 2:15 pm
Full Circle Yoga began as a small one room hot yoga studio and over the years has evolved into a full-service yoga studio offering multiple hot classes as well as non-heated Vinyasa and Hatha styles. They offer Hatha, Vinyasa, Pre and Postnatal, Kids classes, curvy girl, beginners and more. Cheryl McHugh is a native of Parkersburg and has been instructing yoga for over ten years. She hasher 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Home and is also RYT200 Yoga Alliance and YogafitL evel 1& 2 certified. In addition to her Yoga training Cheryl is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainerand is a TRX Certified Group Instructor. Cheryl is a graduate of Parkersburg Catholic and receivedher BA in Sports Management from Glenville State College and the new owner of Full Circle Yoga.

K.O.M. Rivers Knitting Guild
Knitting Enthusiasts
Sunday 2:00 - 3:00pm
Learn how to knit your very own cotton washcloth. Needles and yarn will be provided. Class size is limited to 25 (first come, first serve) and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

K.O.M. Rivers Knitting Guild is located in Parkersburg, West Virginia and serves knitters, crocheters, spinners, and other fiber enthusiasts along the Kanawha, Ohio, and Muskingum Rivers. They are affiliated with The Knitting Guild of America and currently have about 25 active members. They are a very eclectic group and welcome women and men from all walks of life and levels of skill. Their focus is education, friendship and fun, and they regularly participate in a variety of charitable and recreational events. Formal monthly meetings are 7:00pm on the first Monday of the month at the First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg, WV., but they meet informally every Thursday afternoon from 4:30 - 7:00pm at Panera Bread in Vienna. 


Professor Phineas T. Bubblemaker 
Purveyor of Preposterous and Provoking 
Entertainment Ventures
Saturday 6:45 - 7:45 pm
Sunday 3:30 - 4:30 pm
          
Professor Bubblemaker, played by John Gradwohl, Jr., will bring back the memory of days gone by taking audiences into his fun and educational world of soap bubbles. John's bubbling career started by accident. He wanted to perform bubbles as part of a stand up comedy routine. As he learned more about bubbling he began to practice and before long the stand up comedy went by the wayside and a new bubble show was born. All of his shows are motivating, silly and above all else, FUN! He hopes that audiences will walk away not only feeling entertained, but also motivated to go out and do whatever it is that is inside of them no matter how "silly" they think it is. The wonder of bubbles take us all back to a day before distractions of modern technology. A time when one could relax and just watch the bubbles floating by.

On Saturday evening come enjoy Professor Bubblemaker's Bubble Ballet including Lights, Bubbles, & Music. This show features bubbles of all sizes and bubble sculptures such as caterpillars, carousels, square bubbles, snowmen and even a bubble snowglobe as well as giant bubbles and tiny bubbles and bubble snakes that flow gracefully under colored lights choreographed to music. Bellydancers & Hula Hoopers are welcome to share their talents while they enjoy the fun. Everyone is encouraged to come dance, hoop, & play!

Sunday afternoon come watch his Medicine Show: Bubbles & Magic. This show combines the elements of magic, mentalism, comedy, history, a flea circus and of course lots of bubbles!

Sami and Zumba

 Zumba Demo/Class
 Saturday 11:15 - 12:15 pm

Sami Marrero currently teaches Zumba at South Parkersburg Baptist Church on Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. She also does special events around the area. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. She is passionate about teaching Zumba. She says, smile, shake, loose calories, and have fun. 

Steve Dixon
The Zoot Suit Magician
5:15 - 6:15 pm Saturday
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housands of people have laughed with his humor and been amazed by his magic for over two decades. Steve entertains with magic that is quite literally in his hands and more often than not, in your hands as well. His magic happens literally inches away from your eyes, everyone watching will have the opportunity to share in this unique and intimate experience. Steve performs with warmth and humor, captivating his audiences and leaving them totally spellbound with his mysteries.


Ugata Drummers
African Drumming Workshop
Friday 6:15-7:15 pm Drum workshop/demo
    7:30-8:30 pm Drum circle

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awrence Greene is the founder of Ugata, a cultural education and social services organization based in Southeast Ohio.  He has been performing and teaching West African drum traditions for 10 years. He uses movement and sound to develop spiritual clarity and inspiration for his students and self. During the drumming workshop (first come first serve), participants will move through some traditional west African rhythms. Practice call and response play and traditional arrangement. Students can bring any percussion instrument. Ugata drummers will have djembes, dun dun drums, and various percussion pieces. Then we will have an hour long freestyle drum circle.


The festival has been entertaining young and old alike for the past 19 years. Cultures of all kinds have been featured at the MOVMCF year after year. Here is a look at some of their performances. 
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