Dar Williams A perennial favorite, she has supported and been with us from the very early days. Dar has been reaching audiences of all ages with her songs, stories and wry humor for more than 25 years. She has performed with legendary folk artists and is now a luminary herself; she has recorded 20 CDs, is an author and teacher at Wesleyan University.
“Good and bad things happen, and it’s not necessarily a reward or indictment. I’ve just got to meet it.” Williams observes. “Like, I’m bringing my whole life to this moment; it will surprise me, challenge me, show me where I was wrong, even make a fool out of me, but my job is to show up and not take adversity personally. Real happiness doesn’t have to feel like Snoopy dancing with Woodstock; it can just be knowing you have the resilience to meet whatever comes to you. I will call that a good life.”
Ray Vega Band A native of the South Bronx, Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez and Louie Ramirez to name a few. The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Quinteto is Vega’s Vermont based ensemble which presents original compositions by Vega which combine elements of Jazz, Latin and Funk elements.
“(Ray Vega’s) creating a very, very valuable bridge from the classroom to the bandstand…That’s the magic that Ray brings. He transcends academia and makes it real” -Todd Coolman
Lara Herscovitch Winner of SolarFest’s 2011 Singer-Songwriter showcase. A singer-songwriter-poet-performer gem performing with her terrific band the Highway Philosophers, Lara was described in The Boston Globe as “a luminous voice and a buoyant stage presence… big-hearted lyrics embrace the sum of life… Herscovitch’s music blows on the embers of a lagging spirit…” Sound Waves Magazine calls her music “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.” Acoustic Live in NYC adds about the former State Troubadour of CT, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect…It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.”
Pamela Means Singer-songwriter and jazz musician, is “one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted musicians in the industry today,” (Curve Magazine) with her “insanely brilliant” (Press Herald, Portland ME) and “stark, defiant songs.” (New York Times)
“So what sets [Pamela Means] apart from other Martin-armed songwriters who are pretty convinced they have a way with poetry and angst? For starters, Means plays a snarling, energetic guitar. She’s got chops – more than the other gentle pickers of her ilk will ever have. Means’ voice is hard-wired to her heart: emotional, raw, angry when it needs to be, yet supple and warm as an embrace. The truth may not always be pretty, but Means is a stunningly effective messenger.” – Oregon Live, Portland OR
Louise Mosrie Coombe grew up in McEwen, TN on a cattle farm – riding horses and writing poetry. She began writing songs after college while working in TV/radio in Knoxville. Louise had a major creative breakthrough in 2007 when she and famed Americana producer and writer, Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams) wrote the song, “Doubling Back” for a documentary film broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. Winning top songwriting awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, SolarFest and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, her first album debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ chart in 2010 and #11 for the year. “Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year.” -Rich Warren, WFMT-FM, The Midnight Special, Chicago.
Gammy Moses Awarded the Environmental Educator of the Year 2022 by Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Association, he uses drumming, movement and songs to teach youth about the environment and other science-related topics. Performances include workshops for Yale New Haven Health, and Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, while interactive drum circle performances included the World Stage at the Peabody Museum for Dr. Martin Luther King Celebrations, International Festival of Arts and Ideas and Gather New Haven Festival. “In a back-and-forth with the audience, he switched between deep, meditative drumming, Caribbean folk songs and his own spoken word poetry.” – The Arts Paper Lucy Gellman
Website / Music: https://meltingpotrhythm.org/