Live Performances


Multicultural Children's Hill Performances

Creative Arts Guild Student Performances


Friday - Taste of Dalton

6:30-7:30pm - Jimmy Dormire

7pm-9pm - Allan Wyatt Quartet

Saturday - Music Tent

11am - Rome Area Flute Ensemble

12pm - Sarah Murry

1pm - The Gospel Songbirds

2pm - David Pierce & Cynthia Wilson

3pm - David Rogers

4pm - Luke Simmons

Sunday - Music Tent

12pm - Barbaric Yawps

1pm - The Sneary Family Band

2pm -  Connor Priest Band

3pm - Joseph Blake Evans

4pm - Ben Honeycutt



Jimmy Dormire

Festival kick-off will begin Friday evening with the Taste of Dalton and special music provided by Jimmy Dormire.  Dormire is a singer-songwriter guitarist who has toured with Atlantic recording artist group Confederate Railroad and the late legendary Father of JamBand, Col. Bruce Hampton. Jimmy's style is drenched in the soulful Southern Rock tradition with blues at his heart core.

Performance Time: 6:30-7:30pm Friday






The Alan Wyatt Quartet

Festival kick-off will begin Friday evening with the Taste of Dalton and special music provided by the Alan Wyatt Quartet.  Alan Wyatt is a member of the Lee University School of Music full-time faculty.  Wyatt maintains his high level of performance through engagements with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, among others.  Accompanying him will be Lee colleague Shawn Perkinson on guitar, David Schwab on bass and Matt Turnure on percussion.

Performance Time:  7-9pm Friday




The Rome Area Flute Ensemble

Formed in 2008, the Rome Area Flute Ensemble consists of experienced flutists from the Rome, Georgia area. Their first performance was at the Guild's FESTIVAL that year, and they have been part of the FESTIVAL in the years since. They have also performed locally at Royal Oaks and the Dalton Whitfield Senior Center, as well as numerous locations in the Rome area.

The group will include (as pictured:)

JoElla Hood, Deborah Adair, Teri Chapman-Lamb, Vicky Drnek, Jane Byars, and the Guild's Music Director, Lisa Elders. 

Performance Time:  11am Saturday


Sarah Murry

Making her Festival debut is Greater Dalton Marketing Director, Sarah Murry!  Sarah wears many hats in her new position as Greater Dalton Marketing Director and we are glad she is taking the time to share her musical side with us this year on the Festival stage!

Performance Time: 12:00pm Saturday





The Gospel Songbirds

A local Gospel inspired band with soul.  Members include David Arnold, Eli Eleton, George Ramsey, Rick Davis, LaDale Howard, Donnie Suttles, Don Marsh, Thurman Dozier, Chester Beck, and Crystal White.  

Performance Time: 1pm Saturday




David Pierce & Cynthia Wilson

Originally from Chatsworth, Cynthia Wilson lived and performed in NYC for several years, leading a punk band during that time. Cynthia sings blues, soul, country and rock.   A Dalton native, David Pierce has toured the country with various bands.  He accompanies on guitar and vocals.

Performance Time:  2pm Saturday



David Rogers

We welcome one of the newest addtitions to the Creative Arts Guild to the Festival Stage!  David Rogers is a new guitar and bass instructor at the Guild with over 50 years musical experience!  A retired special education teacher, music and songwriting are a few of his passions.

Performance Time: 3pm Saturday







Luke Simmons

Much like his musical heroes from Curtis Mayfield to Queen, Luke Simmons desires nothing more than to spread an uplifting message through his words. Growing up in a musical household, he was groomed to sing and play piano and drums in church and from there, an immense appreciation for the musical spectrum was formed. Now, at twenty-six-years young, he's writing his own songs, excited and ready to share it with his friends, family, and fans in the years to come.
Performance Time: 4pm Saturday







Barbaric Yawps

We welcome Rome-based acoustic Americana band, The Barbaric Yawps.  Playing everything from bluegrass to more eclectic styles, you can hear them on Spotify or Google Play. They have been featured on Knoxville’s WDVX’s Blue Plate Special and recently on WUTC’s Forever Bluegrass.

Performance Time: 12pm Sunday




The Sneary Family Band

The Sneary Family Band brings new energy to a range of covers spanning several genres, from classic rock to bluegrass and soul to modern hits.The family has music in its bones and a positive vibe that gives the band a spirit of unity and warmth that will keep you coming back.                       

Performance Time:  1pm Sunday




Connor Priest Band                                                                                             

Connor Priest is a 15 year old musician from Dalton, Georgia.  He began playing guitar at a very young age and soon after started writing his own songs. He now has 4 albums on music platforms such as Itunes, Spotify and Google Play.  He has made appearances on News Channel 9 & Radio Station Hits 96. He plays multiple genres that include indie rock, blues, classic rock. You can catch him performing live at many festivals in the north GA mountains and surrounding areas. 

Performance Time: 2 pm Sunday




Joseph Blake Evans

Attorney by day, songster by night....

Joseph Blake Evans is emerging on the local music scene and is a board member on another non-profit arts organization, the Harris Arts Center, in Calhoun, GA.  We welcome Joseph to the Festival stage!

Performance Time: 3pm Sunday






Ben Honeycutt

Ben Honeycutt is a stellar musician who just also happens to call Dalton home.  Jingle master, jokester, and Season 9 contestant on American Idol, we are excited to have Ben back on the Festival stage!

Performance Time: 4pm Sunday















Multicultural Children's Hill Performances


10:45 -  Multicultural Stories with Lizzy Stuckey from Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library

11:45 - DMS Mariachi 

12:45 - Capoeira with Cherokee Ellison 

1:45 - Xochipilli Folk Dance

2:45 - Belly Dancing with Jillanna Babb

3:45 - Garba - Song and Dance from India 


12:45 - Wes Phinney & Co. 

1:45 - Capoeira with Cherokee Ellison 

2:45 - Exploring the Upcoming Cultural Holiday and Event - Dia de los Muertos  

Garba - Song and Dance from India 

3:45 - Belly Dancing with Jillanna Babb

4:00 - Dogs of the World Pup Parade


DMS Mariachi

The Dalton Middle School Mariachi is made up of 7th and 8th grade students, and is in its first year of existence.  Through a generous grant from the Dalton Education Foundation, they were able to purchase instruments to start their program in January of 2019.  Currently, mariachi is offered as a class for 7th grade, and an after school program for 8th grade.  Dalton Middle school feels honored to provide this ensemble to their students, keeping the mariachi tradition alive through music and performance.  The DMS Mariachi is humbled to share their work and passion for this rich musical tradition with the Dalton Community. 





Capoeira with Cherokee Ellison  

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm and movement. Capoeira is a dialog between players - a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. The details of capoeira's origins and early history are still a matter of debate among historians, but it is clear that African slaves played a crucial role in the development of the art form. Some historians claim that slaves used capoeira's dance-like appearance as a way to hide their training of combat and self-defense. Capoeira's many styles come out of the context of two principle branches that were formalized in the first half of the twentieth century following capoeira's legalization. This is only the beginning of the story - look below to find out more. But to really understand capoeira, you need to see it for yourself.

Aaron "Cherokee" Ellison was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Movement of all sorts has always been a part of Cherokee's life. His older cousin, Anthony Byrd, taught him how to flip, he studied breakdancing by watching VHS tapes, and practiced moves while trying not to break his mother's furniture. His performance credits include dancing as part of Chattanooga hip hop dance group called The Hot Boys. The group served as an opening act for Outkast and MJG 8 Ball. He modeled with Chattanooga's Ambiance Model and Talent Agency and also taught hip hop classes there. During his time at the agency he was cast in the movie Remember the Titans and won a speaking role.

Cherokee eventually moved to New York and while there, he honed his break dancing skills at the legendary 14th St Union Square. When he moved to Atlanta his capoeira journey began. He trained with Communidade De Capoeira Atlanta. He continued to travel around the U.S. and eventually made his way back to Chattanooga, while continuing his training in Atlanta and Nashville. His trips to Nashville proved to be very fruitful because he was introduced to Mestre Gulliver through fellow capoeirista Xulu. Under the tutelage of Mestre Gulliver, Cherokee began teaching a capoeira class in Chattanooga and Cleveland. He also has visited Mestre in New York to study at capoeira intensives. During this time Cherokee also began to learn the proper technique to teach tumbling under the tutelage of David and Heather Pendergrass, owners of Cheer Madness Elite in Cleveland, TN. During a brief time in Baltimore, MD, Cherokee has had the pleasure of teaching tumbling at Inertia Performing Arts and hip hop at Wombworks Productions Inc.

Joining the Guild’s dance faculty to teach both Hip Hop and Capoiera classes, Cherokee is excited to return to the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia area with his wife Monica Ellison to teach at the Creative Arts Guild. Join his class on Mondays at 7pm!


Xochipilli Folk Dance

This group first started in December (2016) with the Instructor Marcos Gomez and a talented 10-year-old girl Sayrel Sanchez performing folk dances from the state of Zacatecas, Mexico.  Two months later Sharon, Dulce, Keily, Michelle, and Iurhixe joined to make a folk dance group.  Being their first time dancing folk music was a challenge for them.  With their dedication, perseverance and teamwork they were soon performing folk dances from the states of Oaxaca and Hidalgo Mexico.  Our youngest members are Daniel, Jamie, Sebastian, and Lindsey.  They have grown out of the shell and have the confidence needed to perform on stage.  Very curious and eager to learn every rehearsal is something new for them.  All team members have the talent and passion that it takes to become a folk dancer. So many beautiful things about our culture, things that are worth admiring, learning about and most of all keeping alive and thriving.

Today’s performance will be dances called Huapangos  from La Region Huasteca  (the wasteka region) .  These dances are from the regions located along the Gulf of Mexico, which include the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, Puebla, and Queretaro.

Huapangos  - It’s the most traditional dance and music of The Huasteca Region.  It is a Mexican folk dance and a music style also known as Son Huasteco (wasteko).  Literally meaning a “dance on top of wood”, they dance on an elevated platform making dance steps called Zapateado .  It is played by a trio of musicians:  one playing a small, five-string rhythm guitar called a jarana huasteca, one on an eight-string bass guitar called a quinta huapanguera and another playing a violin.  People have been doing folk dances for hundreds of years, and the main value is to keep our tradition alive.           

We will start our presentation with – Bello Atardecer

La Presumida- Veracruz – Dulce & Keily
El Son Del Sombrerito- San Luis Potosi – Sharon & Sayrel
La Azucena Bella – Hidalgo – Iurhixe & Daniel
El Querreque – Tamaulipas – Lindsey, Sebastian, & Jamie
El Gustito – Tamaulipas – Marcos Gomez & Michelle

We will end performance with – El Bejuquito


Sharon Sanchez
Sayrel Sanchez
Dulce Loera
Keily Camarillo
Michelle De La Torre
Iurhixe (Yuri) Martinez
Daniel Vargas
Jamie Vargas
Sebastian Garcia
Lindsey Gomez

Instructor - Marcos Gomez

Xochipilli Danza Folklrica


Bellydancing with Jillanna Babb

Owner of Moon Haven Studio, Jillanna Babb teaches belly dance classes, workshops, and private lessons in the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia area and beyond. Moon Haven Studio may be reserved for parties, or she will travel to the location.  Jillanna performs at private and public events, including birthday parties, girls nights out, bachelorette parties, retirements, weddings, sci-fi conventions,, benefits, corporate events, concerts, and more. She loves to interact with the audience and encourage people to get up and dance. She also teaches lengthier workshops, which may be an addition to a performance or scheduled as a private class. Parties & workshops may be scheduled at Moon Haven Studio (Ringgold, GA) or at a location of your choice. Jillanna has taught & performed at a wide range of locations (restaurants, churches, universities & schools, hotels, convention centers, private homes, clubs, etc.). She enjoys teaching children as well as adults. For performances, multiple dancers may be available. Arrangements are highly flexible, quite affordable, and guaranteed to add joy and celebration to your event. 


Garba - Song and Dance from India

The word garba comes from the Sanskrit word for womb and so implies gestation or pregnancy — life. Traditionally, the dance is performed around a clay lantern with a light inside, called a Garbha Deep ("womb lamp"). This lantern represents life, and the fetus in the womb in particular. The dancers thus honor Durga, the feminine form of divinity.

Garba is performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time. The rings of dancers revolve in cycles, as time in Hinduism is cyclical. As the cycle of time revolves, from birth, to life, to death and again to rebirth, the only thing that is constant is the Goddess, that one unmoving symbol in the midst of all of this unending and infinite movement. The dance symbolizes that God, represented in feminine form in this case, is the only thing that remains unchanging in a constantly changing universe (jagat).

The Garbha Deep has another symbolic interpretation. The vessel itself is a symbol of the body, within whom Divinity (in the form of the Goddess) resides. Garba is danced around this symbol to honor the fact that all humans have the Divine energy of Devi within them. Garba is now appreciated worldwide



Multi-Cultural Stories with Lizzy Stuckey from Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library

Please welcome Lizzy Stuckey who is bringing a world of stories to us from the Dalton Whitfield County Public Library. Presenting folk tales and fairy tales from Africa, England, and Latin America, Lizzy will take listeners on a journey around the world in this global story time. Kids in the audience might even become part of the story on stage!








Exploring the Upcoming Cultural Holiday and Event - Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.


Join Mayelli Diaz Meza as she shares stories of this local favorite holiday and invites you to the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Guild this year on November 2, 2019!



Wes Phinney & Co. 

A new addition to the Children's Hill Performances, Wes Phinney will be bringing a small group of young actors to lead others in Commedia or Theatre games.  Wes is one of the Founding Members of the Conasauga Shakespeare Coallition and local theatre veteran.  


Dogs of the World Pup Parade

All well behaved and leashed puppies are invited to the parade on Sunday the 22nd at 4 pm; dogs (and owners, too, if they wish) should wear a flag or garb of the country from which the breed hails or chooses to represent. Dog biscuits will be provided.







Creative Arts Guild Student Performances


2pm - Ballet Dalton performs in the Guild's front parking lot

The Creative Arts Guild Dance Departments' pre-professional company performs excerpts from the upcoming production of The Snow Queen and pieces choreographed by Guild dance staff and guests choreographers. Learn more about The Snow Queen, Ballet Dalton and the Guild's Dance Department and classes!


2pm - Guild Gymnastics performs in Jonas Hall

The Creative Arts Guild's competitive Gymnastic Team demonstrates their skills! Learn more about our Guild Gymnasitcs Department, Competative Team, Recreational Gymnastics classes, and Parkour!