Events

Live Performances

FESTIVAL 21 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Friday

7-9pm - Premier Jazz Orchestra

Saturday

10:00am - Rome Area Flute Ensemble | Music Tent

10:45am - Music Play with Anna Joseph Faith | Children's Hill

11:00am - Jonathon Beam | Music Tent

11:45am - Storytime with Lizzy Stuckey | Children's Hill

12:00pm - Kungolee | Music Tent

12:45pm - Xochipilli | Children's Hill

1:00pm - Ryan Kuykendall | Music Tent

2:00pm - Ballet Dalton

2:30pm - CMK | Music Tent

3:45pm - Music Play with Anna Joseph Faith | Children's Hill

4:00pm - Trailer Hippies | Music Tent

Sunday

11:00am - Charlsey Etheridge | Music Tent

11:45am - Mariachi Aventurero de Dalton | Children's Hill

12:00pm - Dead Trees | Music Tent

12:45pm - Storytime with Lizzy Stuckey | Children's Hill

1:00pm - Tonic Trio | Music Tent

1:45pm - Belly Dance with Jillanna Babb | Children's Hill

2:00pm - Lon Eldridge | Music Tent

2:45pm - African Drumming with Kofi Mawuko | Children's Hill

3:00pm - Social Folk | Music Tent

3:45pm - Storytime with Lizzy Stuckey | Children's Hill

4:00pm - JV & Giles | Music Tent


Premier Jazz Orchestra

Premier Jazz Orchestra is Chattanooga's most exciting big band jazz ensemble!  Featuring the best musicians and vocalists from Chattanooga, Atlanta, Murphreesboro and beyond.   With our professional musicians, former American Idol contestants and 3 generations of Big Band leaders, this will be a musical experience you will never forget!  Get those toes warmed up and dance along with spicy Latin grooves, classic big band era swing, and hold that special someone close for a romantic ballad or two.   Musical collections include hits from Count Basie, Michael Buble, Gordon Goodwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Thad Jones and many more.

Rome Area Flute Ensemble

The Rome Area Flute Ensemble was formed during the summer of 2008 and consists of experienced flutists from the NW Georgia and surrounding area. Our members have performed in various ensembles, but welcome the opportunity to explore literature arranged for a flute ensemble. Our first performance was at the Creative Arts Guild’s FESTIVAL in 2008 and our first recital was May 15, 2011 at West Rome Christian Church. We have performed at Floyd Medical Center, numerous assisted living and nursing home facilities as well as prior to concerts of the Roman Festival Brass, NW GA Winds and ceremonial music for Rome and Floyd County Peace Officers Memorial Day Service. Our ensemble has consisted with as many as eight members performing together. Along with regular concert flutes, group members also perform on piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. 

Selections will include: In the Mood, American Patrol, The Entertainer, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Little Brown Jug, Blue Skies and Irish Washerwoman and others.

Music Play with Anna Faith

Anna is a native of Dalton and a graduate of Mercer University who loves the arts. One of her most cherished pastimes is singing and dancing with her six beautiful grandchildren! Anna helps children age 3-5 discover the world of music through activities, songs, and playing instruments in her Music Play class on Tuesdays at the Guild. At FESTIVAL, she hopes to show kids of all ages that music is a vital part of our world!

Jonathon Beam

Jonathan has been performing in the Dalton area for 15 years.  His influences include Michael Jackson, John Mayer, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, U2, and countless others.  Recently, he became obsessed, pretending to be a famous archeologist. His exciting guitar style and rich, soothing vocals are sure to entertain. Jonathan resides in Dalton with his wife, Kim, and their three children.

Storytime with Lizzy Stuckey

Lizzy is a beloved staff member of the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library and is known for her engaging and creative storytelling that kids of all ages are sure to love!

Kungolee

Trevor Ciongoli moved to Blue Ridge, GA last summer to settle down in the mountains and focus on music. He launched his music project "KUNGOLEE" this year. He has a music residence at The Dogwood in downtown Blue Ridge, GA every Sunday from 1-4pm. If you're ever up that way, go catch a show! His first single "We Were Young" was released June 17th, 2021. You can stream it everywhere online now! Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and many more! 

Xochipilli

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.

Ryan Kuykendall & Keith Coffey

Ryan Kuykendall, Mobile, AL native, has played gigs and has recorded music for over 25 years. He lives in Dalton and plays as often as a busy job and family life allow.  

Keith Coffey, longtime guitarist for the band Voodoo Slim, is a skilled guitar veteran playing in and around the Dalton and Chattanooga area for over 35 years.  

Ryan and Keith play rock n roll ranging from the 60s-2000s; from the Beatles to the Foo fighters and everything between.

Ballet Dalton

Ballet Dalton was established in 1991 for pre-professional students of Dalton School of Ballet, now the Creative Arts Guild.  Our mission is to offer these students the same opportunities that they might have in a larger city as well as to educate our local audiences with a better understanding of quality dance.  Ballet Dalton strives to place these students on a professional track so they may continue their career in dance, whether it is teaching or performance, beyond the high school experience. 

CMK

CMK is a musical performance act with members based in Georgia and Tennessee. All of the members come from families involved in the performing arts and each member began their musical path at a young age. Each member of the group is a multi-instrumentalist who helps to fuel the creativity of the compositions.  

The group has an eclectic style that is influenced by the many great bands and composers of the last century. The vast majority of the songs are original pieces which can be found on all streaming platforms. The group is looking forward to future live performances and creating new material that can be enjoyed by all. 

Trailer Hippies

Trailer Hippies deliver a unique sound which They call Mountain, Folk, Homespun. Their Americana, folk vibe is simply contagious and highly refined. Authentic and lovable, this duo pulls you in with their undeniable charm and broad catalog of covers and original music.  

Tommy and Silvia Davis are known for their rich, mesmerizing harmonies and easy-going, down-to-earth style. Its all about love, life, liberty, music, vibration, and sharing a message of peace, love, and groovy magic!

Charlsey Etheridge

Charlsey is a North GA Native Singer-Songwriter.  She is a true Americana Artist who blends her gospel roots with blues, jazz, country and folk.   

Since 2003 she has also instructed students of all ages in voice, piano, guitar, and song-writing.  She has performed her music from Europe to Hawaii and everywhere in between! The Creative Arts Guild is super excited to welcome back this very special friend!

Mariachi Aventurero de Dalton

Dead Trees

Tiffany Beavers and Greg Parton have been musical counterparts since they formed their duo, Dead Trees, in 2015. Their unique combination of Americana and her strong female vocal presence allows them to create a sound that is different and fresh, yet traditional and familiar in an archetypal way.  

Their original compositions are close to their hearts, mimicking life lessons learned like unrequited love and loss, all of which is wrapped in a small-town mentality yet delivered in a manner that displays their larger world view and travels.  

Tonic Trio   

The Tonic Trio combines pop vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments for a smooth sound.  Ginny Bledsoe, Jack Hitchens, and Ward Satterfield are also three members of the popular band Ginny and the Tonics. Their exceptional musicianship and versatility make this group a joy to experience!  

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.

Lon Eldridge

Lon Eldridge is often said to have talent and style well beyond his years. His warm and infectious musicality is sure keep you tuned in throughout the night, coupling masterful fingerstyle guitar with clever, brilliant vocals. You'll swear there's more than one person playing on stage!

Lon has toured both the USA and Europe, taking his unique blend of traditional pre-war blues, ragtime, and swing to whole new audiences. This is a show (and a moustache) you definitely don't want to miss!

African Drumming with Kofi Mawuko

Social Folk

Social Folk is a band made up of veteran musicians from the North Georgia area. The band formed in June of 2020 at the height of a global pandemic. Although the members of Social Folk have played together in various lineups over the last decade, this is only the second time for this configuration. Each member brings a wealth of influences to the "musical table": Ryan Adams, Counting Crows, Shovels and Rope, Tyler Childers and many more. 

JV & Giles

Joe Vidalez discovered music at an early age and developed it into a lifelong love. Classically trained on trumpet, Joe found a love of singing and guitar when school friends needed a vocalist for their band. He majored in trumpet at Berry College while leaning on the guitar as an outlet for his more modern musical appetite.  

Andy Giles has been sowing his notes across the stages of Dalton for the last decade, throwing ropes of melodies guaranteed to satisfy the ears of his audience. Come immerse yourself in the sounds and vibrations of his musical creations.