Live Performances


Multicultural Performances

Creative Arts Guild Student Performances

FESTIVAL 2020 Live Music 

Friday - Taste of Dalton + Preview Party

7-9pm - The Notables


10:30-11:30am - Zion & Barry J. Brown

11:30am-12:30pm - David Rogers & Friends

1:00-2:00pm - Cynthia Wilson & David Pierce

2:30-3:30pm - Joseph Blake Evans

4:00-5:00pm - Jimmy Dormire


10:30-11:30am - Emerson Sneary

11:30am-12:30pm - Connor Priest Band

1:00-2:00pm - Luke Simmons

2:30-3:30pm - Barbaric Yawps

Emerson Sneary

We're excited to have *part* of The Sneary Family Band with us this weekend! Guitarist/Singer Emerson Sneary will be joined by a few familiar faces.


Zion & Barry J. Brown

We're starting FESTIVAL weekend off with reggae vibes from Zion & Barry J. Brown! These local favorites perform at all of the great Dalton spots. You'll probably recognize Barry from Cherokee Brewing + Pizza here in town! We're happy to have them with us to start the weekend off right.

The Notables

The gents in The Notables have known each other for years and have played together in the Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble, but have just recently decided to form a quartet. The Notables are Marc Johnson on sax, Tom Burnett on piano, Sam Baltzer on electric bass, and Bret Mulkey. They specialize in jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook by composers like the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington. Between them, The Notables have over 80 years of collective jazz experience and they hope that their love for this great American artform is evident and contagious!


Jimmy Dormire

Jimmy 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.

Jimmy recently appeared on the Guild's Noon Arts: Music Play Tuesday series on Facebook.


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.


David Rogers

David Rogers is an instructor at the Guild with over 50 years musical experience! A retired special education teacher, music and songwriting are a few of his passions.

David has appeared on the Guild's Noon Arts: Music Play Tuesday as well!


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, he's writing his own songs and is ready to share with his friends, family, and fans in the years to come.

Luke has been a recent guest on the Guild's Noon Arts: Music Play Tuesday on Facebook.


The 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.


Connor Priest Band

Connor Priest is from right here in Dalton! He began playing guitar at a very young age and, soon after, started writing his own songs. He now has albums on music platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. He has made appearances on tv with News Channel 9 & on the radio with Hits 96. He plays multiple genres that include indie rock, blues, and classic rock. You can catch him performing live around Dalton and at festivals in the North GA mountains and surrounding areas.


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. He's been a recent guest on the Guild's Noon Arts: Music Play Tuesday on Facebook!

Multicultural Performances


12:30pm - Dalton High School Players

2:00pm - Creative Arts Guild Dance Dept + Ballet Dalton

3:30pm - Belly Dancing with Jillanna Babb


12:30pm - Xochipilli Folk Dance

2:00pm - Guild Gymnastics, Indian Garba

3:30pm - Capoeira with Cherokee Ellison 

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.

Cherokee and his wife, Monica, are both instructors at the Guild's Dance Department + Ballet Dalton!



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.


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.


Dalton High School Players 

Longtime friend of the Guild Wes Phinney is bringing the Dalton High School Players to share some scenes from their upcoming one-act production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with us!  

Creative Arts Guild Student Performances


2:00pm - Creative Arts Guild Dance Department + Ballet Dalton

The Creative Arts Guild Dance Department + Ballet Dalton performs excerpts from the upcoming production of The Snow Queen and pieces choreographed by Guild dance staff and guest choreographers.


2:00pm - Guild Gymnastics

The Creative Arts Guild's competitive Gymnastic Team demonstrates their skills!