Brian Henke composes and performs his music like a painter putting images on canvas, drawing his inspiration from the world around him. An avid hiker, he often brings his guitar along to create a spontaneous response to his outdoor settings. Mother Earth (Terra) as artist has given an immense living gallery from the humbling spectacle of her natural wonders to the simple, beauty of a treetop against a blue sky. Her majestic legacy and the magical feeling of awe and peace inspire the compositions of this award winning virtuosic fingerstyle guitarist.
Etoile and Friends Belly Dancing
Etoile has gathered some of the best belly dancers in Kansas City and surrounding area to give us a demonstration of this beautiful and powerful form of expression. Many experts say belly dancing is the oldest form of dance, having roots in all ancient cultures from the orient to India to the mid-East. Probably the greatest misconception about belly dancing is that it is intended to entertain men. Instead, this ritualized expression has usually been performed for other women, generally during fertility rites or parties preparing a young woman for marriage. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form. Belly dancing is generally performed barefoot, thought by many to emphasize the intimate physical connection between the dancer, her expression, and Mother Earth.
Bran is a pagan bard who focuses his music on Peace, Nature, and storytelling. With guitar in hand, Bran crafts his unique, down-to-earth folk songs that aim to tell stories that are fun, inspiring, insightful, and ofttimes humorous.
From heart-felt songs of world peace, to earthy tunes of Nature; from lyrics telling epic myths and stories, to inspiring songs of mindfulness and the Buddha Dharma . . . there’s sure to be something in Bran’s music for any groovy, tree-huggin’, peace-lovin’ soul!
You can find all of Bran’s music, videos, info and more at https://paganbran.com/
Peaty Bog Water
Peaty Bog Water consisting of Avatar DeDannan (Singer Songwriter, guitar, hand drums, vocals), David Nubloni (hand drums, Bass & Vocals), and Papa Joe Credit (Singer Songwriter. Vocals, Bass, guitar, mandolin, Banjo, etc.!) is a KC-based Indie Folk band, recently reformed with seasoned performers. Their music draws you into a mystical, magical music adventure! http://alignedentertainment.com/
Drum Circle facilitated by Cathy Burchett
Cathy Burchett is a drum circle organizer and facilitator in the Kansas City area. She teaches a weekly African drumming class and has been performing with her students as the Djembe Djanes and Djims since 2007 at local and regional events including the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus sponsored Women’s Equality Week (6 years running). Cathy leads Heartfelt Drumming for All drum circles and workshops at spiritual retreats and festivals including the Gaea Goddess Gathering and Zen Fest. She has performed locally and regionally as part of Djama, Celtic Moon and the African Drum Ensemble at KU (ADEKU), and has appeared onstage with Big Bad Gina, S.J. Tucker, Summer Osborne, Ginger Doss and Lynda Millard, Zanzibar, Making Movies and Ozomatli, and performed on CDs with Big Bad Gina and Wyatt West and the Urbanites.
Voices of Gaia
Voices of Gaia – Voices of Gaia is a musical expression of Gaia Community Unitarian Universalist congregation. We sing pagan, earth-centered, seasonal, and justice-focused music throughout the year. Our director is Kitty Degler. We welcome new voices and instrumental musicians!
Amtguard, Duchy of Centerpoint
>Centerpoint is a Duchy of Rivermoor within Amtgard, a world-wide organization dedicated to medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation. We use padded weapons, garb, and imagination to immerse players in a world of heroic combat, quests, crafts, and more. Centerpoint meets every Sunday at noon in Antioch Park in Merriam Kansas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/CenterpointAmtgard/