School of Rock Columbia
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A fixture in Columbia that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2012, School of Rock Columbia is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session. Whether students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano or vocals, School of Rock Columbia equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians.
Whether students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano or vocals, School of Rock Columbia equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. The School’s performance-based approach helps students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art and humor, just to name a few. These students are not just amped about music – they’re amped about life.
Time: 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
At age 15, Nelson Emokpae, a.k.a. Nelly’s Echo, moved from his home country of Nigeria to the United States with his entire family, ultimately settling in Baltimore. After self-releasing two successful albums, Nelson appeared on Season 3 of The Voice, winning over fans and judges with his live performance of “Amazing Grace.” His Music and live shows have been compared to the likes of Jason Mraz and John Mayer, sharing positive messages of life, hope and love.
Chopteeth Afro Funk Big Band
Time: 8:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music. The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by FelaKuti in 1970s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. Since 2007, the members of the Washington Area Music Association have selected Chopteeth for a total of thirteen Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (for the last nine years in a row).
Saturday, June 15
Mr. Gabe & the Circle Time All-Stars
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
A danceable mix of singalongs, family-friendly pop songs and award-winning originals. Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars have been delighting young audiences throughout the DC area for the past fi ve years. They perform an interactive mix of traditional songs and modern favorites such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba.” Their 2015 CD, Metro Train, consisting of mostly original songs, won a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award. “Listening to Mr. Gabe sing is like hearing an old friend telling stories on the front porch swing.” — Ashley Jo Farmer, Parents’ Choice Foundation
Time: 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Sidleys have created a unique, yet universal, sound that has been described as high-energy, melodic, soul-influenced indie rock. They have performed at venues and festivals all over the U.S. including the The Kennedy Center, The State Theater, Blues Alley, The Atlas Theater, The Barns at Wolf Trap, Arena Stage and the Hamilton. The Sidleys last appeared on the LakeStage as part of the 2013 LakeFest Lineup.
Gaiteros De Sanguashinton
Time: 2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Gaiteros de Sanguashington has emerged as one of the premier Colombian bands in the Washington, D.C. area, recognized and beloved by the Colombian and Latino community and those who enjoy international music. The band plays a variety of Colombian rhythms including vallenato, cumbia (popular folk music from Colombia’s Caribbean region), and tropi-pop (a blend of traditional musical forms with foreign Latin genres, such as salsa and merengue).
Time: 4:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Bullbuckers is a band with a big sound from the small wonder known as Delaware. They rock the party blending early ska, soul, reggae, dub, rock and New Orleans’ horn arrangements with twinges of funk and hip-hop. The band has melded its bold, real, gritty music into a cauldron of boiling sounds that are familiar, yet distinctly their own. “A fusion of soul-searching and foot-stomping music.” – Joan Davis, The Examiner.
United States Navy Band Cruisers
Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
As the U.S. Navy’s premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band, the Cruisers are under the leadership of drummer Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander. The group lives up to its versatile namesake by playing genres of music ranging from jazz & standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material.
All Our Exes Live in Texas
Time: 7:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m
Sydney, Australia’s all-female folk foursome All Our Exes Live In Texas released their debut full-length When We Fall last year just before their SXSW appearances which garnered praise from NPR, CNN and more. All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney, who have toured with Midnight Oil, The Backstreet Boys, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and Passenger.
When We Fall received accolades from NPR, The Bluegrass Situation and American Songwriter. A collection of songs rich with sweet, potent harmonies and lamentations of twisted love tales, heartbreak and bad tattoos, told by four witty and outspoken feminists, their live show is not to be missed!
Sunday, June 17
Wilde Lake High School Steel Drum Band
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
The Wilde Lake High School Steel Drum Band is one of many performing ensembles that make up the Wilde Lake Band Program. Since its inception seven years ago, this ensemble’s students have presented concerts that have been well received by audiences in our school and local community. The Wilde Lake High School Steel Drum Band is well known for its performances of a variety of music, from Calypso to Soca, as well as jazz.
The students gain a great deal from this musical experience and are always eager to perform. The Band has been the host for the very popular annual HoCo Steel Drum “Panorama” each February featuring the steel drum bands from Centennial, Howard and Wilde Lake High Schools.
Centennial Jazz Ensemble
Time: 1:15 p.m. -2:15 p.m.
The Centennial High School Jazz Band, under the direction of David Matchim, has earned high-praise in local, state, and national performances. Most recently, the ensemble won fourth place at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival and Competition, the largest high school jazz competition in the country. They are honored to participate in this year’s Columbia Festival and appreciate the opportunity to share their love of jazz music with the community.
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Maryland Winds is a new ensemble featuring some of the finest professional musicians in the greater Baltimore-Washington, DC, area. Its members are current or past performers with major symphony orchestras, premier military bands, music educators or active freelance musicians. The ensemble is under the direction of Timothy J. Holtan, conductor Colonel, U.S. Army, who retired in 2017 as the senior military musician in the Department of Defense. Col. Holtan’s final command was as the 10th Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”
He holds the distinction of being the only officer to command all three of the Army’s premier bands, which include the U.S. Army Field Band and the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. Col. Holtan received numerous military awards and honors during his 28½-year career, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal.
Columbia Jazz Band
Time: 4:00 p.m.- 5:15 p.m.
The 26 member Columbia Jazz Band consists of musicians from all over Howard County. In their non-musical lives, they work in varied professional fields such as medicine, social work, engineering, computer science, education, law and more. This accomplished group has performed at the Blues Alley in Georgetown and international jazz festivals in Switzerland, Turkey, Italy and France
Glenelg Jazz Ensemble
Time: 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble has received more than 60 awards over the last 15 years, including the highest rating at the Maryland State Jazz Festival. Consistently known for their high energy and professionalism, the group has been selected seven times to perform at such prestigious international festivals such as the Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Jazz a Vienne in Lyon, France and the World Jazz Festival in Freiburg, Germany. Over the years, many national and regional jazz artists have shared the stage with the Ensemble, including Maynard Ferguson, The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Carl Fischer, Chris Vadala, and Deanna Bogart.