Time: Sunday, June 18th, 3:45 - 4:30pm

Coming from Parkersburg, West Virginia, Corey Shields is a singer/songwriter who pens songs about life, love, meaning, and all of the moments that arise during our pursuit of these things. After a successful year supporting his debut album, "Only Questions," Corey has returned with his follow-up, "Antioch Road." A sweeping and, at times, harsh look into the personal life of a man finding balance among the things he loves. With help from fellow musicians and friends, Corey's songs have grown and matured into a space between Americana and folk music. 

Time: Saturday, June 17th, 4:00 - 4:15pm

Samadhi is a performance dance troupe in the Charleston - 
Huntington area of West Virginia.  While performing belly dance, the dancers are entertaining themselves as much as they are entertaining the audience. They do a mix of choreographed and improvisational pieces. You'll hear them making “yip” sounds to signal changes.  They will also zaghareet to one another to express their enthusiasm and excitement.  They'll even laugh and smile if one of the 

He's been more than knee deep in the music scene in Nashville for the past 15 years cultivating his songwriting and performance skills as well as studying guitar alongside some of the greats in music city.

Time: Saturday, June 17th, 12:30 - 1:30pm

The WV Highland Dancers is a competitive Scottish Highland dance group based in Elkins, WV. Their members travel from many areas of the state for lessons, and they are WV's only competing Highland dance group.  The group is directed by Katy Dillon who received her Member's level certification in 2001 from the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. She and her group enjoy traveling the state and surrounding 

dancers misses a cue - which is always a possibility with improv! Since these dancers are all about the having fun themselves and making sure the audience is having fun, too, they'll frequently invite the audience to dance with them.  Samadhi was formed in 2004 and is based in South Charleston. 

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symbolizes preparing for battle or hunting. Dances often move in a clock wise direction to show that they never retreat. The women’s dancing is dignified, graceful, and modest, showing the strength, pride, respect and honor she has for her family. Regalia often symbolizes the animals the creator put on earth. Women wear their most elaborate dresses which are personal and created through dreams or traditional family designs. These dresses show the industry, patience and steadfastness a woman must possess to complete such an enormous project. 

overwhelming reception across North and South America, as well as in Europe.  Due to the timeless nature of these Tibetan arts, and the spirit of universal values they inspire, the tours continue to capture the imagination of the West. ​The artists are monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, which has been re-established in exile in South India. The performers on The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour are not full-time professionals; rather they are genuine monks who are taking time off from their life-long devotion to contemplation and study to participate in the tour. These monk artists consider it an honor to be selected to represent their monastery and share their cultural traditions on the tour, hoping that they will be able to make some small contribution toward world peace and toward greater awareness of the Tibetan situation. At the end of each tour the monks return to Drepung Loseling Monastery to continue their vocation.

defense routines and free sparring. Most exciting is the breaking demonstrations. The demo is narrated to include the audience through education. This display of discipline and dedication shows that even with personal limitations, anyone can attain their own personal best.

Time: Sunday, June 18th, 12:30 - 1:15pm

Hailing from Parkersburg WV, the Stringfellas are an acoustic duet featuring long time MOV native Austin Alexander and "Chip" Goble from Maui Hawaii. The two of them met in early 2015 and began blending their diverse musical styles to form the unique sound you hear today. Their sound is hard to classify because they touch on so many different types of music. Appalachian, Acoustic Americana, Blues, Regae, Swing,Jazz Bluegrass and of course Rock and Roll. Be ready to hear something played in a way you have never heard it played before. Alexander leads the way with his exceptional acoustic guitar style with Goble playing lead Hawaiian Ukulele. like never heard before in the MOV. Be on the look out for this up and coming group as they are sure to delight your soul with their truly original sound.

His birthplace, Indianapolis, is a town known for its jazz history, and his father played jazz as an upright bass player at the height of that music's popularity.  

​​Come to the City Park and take a trip around the world!

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Time: Friday, June 16th, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Saturday 5:45 - 6:45pm & Sunday 12:30 - 1:15pm

Kevin Locke is known throughout the world as a visionary Hoop Dancer, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. It is universal spirit that Kevin strives to convey through his stories, music, humor, dances and workshops. Kevin's goal is "to raise awareness of the Oneness we share as human beings." His belief in the Unity of human kind is expressed dramatically in the traditional Hoop Dance which illustrates "the roles and responsibilities that all human beings have within the hoops (or circles) of life." "All of the people have the same impulses, spirit and goals," reflects Kevin. "Through my music and dance, I want to create a positive awareness of the Oneness of humanity."






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Time: Saturday, June 17th, 3:00 - 3:45pm

Lydia is a young singer-songwriter from the Parkersburg area. With nearly a decade of experience as a guitarist and vocalist, Lydia weaves her own thoughtfulness and depth into her performances of pieces by notable singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Jack Johnson, as well as originals inspired by life events. She has performed at many venues, including the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Volcano Days, weddings and private events, and the MOVMCF in recent years. Her other hobbies include roller skating, playing with dogs, and reading all things J. R. R. Tolkien.

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Time: Saturday, June 17th, 4:30 - 5:15 pm

​This team trains at the ELITE Sports Center in Parkersburg and is a branch of Grand Master Sok Ho Kang's Tae Kwon Do Academy in Charleston, WV. Tae Kwon Do is a form of self-defense which includes blocks and punches, while ​putting greater emphasis on kicking techniques. The translation for Tae Kwon Do is “the way of the hands and feet”. The demo team consists of all ages and ranges in skill levels from beginners to instructors with over 30 years of experience. The team entertains with traditional forms, self-

Time: Saturday, June 17th, 12:00 - 12:20pm

This group of medical professionals will share their native Philippine dance the "dayang-dayang" which is a a Filipino Muslim dance which translates to "Princess of the First Degree", a title only given to the Sultan. Mary Ruble, Mary Jean Guthrie and Lalaine Modesitt will perform this dance. 

Time: Saturday, June 17th, 5:15 - 5:45 pm
The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The tours offer a rare opportunity to witness one of the world’s most ancient sacred traditions presented by a group of monk artists for whom these traditions are a way of life.

​From the first tour in 1988, the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours by the Drepung Loseling monks have enjoyed an

Time: Sunday, June 18th, 4:45 - 5:45pm

Brady was born in Kokomo Indiana outside of Indianapolis into a family that embraced music and the arts. At 10 years of age he took up guitar and bass guitar and at 12 he moved to Parkersburg, WV. Since then he's studied music and lived in San Francisco California, Oakland, Berkeley, and most recently Nashville TN where he played music and also worked on guitars at the Gibson USA electric guitar factory. In 2016 he relocated back to Parkersburg to be around old friends and family and to play music once again among the beautiful hills of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
 

​​area for performances and competitions. Their program includes traditional dances from Scotland, as well as modern choreographies. ​Some of the dancers competed in the southeast regional championship in Savannah, GA where one of their dancers, Evelyn Bennett, won the title of southeast champion for her age group.  

Time: Saturday, June 17th,  9:00 - 10:00pm
To understand Bella’s Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge's house band, and you have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella's Bartok. Described as "about as much fun as you can have with your pants on" (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 6-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently danceable party. 

Time: Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 - 11:45

Brady was born in Kokomo Indiana outside of Indianapolis into a family that embraced music and the arts. At 10 years of age he took up guitar and bass guitar and at 12 he moved to Parkersburg, WV. Since then he's studied music and lived in San Francisco California, Oakland, Berkeley, and most recently Nashville TN where he played music and also worked on guitars at the Gibson USA electric guitar factory. In 2016 he relocated back to Parkersburg to be around old friends and family and to play music once again among the beautiful hills of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

 

Time: Saturday, June 17th, 1:45 - 2:45pm

This drum performance is led by Lawrence Greene. He is the founder of Ugata, a cultural education and social services organization based in Southeast Ohio.  He has been performing and teaching West African drum traditions for 10 years. He uses movement and sound to develop spiritual clarity and inspiration for his students and self. Ugata is a cultural education and social services organization based in the intentions of 

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Traditions of Native American Culture

Time: Friday, June 16th, 7:45 - 10:00pm

Traditions of the Native American Culture will bring several Native American artists together pow-wow style to honor and educate about their deeply rooted traditions. A big drum group will set the tone for the dancing to follow. Dances such as the men and women’s traditional, the southern straight, the grass dance and the women’s fancy will be performed. The grass dance is fast paced and symmetrical. The woman’s fancy is a shawl dance representing a cocoon when a butterfly emerges. Moves like the “crow hop”, “sneak up”, and “toe heel” often 

Time: Saturday, June 17th, 7:30 - 8:30pm &

Sunday, June 18th, 2:30 - 3:30pm 
This electrifying show features Turkish style darbuka/dumbek drumming.  The ensemble performs intricate and dazzling compositions comprised of rhythms from Turkey, Egypt, Iran and India as well as funk, samba and hip hop beats.  A treat for the eyes as well as the ears, this show is carefully choreographed with many theatrical elements and some audience participation.

The diversity of musicians that make up Bella's Bartok, combined with their boundless energy on stage, has been known to break a dancefloor, or two (or three, but who's counting?).   Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern European music, referencing vaudeville and 20th century eclecticism. The band has shared the stage with musicians and acts such as Rubblebucket, Red Baraat, The Indigo Girls, Larry & His Flask, The Suitcase Junket, Parsonsfield, And the Kids, Kanye, Rough Francis, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, West End Blend, Adam Ezra Group, Meat Puppets, World Inferno/Friendship Society, Rupa & the April Fishes, Arc Iris, and many more. With multiple awards under their belts, including The Valley Advocate's Best Band in the Valley 2014 and The Deli Magazine's Best of New England (twice!), this eclectic group of guys have carefully crafted a sound that is part strange and creepy, part pop gold. With an aura of theatricality, Bella's Bartok shows not only entertain, but they invite you to partake in the wild party they are having on stage, to involve yourself in the spectacle. Quite simply put- this is the band you should never miss, ever.

​​their ancestors. All of their programs are based in the concept of bio-regional identity, which means you are where you live.

Lydia Hyde

Time: Saturday, June 17th

7:00 - 7:30pm & 8:30 - 9:00pm
Creative Flame’s fire performers bring unique, passionate and theatrical fire cirque presentations to the world. They blend the art of fire dance with Mystic arts, a touch of Cirque, Vaudeville, sideshow, and even comedy or burlesque, backed by live drumming, tribal rhythms, and electronic beats. The artists are multi-disciplined in performance arts, including Jugglers, Stilt walkers, Burlesque, Sideshow, hula dancers, Belly dancers, Glow and LED performance, hoopers, and more.


New entertainment will be added as we get closer to the festival. The line up is subject to change. Find more information about the entertainers by clicking their names and visiting their websites.  


This is a rain or shine festival. Severe weather conditions can force  some activities inside the Pavilion. Activities that cannot be relocated may need to be cancelled. We ask for your patience and understanding should the event need to move indoors and we will share the information on the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival Facebook page