Mid-Ohio Valley

Multi-Cultural Festival

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

The festival has been entertaining young and old alike for the past 20 years.

Cultures of all kinds have been featured at the MOVMCF year after year. ​
The line up is subject to change.

You can find more information about the entertainers by clicking their names and visiting their websites.  

Entertainment

2015 Main Stage Performing Artists

New performers will be added as they are scheduled.

Friday, June 19th, 7:00 pm

In 1994 Eric “the FISH” Paton composed Ikari no Kaminari (Rage of Thunder) as the overture for a commission by Ballet Metropolitan. Having spent fifteen years of his childhood in Japan, Paton drew as inspiration, legend of Raijin – Kamainari sama – the thunder god. With his interest in Japanese music rekindled, in 1995 he began to present taiko at 

festivals and in schools. Paton has presented over one thousand performances and workshops in the last ten years. In 2006, Paton formed Hiuchi Taiko (Hee-oo-chi tie-co) to include fellow Eitetsu Hayashi residency students from Davis Middle School and Capital University. Inspired by the taiko experience, Paton began composing new taiko works with his twin brother, Stuart Paton. In Japan, Taiko is both an instrument with a long history and a young art form. Used for meditation, communication, and celebration since the fourth century A.D. it moved to the stage and became performing art in the 1950’s. It is this dynamic Kumi daiko – group drumming - that draws upon the taiko and its place in the iconography of the Imperial Court, Buddhist ritual, and Shinto derived festivals, and traditional village life. The Taiko or “Great Drum” has for centuries played an accompaniment role in society during Buddhist meditation, Shinto celebration, Bon dance, ikusa (battle), and Kabuki theater. Kumi daiko or group taiko demonstrates the contemporary evolution of this dynamic performing art with a history spanning 1500 years.

Saturday, June 20th, 6:30 pm

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from 

Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2012 the band performed in 21 states and 6 countries in Europe. So much more than just a blues act, DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way.  Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original. Something unique to this “blues” project is the instrumentation. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. 

Friday, June 19th, 6:30pm 

Tony Brown's Kung Fu School was founded in 1971 in Tallahassee.  The current primary school is located in northern Columbus, Ohio.  Additionally, Sifu Brown has several established Hung Kuen Mo Kwoon schools in Norway. Sifu Brown teaches the traditional Southern Chinese martial art of Shaolin Hung Gar Kung Fu and Yang StyleTai Chi.  The school also offers training in Southern Chinese Lion Dance and provides performances for Chinese New Year as  

Sunday, June 21st, 4:00 pm

This four piece string band based out of Pittsburgh, PA combines a variety of influences ranging from Old-Time, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Rock and 1930’s style swing music to create a tight, high-energy sound, complete with heavy grooves, soulful ballads, and extended jams, cherry-topped with well-blended harmony and honest songwriting. Formerly known as The Weedrags, the group formed in 2010 and has been 

seen at venues and festivals all over the mid-atlantic region. The group has opened for The Steeldrivers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Town Mountain, David Davis and The Warrior River Boys, Larry Keel, The Felice Brothers, Mike Compton and The Augusta All-Stars, Drymill Road, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Hillbilly Gypsies and Frank Solivan and The Dirty Kitchen. The Weedrags decided to change their name to avoid confusion with another regionally active band. The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers hope to continue to build on the foundation they started as The Weedrags.

well as other events and celebrations throughout the year. Tony Brown's Kung Fu School is a member school in good standing with the Chinese Taiwan Martial Arts Association, The World Tai Chi Chuan Federationand The United Kung Fu Federation of North America.

Saturday, June 20th, 3:00 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-defense routines and free sparring. Most exciting is the breaking demonstrations which include boards and concrete. 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.