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Mid-Ohio Valley

Multi-Cultural Festival

Brady Young





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 


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.


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."


Time: Saturday 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, 11100 - 11:45pm &

Sunday 4:45 - 5:45pm

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 


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

Samadhi is a performance dance troupe in the Charleston - 
Huntington area of West Virginia.  Their main performance art is tribal fusion belly dance but they also have fire performers, knife twirlers, hula hoopers and Hawaiian hula dancers! 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 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. 

Medicine Man

with her sister Amie. They were taught by Wendy Fennell in Pittsburgh, PA. She became WV’s first certified Highland dance teacher at the age of 16. Katy has organized numerous performances for the WV Highland Dancers and still enjoys competing (on occasion) and watching her dancers compete.  W



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."

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

Time: Friday, June 16th, 6:30 - 7:30pm

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."

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

Lydia is a young singer/acoustic guitarist from the Parkersburg, WV area who plays covers of classic rock and folk songs and is working on writing her own music. Lydia has played many venues, including the Mid Ohio Valley Americana Tribute Series' "Folk & Funk Riverfest", and the MOVMCF. She participated in Pittsburgh, PA's 2015 Diner en Blanc. She also occasionally plays at Jeremiah's Coffee House on Front Street in Marietta on Friday nights, as well as coffee house fund raisers hosted by the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, where she also occasionally performs in a service. Lydia also provides music for weddings and parties in the area.

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. Katy started taking Highland dance lessons in 1992 along 










Time: Saturday 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.

​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. 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: Saturday, June 18th, TBD

​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 

2017 Main Stage Performing Artists

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