The GrowTwogether Music Festival 2020 is an immersive sound therapy, massage therapy, food, arts, and music festival centered around Ayurveda and overall psychological, and physiological, well-being.
All of these efforts feature K9C.A.R.E.S. Incorporated: a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that pairs rescued animals with survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and/or sexual assault. K9C.A.R.E.S. Inc. pays for the entire animals life (e.g. vet bills, shots, crates, toys, food, et cetera) and their team members train the survivors of abuse on how to train the animal to be an emotional support animal. Afterwards, and now with a marketable skill on training emotional support animals, survivors are worked with to apply and enter the workforce as an emotional support animal trainer.
The efforts of this festival also give to the community by:
♥ Providing the platform of a music festival for artists, therapists, chefs, musicians, healers, and visionaries to be a part and attain their dreams to heal the world they see fit.
♥ Allowing children from local schools to get directly involved in planning, preparing, creating, organizing, setting up, and managing community-based events.
LOCATION: The Depot Park Event Space (201 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601)
DATE: February 7th and 8th 2020
TIME: Friday: 5:00pm-11:00pm & Saturday: 10:00am-11:00pm
AGE: All ages (children under 12 years-old must be accompanied by an adult)
LINE-UP: Announced October 1st 2019!
♥ Live music
♥ 100% Vegan food!
♥ Massage Therapy!
♥ Paint wall for all attendees to paint on!
♥ Raffle for multiple fine art pieces created by local artists!
♥ Silent Auction for various art pieces and a vacation getaway!
♥ Sound Healers!
♥ Art Vendors!
♥ Free fine Eastern literature!
♥ Maha’s (the founder of GrowTwogether) birthday celebration!
HuDost: Neo-Folk/Word Rock/Sufi Kirtan/Country & Eastern Fusion
The music of HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of Folk, World, and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer, from Montréal, and Jemal Wade Hines from Kentucky. Having toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, travelled rocky and glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. Since 2015 they have also been highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as KY Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty).
HuDost has just released a new album, 'of Water + Mercy', that has received rave reviews and, as an independent release, reached #24 in the BILLBOARD SALES CHARTS for Folk/Americana. The album was made with Vance Powell who is a top-tier producer/mixer who’s worked with artists such as Jack White (White Stripes), Chris Stapleton, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Beyonce, Beck, Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, Kings of Leon and a slew of others. Dan Haseltine from the GRAMMY Award-winning band Jars of Clay has been on board to help with production and all of the Jars of Clay members play on the album. On past albums HuDost has worked with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel) and GRAMMY Award-winning mixer Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, Primus).
“We met Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay not through music but through our shared work in political advocacy acting on behalf of people living in extreme poverty,” says Moksha Sommer. “Through music and advocacy we have witnessed incredible and real change and know the astonishing power of collective voices on behalf of those who do not have the ability, and sometimes even the rights, to be heard. Songwriting with Dan was a wonderful process of the three of us contributing all that we could and being attached to nothing. I think the result is quite remarkable and reflects the very thing the song is about; rising together through shared vision and action.”
“Rise Together,” a powerful call to unity, marked the lead single from Of Water + Mercy (recorded at Nashville’s Gray Matters Studio) and instantly found support from Spotify being added to official playlists.
HuDost functions as a duo or as a band, including guest musicians of varying sensibilities and backgrounds, and often including dance in their shows. As a duo their instrumentation includes vocals, harmonium (Indian Pump-Organ), NORD Keys, guitars, Dulcinet, percussion, and a slew of sonic ambient effects. Their music is a rich, eclectic blending of pop and rock with traditional Sufi music, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Balkan folk music, Farsi, Turkish, Arabic, and folk. Their sound crosses all borders and barriers, taking the listener on a journey they will never forget.
Highlight performances include Bonnaroo, Resident band at FloydFest, BhaktiFest, World Café Live, Blissfest, The ARK, Alex Grey’s CoSM, the Salvador Dali Museum, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, headlining The Islands Folk Fest (Vancouver), WMNF’s Tropical Heat Wave Festival, The Levitt Pavilions, WoodSongs at the Kentucky Theater (on PBS), Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Music City Roots, Tim Robbins’ WTF?! Fest, The Montreal Folk Festival, The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, and many more.
Highlight collaborations and opening slots for other artists include Ani DiFranco, Philip Glass, Jon Anderson (YES), Joan Osborne, Snatam Kaur, Steve Kilbey (The Church), Ramy Essam, California Guitar Trio, Bell Orchestre, Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Mercan Dede, and many more.
HuDost's music is a powerful expression of life's journey and discovery. In 2008, Moksha went through a painful process of brain surgery due to a tumor. The healing from this included re-learning language skills, losing and regaining proper sight, and experiencing seizures. This could have been staggering but instead served as learning that has fueled a potent desire to bring healing through sound. In 2013 their amazing son, Kaleb, was brought into the world. It is through music that the losses and gains, pains and triumphs, and excruciating beauty of life can be given a voice of empathy to the synonymous lives of all people. Both critics and fans have said time and time again that the music of HuDost is this very expression.
HuDost’s message comes from real experience, real emotion, and real concern for the world - from the birth of a child, to the healing of the body, to the healing of the planet, their words and music echo the human experience.
Moksha Sommer - Vocals/Harmonium/Keys
Jemal Wade Hines - Guitars/Baritone/Mandolin/Bazouki/Percussion/Vocals
Electric Kif: Post Nuclear Music/Groove
Electric Kif are a Miami-based power quartet that explore the boundaries between rock, jazz fusion and electronic drum & bass. Made up of bassist Rodrigo Zambrano, keyboardist Jason Matthews, drummer Armando Lopez and guitarist Eric Escanes, the “Kif” describe their music as “post-nuclear,” a dynamic mash of hard hitting groove, high octane riffs and cosmic melody.
September 17th 2019, Miami’s most in-demand fusion band have released their newest album, JEFE, an arrival point in the evolution and sweetening of the band’s unique chemistry. Known for their aptitude of seamlessly dipping in and out genres, Electric Kif approach their latest work in symmetry, where no one individual takes charge over the other. The result is a textured sound of infectious rhythm, grooving low-end, edgy rock guitars and an analog spectrum of experimental keyboards. With JEFE, Electric Kif set out to cover a vast area of music, an innovative spirit that reflects influences of Weather Report, Radiohead & JoJo Mayer’s Nerve.
Notable past performances include Ground Up Music Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Miami Downtown Jazz Festival, and more. Performance highlights have also included opening for artists like Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Motet, Stanley Jordan and many others. In addition, the band has had some fantastic guest appearances at their monthly Miami residencies with Cory Henry, Michael League, Roosevelt Collier, Mark Lettieri, and other top notch musicians.
Digo – Bass/Moog bass
Eric Escanes – Guitar
Jason Matthews - Hammond SK2/Fender Rhodes/Moog
Armando Lopez – Drums
B.I.G. J The Frothy Main: Frothy Muzik/R&B/Wang
“The Mark Of A V.i.pper" is the 3rd studio album by American musician B.i.g J The Frothy Main, released July 2018, for #TheVippers, a landmark recording of his newest single "At The Moment" a themed tribute to never being down again In life. The 18 tracks of #TMOAV encompass a wide range of social issues and themes, in "No Strings", through inequality and systemic racism in "Manifest", to enchanting love ballads "Queenin." [Words from the artist] - B.I.G J The Frothy Main (2017) "The Mark Of A V.i.pper is a digital masterpiece for me of mental victories that I feel other people deserve to have and embrace within the landscape of their own lives. Realizing you don't have to be down at this moment, there is untapped potential in knowing that! Let’s make that into a song for everyone, I want to present our culture with the message of progressing pass the things that people say you can’t overcome! That's The Mark Of A V.i.pper." Written by Jeremy Bainge [Associated Press] 2017
Jonathan Banks – Piano/Vocals
Allwack: Weird/Left-Field Experimental Bass
“I’ve always dreamed of entertaining people just by being who I really am. At the end of the day, the energy I release in every set, even every track, runs just as deeply within me as it does in my performances. I hope I can show you the blissful lunacy to be had in the deeper, weirder, heavier side of electronic music; but more importantly, I just want to share what I do with the world. I hope you are down for the ride.”
Christopher Allwack – DJ/Producer
Whale Feral: Genre Busting/Fusion/Indie/Folk
With this band’s dynamic, genre-busting fusion of musical styles, Whale Feral has taken over the music scene in Gainsville, FL. The young quartet has shared the stage with The Marcus King Band, The Heavy Pets, and Zac Deputy. "Whale Feral," the band's debut EP, dropped in April 2018.
Featured in the March 2018 issue of Relix Magazine. The must see Florida Quartet's debut EP "Whale Feral" now available on all major streaming platforms.
William Bethea – Bass/Vocals
Ricky Cagno - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
David Havens - Drums/Backup Vocals
Matt Urban - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Apex: Hard Rock/Progressive Metal
Apex is a Hard Rock band based in Gainesville, FL. The band started in early 2018 with the hopes of bringing original music to the local area. Laying down some of the most articulated rifts with the apex of booming vibrations played by no other band in the area, they will surely blow your mind with each and every song.
Andy Gifford - Guitarist
Caleb Velez-Rager - Vocalist
Christian Caro - Drummer
Joseph Harp Jr - Bassist
Both Ends Burning (CO): Indie Rock/Swing/Funk/Classic Rock/Reggae
Having spent a year living in various Vedic ashrams in the US and another decade belonging to the same temple community, the frontman - Adrian Cole, has grown to thoroughly value the human and spiritual significance of giving in service.
“I speak for the entire group in saying we love doing music as service to ourselves and others. Sharing in collective goodness and high spirits is the main driving force behind our music.” – Adrian Cole
Both Ends Burning is a fluid construct of creative inspiration and energy. A group of individual musicians offering their unique ideas to each other that they may build something worthy of sharing with the world. This dynamic contributes to their unique sound and live shows that never fail to foster memorable experiences.
Adrian Cole - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Gal Marom - Lead Guitar/Keys/Vocals
Christopher Zaragoza – Percussion/Keys
Brandon Keith – Bass/Vocals
Austin Williamson – Drums/Vocals
Captive Eddies: Classic rock/Reggae/Blues/Folk/Funk/Classical bluegrass/Jazz
At age 13, the twin brothers, Leaf and Deva Blanchard, along with their childhood friend Jody Moore, began playing music together. At first, started as a race to see who could learn the fastest, soon became a life-long ambition to create and share good music. After absorbing everything they could from the musicians around them, they found Richy Stano, who had just spent 10 years as a staff instructor at GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology). The three boys studied music under Richy for 5 years, simultaneously honing their unique styles and song writing abilities. Eddie Fields, an exceptionally talented blind drummer, joined the boys 12 years ago for a recording session. The chemistry between them was immediately evident and Eddie has been an integral part of the band since that day.
Presently, Captive Eddies pulls from of reservoir of over one hundred original songs and has performed at festivals and venues from Florida to New York to California, as well as many places in between. Their latest album, Simple Dream (released in 2014), features guest artists such as Byron House, Larry Atamumeak, and Brent Truit. Byron House has worked with a long list renowned musicians, including Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, and Alison Krauss. Larry Atamumeak is known for his work with Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, and Sheryl Crow. Brent Truitt, who produced and played on Simple Dream, is a Multi-Platinum Grammy Award winning musician himself.
Captive Eddies' music is rooted firmly in conscious lyrics that are not afraid to face the darkness in order to bring light to every aspect of the human heart.
Deva Blanchard – Guitar/Mandolin/Bass/Vocals
Jody Moore – Guitar/Bass/Vocals
Leaf Blanchard – Bass/Guitar/Vocals
Eddie Fields – Drums/Keys
Zac Chester – Keys
Wilson Stern’s Super JAM: World-beats/All Encompassing Genres
Led by the talented Wilson Stern, all musicians will be called up to the stage to add to a collaboration never before practiced nor seen. Creating with the top local musicians that Gainesville offers, everyone is welcome to join along in this all-encompassing collaboration of soundscape. Whether it be your movement, your hands, or anything you can!
Frontman Wilson Stern: Jam/Funk/Jazz/Fusion
“Music is a language of dissonance and resolution. It has been the paramount gift in Wilson’s life to learn and speak it. It is capable of transforming the insurmountable challenges of life into things of beauty. Sculptures in air and time. When Wilson was asked about his dreams, he responded by saying he dreams of helping more people build beautiful lives through appreciating and creating music. Sharing music as a healing tool is his mission. Wilson Stern is a songwriter, music instructor, and performer, formerly of the band Hail! Cassius Neptune. A founding member of both the Snozzberries and Gainesville’s Savants of Soul, Wilson is now performing solo material inspired by American indie folk and Brazilian jazz. He also performs for musical theater productions and spiritual congregations.”
This festival he will host a SUPERJAM with all the musicians from the fest at 12:30pm-2:30pm on the inside stage on Saturday!
Members: The best of the best
Flint Blade: Ambient/Beat-driven psychedelic/Folk/Jazz/Dub Reggae Influence
Flint Blade creates live, uplifting soundscapes of voice, beatbox and the Chapman Stick two-handed tapping instrument. Drawing inspiration from dub reggae, jazz and electronica among all kinds of music, Flint's penchant for improvisation manifests in subtle and extremely present performances of original material as well as unique renditions of familiar favorites. On stage, in the studio and through life, spirit guides an exploration of the ethereal nature of sound.
*Solo Chapman Stick player Flint Blade shares music in love through song, rhythm and harmony.*
Flint Blade – Chapman Stick/Beatbox/Vocals
Maha & the Lions: Spiritual Folk/Mantra Music/Alternative World Music
The Founding band of The GrowTwogether Music Festival.
This pride of lions hosts a different, unique, engaging, and immersive performance every time they play. The band features musicians that range from crystal singing bowls, handmade wooden flutes, water whistles, Latin-influenced rhythms, rain sticks, birdcalls, handpans, and conch-shells to all of the conventional instruments found in the Western world of music. This band features musicians from Gainesville/Brazil/Colombia/Native America and for this performance, it will be an 8-piece band headed by frontman - Maha. The pride is oriented to play only for benefitting the community around them. They proudly commit to donating all payments given to them to nonprofits, the community, and causes in need. Maha began playing guitar at the age of 11 when his father gave the family heirloom guitar. After being self-taught for many years, he came across Richy Stano working as a teacher at Santa Fe College (who has toured internationally with Bo Diddley, Mary Wilson (of The Supremes/Dreamgirls), Curb Record’s recording artist: Amy Dalley, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX) and studied under him vigorously for one year. Taking the lessons from Richy, Maha continued to grow and take influence from the musicians of his community. He gathered most of this influence at Gainesville’s beloved memory: The Jam, founded by Blake Briand (key player for Locochino) and practiced everything he knew for those six years with these musicians. Originally started in April 2016 with Christian Caro and Maha, this project has grown far beyond just them. They have raised thousands of dollars in their efforts to be of aid to the Gainesville, Florida community and have sights to raise millions to aid everyone in need that they can reach.
GrowTwogether is an annual music festival hosted by the members of Maha & the Lions, headed by frontman - Maha.
Last year’s festival was named ImagineTwogether, the year before that was StrongerTwogether, and you can expect a slight name change for each annual festival as it grows, though ‘Twogether’ will always be a part of the name. Why? It is derived from K9CARES Inc.’s motto - #StrongerTwogether.
This festival is to highlight the nonprofit: K9CARES Inc. and their efforts to pair rescued animals together with victims of abuse for both of their rehabilitation. Hence, the name Twogether represents the two parties that come together for healing.
Notable past performances with Eric Schwartz (Touring Comedian & former member of the Blue Man Group), The Soul Rebels (LA), JUNI (NY), Locochino, Savants of Soul, & Flint Blade.
Maha Ferry – Guitar/Vocals
Christian Caro – Drums
Stephanie Voight – Vocals
Alvin Morales – Vocals/Bass
Roxanne Nadia – Auxiliary Percussion
Pamelli Marafon – Keys/Vocals
Corwin Klein (featured artist) – Steel Hand Pan
Lucky Lemon (featured artist) – Concert Flute
Jasmine Laska – Live Visual Artist
Corwin Klein: Psychedelic/Sound Healing
Corwin Klein is a local Gainesville, Florida artist and musician. He picked up Bass Guitar and Hand Percussion at a young age and upon discovering the steel hand pan in 2012, he was hooked. It took a few years to attain but by the end of 2015, he had his first steel hand pan. Corwin now provides entrancing soundscapes with the hand pans and Tongue Drum for Yoga, Sound Healing, House Concerts and the random wayfaring stranger. Simply put, this is an act you should not miss.
Corwin Klein – Steel Hand Pan/Tongue Drum
MadWoman is an fusion band featuring a highly talented four piece set. They have been making music together for four years and are excited to be sharing it with the community!
Art Ihnatsenka - Guitar
Sammie Daigle - Vocals
Chandler McFarland – Bass
Unmil Patel - Percussion
Sweet Irene: Jazz/Folk
Sweet Irene has been writing poetry and singing songs since she was a young girl. Being raised with strong musical influence in the household led to her dabbling a little bit with all sorts of instruments, if nothing else just to understand them. She has a jazzy-folk fusion vibe with sweet voice to tug at your heart strings. She currently plays from her list of covers while she prepares her originals for the public eye. She hopes that you enjoy her sound as much as she enjoys producing it!
Sweet Irene is here to serenade you with gentle covers performed primarily on the Baritone Ukulele. Sweet Irene is also an eclectic member of Vowls, playing saxophone.
Emily Price – Vocals/Ukelele/Guitar/Saxophone
DJ Illterror: Drum & Bass/Glitch Hop/Bass
Dj Illterror started DJing back in 2000 and slowly progressed into one of the best DnB DJs in Gainesville and Florida.
From playing local shows in Gainesville to playing festivals, he throws down some of the ILLEST sets out there. Having opened for countless headliners and playing multiple festivals he continues to evolve and grow as a DJ and performer. He' s played at: FUTURE SOUND OF BREAKS MASSIVE MIAMI WMC, GALAXY MUSIC GATHERING 2,3,4 MIAMI WMC, CAMP UNITY, DREAM FEST, ODF4, EARTHDANCE FL 2010-2015, INDEPENDENCE FEST, DUB FACTORY, DNB ALL STARS and many other festivals and shows. He has played alongside acts such as: ICEY, CRAZE, DEEKLINE, FRANKIE BONES, JUSTIN FAZE, TONY FALINE, AUX 88, JACKAL & HYDE, SOUTH RAKKAS, 12TH PLANET, AK1200, TERRAVITA, GRIZ, BREAK SCIENCE, DIESELBOY, CARNAGE, SOUND REMEDY, ED RUSH, OPTICAL, ADAM F, DARA, A SIDES, BAILEY, LUMINOX, BRILLZ HEROBUST, CRIZZLY, DATSIK, FUNTCASE, MUST DIE, ANTISERUM, MAYHEM, UZ, FIGURE, PLANET OF THE DRUMS, MACHETE, RONI SIZE, CRYSTAL METHOD, LTJ BUKEM, MAXIM OF THE PRODIGY, FLUX PAVILLON, ICEY, FUNTCASE & COOKIE MONSTA, EMLAKAY, TROLL PHACE, NORTHBASE, WUKI, NC17, FREESTYLERS, LEGION, ARMANI REIGN, CALYX TEEBEE, MASON, JOHN B, DIRTYPHONICS, ARAAB MUZIK, and many more international artists.
Hold tight for more from this guy as he takes over the bass world!
Paul Illterror Hunt - DJ
Tamayo: Folk Rock/Jam/Electronic/Funk/Latin
Tamayo formed in Gainesville, Florida in January 2018. The band would find each other one by one at various open mic and music events. The vision grew and those who had the eyes to see would find themselves in the colorful realm that is Tamayo.
"...Enigmatic and psychedelic, like a folk Pink Floyd"- LVL TO THE ROOM
Michael Tamayo – Guitar/Vocals
Hannah Toombs – Ukulele/Vocals
Trevor Zwaan – Guitar
David Wells – DJ/Producer
Nathan Quails – Drums
Karina Tamayo – Keyboard/Vocals/Trombone
The Broskis: Latin/Ska
With songs that take you from the heart of the Amazon to a tropical rock paradise, the Broskis are Gainesville’s newest cross fusion band with an original sound. They are sweeping over Gainesville in a genre that is un-tapped. Get ready for the Latin-ska to pump your moves, brah!
Louie Dager - Lead Singer
Riley Sechrest - Bass
Ryan Chizmar - Drums
Matt Urban - Guitar
Luke Sechrest - Keys
Mr. Protégé - Feature Artist
Lost Vest: Electronic
Lost Vest is the trippy, experimental DJ side alias of Les Voss. He is the owner and founder of Gainesville electronic music event collaborative Over Easy Creative. Metaphysical sounds from a genre pool ranging from techno to deep dub, his music is immersive and takes listeners into a deeper dimension. As Lost Vest, he has performed opening duties for such talent as Clozee, Phutureprimitive, Papadosio, and Bells & Robes. One must first be lost to ever be found.
Les Voss – DJ
Thrusters: Egg Rock/Hard Rock
The Thrusters are an incredibly powerful local act. With sounds that will be sure to blow you away, hang on to your hats, grab ahold of the railing, and prepare for the hurricane.
Eddie Emerson – Guitar/Vocals
Trevor Jackson – Drums/Backup Vocals
Caleb Whitfield – Bass
Members: Taco Trench
Pamelli Marafon: Brazilian Jazz/Modern Jazz/Bossa Nova
Pamelli moved to America from Brazil and has brought the culture with her in full strength. Her EP, Ponteiros, was released October 2017 filling the ears of all of us Americans with her incredible Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Samba beats, and rolling piano frills. She recently started to sing in English, her second language, and it is not a moment to miss. Her angelic voice, impeccable timing, and overall stage presence will leave you pleading for more.
Pamelli Marafon – Piano/Vocals
Erik Abernathy: Brazilian Jazz/Jazz/Blues/Fingerstyle/Acoustic
Marvin Fulgham: Indie/Easy Listening/Acoustic
Bruce “Beau” McIntosh: Acoustic/POP/Soul/Country/Rock
I Love to Sing. It soothes my Soul. I seem to choose old songs about love & positivity whether it’s Country, Soul, POP or light Rock. I regularly post songs on “Beau Loves to Sing” on FB. I sing Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Eagles, Andre Bocelli, Elton John, Michael Buble’, John Ford Coley, Al Green, James Ingram, Seal, Restless Heart, Lonestar, Diamond Rio....& many more
Bruce McIntosh – Vocals/Guitar