This year at Floyd Mardi, Sol Roots and Lagniappe will be back to energize and harmonize the crowd with deep grooves of New Orleans funk and jazz! Be sure to arrive in time to experience the amazing line up we have put together for you to keep you moving right up to closing time!
Sol Roots: The Sol Roots band performs a mix of New Orleans funk, raw blues, energetic rock, deep grooves, and southern soul. Sol is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has toured with many roots, funk, and blues legends around the world as a part of Music Maker Revue.
The Sol Roots band has performed at many premier festivals and venues across the east coast US, and have shared the stage with acts such as Jon Cleary, Soulive, Dumpstaphunk,The Wood Brothers, Robert Randolph, Eric Lindell, Booker T Jones, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Shemekia Copeland, Jackie Greene and more.
Paying homage to the greats, and with a love of Universal Music as the guiding light, Sol steps out on a path with a powerful group unique and talented band of musicians.
Seph Custer: Seph Custer is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer from Franklin County, VA. Known mostly for his guitar work and vocals, he’s been playing music in the local scene for over a decade in various bands. In recent years, Seph has traveled from Texas to Pennsylvania, playing a large variety of venues, events, and festivals.
Jordan Harman Band: Ask Jordan Harman to describe the songs he writes and he’ll tell you that it’s all about the soul. His smooth vocals, rhythmic guitar playing, and infectious hooks add up to a performance sure to please any crowd. The laid-back grooves will pull you in and, before you know it, you’re dancing to the music and singing along.
With influences such as Bill Withers, Donnie Hathaway, D’Angelo, James Brown, The Meters, Otis Redding, and The Roots there are many different elements to his unique brand of soul.
Flirting with Chemicals: Floyd Virginia’s Neo-psychedelic dance band draws inspiration from many sacred sources including Velvet Underground, Neil Young, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, The Byrds, Sparklehorse, Brian Eno and Bob Dylan. The song writing team of Barb Gillespie and Jeff Liverman deliver haunting lyrics coupled with elegant melodies and rhythms. Stephen Wallace on keyboard, Rick Hall on bass and Jake Thomas on drums join Jeff and Barb in FwC. Their skill and talent perfectly support the music and experience.
Gyroscopic: Floyd dancers Emily Williamson and Barb Gillesipie are a Floyd Mardi Gras tradition. What wonders will they bring this year?
Music Road Company: A smooth blend of reggae, funk and Latin music designed to groove and move you. Good friends making good music makes for good company.
The Hoopers: Come on out to Mardi Gras and meet Taryn, Cate & Stephanie Sky on the dance floor for a dynamic and inspiring hoop dance performance! These ladies specialize in fire dance and LED performance. They will be displaying a universe of endless possibilities, performed with elegant flow and an assortment of styles. Prepare to be mesmerized & captivated!
Whitney (Griz) Lewis: Original Americana with a jam based agenda.
Jake the Snake Retting: Singer/ songwriter living in Floyd, offering up a unique style of reggae infused folk funk.
Magician Nelson Oliver: Nelson Oliver is one of Roanoke’s top and most sought after performers. For the past 20 years he has been performing and honing his craft up and down the east coast from colleges events to festivals with his uniquely odd brand of magic. Nelson has been featured in multiple movies and tv shows, and currently stars in his own tv series, Misfit Magic. Nelson’s magic has a wide range from wild, sideshow stunts and humorous bizarre illusion to mind blowing hypnosis that engages all audiences. To find out more, visit Bonedaddy Entertainment on Facebook or search Magician Nelson Oliver on YouTube.
Michaela Perdue: Since 2012, Michaela has been hooping with an immeasurable amount of passion for the art.
Michaela’s passion for hooping can be clearly seen through her dance. Her unique flow has captivated audiences far and wide that have met her at festivals and performances or discovered her through social media. One of her favorite parts of hooping is sharing it with others.
Paul LeMay & David Hall: Paul began his career when he was 14 years old and living in Boston. After time in New York and Florida, he made his way to Floyd in 2009 and has called it home ever since. David is a Pulaski native who played with several bands in Blacksburg before joining Paul in 2010. Together, the pair released a CD called It’s All Good in 2015, which contains 13 songs written by Paul that have a taste of Blues, Country and Rock A Billy.
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Brad Collier: Brad Collier is an independent singer-songwriter based in Floyd County, VA. After decades of traveling the country playing a mix of traditional and original music, Brad settled back down in the rolling hills of his youth to focus on new music and a growing passion for building string instruments.