Take a peek at our latest confirmed performers for this years festival!
The Zongo All-Stars
Hailing from the Central Coast of California, Zongo All-Stars is a fun, unique, high energy band playing original music blending Afro-Latin / Afro-Caribbean / Funk / Reggae / Calypso music that they like to call “CaliCubano”. The infectious sound has lots of percussion, horn section, a zany front man with vocals in Spanish and an all-star rhythm section.
The Zongo players have been making music together under different groups for over 30 years! Most notably, 5 of the 7 players were in Mozaic, the very popular 90’s Central Coast Afro-Funk band. After Mozaic, Dylan Johnson and Jacob Odell went back east and got their BAs in Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, kicking off notable careers in the jazz world. While they were back East, music director Andrew Wise had worked with trumpeter Paul Irving to compose an extensive library of original music and when they returned to the Central Coast Manny years later – it was time to put the new project together. Original Mozaic percussionist and steel drummer Justin Perkins jumped back in, and with the addition of Tim Costa on percussion, and Sean Sullivan on drums – Zongo was formed in 2007 and remains a force to be reckoned with. They are excited to share their unique sound with the Millpond community and are ready to light up the dance floor on Friday evening!
Carbé and Durande Duo with Brynn Albanese
The Carbe and Durand Duo from Incendio will combine forces with dear friend and incredible violinist, Brynn Albanese. Brynn has graced the Millpond stage in the past with her former band, Cafe Musique, and has played her violin around the globe. Living happily in a space between classical music and improvisation, Brynn will bring her formidable skllls and melodic power to Carbe & Durand’s world grooves, playing music from longtime Millpond favorites, Incendio.
Carbé and Durand are a Latin guitar duo performing original music and their own arrangements of rock, pop and blues. The Carbé and Durand Latin guitar duo are part of the world music group Incendio. They fashion their original music (as well as popular songs by other artists) on two nylon string guitars. Their fiery approach to playing the Spanish guitar excites and invigorates audiences everywhere they perform. They mix Latin rhythms and romantic melodies with heart felt blues and rock energy.
Brynn Albanese has celebrated a 35-year musical career as a concert Violinist having a musical career that has taken her all other the world. Brynn is currently in training to become a Certified Music Practitioner as well as certification in becoming an End of Life Midwife or Death Doula recognizes the transformative power of music as a therapeutic enhancement to the healing process and the life/death transition.
Sage Andrew Romero is a Hoop Dancer from the Tuah-Tahi (Taos Pueblo) and Tovowahamatu Nuumu (Big Pine Paiute). He has traveled extensively raising awareness of indigenous people and Hoop Dancing on an international scale. Along with sharing issues and cultural respect among other people, he has also toured and danced with artists such as Robert Mirabal, A Tribe Called Red, Conway Kootenay, The Doors, and numerous others. When he is able, Sage volunteers with Indigenous organizations and youth projects. He is also the Founder/Director of the Nonprofit Organization, AkaMya Culture Group which focuses on Indigenous Wellness through Culture, Song, Media, Pro-activeness and Sobriety. Through his efforts and volunteer collaborative efforts, Sage recently completed construction on the new Margaret L. Romero Cultural Studio for Dance, Cultural revitalization and Media. The space was also named in memory of his Cultural bearer Mother, who was lost during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Sage now works within the Studio space to provide cultural enrichment, dance classes, language classes, multimedia and wellness projects for his community and Native People.
Call for Volunteers!
Do you love the Millpond Music Festival? We are looking for volunteers to help us make this years festival happen! Our festival would not be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers who have been helping put this event on for the last 29 years. Want to be part of the legacy? Submit a volunteer application through our website!
The perks of being a volunteer at the Millpond Music Festival include a FREE day pass to the festival for 4 hours of volunteering, or a FREE WEEKEND PASS for 8 hours of volunteer work, plus you get to hang out at the festival, soaking up all the music and good vibes.
Festival ticket prices go up after August 26th!
Get your early tickets while you can!
(From Inyo Council for the Arts)