Organifest Entertainment

"All these wonderful musicians donate their talents in support of the mission of Organicfest ~
to grow and promote the goodness of organics!"

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Organicfest Entertainers 2019

Jimmy Landry

Black Mountain resident, born in Washington DC, and raised in the nearby northern Virginia suburbs, Jimmy Landry has an illustrious history, playing with many musical icons, from Stevie Ray Vaughn to David Crosby to Richie Havens to David Wilcox, John Gorka, Patty Larkin... it's a long list. Jimmy has been featured on the stages of some of the country's finest music festivals: The Kerrville Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival are but three. Now a fixture in the burgeoning Asheville, NC music scene for over two decades, great songs, a memorable voice, and a passionate, sweaty enthusiasm for what he does are what linger with you after an encounter with Jimmy Landry and his music.

Quick Chester

This guitar & vocal duo performs a variety of original songs by Mark Chester accompanied by Paul Quick on guitar and harmonies. They also perform a variety of covers from such artists as The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Band, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, among others.

Mark has been singing and playing percussion for over a decade with The Flying Oatsmen, as well as providing percussion for a local jazz combo, The Rat Alley Cats. Mark also plays guitar, and began writing songs at the age of 20.

Paul picked up the guitar and started playing in bands fifty years ago. He has an extensive solo repertoire and prior to teaming with Mark, most recently played guitar and sang with the local classic rock cover band, Back Pages. Paul has been active in local songwriting circles for years, and has co-written many songs with local songwriter Lance Kurland. They have released a CD together as "Highlight." Paul has also been involved with handling the sound and performing at Organicfest for years.

Visit QuickChester, Paul Quick Music, The Flying Oatsmen and Rat Alley Cats on Facebook. "Likes" most appreciated.

Jeff Michels

I started songwriting as soon as I strummed my first guitar at 16 years old, and haven't stopped... started piano around then, too. Many years of singing out since then... upstate New York, Maryland, Sacramento, Atlanta, Virginia, Seattle, and now, western North Carolina. I was born and raised in the apple country of New York state--not too far from Woodstock ūüėČ I perform with acoustic guitar and a strong voice and a leaning towards rock and folk -- "Folkadelic" one might say... Jim Robertson picked up his folk-congas not so long ago, and we've been making rhythm and harmonies since and adds synergy to my music. He hasn't cut his pony tail either.¬†Steve Kirkland has been joining Jim and I recently, playing lead and adding another dimension to "folkadelic jam" Together we will make you smile and tap your feet. Listen to the Music!

Sherri Lynn & Friends

Sherri Lynn has entertained Organicfest friends from its beginning! She brings her sweet voice and love for bluegrass and country music to our stage blended with Raeph McDowell and some good friends who will join her for a tune or two.

Sherri Lynn grew up with the sound of her father, steel guitarist, Eugene ‚ÄúRed‚ÄĚ Howard who frequently played at the Grand Ole Opry when Sherri was a young one. She often napped in her father‚Äôs guidtar case during performances there.

We know that Sherri and friends will move you to the music at the Organicfest celebration!


GreenWay is a musical group founded by Cocoa Palmer and Tom Dolce that combines American Folk, Rock and tribal influences. Through the use of vocal harmonies, chant-sounds, and earthy tonalities, Greenway performs songs that inspire holistic lifestyle that are in greater harmony with the natural world.

Ginnie Waite

Ginnie Waite has been singing her songs for over 40 years-songs about life. Songs of hope.of blackfoot descent, her songs resonate with spirit that has guided her steps. Come share the joy!

Zazu Dreams

Couple collaborators, Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff, artist and author, and Rob Mies, biodiversity scientist, built and live in the LoveBus, their school bus-converted tiny home constructed using¬†only repurposed¬†materials.* Their personal lives and research focus on unraveling connections between ecological collapse and humanitarian abuses while helping to empower individuals to take responsibility for these interdependent relationships through social permaculture:¬† Because all forms of climate crises are interconnected, all forms of climate justice are equally interconnected. Their feminist work explores behavioral and infrastructural shifts that can encourage individuals to embrace alternatives to¬†the¬†self-destructive consequences of convenience-culture, corporatist-led over-consumption, and institutionalized band-aids such as greenwashing. Using Alhadeff‚Äôs 2017, critically acclaimed¬†intergenerational, cross-cultural¬†social-permaculture book,¬†Zazu Dreams Between¬†the¬†Scarab and¬†the¬†Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for¬†the¬†Anthropocene Era**:¬†,¬†this climate-justice duo perform how to confront these challenges through equity awareness and a creative relationship to waste. In order to heal from toxic inequities through action-based empathy, they live their ethics‚ÄĒweaving a life of love and art (including Rob‚Äôs hand-crafted furniture made from sustainably-harvested local hardwoods and reclaimed resources--Menagerie Woodworking Rob Mies, Permaculture Artisan:¬†

Lance Kurland

Lance Kurland is a prolific songwriter and healer.  He has written ovr 100 songs about 1/3 co-written with others. He originated the New Age group "Innergy", and the rock group "HighLight". He co-wrote the Pay it Forward theme "One Gift at a Time" with Tawney Sankey. Lance is the musical director of the Organicfest Celebration for the last 13 years and developed the Transformational Auric and Etheric Healing mode of energy healing also working with Flower Essences and the breath.

Jay Whitham

Jay Aílan (ay-lan) Whitham (witt-um) is a journeyman musician. Born in Boston, he first picked up a guitar at age 9. By age 10 he had started to study the guitar seriously and joined his first band. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Jay has played virtually all types of music, in every kind of group imaginable. He has played venues from strip clubs to stadiums, street corners to studios. While he jokes that his career has been all downhill after his band opened for the Rolling Stones in a 1966 Boston concert when he was 16, he continues to perform with a profound joy and musical passion that has been nurtured for a lifetime.

Jay and his wife Wendy moved to the Asheville area in 2007. Among his various musical activities these days he is a singer-songwriter, a solo performer, a studio musician, a teacher, and he plays regularly with the bands Clear Daze, Riftshifters, Strangers to Fame, and other Asheville area bands and artists, and with Jubilee!’s World Beat Band on Sundays at Jubilee! in Asheville.

Yuli Johnson

Yuli loves music. Singing pop songs with the sentimental lyrics and beautiful melodies she favors, Yuli captivates you with her lovely, expressive voice and heartfelt delivery. She is always ready with a long list of excellent originals and carefully chosen popular cover songs to bring a message of love, peace, freedom and happiness to her audience.
    Her career as a performer was nurtured in Florida where she played many venues from the Timucua Arts White House to the Sleeping Moon Café. Some other Florida venues included Dandelion Community Café, Twisted Vine, RG Brewski’s, Holly’s & Dolly’s, White Cup Coffeehouse, Taste Restaurant, Finn’s, The Silly Grape, Maxine’s and the Deland Original Music Festival. Along the way she discovered the ukulele and completely fell in love with the instrument. "Whether accompanying herself on keyboard or ukulele, Yuli brings a whimsical folk-like quality to her upbeat performances!" - Alan Gerber. Yuli has also taken her classically trained voice and instrumental skills on tour across USA from St Augustine in Florida, up through New York City, across most of the states, Nashville and Memphis Tennessee, Tulsa Oklahoma, Denver Colorado, Albuquerque New Mexico, and up and down the coast of California.
   These days she resides in Asheville, North Carolina. She continues loving the ukulele for both performing and writing, and of course she continues to play piano and recently has been studying the guitar. Yuli practices and rehearses without fail every day and she performs nearly every day too! It's true to say that music is Yuli's life.