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Keynotes 2017

Helen BondKeynote speaker

Helen Bond

Percussionist of intricate melodies and polyrhythms of West African music / teacher / storyteller / humanitarian and winner of 2015 Jack Benny Arts and Humanities Award. Helen is the Executive Director of Motherland Rhythm Community and the co-founder of the Benkadi Project.

Motherland Rhythm Community is an official 501c3 with Benkadi being part of the work with Motherland Rhythm Community. The Community also offers drum circles, performances and scholarships to classes in the USA. Helen will be sharing her stories of working toward justice, envisioning possibilities of weaving music with humanitarian work, and exploring how we can bring our individual desire for justice into our own communities for the good of all.

Helen’s keynote presentation will be Saturday morning and she will lead drumming workshops on Saturday afternoon.

Listen to the NPR Interview with Helen Bond and Amy Lusk.


Going Native GirlsGoing Native is a terrific new vocal group with three awesome women at its heart.  Lisa Mensing – lead singer/rhythm guitar, True Turner – multikeyboardist and LaDonna Goetz – lead guitar/vocals will make you want to Rock and Roll.  Each of these talented women started doing music at an early age. With True bouncing between keyboards and the vocal harmonies of LaDonna and Lisa, we are in for an unforgettable night of rhythm and dancing.

The band as a whole is unmatched in the entertainment industry.

Going Native will perform Saturday night after dinner.  They’ll also lead a workshop on Saturday afternoon.