Billy Jonas (Loyd Artists) – Music and Storytelling

Billy Jonas believes that creating a bright future starts with kids. Using homemade and re-cyclable “re-percussion” instruments, songs that celebrate community, as well as personal and planetary ecology, his think-outside-the-box educational performances occur at schools, colleges, universities and libraries around the country. Billy’s goal is to plant musical seeds, that will help grow creative, open-minded, engaged and open-hearted citizens of the world.

Some ask: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” Billy Jonas asks: “What is the sound of 600 sets of keys jingling on the downbeat? And how shall we inspire the audience to do it?” For 25 years, Billy Jonas, performer, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, has perfected the art of the neo-tribal hootenanny around the globe – original songs performed with a generous dose of audience participation. Jonas and his band perform using voice, guitar, and industrial re-percussion – homemade creations of buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion. Each concert is a soul-spelunking, heart healing, joy-filled journey of spirited music that is accessible to anyone and everyone, regard- less of age or cultural background.

Scott Ainslie (Loyd Artists) – Musical Storytelling

Scott Ainslie is a traditional acoustic Blues singer, guitarist, historian and songwriter with personal roots in the Civil Rights era and a great affection for cross-cultural exchange. He is a powerful musician, a fine singer and a masterful storyteller. Peppered with humor and stories, Ainslie’s teaching concerts help students and teachers learn to listen for the musical building blocks that continue to influence the music they hear all around them today – contemporary Rock, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Metal, R & B, and Hip-Hop.

Annie and the Hedonists (Band)

Annie & the Hedonists is an acoustic quartet comprised of Annie Rosen (lead vocalist), Jonny Rosen (guitar and vocals), Peter Davis (piano, clarinet, tenor guitar, and vocals), and Don Young (bass and vocals). The band does a variety of styles including vintage jazz and blues, folk, gospel, country, protest songs, and acoustic Americana. The band offers a variety of programs for school children including: 1) Roots of Blues and Jazz, 2) Hootenanny Sing-a-Long, 3) Songs of Social Justice, 4) Residency.