Michael Lott

Michael Lott is a visionary abstract artist whose work is heavily inspired by his travels, our relationship with nature and our movement towards spiritual integration, and by the worlds opened up to him via dreams and the collective unconscious. The unique style that Michael’s work takes on is inspired by synesthesia, a “neurological phenomena” in which Michael’s senses overlap and he perceives music and sound visually as a flowing, interwoven dance of colors and abstract patterns. Michael believes that his work holds rich subconscious symbolism, and that it can be seen as a foreign yet universally familiar language. For more of Michael’s work, check out  www.MichaelLottArt.com

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AshEL SeaSunZ aka The Lyft Rapper

AshEL SeaSunZ aka The Lyft Rapper is the CEO of Earth Amplified Consulting, offering Creative Strategy for various conscious entrepreneurs, startups, and non profits. He is the Senior Strategist for International Plant Based Hip-hop organization Hip Hop is Green. He is founder and performer with roots, rap, and reggae collective, Earth Amplified, and a vocalist with West African/West Oakland band Dogon Lights. He is a shamanic & plant based health coach and also teaches meditation, creativity, and manifestation principles for activist, creatives, and entrepreneurs. www.uberrapper.com.

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Desirae Harp

Desirae Harp is a member of the Mishewal Wappo tribe from the central coast of California, and she is a descendant of the Diné Nation from the Southwest. She is a singer/songwriter, cultural bearer/activist, and teacher. She sings with Audiopharmacy, an internationally acclaimed world music/ reggae/ and hip hop ensemble. She uses her music as a teaching tool to facilitate workshops on cultural survival, social justice, and environmental justice with youth across the country. She is the founder of the Mishewal Ona*staTis language revitalization program, and she works with the run4salmon campaign to restore the California water ways, salmon runs, and indigenous ways of life. Indigenous Rising  

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Lydia Violet

Lydia Violet (of Ayla Nereo Band) is deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest music traditions. She uses her stunning violin sounds, intricate 3-part harmonies, lyrical banjo, and strong instrumental arrangements to bring her listeners into a soul-folk revival experience woven into with new wave of protest music. Lydia has also studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 9 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into profound communion with our human and more-than-human communities. In the past year she has performed alongside Climbing PoeTree, Ayla Nereo, The Polish Ambassador, Wildlight, Rising Appalachia, MaMuse, and  Joanna Macy. From civil right songs to old-fashioned…

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Dustin Thomas

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love- Wild-hearted globe-trotter Dustin Thomas is making waves from America to Australia with his infectious blend of beat-box/soul-folk. Armed with his voice, a guitar, and universal anthems of love and war; this young singer-songwriter continues to inspire hearts around the world on his mission of peace, joy, and unity. As a touring artist Dustin Thomas is known worldwide for his captivating and unifying performances and soulfully crafted sing-a-longs. As a recording artist, Dustin has built a unique grassroots following online and boasts over a half a million streams on his website alone. Truly a man of the road, Dustin Thomas has shared…

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Orion Freeman

Orion Freeman is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing seeker from the woods just beyond the mortar and bricks of Philadelphia. His souled-out, sometimes reggae-infused, flamenco-tinged, bluesy folk-rock aspires to move: your shoes; your heart; the cobwebs, so as to allow your soul to shine. Hovering somewhere within the chasm between the worldly and the divine, his music is an intimate glimpse into the spiraling states of freedom and folly, playfulness and prayer. In April of 2017 Orion released Morning Son, his second full length record, and will be spending the rest of the year touring throughout the US, with Thomas Seyoum providing harmonic support. “This second record of mine comes at a…

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Los Nadies

Los Nadies have created one of the freshest sounds to come out of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene in a long time. Filling a vacuum in Northern California that their southern counterparts Ozomatli deliver so well in L.A., Los Nadies bring a keen mix of politics, poetry, street party and musicianship every time they step on to a stage. Their unique blend of rock, nueva trova, South American folklore and Afro-Latin rhythms follows and expands on the tradition of celebration and protest put forth by musicians like Silvio Rodríguez, Manu Chao, and Santana. Front man Juán Cuba’s vocals, along with José Vergelín’s drums, and Francisco Ferrer’s lead guitar, serve as…

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Diane Patterson

Folkgoddess Diane Patterson sings the world awake with strong voice, rocking guitar, sweet ukulele, and revolutionary lyrics. Her sincere spirit and wild heart joyfully plant seeds of love and light in every listener. Diane’s been performing at festivals and venues since 1989, beginning with a season playing electric bass for the excellent Sacramento, California-based Blues Duo; then co-fronting a world beat band in Davis called The Heat from 1989-1991. She started in 1993, with Joe Kojima Gray and Dave Theno, the award-winning Diane Patterson Sextet, with Jan Peters and two percussionists, Warren Jones and Rita Hosking . . . yes, THE Rita Hosking! Following The Sextet have been 20 years of…

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Youssoupha Sidibe

Youssoupha Sidibe is a Grammy-nominated Senegalese West African kora (African harp) player. Over the course of 25 years, he has developed thousands of fans all over the world and has performed and recorded with many exceptional musicians. Grammy-nominated for his collaboration with Matisyahu (Youth), Youssoupha has released albums with Charles Neville (Tree of Life), Midnite (For All), Steve Kimock, a duet with Michael Franti (What I Be), and has collaborated live with India Arie, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident, Chris Berry Trio, Shimshai, and many more. Youssoupha has performed at some of the most famous festivals and venues in the world, including The Hammerstein Ballroom…

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Climbing Poetree

Over the last 13 years, Climbing PoeTree has infused our movements for justice with healing and imagination, inspiring thousands through their award-winning multimedia theater, dual-voice spoken word, visual art, sustainable touring, and community organizing. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman are cultural architects committed to reframing the story through multi-voice spoken word, hip hop, world music, and multimedia theater that translate deep research around the most pressing issues of our time into stunning artistry that catalyzes their audiences to activate the transformation they wish to cultivate within themselves and their communities. Alixa and Naima have independently organized 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the…

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Jasmine Fuego & Live Band

Co-Founder of the Permaculture Action Network and Bay Area based Performance Artist, Jasmine is an animated mover, shaker and cross pollinator dedicated to bridging entertainment, education and ecology to bring about a new just and generative cultural narrative. Jasmine's  eclectic music project has been called soul-pop and is deeply influenced by the blues, hip hop and jazz. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JazFuego/?pnref=lhc Website: http://www.jasminefuego.com/ 2017 Convergence Panel: Artists in Action  Saturday, Oct 7 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | Main Stage   2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7 | 10:15 – 11:00 PM | Main Stage Save

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Wild Man

Wild Man is a geographer, dancer, and dj. He works across all parts of his craft to realize more harmonious relations between sound, bodies, and space in an urban setting.  One of his favorite media is dance music--from hip-hop and r&b to funk and house--and is grateful to the sonic elders and innovators of soul, past and present.  He lives and works in Oakland, CA. 2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7, | 11:45 PM – 12:30 AM | Main Stage Save

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The Thrive Choir

Thrive East Bay is a purpose-driven community for people of all ages and backgrounds who are committed to transforming our lives, the places we live, and the world. We are building a new type of community that is informed by modern science and ancient wisdom, infused with a profound sense of love and interconnection, and focused on social change. We welcome all people on the journey toward personal growth, shared learning, and collective action. Thrive East Bay hosts regular Sunday events (currently on the 4th Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm) and deep fellowship with others, focused on the following core principles: Thriving Lives - We support each other…

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Jasmine Fuego

Jasmine Fuego is a Bay Area based performance artist and social permaculture community organizer. In 2014, Fuego co-founded the Permaculture Action Tour with musician, The Polish Ambassador, which catalyzed hands-on, earth based projects and "action days" for thousands of people in 44 cities from San Francisco to New York City. Jasmine focuses on arts and entertainment as a vehicle for social and environmental justice. She is currently working with Pandora Thomas and many others to build the Black Permaculture Network which promotes cross-cultural dialogue and education around permaculture design within diverse communities. 2017 Convergence Performance: Saturday, Oct 7th | 9:30 - 10:30 PM | Main Stage 2017 Convergence Panel: Artists in…

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