2021 Music Lineup
Saturday May 1 – Stage 1
10am-12pm Sherry Farmer Variety
12pm-3pm Heather DeSantis Soul
3pm-6pm Casey Brents Variety
Saturday May 1- Stage 2
12pm-3pm Luis Lefty Guitar Duo Latina Guitar
3pm-6pm Cat Ridgeway Variety
Sunday May 2- Stage 1
10am-12pm Sherry Farmer Variety
12pm-2pm Casey Brents Variety
2pm-5pm Cat Ridgeway Variety
Sunday May 2- Stage 2
11am-2pm Luis Lefty Guitar Duo Classical, Flamenco, Latin
2pm-5pm Chuck Culbertson Variety
Stage on the front porch of Henry’s Depot
Saturday May 1
John Valeri: 11am-1pm
Taylor Rich: 1pm-3pm
Dane Colbert: 3pm-5pm
Sunday May 2
Taylor Rich: 11am-1pm
Acoustic Inferno: 1pm-3pm
Scott Davidson: 3pm-5pm
Chuck Culbertson is a singer, guitarist, songwriter who performs in the central Florida area.
He sings in a variety of styles, from Rock, to Jazz and Country.
He was the guitarist for one of the touring versions of the vocal group, “The Platters.”
A self taught musician who later studied music at Seminole State College, and the University of Central Florida
Chuck has performed at these notable venues:
House of Blues (Orlando, Fl), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, Tennessee), Eddies Attic (Decauter, Georgia), Cantors (Los Angeles, Ca.), Staccato Piano Bar (Washington D.C.) Jammin’ Java (Vienna, Virginia,) The Social (Orlando, Fl),Will’s Pub (Orlando, Fl.) Little Fish Huge Pond (Sanford, Fl)
Sherry Farmer Strange
A Central FL resident since 1968, born in Atlanta, hails from a musical family with her Mother singing gospel in church choirs and on gospel radio in South Carolina as a teenager along with her Maternal Grandfather singing and playing a variety of stringed instruments playing contra and square dances in the South Carolina & Georgia area.
Musical influences in addition to those the family range from Motown, Rock, Folk, Jazz, R&B to Bluegrass. Sherry quietly composed songs and played guitar in her bedroom as a young girl and began playing in public as an opening act for local rock bands in her eary 20’s, worked as a solo act performing easy listening folk & rock, a classic rock band or two along the way, played conventions for a number of years in a variety of bands, later fronting a jazz trio, joining a bluegrass fusion band and still maintaining some solo work as well.
“Sometimes it’s just about the groove & the melody, sometimes it’s the message or an interesting turn of a phrase or just telling a good story. Any way you look at it, I can’t imagine my life without music in it. It’s my happy place.”
Cat Ridgeway is a skilled singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL known for her soulful vocals, high energy, and magnetic stage presence. Her latest release, ‘Nice to Meet You,’ has jumped up 59 spots to #66 on the Americana album chart and moved up to #8 on the Americana Bubblin’ Up album chart (after staying at #10 for 3 weeks straight). Her leading single, “Giving You Up,” has tied for #5 most-added Americana single, reached #6 on the Americana Bubblin’ Up single chart, and moved up 129 spots to #71 on the Americana single chart. While these numbers may seem humble, they are quite impressive for an independent artist pitching to commercial radio for the very first time.
Cat recently caught the attention of hit songwriter Shawn Mullins (known for his 1998 chart-topper “Lullaby”) and has since played shows and co-written with him. Cat also has shared bills with acts like Arcade Fire, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell; and in 2016, indie rock duo Tegan and Sara personally selected Cat as the winner of their worldwide cover contest.
With a voice much bigger than she is, anywhere she plays, a buzz is sure to follow.
Casey Brents is a musician and producer based in Orlando, FL.
Casey has spent the last 10 years entertaining at events like the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, NASCAR’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, and for organizations including MasterCard, LPGA, Advent Health, Walt Disney World, and countless others. His music has been featured locally on 89.9 WUCF and 91.5 WPRK. Always a crowd favorite, he performs a wide variety of song selections spanning nearly a century of popular music and appears regularly at restaurants, clubs, and bars across Central Florida.
Heather Desanctis has traveled the world with her music. Beginning her live musician career in Costa Rica at just 18 years old. Shortly after growing a following, Brett Hestla, former bass player of Creed and present day Producer, decided to take Heather under his wing and allow her to express herself through original music. They created the Truth Hurts EP in 2018 Nashville. Since then Heather has become an established piece of Orlando’s Music Scene. She continues to write, create, and produce helping other artists with their craft. Orlando is lucky to have this gem of a human as an integral part of our community. Check out Heather on Spotify
The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Inc. is looking for solos, duos, trios and SMALL GROUPS of performing artists who would like to perform in (10×10) acoustic-type venues located in three locations on the art festival route. We will be considering performers within these categories:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Contemporary Bluegrass, Rhythm & Blues, Caribbean, Latin, Easy listening, Indie.
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING. THESE ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR PERFORMANCE.
NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE, SO PLEASE READ NOW TO AVOID ANY MISUNDERSTANDINGS AT THE FESTIVAL.
- Group leader must report to your assigned tent 30 minutes prior to your performance time. *Your entire group must report to your assigned tent 15 minutes prior to your performance time. You will have 15 minutes to set up (while the previous group is striking). You will be assigned a specific time slot. You must start and finish according to the times based on your assigned slot.
- The performance space is a 10’x10′ tent. Your group must fit in the tent with a little overflow out the front. There is no storage space for instrument cases except in the tent.
- You may bring signage announcing your group. You must supply an easel or other supporting device to display any signage.
- Only LIGHT amplification is permitted.
- Simple recorded accompaniment is permitted. Tracks that are an integral part of the performance are permitted but are not preferred. The accompaniment must be either CD or MP3 and will be played on equipment the Festival will supply. NOTE – PRIORITY FOR ACCEPTANCE TO THE FESTIVAL WILL BE GIVEN TO GROUPS THAT NEED NO RECORDED ACCOMPANIMENT.
- There are chairs available for performers but we must know in advance so we can move chairs to your performance area.
- Instrumentation rules- No high volume percussion instruments will be permitted.
The music coordinators will control volume levels so as not to disturb artists that are in nearby tents communicating with customers.
Be prepared to carry any instruments to the performance venue. Parking may not be close!
- CDs, t-shirts, posters, anything else group-related may be sold – 100% of sale goes to performer. You must supply a person to handle sales. The Festival will supply a 2’x4′ table and a chair. An electrical outlet will be provided for a credit card machine. Sales of your items will be permitted during your performance and for 10 minutes after your performance.
- Recorded music of group (MP3/CD only) will be allowed after performance for 15 minutes while next group is setting up.
- We encourage you to publicize your performance. You will have your performance schedule in advance of Festival dates.
- There is no charge for you to perform and sell promotion items; likewise there is only minimal compensation provided by the Festival. Compensation is derived from music sponsors and vary year to year.
- You may request time slots on both days of the Festival. As part of this application you will find a schedule of time slots. Please make a first, second, and third request on the day you want to perform. If you want to perform both days, make three choices on EACH DAY.
- Multiple time slots on the same day MAY be available. If you want multiple slots on the same day, please indicate that on your application. You will not be
assigned consecutive time slots.