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Musical Echoes Festival Returns to Fort Walton Beach

Apr 04, 2017 12:53AM

Musical Echoes, the annual Native American Flute & Art Festival, will return to the Landing, 139 Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach, April 21 to 23. This free, nonalcoholic event is intended for the entire family.

Visitors will experience the unique sounds of the Native American flute as it comes alive in the hands of talented musicians. The festival will feature a variety of acts, from solo performers to full-piece bands, with live music on stage during the entire event. Dancers will perform colorful, rhythmic traditional dances and share the meaning of each one.

Among the acclaimed Native American musicians and dancers in the festival lineup are Ed Wind Dancer; Gareth; award-winning hoop dancer Lowery Begay; and Mark Holland with his full band, Autumn’s Child. The band Injunuity will make its debut at the festival, performing both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Flute makers will be selling their flutes, helping visitors find one that is right for them and offering tips and guidance on how to play. Art and craft vendors will have their custom jewelry, baskets, leather work and other handcrafted items for sale, and food vendors will offer traditional Indian fry bread and festival fare.

At the main tent there will be a silent auction and raffles, and visitors can purchase this year’s festival T-shirt, which features a painted horse created by artist Kenneth Maines.

Musical Echoes Flute Festival Inc. is a volunteer-run nonprofit. The festival relies on funding through sponsorships and donations. To contribute or to see a complete schedule, visit MusicalEchoes.org.

 

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