Blue Spirit Wheel
Blue Spirit Wheel
Based out of Atlanta, GA, Blue Spirit Wheel was manifested in 2012 by Ian Boccio and Stephanie Kohler, for the purpose of exploring new ideas in chant music and facilitating deep experiences of Divine Consciousness with spiritual communities around the US. Based on the fundamental rhythms and vibrations contained within the Sanskrit language, the band incorporates a wide variety of instruments and musical paradigms to create soundscapes that draw the listener info a deep state of meditative expansion. The audience is invited to participate by chanting simple mantras along with the music, or interact with the sounds through dance and movement. In addition to their many years of musical and artistic experience, the chant leaders in Blue Spirit Wheel draw on their backgrounds in yoga practice for guidance:
Ian is a dedicated mantra yogi who regularly leads weekend workshops throughout the US, while Stephanie is the co-­owner of Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta.

Since its inception, Blue Spirit Wheel has been in a constant state of expression and creation. The band has already released three albums, Ādi in 2012, Darkness To Light in 2013, and Kailāsa, which was released in December of 2014. Three successful tours of the Southwest, West Coast, Mountain States and the Midwest have brought a national awareness of Blue Spirit Wheel’s unique sound vibrations, and the band is committed to continuing with an extensive tour schedule into the future. Blue Spirit Wheel has also begun moving into the circuit of high vibration festivals, with appearances at Bhakti Fest Midwest and the Color Festivals in Atlanta and Charlotte. Ian and Stephanie are both founders and organizers of the ChantLanta Sacred Music Festival, now in its 7th year, and Blue Spirit Wheel has regularly performed in support of ChantLanta’s charity mission.

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Cheryl Chaffee
Cheryl Chaffee
Cheryl Chaffee’s original kirtan music is heart­felt, easy to sing along with, and draws from different traditions and cultures. When she first heard kirtan, she found it to be the perfect fusion
of two of her loves, yoga and music. In 2009, she founded the Sarasota kirtan group, Palms Together, and has been chanting ever since. A singer and keyboard player since childhood, Cheryl has sung on the main stage at Bhakti Fest & the One Love Fest in California, led kirtan at the Rasa Lila Fest in both Orlando & Tampa, FL, and presented the Hanuman Chalisa last year at ChantLanta in Atlanta, GA. Cheryl is currently recording her first kirtan CD, expected to release in 2016.

The band:
Cheryl Chaffee, vocals and harmonium
Rachel Epstein, percussion
Rachel Ward, percussion
Randall Buskirk, guitar
Shashvata Das, bass
Subhan Dawson, vocals
Tim Chaffee, drums

Missy Balsam
Missy Balsam
Missy Balsam is a full­time yoga teacher and kirtan artist living in Naples, Florida. During her yoga journey, Missy fell in love with kirtan, or the singing of mantras and divine names, and started on the path of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. She infuses this love into her inspirational music that she sings from the heart. Leading kirtan since 2011, she began to write her own original material in 2012, releasing her debut CD “Kirtan” in June 2014. Missy is passionate about sharing her love of Bhakti which has created boundless joy in her life. She has taught yoga at Bhakti Fest Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin for the past three years, and in 2015 was both a featured yoga teacher and kirtan artist on the main stage at both Bhakti Fest Midwest in Madison and Bhakti Fest West in Joshua Tree, California. She and her band also performed at the inaugural Hamptons Yoga Fest in NY in September 2015.

Missy Balsam: Vocals and Harmonium
George Benjamin: Percussion
Bobby Griffis: Guitar
Todd Scoville: Bass

Prana Kirtan Band
Prana Kirtan Band
Meet the brand new Prana Kirtan Band!
Steve: guitar, lead vocals
Marcellius: guitar
Keco: flute
Hukam: drums
Jay: drums
Regina: supporting percussion
Jennifer: guitar
Sabrina, Donna, Meredith, Hannah and Jenny: vocals
Rick Franz
Rick Franz
Rick’s been playing and touring with some of the world’s well known kirtan leaders for many years. He’s been leading kirtan himself for four. A graduate of Berklee College of Music with a background in the healing arts he brings an eclectic and developed musical style, a deep spiritual sense, a respectfully irreverent sense of humor, and lots of fun. On this date his band will consist of the some our area’s finest musicians and shows promise of an evening sweetly spent.

His cd “A Muse In Grace” is available through his website

Shankh & Friends
Shankh & Friends
Kirtan & World Fusion Music
Using the rich, traditional musical history of Shankh Lahiri’s
cultural upbringing from India, this unique Kirtan & World Fusion band offers authentic taste of Indian Kirtan with a fresh, modern feel.

As a busy, International touring Tabla Artist, Leader of ‘Wahh
World Fusion Band’ and a Founder/Director of ‘Shruti Foundation’, Shankh decided to create this dynamic Musical Group to share his natural devotional Kirtan knowledge and Musicianship from India with the West and perform it in an unparalleled feast of integrative spiritual nourishment and delicious musicality.

Shankh Lahiri on Vocal, Harmonium and Tabla,
Heather DeRigo Lahiri on Drums and Percussion,
Steve Blom on Guitar,
and Cheryl Chaffee on vocals

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LESS STRESS MORE WAH! is a bumper sticker her fans made. It sums up what people are feeling about Wah! and her music, books, and lectures. After 18 years touring and performing throughout the world, she wants to get at the root of helping people relax and unwind.

If you’ve been in a yoga class in the last five years, you have no doubt heard her music. The first female to bring kirtan music [call-and-response chanting performed in India’s devotional traditions] to the West in the 1990’s, Wah! has been playing bass guitar with her wildly joyful rock band at yoga festivals and centers around the U.S. since 1997. She has also consistently offered music and albums to the therapeutic market; her Savasana CDs have sold over 70,000 copies worldwide.

A few years ago Wah! took time to sit with people – just sitting, and singing, toning, and leading simple meditative exercises. This, combined with many years leading yoga and creating relaxation music led to The Healing Concert, a feature-length song cycle using loops, delays, keyboards, vocals and hand-made laser lights to inspire deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

“Our lives are filled with distractions and disruptions that take us away from ourselves and leave us with an experience of overwhelming stress and disconnection,” says Wah! “Fast food, scattered thoughts, noise from ads online/TV/billboards, sleep apnea machines, cell phones, advice-givers – the list goes on and on…” Wah! feels a new kind of musical experience is necessary. “I want to explore more deeply how we are living our lives and create events which inspire and expand our receptivity.”

Her new book, Healing: A Vibrational Exchange discusses and introduces audiences to the concepts behind her music. The book focuses on seven ways you can create more space and healing in your life – using thought, breath, light, sound and other natural components. Her lectures on receptivity have been welcomed at Princeton University, Loyola Marymount University and at EXPOs and conferences around the country. Her workshops expand the detail of her wisdom, exploring sensory awareness and perception, and giving audiences both the idea and experience of healing and renewal.

She has performed with Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Neale Donald Walsch. In concerts, festivals, lectures and workshops, Wah! uses her deep understanding of music and healing to create high energy experiences that are transformative and expansive.

The Healing Concert (aka the Planetarium Show!)

Heal yourself. Heal Mother Nature. The Healing Concert uses visual and sonic images of our universe to create a feature-length presentation of profound beauty. Slow moving, calming laser lights and visual projections create patterns found in Nature such as constellations in the sky and Northern Lights on the horizon. Wah! performs live, her beautiful voice, loops, delays, and keyboards gently guiding audiences into deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Healing Concert is a song cycle, which is a group of songs, poems, improvisations and spoken word expressed as one cohesive performance. Wah!’s evening length song cycle is a story of hope and renewal.

The Healing Concert is an event which brings attention to the need for harmony and balance in ourselves and our world. It creates community and brings harmony to Mother Nature. “We are at a pivotal point in history where humans and Mother Nature have become contaminated. How can we come back into balance with our world?” says Wah! “There are ways we can support harmony with the land and create harmony in ourselves. At each Healing Concert we announce local community service projects so people can become involved and make a difference in their world.”

“People have profound experiences at the Healing Concert,” says Wah! “Some people sleep; some rest; some people cry… not tears of sorrow but an expression, an acknowledgement of life, a surrender to authentic emotion.” Wah! encourages people to bring their families, grandparents, friends and community to share an experience which benefits us and Mother Nature.

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