2022 Performers

“KyleOnTheMic” 

Emcee 

Kyle L. Jones is a multi-talented entertainment host and media personality. Known for entertaining crowds of all ages with a spunky personality, he coined the name the Millennial Hype Man. 

When KyleOnTheMic is not hyping up crowds and making his supporters laugh, you can find him giving back to his community and serving as a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He lives by the quote, “Why try to fit in, when you are born to stand out!”  Read more at www.kyleonthemic.com

SOUND FUSION

Performance Time | 1PM 

Founded in 2020, Sound Fusion is inspired by the jazz-funk fusion sounds that emerged in the 1970s as well as tunes that predate that era. It all started with a request for a group to perform at a virtual concert sponsored by a local Fredericksburg VA library. Drummer/producer Kyle Smith assembled the group and recorded the concert in his basement. 

Their first demo, a cover of the classic tune “My Favorite Things”, received regular rotation on local radio during the Dec 2020 holiday season. Preparing to record their debut album, Sound Fusion released “State of the Art” in May 2021. You can find Sound Fusion on FB, Instagram and YouTube.

The BRENCORE ALLSTARS BAND

Performance Time | 2:30PM 

A Tribute to the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire

Delivering a series of medleys and powerhouse melodies, the multi-talented BRENCORE ALLSTARS will have you singing and dancing to your favorite songs all night long. 

The BRENCORE ALLSTARS Band has performed many Tributes, selling out venues such as The Historic Howard Theatre, The Carlyle Club, the Roanoke Rapids Theatre, and the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, to name a few. Hailing from Washington DC, they musically transport audiences to a time when some of the greatest artists graced the stage and wooed audiences across the globe!  www.brencore.com

TONY CRADDOCK, JR. & COLD FRONT

Performance Time | 4PM 

One stormy afternoon at the age of eight, Tony Craddock, Jr. discovered smooth jazz on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s.” He was so inspired that he took up the saxophone – a passion that's led him to record three albums and work with genre greats Kirk Whalum and Ken Navarro. His latest single “Magnetic” hit #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Jazz Releases. 

His music airs on Sirius XM Radio, Music Choice, The Weather Channel, over 70 radio stations worldwide. After earning a degree in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University, he founded the independent music label Cold Front Music in 2011 to usher a breeze of inspiration into the minds and spirits of listeners.  www.tonycraddockjr.com

Matthew Whitaker

Performance Time | 5:30PM 
Cell phones MUST be silenced during this performance.

Matthew Whitaker’s love for playing music began at age 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history.  He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.

In 2018, The Root added Matthew to its list of 1 of 25 Young Futurist Leaders and was named as 1 of 7 rising stars for 2018 by USA Today network's 201 Magazine. Received The Harlem Stage Emerging Artist Award. 

2019 & 2020, Matthew was a winner of The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award for his original compositions “Emotions & Underground!" www.matthewwhitaker.net 

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