The Price Sisters

The Price Sisters 5-piece band showcases a traditional yet fresh and creative bluegrass sound featuring twin-sister harmony.  The band collectively has been nominated for the IBMA's Momentum Band of the Year, while Lauren has received nominations for Momentum Vocalist and Instrumentalist of the Year and Leanna for Momentum Vocalist.  The Price Sisters have garnered popularity with full-time touring across the US as well as trips to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Canada, appearing at festivals and leading workshops.  Presently the Price Sisters have signed on to McCoury Music and are anticipating their first album release for the label, produced by Ronnie McCoury, in early 2024.

Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a multiple All-Ireland Ireland fiddle champion, residing in White Plains, New York.  He is a direct musical descendant to Sligo fiddle style master Michael Coleman, through his studies with Martin Wynn and Andy McGann.  Brian is also a highly respected teacher, having taught multiple All-Ireland winners as well as students who have gone on to perform in Riverdance.  Brendan Dolan is one of the most respected piano accompanists in traditional Irish music today.  For more information on Brian Conway visit his website at

Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton (born January 26, 1989) is an American multi-instrumentalist blues musician and vocalist from Los Angeles.  He plays banjo, piano and violin and his musical influences are mainly rooted in the early blues from the 1920s and 30s.  Jerron's family, originally from Louisiana, moved to LA in the 50s where he grew up before moving to New York city in 2007, where he currently resides.  With a strong interest in blues and jazz music before World War II, Paxton's sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson.  According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and '30s, the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson.”

Ruby John

Ruby John is a Odawa Fiddler from Northern Michigan.  Along with guitarist John Warstler, Ruby performs hard-driving fiddle tunes that she has learned from mentors ranging through Old-Time, Métis and Canadian styles.  Ruby and John play in their dance band The Johns and enjoy playing for Contras and Square dances.  They look forward to performing their driving tunes along with some songs.

Sean "Mack" McDonald

At 22 years old, Sean "Mack" McDonald is one of the younger faces of the blues.  He grew up in Augusta, Georgia, where he was introduced to various forms of music through church, relatives, and family friends.  After starting out on drums at age 2, he started playing piano at 3 after hearing Ray Charles.  4 years later, he started teaching himself guitar.  His influences range from popular musicians such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Louis Jordan to more obscure ones like Bill Jennings, Pete "Guitar" Lewis, and many others.

Michael Winograd

Clarinetist Michael Winograd is one of the most celebrated performers of Klezmer music today.  He plays with his band, The Honorable Mentshn, and co-leads Sandaraa with Pakistani vocalist Zeb Bangash.  Michael has shared the stage with many of the world's premier Jewish music makers including Itzhak Perlamn, Frank London and Adreinne Cooper.  He's a member of Yiddishe Pirat, and is a featured soloist on Vulfpeck's albums The Beautiful Game and Live at Madison Square Garden.  Joining Michael is accordionist Will Holshouser.  Will has worked in a variety of genres, and is one of the busiest box-squeezers in New York City.  Will has performed with Regina Carter, David Krakauer, Eric Vloeimans, Suzanne Vega, Anthony and the Johnsons, Guy Kucevsek and many more.

Chicago Arabic Music Ensemble

Arabic music is thought to be exotic, foreign to the ear, yet it is one of the roots of the Western tradition, distinct yet inseparable from the music of Europe and the New World.  The Chicago Arabic Music Ensemble explores the songs, the instruments, the styles, and most importantly, the people who make the beautiful sounds of the Arabic world to reveal the shared musical history of East and West.