Tain the Juggler

A professional juggler since the age of 10 and also a touring musician for 20 plus years, Tain brings a mix of comedy, juggling, crowd-interaction and music for a hearty fun time.  He has taught thousands how to juggle and will be offering juggling workshops for all ages throughout the weekend, as well as performing a stage show on Thursday in Children’s Universe. 

Handmade Music School Presents: Old Time Rowdies

The Old Time Rowdies are a hard driving youth string band from Floyd County, Virginia. Made up of three teenagers who have studied under mentors from the Floyd community and through their experiences with Junior Appalachian Musicians and Handmade Music School. The band features Margo MacSweeney, Ola Moeckel and William Moeckel. 

JAM Kids Presents: Newfound Gap

Newfound Gap is a sibling trio from Leicester, NC, where they learned to play old time music in the local Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) programs. The Davis family features Bayla on clawhammer banjo, Sylvie on fiddle, and Judah on guitar. They’ve played several stages including the Cabin Stage at Merlefest, Folkmoot, Woodsongs, The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the Earl Scruggs Festival, and the Youth and Kids on Bluegrass Stages for IBMA. They’ve won first place ribbons for best youth band at several fiddlers conventions in the Southeast. 

Hunter Rhodes Magic

Magic at FloydFest! Magician Hunter Rhodes returns with his magic! Hunter is a must see, Dynamic, hip, entertaining magician, Based in Richmond, Virginia. With a background in music, Hunter creates his show with the feelings you get from a band concert. His style delivers comedy, and a likable charm that leaves an audience smiling, laughing, and wondering what the heck is happening right now?! The performance is designed for all ages. But wait, There’s more! Hunter will also be roaming throughout the festival, performing close-up magic. So be ready when a magician walks up to you and starts adding more magic to your experience here at FloydFest! 


Ettore Buzzini is a young bluegrass musician and singer from North Carolina, specializing in hot-picking Scruggs style banjo. At age 6 he heard the Flatt & Scruggs tune Shuckin’ the Corn”(The Car Talk Theme), and that rocked his world. At age 10, he wrote his first 3-verse song. At 11, he became the youngest youth ever to win the youth banjo contest at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Virginia. That same year, another song he wrote won him the honor of playing onstage with the Kruger Brothers. Ettore found a musical home in the traditional music community of Blue Ridge, where he earned his chops playing in jam circles led by the unspoken heroes of fiddler’s conventions. At age 13, he was recruited by Patuxent Records and at age 15 released his first album. He has played onstage with the likes of Pete Wernick, the Kruger Brothers, and Sideline. Now 16 years old, Ettore is working on a 2nd album, while leading his own band of young super pickers, including flatpicking phenom Devin Jones. They are touring in the US and Europe this summer. 


Community High School is a small, secular, independent school located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking in preparation for a rigorous liberal arts education. Classes operate in a college-seminar based format and are taught by a highly and widely qualified faculty committed to the progressive tradition. The downtown campus allows students direct access to many of Roanoke’s cultural institutions. Students come from backgrounds diverse in faith, ethnicity, interest, and economic position—no student has ever been lost to financial need—and are committed to becoming responsible, culturally literate, globally conscious, and locally engaged citizens


Macknjaya is comprised of Maya Burgess and Jack Snyder. Maya is originally from North Carolina and has been attending FloydFest since she was 4 years old, and performing/working on the Children’s Universe stage as long as she can remember. Jack is from Vermont where the two met and now live together. They both have been playing instruments, singing, and songwriting since they were youngsters. Their musical style blends many genres, with an emphasis on groove and vocal harmonies. They are so excited to perform on the new CU stage and see the magic come alive! 


Sara Ernst is a Virginia local…an award-winning children’s musician, authorand illustrator. Sara is honored to be one of just a handful of Fishman Music endorsed children’s artists. She uses her ukulele &original songs to encourage a deeper love of nature, inspire imagination, empower emotions and teach valuable lessons. Sara’s work has been featured in The Washington Post, U.S. & World News, on the global 1000 Hours Outside Podcast, and more.Sara Ernst has charmed her way into the wild hearts of children and families all over the world with her simple, yet oh-so-engaging ukulele ditties. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains with creeks to playin, trees to climb…all the while developing a love of nature and all of the creatures that dwell in it. Her music journey began quite unexpectedly when hosting a nature group one year for kids and mamas. Sara decided to try to write a couple of songs in an effort to help the children remember how to identify venomous snakes as well as what to do if they came across a bear in the woods. They were the songs that changed everything! She immediately realized how she could use music to teach important and wondrous things about nature, feelings, imagination and more. Sara currently has five albums and seven singles available to stream on any music platform, as well as a couple of very special tracks to go along with her books.Sara’s award-winning book, “Where is Wild?” has been turned into an audiobook for streaming. “Whereis Wild?” is a very gentle and soothing journey through rhyme and wonder.Her award-winning book, “Shout NO! A Child’s Rhyme About Tricky People…And What To Do” goes right along with her song, “Shout No” for early readers to have a read-along/sing-along experience.Sara’s latest nature adventure is her 6th book release, “Poetry for the Wild & Curious Ones: A NecessaryNature Guide.” This is Sara’s dream book…an 87 page book filled with her original nature poems for kids as well as fun facts and ideas along the way to encourage them to respect and love the world (and creatures) around them! This book has already received praise from author, Julie Bogart (Brave Writer),Instagram super-star & author, Emily Morrow (Really Very Crunchy), and more! All of Sara’s books are available on Amazon in multiple countries.

The Allen Boys

The Allen Boys of Mount Airy, NC, are sacred steel ambassadors. Mixing the sounds of gospel with blues, rock, and country, The Allen Boys are North Carolina’s only touring Sacred Steel band. Combining the sounds of gospel with blues, rock, and country, The Allen Boys are North Carolina’s only touring Sacred Steel band.

Hailing from a small church in Mt. Airy, NC, they developed their love for music and learned to play a variety of musical instruments at an early age. Introducing a new era of inspirational music to the world while combining gospel, rock, blues, and country, they create a unique, euphoric, and signature sound they’ve coined “taking you to church.” Taking their praise-leading instruments beyond the four walls of the church, The Allen Boys bring a high energy, dynamic foot-stomping show that’s not to be missed.