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Billy Wylder's Moonshine Festival

The Moonshine Music Festival

With great pleasure we present THE MOONSHINE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Join us for an extraordinary concert and community experience featuring Billy Wylder, Zili Misik, and Strangled Darlings.

The festivity will have great live sets, bus-fired pizza + local beer/wine and community art making. Instruments, kids, friends, & lovers all welcome :)

Tickets: $15 advance, children 12 and under free:

Rain or shine: festivities happen inside the barn in the event of rain

*The Bands*


“A spiritual cousin to Paul Simon’s Graceland” Seven Days 

From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at the Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. From 2013-16, Salloway toured the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Africa. While on the journey and since returning, Salloway wrote the material on the bands new album, Strike the Match (Sand & Gold Records, released 9.7.18).

Salloway has been bringing these songs to life with the Wylder Family, a group of dear friends and musical kindred spirits. In between shows, the band spent ten days recording at Eyeland Studio in the Columbus Theatre, home of The Low Anthem. The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger and Talking Heads. Strike the Match expands on American musical traditions, building a bridge to their African roots and coloring the songs with experimental art-rock textures: gilded string lines, synthesizers, and angular guitars. Mother Earth is at its center, surrounded by stories of love, conflict, change and dreams. 

The band has toured extensively, performing and collaborating with renowned artists including Jack Johnson, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bombino, The Low Anthem, and Pete Seeger.


Zili Misik has been bridging cultures, generations, and continents for 19 years. The all female band perform an acoustic & electronic fusion of roots music of the African diaspora. With captivating sounds that evoke the African continent, Zili retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song. Powerful Haitian, Brazilian and West African rhythms infuse Zili's original creations and traditional folk songs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz, and neo soul, Zili Misik honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own: New World Soul. 

Zili has shared the stage with Ms. Lauryn Hill, India.Arie, Shaggy, Boukman Eksperyans, Les Nubians, Zap Mama, and has toured with Queen Omega (T&T), State Radio, Tony Brown (US), Queen Ifrica (Jamaica) and Emeline Michel (Haiti).

“From its visual aesthetic to its pan-global palette to its rallying cry for social justice, the band offers a feast for the senses.” –The Boston Globe


The music is built on deep sense of rhythm and groove, carried by George Veech on mandolin and Jess Anderly on custom tenor bass & foot drums. His mandolin bursts out in a slalom of notes and snare drum rhythms. Her solid body custom tenor bass weaves an intricate counter melody and her feet pound a percussive groove. The voices and the lyrics are the hidden third member of the band and the story behind the music. The songs work with nontraditional subjects for inspiration. Some song subjects include: the works of great authors (Faulkner, William Blake, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Donald Bartheleme, Anna Ahkmatova) as well as witchcraft in the Civil War, the morality of Somali piracy and the media impact of Neil Armstrong. 

"Strangled Darlings have created a brand of swampy, darkly grooving, foot stomping music." –Anchorage Press

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