Entertainers

Past Entertainers

 

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Djun Djun Mamas

The Djun Djun Mamas are an empowered group of female performers and artists whose mission is to uplift and inspire people through drumming, dance, and singing. Lisa Beck founded DDM over 4 years ago in Santa Barbara, CA, and offers ongoing workshops for both women and in music and dance. The Djun Djun Mamas have performed all over Santa Barbara at various events and festivals, and are thrilled to be a part of the Women’s Festival again this year. The music that we will be performing is inspired by the rich music and dance cultures of West Africa.  If you are interested in classes, please contact Lisa at (805) 966-4604 or e-mail info@panzumo.com. Visit www.LisaBeckLiving.com or www.DjunDjunMamas.com for more info.

 

Mignonne Profant
Emcee and Performer

Mignonne Profant, president of Open Voice Live, is a motivational speaker, singer, actress and business owner who is equally comfortable in the worlds of musical theater and cabaret, board rooms and bank statements. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in Communications, Mignonne is also a cofounder of the John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit organization which has given over $250,000 in scholarships to students of the fine arts since 2000. The Foundation produces free concerts and exhibits of professional artists for the Santa Barbara community.

 

Emiliano Campobello

Emiliano Campobello is an internationally known visual artist who performs and records sacred music on a multitude of indigenous flutes. Since following his musical calling he has performed at the 9/11 Peace Concerts in Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of The West, and Ojai Earth Day Concert among others. He has also performed at ceremonies for Hopi, Navajo (Dine), and Chumash medicine teachers, Hopi and Incan Eagle/Condor dancers, and with Tibetan rinpoches and musicians. Emiliano will be playing his American Indian flute music accompanying the spoken word of poet-laureate Lucia de Garcia. Click here to visit his website and listen to his music!

 

CarenArmstrongCaren Armstrong

Caren’s songs are acoustic treasures with an infusion of blues and country. This petite redhead maybe a California girl, but her music seems to come directly from the heart of America. Caren is an award-winning songwriter, was recorded several albums and has a slew of prestigious performances to her credit. With impressive guitar chops and authentic folky voice, Caren Armstrong has all the components of a great folk artist. Click here to visit her official website!

 

 

REbeccaTRoonRebecca Troon

A performing songwriter, Rebecca Troon accompanies herself on guitar, banjo and percussion. She won first place in songwriting at the Gig Harbor Folk Festival in Washington in 2007. Her song “Animal Skin” was a finalist in the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards, Best Folk/Americana/Roots category. She’s a member of the Honeysuckle Possums, a harmony-based old-time, originals & bluegrass band, and Evil Twin, her original alt. folk/rock band. Past gigs include: Bodie House, and Auburn House Concert Series, Magic Juju Houseboat series, Trinity Backstage and Songtree Concert Series, and the Live Oak, Gig Harbor, and the Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention music festivals. She teaches at SummerSongs West. Click here to visit her official website!

 

MollyLeikinMolly-Ann Leikin

Molly-Ann Leikin (rhymes with bacon) defected from Canada with her baritone ukulele during a 59 degree below zero blizzard.  She was hired by LA County to hunt down the alleged deadbeat dads of welfare babies, to encourage these men to pay child support.  While neither Elvis, Ringo, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow, nor Kenny Rogers was biologically responsible for the kids, they did help Molly get into the music business. A staffwriter for ten years at Almo (A & M), Interworld and Chappell Music, Molly got her songs recorded by Cher, Tina Turner, Anne Murray, Billy Preston, Placido Domingo, Yitzi Ya Ya and the Yo Yo’s, plus hundreds of other pop and country artists.  An Emmy nominee, Molly has written themes and songs for over five dozen TV shows and movies, including “Violet”, which won an Oscar.  Her song, “An American Hymn” is a favorite of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Click here to visit her website!

 

Other entertainers include:

Cindy Kalmenson

Kate Bennett

Kate Wallace

 

 

 Are you an entertainer visiting from out of town? The Women’s Festival is sponsored by the 4 Time Ramada Worldwide Award Winning Ramada Limited Santa Barbara. They will give a 25% discount to anyone who makes a reservation and mentions the Women’s Festival. For details and reservations, call 805-964-3511 or 800-654-1965.