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Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival coming to FWB

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Experience the unique sounds of the Native American flute as it is brought to life by our talented musicians. The festival features solo performers and full bands with live music from the stage during the entire festival.  Dancers offer colorful, rhythmic traditional dances and they share the meaning of each dance offering us a rare experience.

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Musical Echoes Flute Festival returns to the Fort Walton Beach Landing, 139 Brooks St., Fort Walton Beach, on Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The festival ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Come celebrate Native American culture, art, and music.  Admission is free.  This is a non-alcoholic event for the entire family.

Experience the unique sounds of the Native American flute as it is brought to life by our talented musicians. The festival features solo performers and full bands with live music from the stage during the entire festival.  Dancers offer colorful, rhythmic traditional dances and they share the meaning of each dance offering us a rare experience.

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Flute makers selling their handcrafted flutes help you find one that is right for you while offering tips and guidance on how to play.  Visit art and craft vendors as they share their custom jewelry, baskets, leather work, and more.  Traditional Indian fry bread and other delicious festival food add to the fun.

Visit the silent auction and raffles at the main tent. Purchase the annual festival t-shirt featuring the sea turtle, this year’s totem. Totem image created by artist Kenneth Maines, Tshirtfactoryfwb.com.

Internationally acclaimed Native American musicians and dancers are part of the festival line up including Wind Dancer Uncivilized, an American Indian Dance and Cultural Experience, Injunuity with full band, and award-winning Shelley Morning Song, to name a few. A special performance by Kevin Locke will be another highlight. See the full lineup on our Facebook page.

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A Torchlight Ceremony takes place Saturday at 6 p.m. featuring the Thunderbird Honor Guard and Poarch Creek Indian Traditional Dancers.  Visit www.musicalechoes.org for the complete schedule.  We invite you to explore the festival grounds and meet the many vendors, musicians, and friends.  Live music continues during the entire festival.

Musical Echoes Flute Festival Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization operated by a group of dedicated volunteers.  The festival relies on funding through sponsorships and donations.  Be a part of the festival by contributing, contact us at www.musicalechoes.org.  Your support and participation is needed and appreciated. We are always looking for more volunteers, see one of our committee members for more information. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MusicalEchoes.

Musical Echoes is co-presented by Musical Echoes Flute Festival Inc., The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Fort Walton Beach with special thanks to Ocean City Bingo and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for their sponsorship.  For more information, call 850-685-4428 or email Tisha at tmaraj@gmail.com.

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