Connect Beyond Festival Reveals Final 2019 Lineup


The second annual Connect Beyond Festival will take place in downtown Asheville April 5 – 7. Organizers recently revealed the full lineup of musical performances, panels, film screenings and workshops.

Events will take place at various venues around Asheville leading Ashvegas to call the event, “Asheville’s version of SXSW.” Music forward showcases will be held at The Orange Peel and Diana Wortham Theater and included a fireside chat hosted by Bob Boilen of NPR fame with Fantastic Negrito. Kishi Bashi, Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue starring Los Straitjackets and Victor Wooten are among the performers aboard for Connect Beyond 2019. Wooten and and Daniel Levitin who unite for “Your Spirit On Music meets Your Brain on Music.” The pair will “perform a range of music together and share stories about spirituality, creativity, and neuroscience” as per a press release. Check out the full lineup below.

For more information and a full rundown of the programming head to the festival’s website. Tickets are on sale now here.

Connect Beyond Festival 2018 Recap

Connect Beyond Festival 2019 Lineup

  • Nicole a’Beckett – CEO, SameSide
  • Albert Berger – Producer (Little Miss Sunshine, Nebraska)
  • Bob Boilen – Host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Author (Your Song Changed My Life)
  • Erica S. Bream – Casting Director
  • Fred Bronson – Journalist, Billboard Magazine
  • Marie T. Cochran – Culture Pollinator
  • Rebecca Comerford – Musician, Actress
  • Lydia Diamond – Award-Winning Playwright
  • Fantastic Negrito – Two-Time Grammy Winning Musician
  • Bob Funck – Musician
  • Scott Goodstein – Founder, Revolution Marketing (Digital Marketing Strategist for Obama for America and the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign)
  • John Goodwin – Singer-Songwriter
  • Tim Hernandez – Author (All They Will Call You)
  • Lonnie Holley – Artist, Musician, & Filmmaker
  • Joseph Hudak – Senior Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Johnny Irion – Musician & Producer
  • Mikael Jorgensen – Musician & Producer (Wilco)
  • Jonathan Kirby – Writer & Music Historian
  • Daniel Levitin – Author (This Is Your Brain On Music), and Musician
  • Gregg Levoy – Author (Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life), and Speaker
  • Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets – Musical Outfit
  • Jason Lust – Film Producer (Peter Rabbit, Alexander and the No Good Horrible Very Bad Day)
  • Kate Maloney – Film Producer (WeRiseUp)
  • Alex Melnyk – Film Producer (WeRiseUp)
  • Rissi Palmer – Musician
  • Virginia Prescott – Host of On Second Thought (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
  • Irene Romero – Entertainment Industry Banker & Financial Advisor
  • Sybil Rosen – Award-Winning Novelist, Short Story Writer & Playwright
  • David Rowell – Author (“Wherever The Sound Takes You”) & Journalist (The Washington Post)
  • Nadia Salamanca – Filmmaker (Elevate Films, Elevate Film Festival)
  • Christopher Paul Stelling – Singer-Songwriter
  • Michael Shaun Conaway – Film Director (WeRiseUp)
  • Josh Tickell – Author & Sundance Award Winning Filmmaker (Fuel, The Big Fix)
  • Sol Tryon – Filmmaker (Weed the People, Monogamish)
  • John Whitehead – Emmy-Award winning FilmMaker (Transplant: A Gift For Life, First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language)
  • Mikki Willis – Filmmaker (Elevate Films, Elevate Film Festival)
  • Victor Wooten – Five-Time Grammy Winning Musician