12015 Mill Street Huntley, IL 60142
Recreation for Generations

Discovery Music Fest

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About the Discovery Music Fest

The Discovery Music Fest celebrates music and art in all of its forms.  It is meant to highlight up and coming Singers and Songwriters and promotes arts appreciation and education.  All forms of art will be highlighted at this event with a high emphasis on music.  All performers will be showcasing original pieces of work that he or she have written.  Performers will consist of groups no bigger than 3 musicians and range from solos, duos and trios.


Line Up

Time Slot Stage 1 Stage 2
12:00-1:00pm Local Showcase x
1:00-2:00pm x  Luna Blu
2:00-3:00pm  Danny Fox x
3:00-4:00pm x  Tim Merkel
4:00-5:00pm  Sean & Karen x
5:00-6:00pm x  John Hegner
6:00-7:00pm  Jeff Brown x
7:00-8:00pm x  Cassandra Vohs-Demann
8:00-10:00pm  Jess Godwin x



Headline Performer ~ 8:00-10:00pm


Jess Godwin
Honest, unassuming, and passionate, Jess Godwin possesses one of the most dynamic voices both in and beyond the Chicago music scene. Combine the music of Alicia Keys, Sara Bareilles, Norah Jones, and Stevie Wonder, and you get the unique sound of this energetic redhead. She has released four EP’s, each one demonstrating her wide-ranging musical influences: To the Heart of It, Quiet the Room (produced by Jan Smith, vocal coach to Usher, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry), Klutz, and her most recent self titled EP released in November. Godwin’s single, Katy’s Side, was featured on Keeping up with the Kardashians last summer. Recent Chicago appearances include Mayne Stage, Double Door, Subterranean, Wilmette Theatre, and Bottom Lounge. Tour cities include NY, LA, Atlanta, SXSW, VOODOOFEST, Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Vermont and Philadelphia. As an actress, she has been on stage with Northlight Theatre (Snapshots), Musical Theater Co. (Pippin), Court Theatre (Carousel), Porchlight Music Theatre (Gypsy, A Wonderful Life, Sunday in the Park with George), Steppenwolf (Lady Madeline), Pegasus Players (Tick…Tick…BOOM!), and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (The Wild Party, The Life, Songs for a New World). In 2012, Godwin’s voice was heard on the Wisconsin-based Patrick Cudahy radio jingle and the Lia Sophia theme song. When Jess is not performing, she teaches voice lessons in her private studio and theater classes at Columbia College and Northwestern University. Several times a year, she visits middle schools and high schools to talk to students, specifically girls, about body image and the music industry.

Featured Performers ~ 1:00-7:00pm

Luna Blu 1:00-2:00


Luna Blu is an eclectic collection of influences. Nan Mosinski’s singer/ songwriter style, when combined with bassist Jeff Ashcraft’s classical training and Goth-metal tastes, Paul Bata’s solid, polished and intricate rhythms, guitarist and backing vocalist John Bouris’s complex progressive rock leanings and guitarist Jeff Howatt’s expressive classic rock and blues riffs, you get a sound that is uniquely its own and can only be described as…Luna Blu.

Tim Merkel 3:00-4:00


Tim Merkel has been playing Acoustic guitar for over 35 years.  He prefers more acoustic oriented venues, where people go to listen.  Classically trained at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College in the late 70’s, Tim gravitated to the folk roots of Chicago’s Old Town. Tim moved to Boulder, CO in 2009 for a career in music inspired by the mountains.  He hosted a two-hour morning radio show “Merkel in the Mornings” in Estes Park, CO.  He returned to the Midwest in June 2012 and now resides in Lake Geneva.
A prolific songwriter, Tim lists his influences as Dylan, Taylor, Kottke, Prine, Gorka, Keaggy, CSNY, Lightfoot, The Beatles and a host of classic rockers.   He also enjoys Voice Over and theater acting.
You can check out his original music and check out bookings at www.treebeardsound.com or www.reverbnation.com/timmerkel

John Hegner 5:00-6:00


John’s musical journey began early with piano lessons at age six and compositions for piano by twelve.  His stories and craft gained momentum at some of the most well-respected music schools in the country including Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman, and Berklee College of Music. John worked in Boston and New York for more than a decade, creating commercial music for clients like Reebok, CBS and Bloomberg. Versatile, adventurous, and curious, John has composed, recorded, performed and produced music for TV, radio and film.  He has also performed in a variety of ensembles and disciplines, ranging from rock and jazz to experimental music. With deep roots in collaborative ventures, John has led workshops and participated in projects with poets, visual artists, and musicians. In 2003, John relocated to the family farm to establish Starbell Hatchery, a recording studio and rehearsal space situated on an idyllic nature preserve in Harvard, Illinois, one hour northwest of Chicago. John’s first solo album, 254, is a suite of songs emphasizing meaningful lyrics and hypnotic melodies.  The smooth, dreamy vocals invite the listener to share in his musical journey through love, loss, faith, inspiration, and reflections on life.  Building an intimate rapport with his audience, John draws upon the ancient traditions of music and storytelling. www.starbellhatchery.com

Cassandra Vohs-Demann 7:00-8:00


Cassandra Vohs-Demann is the owner of A Place to Shine Music where her mission statement is Believe in what is possible…  It is her passion and soul’s work to share music and inspire growth. As a teacher she fulfills this by coaching voice, acting and functioning as an artist’s mentor and workshop facilitator. As a performer, she does this through writing, singing and recording her original music and performing as often as possible. As a producer/director she has been instrumental in the success of hundreds of recitals, concerts, benefits and arts events. A prolific songwriter, Cassandra’s lyrics and emotional vocals connect with people straight from the heart. Two of Cassandra’s songs Let’s Paint the World and The Teacher have been used as the backdrop for Pioneer Center for Human Services in McHenry County’s 2011 and 2012 mission videos. In January of 2013, her song Legacy was used as the backdrop for a video for the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park. In addition, her song Celebrate Anyway has been released as a free download for those dealing with loss and grief during the holidays. Cassandra’s songs Here I Am and Castles are also featured in a theatrical production called “The Betrayal Project” which she performed at the Mayne Stage Theater in Chicago. Cassandra is a member of ASCAP and the Nashville Songwriters Association.  Her CD Here I Am can be heard on Pandora Radio and is available on iTunes.
www.aplacetoshinemusic.com  ~  www.cassandravohsdemann.com

Local Showcase Performers ~ 12:00-1:00pm

Daniel Shinabarger


Daniel Shinabarger is a singer/songwriter, keyboardist, and multi-instrumentalist from Woodstock, IL. He will hopefully be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston in the fall to further study songwriting. Daniel aspires to demonstrate musical integrity and genuine intentions through his lyrics and vocal style and to be as relatable and powerful as possible. He is heavily influenced by songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Johnny Cash, and Keith Green. As well as having a significant background in more groove based music such as jazz and progressive metal. Artists of note here include Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Mutemath, Muse, and Meshuggah. Daniel hopes to inspire and motivate others, largely in part by sharing his story of being burdened by a physical disability for two years which limited use of his hands to virtually nothing, but finding a way to adapt and overcome this disability in order to continue pursuing a career in music.



RUNE is an up-and-coming power folk rock group out of Chicago’s western suburbs. Born at the end of 2012, the band’s soulful sounds are conceived out of Allison Joy’s drumming & vocals with Dan Bieri’s guitar & bass skills. RUNE is influenced by groups such as the Brandi Carlile, Tegan and Sara and Shovels & Rope, but may remind you of something completely different. RUNE can be seen playing in various intimate settings in and around Chicago and would be delighted if you gave them a listen at www.facebook.com/Runechicago!

Sandie Kindschy


Sandie’s music contributions span over 30 years. Her credits include musicals, telethons, vocal performance, producing, writing and directing. Sandie has been performing professionally for 8 years in an acoustic group called Just Duet. She has also been a part of various worship teams for the last 15 years. In Sandie’s songwriting and performance you will hear an eclectic mix of inspirational and country folk style music. In recent months she has been working on her solo career and plans on doing a concert in the fall to introduce her musical style and website.
The link provided will take you to a song she wrote and released on YouTube. “We Stand United,” is a tribute to all military and public service first responders.

Danny Fox 2:00-3:00


Danny Fox is a premiere Bob Dylan tribute artist who is also pursuing a business with his original material. Heavy in the folk vein infused with the relics of love and peace with the modern flair of a poetic touch. Danny has traveled all across the United States opening for the likes of Buddy Guy, American English, The Cavern Beat, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Scarlet Rivera, and The Neverly Brothers. He has taken first place three years running in Hibbing, Minnesota’s Bob Dylan singer/songwriter competition and is just trying to pass on the language of the flowers through his acoustic music of his guitar, harmonica, and voice.

Sean & Karen 4:00-5:00


Back in 1999, Karen was a single mom. To make ends meet she was waiting tables, teaching group fitness classes, and strumming her guitar in between working and caring for her son. It was while working at the restaurant that she met Sean and his soon to be wife (now ex-wife obviously). They were regular customers along with Sean’s family. Sean and his ex-wife decided to hold their rehearsal dinner at said restaurant and had requested Karen to be one of the servers. They learned through conversation that both Sean & Karen played music, so one night after Karen’s shift, Sean & Karen played an open mic together at the bar across the street.
Sean married soon after and Karen moved with her son closer to Chicago and began recording demos and doing voice over work with a Russian production duo. They were each doing their thing yet their hearts longed for something else…. Then in 2003, about to move back to the suburbs of Chicago, Karen got an unexpected and serendipitous phone call from Sean. His marriage did not work out and he found her phone number while going through his things when moving out of his house. He called to see if it was still a working number. It was, and after a flowing conversation, Karen invited Sean to a show she was doing at Uncommon Ground in Chicago. Soon after, they began playing together and since they made such beautiful music as a couple, they decided after two months of dating to get married. Sean decided to quit the metal band he was playing with…and the rest, as they say, is history. http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/songs/2235867

Jeff Brown 6:00-7:00


Sometimes a sensitive guy with a guitar singing about girls and feelings. Sometimes a turbulent rock force. Sometimes both. (This time, almost certainly the first one…)
Often reluctant – or unable – to characterize with any particularity the definitive style of his music, Chicago’s Jeff Brown frequently describes his sound as a singer/ songwriter who got himself a band. His shows and music run the range from delicate indie-folk to more aggressive alternative-rock with forays into jazz and chamber pop. His songwriting trends towards the melancholic and his Facebook page cites his songwriting influences as “Girls and alcohol, mostly,” though in reality, his music is rarely that one-dimensional. Brown writes love songs for people who are sick of love songs.

Serena Isabelli


Serena Isabelli is seventeen years old and is going to be a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. She loves to live. Every day is a new adventure, and the possibilities in life are endless. She recently came to the conclusion that the choices you make determine the outcome of your future, and she’s decided to make the right ones. She is focusing more on music, and has been in Rock School with the Kola Music program for six sessions. At the end of this program, they played at places such as The London Pub, Duke’s Alehouse, and Durty Nellies.  She has also been focusing on writing music and performing in many venues. She is in choir at school, and takes voice and guitar lessons. Music has always been a passion. Though motivation has been a huge obstacle for her, she always finds her way back to music. She loves it, and wants to share it with as many people possible.

Laura Forney


My name is Laura Forney. I am a 21 year old college student studying vocal performance at Columbia College Chicago. Music is my passion, and I love sharing it with anyone willing to listen. I have been playing the guitar for about 8 years now, as well as the piano since age 5. My dreams are big but the music industry is fierce as I’ve quickly learned in college. I would love with all of my heart to be on stage performing and recording music forever, but in the meantime, I am looking into becoming a musical therapist. I want to take my passion and abilities to help someone else who is struggling, because that’s what it is all about. Paying it forward every day, and that’s what I intend on doing. I want to thank Cassandra for asking me to be a part of this festival and look forward to seeing other great musicians in their element!  www.lauraforney.com

Interested in becoming a part of this event? 
We have 4 great ways on how YOU can get involved!  Read below for details on the application process for food, music, and art vendors.

Become a Sponsor

Food Vendors

Music Vendors/Music Schools/Private Lesson Teachers

Art Vendors

Application Process
All vendors must submit this application.  Food Vendors, Music Vendors, and Art Vendors will be reviewed by a committee for approval.  A maximum of 3 food vendors, 10 art vendors (or depending on available space), and 10 music vendors (depending on space).  Vendors will need to review and sign our waiver form and must supply a Certificate of Insurance listing the Huntley Park District as additionally insured.  Also, additional permits may be required.

If you have been accepted to participate in the Discovery Music Fest, your vendor fee will be due within 3 weeks of acceptance.  If you do not pay your vendor fee, you will lose your spot and the next vendor on the waiting list will be accepted.  Refunds will be not be issued for cancellations after May 6th.

Checks can be made out to the Huntley Park District.

Booth Spaces
Each vendor will be provided with a 10’x10’ space.  Vendors will be responsible for providing your own tent, tables, chairs, and display materials.  You will receive set-up details with your confirmation package!

Food and Drinks
Food and drinks will be provided by vendors.  NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WILL BE ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT.  Food and drink items must be approved by the Huntley Park District before sales.  Additionally, all health permits will be required along with inspection by the McHenry County Health Department.


Interested in helping out on the day of the event?  Please contact David Genty at davidg@huntleyparks.org or 847-669-3180 x 313.

Or submit a volunteer application:

Huntley Park District Volunteer Application

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Discovery Music Fest?
The Discovery Music Fest celebrates music and art in all of its forms.  It is meant to highlight up and coming Singers and Songwriters and promotes arts appreciation and education.  All forms of art will be highlighted at this event with a high emphasis on music.  All performers will be showcasing original pieces of work that he or she have written.  Performers will consist of groups no bigger than 3 musicians and range from solos, duos and trios.

How much does the Discovery Music Fest cost to get in?
The Discovery Music Fest is FREE to attend!

Where should I park?
Parking will be available at the Huntley Park District surrounding parking lots.

What kind of food/drinks will be available?
There will be local food and drink vendors from the surrounding area with food items ranging from wraps and sandwiches to coffee, smoothies, and cookies!

Is alcohol permitted?
This is an alcohol free event!  No alcohol will be allowed on the premises including any sales or brought from home.

How can I get involved in this event?
If you’d like to volunteer, please see the volunteer tab.

If you’d like to be a sponsor, know a sponsor, or know a food/art/music vendor, please see the “Sponsor/Get Involved” tab.

What should/shouldn’t I bring?

Do bring:

  • A lawn chair or blanket to sit on
  • Water to stay hydrated (Water will be for sale)
  • Cash to help support local food/art/music vendors
  • Your ears so you can listen to some extremely talented musicians and artists
  • Friends and family to show your support of the arts
  • Your smile!

Don’t bring:

  • Animals
  • Guns/weapons
  • Any illegal substances
  • OUTSIDE ALCOHOL (This is an ALCOHOL FREE event!)
  • bad attitudes!