Barnaby Evans

The internationally acclaimed artist who created WaterFire, part of a distinguished career as an artist and art professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His work includes mixed media and site-specific sculpture, photography, film, garden design, architectural projects, writing and conceptual work.  WaterFire exemplifies his interest in the revitalization of public space and the creation of new civic rituals.  Evans was originally trained as a scientist but has worked exclusively as an artist for the past 25 years.  Evans received the Renaissance Award from the City of Providence in 1997 and Honorary Doctorates from Brown University and Rhode Island College in 2000.  With William Warner, Evans shares the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 2003 Kevin Lynch Award for the design of Waterplace Park.  Evans’s work has been the subject of hundreds of newspaper articles and is on display at museums that include the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliotheque National in Paris; and the Musee d’Art d’Histoire in Switzerland.


Justin McCoy

Justin G. McCoy is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Pipe Organ from Ohio Wesleyan University, with additional study in Voice and Music Education. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 4, pipe organ at age 11 and then drums/percussion at age 14. His love for singing was not fostered until midway into his college career! He attributes much of his early musical growth to the gentle push of his parents, Rev. Dr. Myron (Senior Pastor – First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple) and Karen McCoy, as well as a several committed and passionate college professors and private instructors in music. By day he is an Operations Supervisor for BlueCross and BlueShield of Kansas City. He also has served as the organist for Central UMC in Brookside since January of 2011. His main endeavors have included playing drums/percussion with R&B Funk Band “2Proud2Beg” and jazz pianist, Charles Williams, performing as a chorus member with Lyric Opera of Kansas City since 2009, as well as a number of musical theater credits.


Djembe Djanes and Djims

Where the wild things are, drumming under the stars is where you will find the Djembe Djanes and Djims, led by instructor Cathy Burchett. They embrace rhythms from multiple cultures, including West African, Middle Eastern, Native American and Afro-Caribbean/Vodou. This local Kansas City group has been performing since 2007 at local and regional events including the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus sponsored Women’s Equality Week, MidAmeriCon II International Science Fiction Convention, WaterFire KC 2016, and First Fridays around town. Members of the group have been providing beats for Fire Spinners for more than a decade.



Quixotic is a Kansas City-based, internationally performing, arts collective collaborating to produce new forms of artistic expression.  This inventive group of artists goes beyond traditional performance to blend a multi-layered sensory experience.


Rhythmic Flames

Rhythmic Flames is a Kansas City based tribe of eclectic expressive artists and fire performers that transcend the boundaries of labels and stereotypes. Their rhythmic celebration gathers community, creativity and positive energy, uplifting the spirit toward self evolution and igniting imagination. They offer you a small glimpse into their world for they are the gypsies that hide within us all…


StoneLion Puppet Theatre

StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s 18’ long glow –in –the dark Celestial Snake Puppet will be roaming Waterfire this year. This giant puppet was built with community involvement in 2013 and is just one of StoneLion’s many giant puppets celebrating Mother’s Day for Mother Earth annually at The Nelson-Atkins Museum. More information at


Trio Forte

Trio Forte is a vocal force of three classically trained musicians based out of Kansas City.  The trio, comprised of American sopranos Melissa Faltermeier, Elizabeth Birger, and Christina Fracul first came together on an operatic platform performing Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus.”  Recognizing the warmth and richness of their voices together, they united to form the powerhouse that is known today as Trio Forte. They continue to tour on the national stage.Acclaimed for their lush and tight harmonies, the trio stays true to its operatic roots by performing well-known and beloved arias with a modern twist.  Always expanding on their versatility, the group also delves into a wide spectrum of musical genres:  jazz to broadway, and gospel to contemporary. Trio Forte is thrilled to be returning to WaterFire again this year.  Please join them around the Kansas City area in the upcoming months for various holiday concerts.