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Gregg KirkThe Ticked Off Music Fest was founded in 2012 by Gregg Kirk, who currently hails from the NYC metro area in the US. Kirk is the lead singer/songwriter for the band The Zen Engines and former publisher of the Philadelphia/Delaware-based publication Big Shout Magazine. He has also been dealing with chronic Lyme for almost a decade.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Kirk got his musical start playing with Philly legend Robert Hazard shortly after Hazard penned “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” for Cyndi Lauper. Kirk then went on to form his own bands, including The Killtoys, Shovelhead, The Figurados and eventually The Zen Engines.

In 1989, he founded Big Shout Magazine, a monthly entertainment tabloid that covered the arts and entertainment happenings in the Delaware Valley from Philadelphia to the Delaware beaches. While acting as executive editor, he founded the Delaware Valley Music Poll Awards (a Grammy-like music poll culminating in an awards ceremony in Phildadelphia from 1991 to 1994) and the Taste of Wilmington Festival (an outdoor food and music festival featuring the region's best restaurants and live music with a yearly attendance of 4,000 to 6,000 people) until he sold the publication in 1996.

In 1999, Kirk moved to the NYC metro area where he built his own recording studio and began recording and songwriting in a number of projects. Not long after, he began noticing strange symptoms and spent more than two years going from doctor to doctor seeking a diagnosis. Finally, in 2005 a holistic doctor made the diagnosis and Kirk spent the next several years trying a combination of Western medicine and alternative remedies but to little avail. In March of 2011, he visited John of God's Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola in Abadiania, Brazil. While there, Kirk experienced a major reduction of his symptoms and a spiritual awakening that inspired him to help others with the illness. Since then, Kirk has been dedicated to helping those with chronic illness through music, motivational speaking, and fundraising.

Kirk has also partnered with a number of talented promoters, booking agents, and kindred spirits who are also interested in helping those with Lyme and tick-borne illnesses. If you would like to help join in these efforts, please contact us.


Katina MakrisKatina Makris, CCH, CIH, hosted the breakthrough “Lyme Light Radio with Katina” show on the acclaimed The Dr. Pat Showsyndicate - reaching a global listening audience of multi-millions. Katina’s pre-eminent guests educate the world on ground breaking Lyme disease information and recovery for the USA fastest-spreading infectious illness.

Katina’s award winning book, “Out of the Woods; Healing Lyme Disease – Body, Mind & Spirit,” is being taken into foreign markets with Skyhorse Publishing, along with her companion recovery guide, “ Auto Immune Illness & Lyme Disease ~ Mending Body, Mind & Spirit”.

A dynamic, well-loved educator and powerful speaker and healer, Katina has presented over 80 live two hour Lyme disease talks, and given dozens of national network TV and radio interviews. As a seasoned homeopathic practitioner of 30 years and spiritual healer, Katina is the keynote speaker choice for Lyme education, chronic illness recovery and Mind-Body-Spirit healing.

She co-teaches with Dr. Richard Horowitz, “Living Well With Lyme Disease” at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.

A former popular newspaper health columnist of ten years, Katina freelance writes for magazines and newspapers, as well as serving as lead blogger at Lyme-Aid.NET.

Katina is a graduate of Duke University and The Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing and past board member for the Council for Homeopathic Certification. With her own ten-year Lyme journey, Katina knows what true healing entails. She is a passionate voice of triumph and hope in the trenches of the Lyme disease epidemic. Multi media versed, Katina’s poise, charm and authenticity are a rare blend.