Imagine the flags of every nation surrounding a huge ceremonial
field as people from all over the world gather in the name of peace and music.
That is exactly what will be happening in a small town in New York on Sunday,
September 21st for the thirteenth World
Peace Festival. Sound like the original Woodstock? Well it may share
some similarities but this event is linked with a global celebration that will
have people from London to Tokyo grooving for the International Day of Peace.
Festival producer Arthur Romano, who helped launch a global
peace music initiative for the day, says, "It is so inspiring to see musicians
from all over the world supporting the International Day of Peace. We are extremely
grateful that so many incredible artists have come out in solidarity to perform
at The World Peace Festival."
World Peace Festival features long time peacemaker Odetta.
Odetta has inspired such performers as Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Joan Armatrading,
Tracy Chapman, The Indigo Girls and Bob Dylan. Odetta's music reflects an extraordinary
life as an artist-activist at the forefront of the human rights movement since
the 1950s: meeting with President Kennedy and marching with Dr. King in Selma
Alabama and recently being honored for her achievements by President Clinton.
The Brazilian-born, Grammy-winning artist Eumir
Deodato will make his first US concert appearance with his new band after
just returning from a world tour. Doedato has racked up 16 platinum records
to his credit as arranger or producer, and has jammed with many of the most
talented performers in the world. Deodato continues to be a vital force on the
pop scene through his work with Icelandic singer Bjork.
jam scene's own Jennifer
Hartswick Band and The Waz will offer a funky musical vision of peace. The Jennifer Hartswick Band
is sure to represent the scene well and thrill listeners with songs from her
newly released CD entitled Fuse. Often referred to as Phish's soul sister,
she leads a talented lineup with many permanent member of the Trey Anastasio
Band. They will blend flavors of R&B, jazz, soul, and funk sure to keep everybody
The Waz has a vibrant approach to creating danceable ambient jazz that will
give peace a whole new groove. David "The Waz" Wasik provides the swinging rhythmic
groove while Karl Raacke plays keyboards, bass and flute, often simultaneously!
In addition to music, attendees can experience Native American culture, activities
for children, and arts and crafts from around the world. There will be Not for
Profit organizations offering information about a variety of good causes. Food
will be plentiful, with cuisine ranging from Asian, to Indian, to "home-styled
The Festival will culminate in a dramatic and colorful ceremony in which thousands
of people are expected to recite the theme – "May Peace Prevail on Earth"
– while raising flags of all United Nations member states.
The gates open at 11 a.m. Musical performances run from noon to 7 p.m.
Admission is free, with a $10 parking charge. Rain or shine. Arrive early for best seating.
For more information please visit http://www.worldpeace.org
or call 1-800-PEACELINE.