World Peace Prayer Ceremony 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."

The Legendary OdettaThe 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.

Jennifer Hartswick BandThe 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 moving.

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 barbeque."

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 or call 1-800-PEACELINE.

[Published on: 9/9/03]

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