Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bonfires for Peace is back at Pritchard Park for its 12th year, on July 13 and Aug 9 concerts

BONFIRES for Peace, the Traveling Bonfires' movable feast of family fun and community connectedness through music, arts and dancing, heats up again at Pritchard Park this summer. Now on its 12th year, the free to the public “outdoor party,” took off last July 13, and continues on Aug 9.

       Billed, “Downtown Get Down: Bonfires for Peace,” the July 13 show featured a Goa trance music dance event, with DJ music provided by Touch Samadhi's Goadream, Sensoma, and Sean O'Daniels. On Aug 9, popular Asheville acts Lyric, Pipapelli, Marshall Jim Duncan, Tom Hoa Binh and the Peacemakers and Riyen Roots share music to the community.
        Pritchard Park is located right in the heart of downtown Asheville. The Traveling Bonfires, which was born in the Philippines during the politically-turbulent mid80s, kicked off its annual “barrio-level” convergence in the spring of 2002 with all-day, multi-band concert events that lasted to early fall—and carried on since then.
        The Traveling Bonfires produced an unprecedented 16 weekend park events in 2004, involving hundreds of local and North/South Carolina performers and visiting acts from as far as Tokyo, Manila, Houston TX, Boston, San Francisco, New Jersey, and New York City. The organization has also produced similar outdoor and indoor concerts in New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Frisco, and Manila and Baguio City in the Philippines, “instigating arts and music events and bringing people together in celebration of peace and multicultural connectedness.”


        Touch Samadhi is a community of “trance Goa” DJ's that takes its spiritual root in Goa, a small state in India. Mythology says Goa is associated with “spiritually cleansing touch,” a peacefulness or consciousness that Traveling Bonfires believes fit well with its vision-mission of global peace and community harmony through diversity. Touch Samadhi is a perennial highlight in Bonfires for Peace events since 2004.
        Pipapelli calls its music “rockin' blues with a celtic-knotted twist!” The band, with most of membership wearing the traditional kilts, has performed for the TBonfires' Philippine typhoon benefit late last years. Pipapelli: Just Cindy, vocals/percussion; RJ Grady, bagpipes/guitars/flutes/vocals; Zuzu Welsh, bass/vocals/guitar; Johnny Haisman, guitar/bass/vocals; Dana Koone, drums/vocals.
        It will be the second time that Lyric plays for Bonfires for Peace. Lyric, a pop, funk and rock act fronted by Leeda Jones, enjoys a large following in Asheville—having played in practically all major local festivals to a packed audience. The rest of the band: Dave Matthews, bass; Derrick Graves, Afro-Cuban conga, percussion; Mike Berlin, drums.

       Duncan, who assumes guitar duties for local band The Old Guard, is one of the mountain's most versatile musicians. Tom Hoa Binh is the stage name of Tom Smith, a war veteran who devotes his music to mostly pro-peace and anti-war advocacy. He is a regular fixture in Asheville peace gatherings and singer songwriter dives. Riyen Roots, who also plays with his blues band, says he is “taking the blues genre to a new place, with unique rhythms, truly original song stylings.”
        “We see the need to effect a vibe of peace and joy in Asheville and allow that sublime wavelength to travel elsewhere,” says TBonfires founding executive director Pasckie Pascua. “We don't have to launch speeches or recite our holiness, we just play music and enjoin the community to come out, dance and be together. That is a simple thing, isn't it—but it's powerful.”
        “Bonfires for Peace” events enjoy the support of a number of local Asheville businesses, organizations, and individuals. “This is the true meaning of community connectedness,” offers associate producer Marta Osborne. “Local business help us fund permits and other peripheral expenses in turn we sell them friendly ad space in our tiny newspaper, The Indie. Restaurants also feed our performers who share music and art for free...”

      The organization's partner project, Loved by the Buffalo Publications, publishes The Indie, a small newsprint tabloid that is mainly distributed in downtown Asheville and soon, in Athens in Georgia as its sister city. Both the Traveling Bonfires and The Indie's projects have benefitted non-profit organizations that work with at-risk youths, families of the disappeared, orphans, and disaster victims, especially typhoon victims in the Philippines.


PHOTOS (from top): Sensoma, Pipapelli, Riyen Roots, Lyric.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bonfires for Peace, with Touch Samadhi, is Back at Pritchard Park this Summer, July 13

BONFIRES for Peace, the Traveling Bonfires' movable feast of family fun and community connectedness through music, arts and dancing, is back at Pritchard Park this summer. Now on its 12th year, the free to the public “outdoor party,” happens on July 13, Sunday—with a Goa trance music dance event billed “Downtown Get Down,” music provided by Touch Samadhi DJs Kri, Sensoma, Goadream, and Sean O'Daniels.
       Pritchard Park is located right in the heart of downtown Asheville. The Traveling Bonfires, which was born in the Philippines during the politically-turbulent mid80s, kicked off its annual “barrio-level” convergence in the spring of 2002 with all-day, multi-band concert events that lasted to early fall—and carried on since then.


       The Traveling Bonfires produced an unprecedented 16 weekend park events in 2004, involving hundreds of local and North/South Carolina performers and visiting acts from as far as Tokyo, Manila, Houston TX, Boston, San Francisco, New Jersey, and New York City. The organization has also produced similar outdoor and indoor concerts in New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Frisco, and Manila and Baguio City in the Philippines, “instigating arts and music events and bringing people together in celebration of peace and multicultural connectedness.”
       Touch Samadhi is a community of “trance Goa” DJ's that takes its spiritual root in Goa, a small state in India. Mythology says Goa is associated with “spiritually cleansing touch,” a peacefulness or consciousness that Traveling Bonfires believes fit well with its vision-mission of global peace and community harmony through diversity. Touch Samadhi is a perennial highlight in Bonfires for Peace since 2004.


       “We see the need to effect a vibe of peace and joy in Asheville and allow that sublime wavelength to travel elsewhere,” says TBonfires founding executive director Pasckie Pascua. “We don't have to launch speeches or recite our holiness, we just play music and enjoin the community to come out, dance and be together. That is a simple thing, isn't it—but it's powerful.”
       “Bonfires for Peace” events enjoy the support of local Asheville businesses, organizations, and individuals. “This is the true meaning of community connectedness,” offers associate producer Marta Osborne. “Local business help us fund permits and peripheral expenses in turn we sell them friendly ad space in our paper, The Indie. Restaurants also feed our performers who share music and art for free...”


       The organization's partner project, Loved by the Buffalo Publications, publishes The Indie, a small newsprint tabloid that is mainly distributed in downtown Asheville and soon, in Athens in Georgia as its sister city. Both the Traveling Bonfires and The Indie's projects have benefitted non-profit organizations that work with at-risk youths, families of the disappeared, orphans, and disaster victims, especially typhoon victims in the Philippines.
       For more info, http://ashevilletravelingbonfires.blogspot.com/ / www.touchsamadhi.com or call Marta Osborne at 828 280 2309. For Loved by the Buffalo/The Indie, call Chris Wagoner at 706 207 7746, email lovedbythebuffalo.chris@gmail.com or email pasckie@yahoo.com



Thursday, March 6, 2014

ORDER IN ADVANCE


DUE OUT SOON!
Red is the Color of my Night”
poems, prose
by Pasckie Pascua
Loved by the Buffalo Publications
Book design by Matthew Mulder
Cover art and inside art by Duane Lucas Pascua
Order a copy in advance! Autographed to your name, $12.99 (excluding mailing fee). Email: pasckie@yahoo.com or visit my personal Facebook page (Pasckie Pascua)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Soup, Songs, Solidarity: A Concert for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines, 2

THE Dubber, Jim Lundy, singer-songwriters. John M. Starino, Pasckie Pascua, poets. “Soup, Songs, Solidarity: A Concert for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines, 2.” JANUARY 24, Friday, 8 PM. Fresh Brewed Coffeehouse, 933 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. (843) 251-8282. freshbrewedch.com/


Saturday, November 23, 2013

NOTE: We moved the event to January 24.

THE Myrtle Beach SC version of "Soup, Songs, Solidarity: A Benefit Concert for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines" will be held on Dec 28, Saturday, at Fresh Brewed Coffeehouse's performance stage. The address is 933 A Broadway St., Myrtle Beach SC http://freshbrewedch.com/. Anybody knows of performers based in Myrtle Beach who may be willing to play? I am looking for one more band and a singer-songwriter. Email me via Facebook or pasckie@yahoo.com or call Marta Osborne at 828 280 2309 or call/email the Traveling Bonfires' local organizer, Debra Pendergrass at 843-504-2844, penderwolf@yahoo.com.


Monday, November 18, 2013

SOUP, SONGS, SOLIDARITY: 

A Benefit Concert for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines.
Dec 5 at White Horse Black Mountain. 
Performers: Malcolm Holcombe, Daniel Barber, Aaron LaFalce, Pipapelli, and poets Laura Hope Gill, Pasckie Pascua, 
Caleb Beissert 
Emcees: Jadwiga McKay, Caleb Beissert. 
Thanks to RJ of Pipapelli for the poster.




Friday, November 15, 2013

SOUP, SONGS, SOLIDARITY

A Benefit Concert for Typhoon Victims 
in the Philippines

THE Traveling Bonfires holds a fundraise event on Dec 5, Thursday, for typhoon victims in the Philippines. The organization, which made Asheville its home in the last 12 years, was formed in the Philippines in the 1980s.


     Billed “Soup, Songs, Solidarity: A Benefit Concert for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines,” the event features local performers Malcolm Holcombe, Daniel Barber, Aaron LaFalce, Pipapelli, and poets Laura Hope Gill, Caleb Beissert and Pasckie Pascua. Emcee is Jadwiga McKay and Caleb Beissert.
     Cover is $18 at the door ($15 in advance), $10 for students with ID, $5 for children under 12. There will also be a Silent Auction. Soup and other traditional Filipino food will also be served. (To purchase tickets in advance, go to: http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com/)
     Beneficiary of the proceeds is the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (http://www.prrm.org/), a non-governmental organization and institution formed in 1952 in order to assist the poor members of society in the Philippines.
     Typhoon Hiayan, considered the strongest typhoon to land this year, has claimed thousands of lives in the southern provinces of the Philippines. Half a million people are without homes and cold due to continuous rains and flooding. Food, safe water, and medicines are also scarce. Millions more are adversely affected.
     Attendees to the show are enjoined to bring used clothes, blankets, and canned goods to the typhoon victims. The Traveling Bonfires sends boxes of goodies to the Philippines on a monthly basis. Typhoons visit the islands more than a dozen times each—though Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest and most destructive, so far.


     The TBonfires' centerpiece project is the spring to summer Bonfires for Peace at Pritchard Park” in downtown Asheville, a concert gathering for family and community. The program, which held its 11th year this year, also had parallel events in Baltimore, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Manila and Baguio City in the Philippines through the years.     
     Founded by journalist Pasckie Pascua in Manila in the turbulent 80s, the Traveling Bonfires has made Asheville its home since moving here from New York City in 2002. It had a two-year sojourn in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2009, “but Asheville is our home barrio, this is where we belong,” explains Pascua.
     The Traveling Bonfires' events enjoyed the support of local Asheville businesses, organizations, and individuals. Projects have benefited non-profit organizations that work with at-risk youths, families of the disappeared, orphan and disaster victims. For more info, http://ashevilletravelingbonfires.blogspot.com/ or call Marta Osborne at 828 280 2309 or email pasckie@yahoo.com

[Photos by Reuter]