JUNE

Saturday June 2  7:30-9:00pm
Different Shoes LIVE! FREE!

Danielle Koppel and Berkeley Grimball sing duets, from classic Emmy Lou
Harris/ Gram Parsons numbers to Crosby Stills and Nash as well as many
originals. Both voices have tremendous range and power with a heart touching
blend whether at a whisper or a howl. Joined on vocals by Anne-Marie Gutierrez and on vocals and percussion by Robert Long.

Monday June 4  7:00-8:30pm
TWIN SHAMANS ARE RETURNING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday June 5  7:00-8:30pm
Discovering the Wilderness Within, with Francis Rico

Discovering the Wilderness Within, with Francis Rico – Shaman’s have always been explorers of the expansive creative energies at the core of life – and now, life itself is calling to the shaman within each of us to share our gifts, and to align ourselves with the ancient wisdom traditions that can help us heal ourselves, our families, our friends, and our world.  In this free interactive evening gathering, Francis will share shamanic practices to:

  • Move away from our cultural “entrancement.”
  • Reorient with deep natural processes.
  • Restore your innate feral intelligence and agility.
  • Discover how to draw on your glimpses of wild inspiration.
  • Ignite your enormous potential for inspired action.
  • Pull back the curtains on the secret wisdom traditions that are central to empowering, rejuvenating, and enjoying your life, no matter what.

    Francis Rico apprenticed with his Spanish grandfather – a Maketo Shaman. From this early start, his life has followed the pathways of indigenous shamanic wisdom traditions around the world. Francis teaches and practices in the North Bay Area, and guides journeys to magical places around the world, including Teotihuacan, Mexico, and Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru.   He is the author of the contemporary shamanism classic, A Shaman’s Guide to Deep Beauty. www.shamanzone.com

Wednesday June 6 7:00-8:00pm
Living a Inspired, Mystical Life

with  Oasis founder Robert Roskind, author of A Guide for an Awakening Planet

It so easy to lapse into leading a mundane life full of all the details modern life seems to demand of us. However, living an ispired life is simple (but simple is not always easy). Just use unconditional love for all as your homing beacon. In essence, just claim your Divinely-given, and pre-incarnated acceptance of, your assignment as a teacher of love. Then determine your greatest gifts (music, writing, child-rearing, counseling, painting, caring for the elderly, etc.) and use these to most effectively undertake your assignment.

Robert Roskind is the author of twelve books including Rasta Heart: A Journey into One Love, The Beauty Path: A Native American Journey into One Love, The Gathering of the Healers, In the Spirit of Marriage and In the Spirit of Business. He is also the producer of a record-breaking PBS series and the organizer of over 200 One Love Events in the U.S. and Jamaica. He lives in Carrboro and operates the Oasis.

 

Thursday June 7  7:00-8:30pm
Love God Now
with Andy & Shef

Come explore the wonders and fullness of life and dig deep into what it means to Love God Now Who is God? How is Love? What is Now? When is Love? Where is God? Why is Now?
How is Now? Where is Love? Why is God? When is Now? What is Love? Who is Love?
Why is Love? How is God? Who is Now? What is God? Where is Now? When is God?

You dig?
Andy Ross is a progressive, independent minister who seeks to awaken others to the peace, love, and joy of God’s being through deep personal insight and transformative spiritual practice. His first book, Where is God? , is the introduction to a NEW theology for the HERE and NOW, honoring both the eternal moment and the progress of humanity. Andy lives in
the moment, but resides with his wife and two daughters in Wake Forest, NC.

 

www.andyrossministry.com

 

Sheffield Pulley is the author of the soon to be released NAO TE CHING and teaches carpe iam , a series of pillars and principles born out of the text that reveal a way of life founded
on The Way, the foundation of life and the space in between and beyond the contrast and chaos of life. This way of being lends clarity and context to one’s story, leading to a new sense
of self grounded in wholeness, hope, and service. He lives in the research triangle with At the Movies with his guru, his 8 year old son Fo.

www.sheffieldpulley.com

*Warning: Conversation will most definitely induce laughter and leave you light.

 

Saturday June 9  7:30-9:00pm
At the Movies with Russ Corvey

“At The Movies” is a 90-minute multimedia show featuring smooth jazz recording artist Russ Corvey.  While watching video highlights of classic and contemporary films including “La La Land”, “Ray”, ” Leaving Las Vegas “, “The Wizard of Oz” and many more, you’ll hear Russ play the famous musical themes from those films.

A life-long student of guitar, Russ studied arranging and composition at Berklee College of Music before forming the popular smooth jazz act Indigo City. Russ toured nationally in support of 1998′s Samba Electrique CD, performed at Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival and on Norwegian Cruise Lines 2000 All-Star Smooth Jazz Cruise along with Kirk Whalum , The Rippingtons, Ken Navarro and others. Russ has composed and recorded three contemporary jazz albums and in 2002 composed a full length contemporary ballet, “Arriving in Indigo City”.

 

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Sunday June 10 6:30-8:30pm
CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION: OUR LONG SLOW EMERGENCY

VIDEO & DISCUSSION NIGHT ~ 2 nd Sunday of each month
PRACTICES AND ACTIONS TO CREATE RESILIENCE ~ 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm

On the 2 nd Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm, we show a different climate video and discuss a range of important issues and options to address them, both individually and collectively.

Our perspective is that the core ecological problem is not climate change, but rather it is overshoot, of which our climate destabilization is a symptom. We have overshot the ability, i.e.,“carrying capacity”, of the earth to support the population by using up resources faster than they can be replenished. In the process we’ve put an amount of CO2 into the atmosphere that has destabilized our climate.

“There can be no greater crime against humanity than the destruction of conditions that make human life possible…” Lawrence Torcello
We are in an unprecedented time of risk, uncertainty, and opportunity … and with some urgency we are called to greater participation to serve our Emerging Future.

Join us for this important discussion of how we move forward to create an Earth Community of justice, sustainability and peace! Bring your comments, questions and ideas. Free! Open to all!

For detailed information of the specific video that will be shown, see
https://betseydowning.com/upcoming-events/ . Information will be posted 5-6 days prior to the event.

CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION: OUR LONG SLOW EMERGENCY
PRACTICES AND ACTIONS TO CREATE RESILIENCE ~ 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm

On the 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm, we focus on creating resilience, individually and in our communities. The first 30 minutes focuses on our individual resilience and includes practices such as meditation, deep breathing, guided imagery, and/or gentle movement to calm and center ourselves, so that we function at our best. Following that we discuss actions to prepare for the coming challenges to create greater resilience in our communities as well as in our individual lives.

No experience necessary. Free! Open to all!

Presented by a group of concerned and dedicated citizens:
Betsey Downing, Marty Adams, Tana Hartman Thorn,
Dirk Kelder, and Jim Sander

 

Tuesday June 12  7:00-8:00pm
Jungian Models with Ken Turner

A Practical Introduction to the Ideas of C. G. Jung Carl Jung, (1875 – 1961) arguably the most important psychologist of the last century, was first a younger colleague, later a rival of Sigmund Freud. In contrast to Freud’s materialistic model of our human nature, which sought to increase happiness by adjusting us to the demands of society, Jung had a more expanded view of humanity. He sought, not adjustment, but what he termed Individuation, the process of becoming who we were meant to be.

He discovered, beyond the personal unconscious that Freud had worked with, a more extensive realm he called the Collective Unconscious – psychic contents and processes common to everybody, everywhere. In this inner world, he found all the myths and ideas of the world. In this series of 6 conversations we will discuss Jung’s basic model of the psyche and show how we can use it to find our own individual path to becoming who we really are. We will use the Enneagram to explore our complexes, numbers and the Tarot to explore the Archetypes, extract techniques for personal growth from the old Alchemical literature, and find signs of our progress by observing synchronicities in our lives as we do what has been called the Great Work.

Kenneth Turner brings a variety of life experience to his work with people. He earned a PhD in Physics (Princeton, 1962), an MA in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (University of West Georgia, 2007), and passed the National Counselors Licensing exam. He has been an astronomer, an administrator, a federal bureaucrat, an executive at a high tech start-up company, a college professor, an entrepreneur, and a psychotherapist. He has married, helped raise children (his own and others), lived abroad, been widowed twice, and retired. Kenneth holds certifications in the Body Centered Transformation work of Gay and Katlyn Hendricks, and in the Enneagram approach of Kathy Hurley and Theodorre Donson. He is an authorized facilitator for the Institute of Noetic Sciences Conscious Aging program and has been involved with Jungian psychology for more than fifty years.

A six-part series of a general introduction, explaining the basic Jungian model followed by a look at the complexes, using the Enneagram of personality as a useful tool, then two talks on the Archetypes, one on the intellectual Archetypes, represented by Numbers and geometric shapes, and another on the Tarot as representing the more emotional and experiential Archetypes.

 

Wednesday June 13  7:00-8:00pm
Achieving Freedom from your Thoughts
with Belinda Macri of Clearwater Retreat

Freedom……. can mean so many different things; for me, I wanted freedom in the many thoughts that ran through my head eachmoment of each day. Through years of practicing meditation, I still could not achieve this. It was through a deep explorationwith a dear friend, a meditation teacher in the Himalayas, that provided me the tools to achieve this. These tools brought a lightnessto my Being, such peace that opened me up to an abundance of Love, Light, Joy, and Peace. I look forward to traveling thisjourney with you and your own discovery of how to gain that Freedom in your life.

Belinda’s passion for assisting others in achieving their highest level of well-being led her to create Clearwater Retreat.Years in the works, Clearwater Retreat is a space that nourishes mind/body and spirit. Special detail throughout the retreat allows one to feel peace and experience the fullness of who they are and return to wholeness. I love to incorporate all of the following specialties when working with individuals or groups.

Bringing awareness of the impact our daily lifestyle choices make on our bodies and mind is what Belinda enjoys; using all of the following practices for each individual. We are all so beautifully unique. My life has taught me and provided me with a wealth of knowledge from experience; this opens the path to compassion, love, and peace. I am Chopra Center Certified in Perfect Health, Advanced Ayurveda as a Consultant, a certified Yoga Instructor with the American Yoga Academy, a certified Meditation Teacher and advanced teaching at the Essence of the Himalayas in India and a Polarity Therapist, energy bodywork from Spa Tech Institute.

Over the past year and a half, I have expanded my breath of knowledge by working as a Health Coach for Dr. Rawls and in Customer Support with Vital Plan assisting individuals with immune dysfunction(Lyme disease), using Dr. Rawls’ herbal protocol. Peace…. breathe, yoga, meditation, Balance….. nutrition, lifestyle practices, touchFreedom….. stillness in mind, body and spirit. Check out Belinda’s Clearwater Retreat for her ongoing programs

 

Thursday June 14  7:00-8:00pm
Self Love and Self Care with Kezia Renee Lechner

Self love and self care provide a critical and important foundation for our lives. Loving oneself and treating oneself well, helps to optimize inner harmony, balance and personal well being in these often challenging times. And of course, manifesting one’s desires when fueled by self love and belief in oneself, is far more effective than going for one’s dreams plagued by self doubt and fear.

Unfortunately, many of us carry vestiges of the judgment, shame and the blame we were exposed to in childhood. Though no longer children, we have internalized distorted perceptions about ourselves, and have often developed less than healthy self care habits as a coping mechanism and a compensatory strategy.

Join me for an experiential evening of Intuitive Life Coaching and hands on Energy Healing. If the group is small, I will provide short individual sessions for each person. If the group is large, I will work with as many people as I’m able. Together we will explore how you might experience greater self love, and how you could level up your habits of daily self care.

Kezia Renee Lechner moved to this area from Philadelphia. She offers private sessions and hosts a monthly, sliding scale Healing Clinic in Chapel Hill. Formerly a professional artist, she was a member of a National Artist’s Coaching Community for over a decade. Drawn to the Healing Arts, she became a Reiki Master in 1999, explored a number of other healing modalities and soon after established her own practice.

Over the years, as her sensitivity to energy and her intuitive abilities grew, she began to combine Intuitive Life Coaching with Reiki/Energy Healing, a blend she finds highly powerful and effective in helping clients move forward in their lives. To learn more about Kezia visit www.HeartofaHealer.comwww.OpenintoChange.com or contact her at 919 929 8749 – keziarenee@gmail.com

 

Friday June 15  7:00-8:30pm
AWAKE! The Life of Yogananda

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today (apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad). By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

samadhi-oasisSaturday June 16 7:30-9:00pm
Samadhi LIVE!! FREE!! AWESOME!

Samadhi is a soulful kirtan band based in North Carolina. Although the term kirtan is originally from India, we celebrate traditions from around the world that foster community gatherings centered around devotional call and response singing. Kirtan transforms the spirit, bringing us together, unifying our hearts and voices, sharing in the spirit. Because kirtan requires participation, WE NEED YOU! Our music is as diverse as our band, and with influences that include jazz, gospel, indie, rock n’roll, and soul, our chants range from moments of sweet intimacy to resounding expressions of the heart. Our members include Krishna Nama, Prema, Rangadevi, Steve, Kat, Julian, Courtney & Vikram. www.samadhikirtan.com

 

Monday June 18  7:00-8:00pm
Reinventing Ourselves: The Next Blessed Chapter with Robert Roskind

In today’s fast changing environments we are being called on to constantly learn and grow and to often go through life-changing events that cause us to have to reinvent ourselves. Sometimes these events are pleasurable like a spiritual awakening, the birth of a child, meeting a mate, beginning your life work. Other times they are painful involving a physical, financial, spiritual, or relationship “crisis.” In either case, these are the milestone markers on our path – in fact they are our path – and they are all for our highest good. As a veteran of countless, reinventions, Robert will discuss how to navigate these life changes with calm and clarity – no matter how intense they might appear.

Robert Roskind is the author of twelve books including Rasta Heart: A Journey into One Love, The Beauty Path: A Native American Journey into One Love, The Gathering of the Healers, In the Spirit of Marriage and In the Spirit of Business. He is also the producer of a record-breaking PBS series and the organizer of over 200 One Love Events in the U.S. and Jamaica. He lives in Carrboro and operates the Oasis.

Tuesday June 19 7:00-8:00pm
Prepare for Aging: Your sense of

balance can save your later years – training is advised
with Dr. Morgan (aka Kevin aka FitOldDog)

As we age, our senses can decline, especially in the absence of appropriate exercises. This is true of olfaction, sight, hearing, and balance. A loss of balance in your 80s could result in a broken hip, and you’re done. Let’s not go there.

Your sense of balance is handled
in four ways:
1. Inner ears (semicircular canals, utricle and
saccule).
2. Somatic sense (proprioceptive detection of tension in muscles, tendons and
ligaments).
3. Sight – harder to balance with your eyes closed.
4. Mechanoreceptors on the bottom of your feet.

These all work in concert, and each can be trained, to somedegree. The one most neglected? Bottom of our feet. Let’s share our vertigo stories, for mutual learning.

Dr. Morgan (aka Kevin aka FitOldDog) is a retired veterinary scientist
and entrepreneur. His business, Old Dogs in Training, LLC, is working to help
people handle the challenges of aging. As a life-long athlete, he received a
medal at the end of every Ironman race he finished. He noticed that aging is
tougher than the Ironman, but there was no medal, not that he’s in a hurry to
finish that race. Aging comes with more aches, pains and challenges. One such
challenge is decline of our sense of balance. If you ask him how he’s doing, 99%
of the time he replies, “I’m happy.” If you ask him why he’s happy,
he’ll reply, “It’s a choice. Being miserable is hard work.” Kevin is
now making his living writing and selling books on aging. His main marketing
tool is story-telling. As a life-long athlete, Kevin trains his sense of
balance every day, using balance exercises and his VOXXLife Socks.

Websites:

http://prepareforaging.com
http://yvoxxsox.com
http://athletewithstent.com

Wednesday June 20  7:00-8:30pm
Stephanie Massingale and Arya

Stephanie Massengale is an Intuitive Life Coach and channeler for Arya. This talk will be channeled messages from Arya. In a style similar to Esther Hicks with Abraham, Stephanie channels a loving 5th dimensional being named Arya, from the Arcturus star system. Please bring your questions as Stephanie responds to your intentions for the evening.

In 2006, Stephanie had a near death experience which lead to a reawakening of her psychic abilities. In 2007, Stephanie was teaching non-verbal autistic children. They began to start talking to her telepathically. This completely changed the direction of her life. This evening will help you to understand the changing times in which we are currently living.
If you would like to know more about her, here is her website address:
www.intuitivewisdomtoday.com.
The email address is:
intuitivewisdom@gmail.com

 

Thursday

June 21 7:00-8:00pm
Love God NOW
with Andy and Shef

Come explore the wonders and fullness of life and dig deep into what it means to Love God Now Who is God? How is Love? What is Now? When is Love? Where is God? Why is Now?
How is Now? Where is Love? Why is God? When is Now? What is Love? Who is Love?
Why is Love? How is God? Who is Now? What is God? Where is Now? When is God?

You dig?
Andy Ross is a progressive, independent minister who seeks to awaken others to the peace, love, and joy of God’s being through deep personal insight and transformative spiritual practice. His first book, Where is God? , is the introduction to a NEW theology for the HERE and NOW, honoring both the eternal moment and the progress of humanity. Andy lives in
the moment, but resides with his wife and two daughters in Wake Forest, NC.

 

www.andyrossministry.com

 

Sheffield Pulley is the author of the soon to be released NAO TE CHING and teaches carpe iam , a series of pillars and principles born out of the text that reveal a way of life founded
on The Way, the foundation of life and the space in between and beyond the contrast and chaos of life. This way of being lends clarity and context to one’s story, leading to a new sense
of self grounded in wholeness, hope, and service. He lives in the research triangle with his guru, his 8 year old son Fo.

www.sheffieldpulley.com

*Warning: Conversation will most definitely induce laughter and leave you light.

 

Friday June 21  7:0-9:00pm
Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie: Seven Years in the Counterculture

A one-man play by author and Oasis founder Robert Roskind, set to photos and the music of the era!

The counterculture of the 60s and 70s has been viewed as everything from naive to hedonistic. However, most of these views were formed by observing the movement from the outside. “Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie” offers a vastly different perspective, one developed from within.
After graduating college in 1968, Robert Roskind hit the road for seven years. Roskind’s travels lead him into the heart of the counterculture–to Esalen Institute, Tassajara Hot Springs, Big Sur, Vancouver Island, the communes of Oregon and North Carolina, Altamont Pop Festival, Mt. Shasta, the Haight-Ashbury and the “motherland”–Northern California.
His personal odyssey, sometimes profane and funny, sometimes profound and serious, reveals this tumultuous era as a cultural and spiritual renaissance that birthed many of the solutions to problems humanity now faces.

 

Robert Roskind is the author of twelve books including Rasta Heart: A Journey into One Love, The Beauty Path: A Native American Journey into One Love, The Gathering of the Healers, In the Spirit of Marriage and In the Spirit of Business. He is also the producer of a record-breaking PBS series and the organizer of over 200 One Love Events in the U.S. and Jamaica. He lives in Carrboro and operates the Oasis.

 

Saturday June 23  7:30-9:00pm
Pilgrims and Troubadours

Songs and Stories from a Musical Pilgrimage with Alexandra and William Riggins

In 1996, Alexandra and William left their home in the USA and began a long pilgrimage. Traveling by bicycle, they carry a guitar and tent, and visit holy places of all religions. Along the way, they sing for people: in schools, universities, retirement homes, clinics, prisons, churches, conferences, camps, monasteries and where ever they are invited. Accompanied by the guitar, they sing songs in about 16 different languages from the various countries they visited as well as songs they have composed based on their experiences. You are invited to join them on a bit of their journey as they sing, recount experiences and share insights gathered while traveling through forty-nine countries and four continents, covering 36 000 miles by bicycle. Their book, P i l g r i m s a n d T r o u b a d o u r s , was published with Lulu books in 2013. A German version, Pilger und Troubadoure, appeared in 2016 in Residenz Verlag, Salzburg, Austria. Website: htps://sites.google.com/site/wayofpilgrims/

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Sunday June 24 :30-8:30pm
CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION: OUR LONG SLOW EMERGENCY

VIDEO & DISCUSSION NIGHT ~ 2 nd Sunday of each month
PRACTICES AND ACTIONS TO CREATE RESILIENCE ~ 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm

On the 2 nd Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm, we show a different climate video and discuss a range of important issues and options to address them, both individually and collectively.

Our perspective is that the core ecological problem is not climate change, but rather it is overshoot, of which our climate destabilization is a symptom. We have overshot the ability, i.e.,“carrying capacity”, of the earth to support the population by using up resources faster than they can be replenished. In the process we’ve put an amount of CO2 into the atmosphere that has destabilized our climate.

“There can be no greater crime against humanity than the destruction of conditions that make human life possible…” Lawrence Torcello
We are in an unprecedented time of risk, uncertainty, and opportunity … and with some urgency we are called to greater participation to serve our Emerging Future.

Join us for this important discussion of how we move forward to create an Earth Community of justice, sustainability and peace! Bring your comments, questions and ideas. Free! Open to all!

For detailed information of the specific video that will be shown, see
https://betseydowning.com/upcoming-events/ . Information will be posted 5-6 days prior to the event.

CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION: OUR LONG SLOW EMERGENCY
PRACTICES AND ACTIONS TO CREATE RESILIENCE ~ 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm

On the 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm, we focus on creating resilience, individually and in our communities. The first 30 minutes focuses on our individual resilience and includes practices such as meditation, deep breathing, guided imagery, and/or gentle movement to calm and center ourselves, so that we function at our best. Following that we discuss actions to prepare for the coming challenges to create greater resilience in our communities as well as in our individual lives.

No experience necessary. Free! Open to all!

Presented by a group of concerned and dedicated citizens:
Betsey Downing, Marty Adams, Tana Hartman Thorn,
Dirk Kelder, and Jim Sander

 

Tuesday June 26  7:00-8:15pm
Gift of the Tao- Chi Kung, High-Level Energy Healing
with Link Freedom

Join us for a deep dive into the nature of reality, energy, and how to work with it! For thousands of years Taoists have explored and mapped out the inner realms, drawn the energy pathways, and created systems of movements to align ourselves with natural energy patterns.
Gift of the Tao Chi Kung is unique in that is comes full circle with the shamanic practices that gave rise to Taoist thought, and utilizes energy patterns from the Higher Levels. The whole point of the practice is to shift our energy body through different vibrations, ending in a crescendo that aligns us with our highest Self! This is the essence of what “High-Level” healing means: simply to work on the Spiritual root cause of the issue manifesting in your life.
No experience with Chi Kung is necessary, though an open mind and ability to feel (or desire to) ‘Chi’ is recommended! Gift of the Tao focuses on the energy, not so much the movements so it is modifiable to any physical capacity.

Link Freedom is a licensed bodyworker, and healing arts professional with half a decade of experience in his field. In his pursuit of finding the most effective healing practice, he studied Philosophy at NC State to understand all the ways in which our perspective creates our reality. His practice of Clinical Chi Kung for his own healing and that of others began in 2014. He emphasizes the path of embodiment-of integrating and embracing our Wholeness as the deepest healing. His travels have taken him to Japan, Brasil, and Peru to broaden his approach to the healing arts. Learn more about his vision @ Healcyon.com, or contact him directly (212) 765-2693, healcyon.sky@gmail.com

 

Saturday June 30  7:30-9:00pm
THE GET TOGETHERS! LIVE! FREE!

‘The Get Togethers’ have been cooking their jams in North Carolina since 2017, but the songs are much older. The guitars, banjo and fiddle-cello combine with hand drums and beats combine the energy of country and bluegrass together with the power of reggae and Senegalese hip-hop. Like the minimal music in film scores that combine different sound-worlds, ‘The Get Together’s’ put their love into their sound and International vibrations in to their music.
Born in Senegal, Mamoudou ‘Le Nomad’ Baldé moved to the United States in 2008. He’s a Singer, Drummer and Rapper. In Senegal his group SSK was selected by Usain Bolt personally to be the featured song in one of his promotional ads. He’s played all over the world, in Africa, US, the Carribean, Senegal and Paris to name a few.

For ‘The Get Togethers’ Mamoudou works closely alongside composer and improviser Kenneth ‘Doc’ Stewart. Kenneth spends his time exploring fusions of genres like country, blues and jazz with experimental electronic classical music. When in his PhD Music studies at Duke University he regularly performed with the Duke New Music Ensemble in Durham at local venues such as Motorco, Fullsteam Brewery and Baldwin Auditorium.

Regular members of the band include Mamoudou on Voice, Drums and Guitar, Bennie on Banjo, Kenneth on Guitar and Cello, Douglas Stridiron on Bass, with John Osburn (ADF) and Curt Hoffmann on Drums. ‘The Get Togethers’ believes in peace and fairness with justice for ALL people around the world. The lyrics preach their brand of love in four languages, English, French, Wolof and Fulani. The songs are born in Africa, but bred in Durham, North Carolina.
‘Le Nomad’ and ‘Doc’ met at a friends get-together, just prior to playing with one another they switched guitars. The novelty of this was a silly meet-cute at first, but when they channeled the live energy into the music, they knew the party is only getting started. Soon after this first get-together, each member joined in succession. The melodies are infectious and the themes are universal. It’s real when ‘The Get’ gets together and when the tunes are flowing, remembering that people are free when love abounds.

Samples –
Mamoudou “Nomad” Balde @World Beat Fest 2014 @ Cat’s Cradle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmYzOifh5Ts

Africa (Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3jgXvIwMl4

Khaley – ”Children are our Future”
To have a better today and tomorrow, we have “To love, teach and protect and guide them…”

Mamoudou Balde and the Red Blues Family Live in August 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f_a2ZIyfr0