Hello Beautiful People!
Things have been moving at such a fast pace, that it's been hard to keep up with all the activities. But just to show you that we haven't forgotten about you, here are a few highlights of all the happenings.
The 2013 Rhythm and Joy Music Festival
"If you want to make the Universe laugh, tell it your plans".
A LOT of hard work went into the planning of RAJ13. But there were things that were not anticipated - like SANTA ANA WINDS rolling in at 70 miles per hour early Friday morning.
Yet, what emerged was something that could never have been planned.
Community Emerged.... As experienced campers helped first time campers secure their tents or (buy new ones!). Vendors gave away free food. Strangers cuddled together and shared blankets. For three days, surrounded by mountains and nature, we all became one... we became closer.
Service Emergedand B-Live
Freedom Emerged Electric scooter rides, Frisbees, and more. WE HAD FUN!!!
All of this was interlaced with soul stirring music from soooo many artists that spanned the gamut of styles from Jazz to World to Hip Hop to Rap to Rock to Pop to Kirtan to Funk & Reggae and beyond!!! Chaka Khan, Niki Haris, Roy Ayers, Jami Lula, Lisa & Erika, Donna Delory Georgia and Dudley, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dred Daze, Jami Deva, Luminaries, Deva Premal, Miten & Manose, the Agape International Choir... and no one will ever forget the duet/mash up of Rickie Byars Beckwith and rapper/actor Common nor will they forget Mama Byars & Mama Lissa Sprinkles OPENING for Common Lol!!!
Lives Were Changed!!!
Those who could endure the opening challenges could testify that they were made better by this incredible festival. see www.rajfestival.com to see photos and share insights about RAJ13.
WAYS TO HELP RAJ
There truly is no other festival like it and we get to do it better next year. Currently, we are paying off outstanding debts that are incurred many times with a first time venture. Fortunately, FOLKS WHO LOVE RAJ or even the concept of a three day outdoor festival where folks show up to play with Rickie BB and all that she loves and aspires to be - is encouraging folks to contribute. The mountain of debt is now a nice sized hill and with your help - it won't exist at all. Our Indiegogo Crowd-sourcing Campaign will launch soon and you will be notified of the ways in which you can contribute or:
TO MAKE A DONATION NOW - go to paypal.com, set up an account for free, and send money to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
you are interested in hosting Rickie BB in concert in your town, email: email@example.com
Rickie BB is performing at the Braveheart Womens Conference on November 15th. Past honorees have included Helen Hunt, Dr. Maya Angelou, Nancy O'dell and Sherri Shepard. No one is more loved in live performance than our beloved Rickie. Check the Braveheart website for more info: http://www.risela.com/index.html
The Month of November is Agape's Anniversary Month
27 years ago, Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith caught a vision that has changed so many lives. To commemorate Agape is hosting many events, including: Theme Parties, Rev is teaching a class on Meditation and Visioning, Prayers in the Wind, and so much more. For more information go to: http://agapelive.com
That's all for now. Check back often and be in the JOY of this amazing life.