"Peace in the Park" is a free admission concert series is scheduled every Thursday in the month of September 2013 in the heart of Pembroke, North Carolina.
Peace in the Park includes musical performances from Sol Roots, Pura Fe Trio, Dark Water Rising, and Echoes of Faith all happening at University of North Carolina Pembroke and Old Town Parke. The music performances are from 4:30pm-9pm
“Peace in the Park” is a multi-faceted organization that seeks to promote unity and peace through the performance arts. Community-driven and led,“Peace in the Park” brings music, arts, and local entrepreneurship to the forefront to combat the aftermath of oppression, depression, poverty, and violence.
The calendar of events is listed below.
Thursday September 5 - Sol Roots (at UNC Pembroke)
Thursday September 12 - Echoes of Faith
Thursday September 19 - Pura Fe Trio
Thursday September 26 - Dark Water Rising
Peace in the Park events are all free admission, and all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Pura Fe is a singer/songwriter/musician, poet, artist, dancer, actor, teacher, and activist. This “Renaissance woman” is the founding member of the internationally renowned native woman’s a capella trio, ‘Ulali’, and is recognized for creating a new genre, bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of the “mainstream” music industry.
Pura Fe has studied and performed with ‘The American Ballet Theatre’ company’, has been in several Broadway musicals and TV commercials. She has sung for ‘The Mercer Ellington Orchestra’, countless Jazz, R&B, Rock bands and has stamped her distinct vocals on many recordings, demo’s, jingles, music videos and movie sound tracks/trailers through out her career. She was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) with ‘Kanatanaski & Pura Fe’ for best aboriginal music video.
She’s appeared on Jay Leno’s ‘The Tonight Show’, UK’s ‘The Late Show’ and Brazil’s ‘Joe Suares Show’ with Ulali and Robbie Robertson. Pura Fe has toured world wide, in concert halls, festivals, nightclubs, universities, Pow Wow’s, conferences, campaigns and endless benefits…for environmental and humanitarian rights.
In Indian Country, Pura Fe holds a Smoke Dance champion title and is a recipient of the ‘Community Spirit Award’ from the ‘First People’s Fund’ of the Tides Foundation, for her volunteered cultural contributions of traditional song and dance, working with Native youth groups in North Carolina.
Pura Fe has done vocal workshops instructing Native theatre schools, women’s drum groups and has cultivated several traditional singing dance troops from her Nation.
The band name, Dark Water Rising, originates from the home of its members. Robeson County, known for its rich Lumbee culture, thrives from the nourishment of swamplands and rich, dark water of the Lumber River. Serving as the headlining act in prominent venues throughout the Piedmont, Triad, and Southeastern regions of North Carolina, DWR gained new and rewarding learning experiences, further increasing their level of professionalism.
The members of Dark Water Rising complement each other in a “special” way to create their sound; one that surpasses skill and technique. Though many others have tried, DWR does not categorize its music into one genre. With a knack for taking “whatever comes out” and creating music that refreshes the senses, Dark Water Rising has the uncanny ability to successfully crossover into soul, alternative rock, blues, country, and hip-hop. The energy of DWR’s eclectic sound is embraced and enhanced in the live setting, making each show a must-see event.
With the release of their debut self-titled debut album “Dark Water Rising”, the band gained a greater appreciation for their music and a stronger desire to share their talents with as many people as possible. As a complete work of original material, the album also led DWR to the 2010 Native American Music Awards to capture the award for “Debut Duo or Group of the Year”. Dark Water Rising is the complete package. With a frontline trio of beautiful, talented women, backed by three equally talented male counterparts, the gang of DWR is poised for the journey ahead.
Sol Roots is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer who has toured Europe, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and the USA, with many roots, funk, and blues legends. Sol and his band create a unique blend of rock, blues, reggae, and raw funk, all delivered with deep soul and a positive message. Sol has toured across the east coast U.S. at many premier festivals and venues and has been on bills with Robert Randolph, Dumpstaphunk, Jon Cleary, Soulive, The Wood Brothers, Eric Lindell, Jackie Greene, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and more.
Sol has performed on stage and in the studio with musical heavyweights Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and with the international guitar hero Cool John Ferguson, who he performed with steadily for years. Sol has soaked in much from funk, blues, and soul heroes such as Roy Lee Johnson, Albert White, and Robert Lee Coleman, while touring and gigging with these artists. Sol also created a buzz with his underground blues electronic album entitled "Volume: Blue", that carried him overseas to perform these sets live. Sol is proud to be a part of Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit organization keeping the bluest of the blues alive and giving back to the true pioneers of roots music in America.
The band includes the phenomenal bassist Andreas Holmstrom (who has also worked w members of the Robert Randolph Band) drummer Scott Rabino (also known for his work with blues star Tommy Castro), and master saxophonist Tim Smith (of Hobex, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Orchestra Gardel).
With a love of Universal Music as the guiding light, Sol steps out on a path with a unique and talented band of musicians.
Sol Roots and Dark Water Rising are official Home Grown Music Network bands. Pura Fe and Sol Roots are official Music Maker Relief Foundation artists.
University of North Carolina Pembroke is located at 1 University Drive, Pembroke NC.
Old Pembroke Town Park is located at 418 West Third Street Pembroke, NC.