Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Local poet Pasckie Pascua reads from his new book, with guests Randi Janelle, Keegan Avery and Devon Vuillier at Firestorm Cafe on Jan 16

LOCAL poet Pasckie Pascua resumes reading from his book, “Red is the Color of my Night” in a Traveling Bonfires show at Firestorm Cafe & Books (www.firestorm.coop/) in West Asheville on Jan 16, Saturday. He will be joined by author and spoken word artist Randi Janelle and singer-songwriter Keegan Avery and poet Devon Vuillier. 
       Firestorm is located at 610 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 (tel # 828 255-8115). The free or donations-only show starts at 7. Firestorm's mission is to demonstrate the feasibility and desirability of a workplace based on free cooperation. The Cafe seeks to sustain and nourish the collective through fulfilling work, personal empowerment and equitable compensation.



       Randi Janelle is an author, photographer, performance poet, yoga instructor, cat whisperer. She calls Asheville home, but has lived and toured in Australia and New Zealand, and understands the phrases "fair dinkum" and "keen as." She's nourishing a coaching program along with writing “The Story” series. The first book “The Story: Deviation” is available to revel in, and the second book, “The Story: Possession” is due out in spring of 2017. 
       Keegan Avery is a local singer songwriter whose music exudes the sylvan mysticism of the mountains as well as the accessibility of a neighborhood troubadour. He is currently working on full CD and would be happy to share choice songs in the show.
Devon Vuillier was born in the sunny coastal city of Clearwater in Florida, and has been a resident of Asheville since childhood. Devon writes poetry as a way to get by with harsh moments in her life—but it was only until last year when she went out and joined readings in downtown Asheville that she developed confidence to share her work. Her poems mirror the angst of youth of her generation as well as the potentials of a matured poet way ahead of her age. She is currently in the process of putting together a chapbook of her choice poems so far.
       The Traveling Bonfires, a “people’s culture” organization that advocates family wisdom and community connectedness, has long been advocating alternative healing, herbal cures, and other non-conventional medical means through “Food Poets Society,” a food and music/arts interface program, and its cancer-awareness events and concerts. The show, which also serves as part of Pascua's continuing series of readings to help fundraise for The Bonfires' typhoon rehab projects in his home country, the Philippines.
       Born in the Philippines and reinvented in New York City, the Traveling Bonfires arrived in the mountains in1999 and almost immediately made Asheville its home. Founded and head by Pascua, the TBonfires has also produced and organized shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, Washington DC and other North and South Carolina cities through the years. The organization puts up the summertime music convergence, “Bonfires for Peace at Pritchard Park” in downtown Asheville. Loved by the Buffalo is an independent publishing outfit based in Asheville.
MORE performer infos: Pasckie: http://pasckiepascuawords.blogspot.com/. Randi: randijanelle.com / Keegan: https://soundcloud.com/keegan-avery
AND http://ashevilletravelingbonfires.blogspot.com/ or http://pasckiepascuawords.blogspot.com/ or find Pasckie Pascua on Facebook.
POSTER design by Randi Janelle.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pasckie Pascua, Caleb Beissert, Madelyn Lavender and guest performers advocate alternative healing in a Traveling Bonfires show at Noble Kava, Oct 27

LOCAL poets Pasckie Pascua and Caleb Beissert resume reading from their books, “Red is the Color of my Night” and Beautiful: Translations from the Spanish (poems by of Pablo Neruda and Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca),” respectively, in a Traveling Bonfires show at Noble Kava on Oct 27. They will be joined by Madelyn Lavender, who is on a new promotion campaign for her 2003 album, "Memory Tree." Sharing the stage are local poets Kelley Hoyer and Devon Vuillier, and singer-songwriter Amy Hamilton and poet/singer Eva Weinmann.
      Noble Kava, a family-friend, no-alcohol bar, is located at 15 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801. (828) 505-8118. The show is free. Donation is very much appreciated.     

 
       The Traveling Bonfires, a “people’s culture” organization that advocates family wisdom and community connectedness, has long been advocating alternative healing, herbal cures, and other non-conventional medical means through “Food Poets Society,” a food and music/arts interface program, and its cancer-awareness events and concerts. The show, which also serves as part of Pascua's continuing series of readings to promote his book, also raises fund for Weinmann, who has been afflicted with Rheumatoid Arthritis since childhood.
       Weinmann is currently on a fundraise and awareness drive focused on Peptide Therapy. Peptides are an amino acid, the building blocks of a protein and of our cells. Peptides are being used to treat and often cure cancer, Alzheimer's, ADHD, diabetes, epilepsy, dementia, many auto-immune disorders, allergies, and more. “This nutrient based medicine used for over 35 years in Europe with great success and now available in the US by only about 20 doctors, nationwide,” says Weinmann. “(Rheumatoid Arthritis) is a terribly debilitating and painful disease which has brought tremendous hardships to me and my family. This treatment gives me hope.” Weinmann will talk more about the subject between poetry and songs.
       Born in the Philippines and reinvented in New York City, the Traveling Bonfires arrived in the mountains in1999 and almost immediately made Asheville its home. Founded and head by Pascua, the TBonfires has also produced and organized shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, Washington DC and other North and South Carolina cities through the years. The organization puts up the summertime music convergence, “Bonfires for Peace at Pritchard Park” in downtown Asheville. 

For info: http://ashevilletravelingbonfires.blogspot.com/ or http://pasckiepascuawords.blogspot.com/ or find Pasckie Pascua on Facebook. 

TO HELP Eva Weinmann and more info: 
[ ] Donate: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/wp1b/healing-rheumatoid-arthritis
[ ] Link to a clinic in Mexico and its work on peptides and what diseases they can cure: http://rctherapy.com/treatments/
[ ] Video explaining how it works: http://rctherapy.com/regenerative-cell-therapy/how-it-works/

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.