2011-06-23 / Local & State

Unity Music Festival Held At Warfordsburg

Event showcased music from around the country

Billy Jonas, a popular performer with children and adults alike, brought his unique, fun-filled songs and music to the three-day Sacred Music: Unity Music Festival at the Farm of Peace in Warfordsburg last week.

Families from the local area as well as Baltimore, northern Virginia and Ohio came to enjoy Jonas and the other performers at the festival.

“My favorite instrument is the audience,” says Jonas, who brings a real sense of community to his audience, helping them to discover the joy in creating music. Inviting the audience to share in the musical fun, Jonas sang some of his well- known tunes such as “What Kind of Cat Are You?,” enlisting the kids in the audience to play his unique collection of percussion instruments created from household objects like trash cans, bungee cords and pebble-filled plastic containers.

This was the fourth year for the Unity Music Festival at the Farm of Peace. The festival was established as a way for everyone to open their hearts to joy and hope and to encourage the experience of oneness through community.

This year’s family-friendly event brought featured performers from around the country, including Jonas from Asheville, N.C.; Native Deen from Virginia; Unity Reggae Band from Baltimore; and Camela Widad Kraemer from Carlisle, Pa. The weekend included a kids’ camp, talks on peace-making, a coffeehouse for poets and up-and-coming musicians to share their art, and a farm tour.

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