2012-06-21 / Local & State

Unity Music Festival Saturday

Billy Jonas brings “Neo-tribal Hootenanny” to Warfordsburg Farm of Peace

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, Billy Jonas will perform his unique blend of “funky folk music for the whole family” with found instruments at a family show at the Farm of Peace Unity Music Festival near Warfordsburg.

A resident of Asheville, N.C., Jonas is one of a rare breed of performers who can engage and delight both young and adult audiences. As leader of the Billy Jonas Band, Jonas has made innovative musical use of recycled objects, and he helps audiences discover the music within common items ... and within themselves.

His seven albums, PBS special and countless live concerts across North America have generated a devoted following of families and funky folk aficionados. His CD “What Kind of Cat are You?!” received a first place/gold from the American Federation of Independent Musicians and a Parents’ Choice Gold. Jonas’ videos have garnered critical acclaim, including Parents’ Choice Awards and a New York Times “Best for Kids” listing.

Every Billy Jonas concert is shaped by the audience, due to the participatory nature of his original songs. Jonas’ music is spirited, straightforward and accessible to anyone and everyone, regardless of age or cultural background. The big-tent festival quality of a Billy Jonas “neotribal hootenanny” facilitates connection and community while fostering inspiration and, most importantly, fun. Over the last two decades Jonas has shared stages with many renowned artists, including Alison Krauss, Keb’ Mo’, Peter Yarrow, David Wilcox, Richard Thompson, and Pete Seeger. His upbeat, engaging presence (both onstage and off) encourages active audience engagement from the first drum beat. His concerts are a magical mix of stagecraft and wholesome, open-ended, anything-can- happen spontaneity.

The Sacred Music: Unity Music Festival takes place at 1212 Haven Lane in Warfordsburg. The phone number to the Farm of Peace is 717-573-4722.

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