Multicultural Rhythm and Music Fest in Prescott

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3D Fest-Drum.Dance.Didge ... Heal will take place this weekend in Prescott at Watson Lake Park. Music and dance performances, workshops, a bazaar and a food court will be offered, as will more than 20 hours of modern and traditional world music.

Details from a press release:

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA — Endless Breath Entertainment LLC presents the 1st annual 3DFest - Drum.Dance.Didge...Heal! at Watson Lake Park to take place over 3 nights and 2 days, August 20, 21, and 22, in 2010. The festival, will feature more than 20 hours of modern and traditional world music and dance performances and over 50 group drum, dance, didgeridoo, and sound healing workshops delivered by local, national, and international rhythm and dance artists. Participants can drum, dance, play and listen to music from African, Brazilian, Cuban, Middle-Eastern, Aboriginal, Indian, Asian, Native-American cultures and more. Classes will take place for all ages and skill levels, including an Interactive Youth Area.

The festival will kick-off Friday with Reggae Night, featuring Native American Reggae Goddess, and sound healer, Tchiya Amet and the Light House Band from Mendocino County, California. Other acts and performances will include Indian and Middle-Eastern style music, trance and ambient didgeridoo, Japanese Taiko drumming, didgeridoo funk fusion, Reggae/Jungle dance music, and a lively fire performance. Friday Night Only Tickets will be sold for $10 each, although all 3 nights are included in the $55 Weekend Pass.

Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of musical and dance performances and workshops for beginners and advanced players and dancers. Workshops will take place at Watson Lake Park at 4 different themed camps within the park including Drum, Dance, Didgeridoo, and Sound Healing. Saturday and Sunday night performances will feature headlining Australian based band Ganga Giri on their international tour, Wunmi & the Slow Commotion (Nigeria/London), Dusu Mali Band (Mali/Portland, OR), and one-man didgeridoo orchestra Ondrej Smeyka (Czech Republic). Other performances include a group Spiral Dance, African Drum and Dance Ensembles, Brazilian song and dance, Capoeira, Belly Dancing, a Community Drum Jam, and solo didgeridoo artists.

Other attractions include the 3DFest Bazaar open on Saturday and Sunday. Vendors and Craftsmen will be selling world-class handmade or fair-traded instruments, clothing, and wares. Food Vendors will serve thoughtfully prepared, healthy cuisine all day accompanied by Open Mic in the Food Court. A cold-soup, salad, and bread Community Lunch will be available for a small fee - please RSVP.

3DFest is a grassroots movement which aims to provide multicultural education and entertainment for a competitive price. 3 Nights & 2 Days Passes sell for $55, or $35 for 1 day. There are special rates for youth, and children under the age of 10 are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments to experience a rare opportunity to learn from and play with musical masters, although a limited amount of instruments may be provided.

For a complete schedule and more details, click here.

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