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    R&B Crooner Eric Benet Joins the 2nd Annual Rhythm and Joy Festival Line Up

    Four time Grammy-nominated® singer/songwriter, Eric Benet, will appear at the 2nd Annual Rhythm and Joy Festival (RAJ 2014), held on Saturday, August 30th from 11am – 8:30pm at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, CA. The day-long sustainable living, transformational music and arts festival features a lineup of outstanding conscious musicians from a variety of genres including Rickie Byars Beckwith, The Afro Tribes of Joseph, Charles Holt, Faith Rivera, Ali Stroker and Dani Shay from The Glee Project, Kev Choice, DJ Shiva, Luc and the Lovingtons, Nailah Porter, Freddie Ravel, Jami Lula, Daveon Overton and the Agape International Choir. The event will be hosted by renowned spiritual teacher, Panache Desai, who will also DJ as MC-IAM.

    In addition to the music, title sponsor Artists for Trauma will host a fashion show featuring civilian and military trauma survivors. Entitled “Roll with it, Flow With It,” this dynamic fashion show demonstrates the power of positivity and possibilities after trauma and highlights unique apparel designed for and modeled by quadriplegic, paraplegic, and amputee models. Says Laura Sharpe, Founder and Executive Director of Artists for Trauma and trauma survivor herself, “We are a collective power of quality recovery. We teach the world what is possible after trauma, when all appears impossible. Trauma survivors are fun, tasteful, cool, hip, sexy and fashionable too! We’re excited to bring this performance art to RAJ 2014.

    The festival will also present a wellness and healing oasis, green do-it-yourself demonstrations, eco-friendly fun and learning, the KUUMBA children’s pavilion, a sustainable living marketplace, vegan, vegetarian and kosher food concessions, a festival parade as well as music and arts workshops. Says RAJ 2014 Founder and Artistic Director, Rickie Byars Beckwith, “We want to inspire a collective commitment to live healthier lives in harmony with the earth. And, we want people to make friends. What better way to capture the essence of that premise than with a day of celebration—through art, music and good old-fashioned fun. Free your rhythm and your joy will follow!”

    Limited reserved seating and VIP tickets are on sale now. General admission to RAJ 2014 is free and open to the public. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.rajfestival.com.

    About RAJ 14
    The Rhythm and Joy Festival (RAJ 2014) is a transformational experience of music and arts for the entire family. Featuring healing music of dynamic singers, musicians and performing artists, RAJ 14 is full to overflowing with eco-friendly fun and learning, art, dance, yoga, sustainable living marketplace and food court, drum circles, parades and experiential joyous festivities.

    Created by Rickie Byars Beckwith, legendary New Thought performance artist, acclaimed singer songwriter and Music & Arts director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, the Rhythm & Joy Festival (RAJ 2014) is a soulful celebration that proves the impact of music as a catalyst for change. More than an alternative music festival or sustainability conference, RAJ is a transformative experience bringing together iconic music and performing artists, innovative speakers and socially responsible entrepreneurs for a full day celebration of community and creativity.

    About Artists for Trauma
    AFT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of both civilian and military trauma survivors by pairing recovering patients with established artists from various disciplines. The organization aims to expedite recovery through artistic expression and human connection, providing a creative portal to help patients process complex emotions, regain confidence and build self-acceptance after suffering a traumatic experience. Founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, AFT was inspired by her personal journey to recovery, in which Sharpe connected with the world of art as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds.
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